Softball

2014 Season In Review

The 2014 senior class
The 2014 senior class

May 21, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team finished its 2014 campaign with a 30-25 overall record and 13-10 mark in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes ended their season on a high note, winning 10 of their last 12 games, including two victories in the Big Ten Tournament and a regular-season sweep of then-25th-ranked Northwestern.

BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
Offensively, Ohio State was led by the combination of junior Taylor Watkins, senior Evelyn Carrillo, sophomore Cammi Prantl and junior Caitlin Conrad. Watkins led the team in batting (.361) while adding 40 runs scored, seven home runs, 10 doubles and six stolen bases. Carrillo, one of just four unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selections, hit .358 with 35 RBI, 10 doubles and six home runs. Prantl checked in with a .329 average, a Big Ten-best 16 doubles, 34 runs scored and 34 RBI. Conrad, one of the most improved players in the Big Ten, hit .321 with a team-high nine home runs, 44 runs scored, 39 RBI and a .600 slugging percentage.

In the circle, Ohio State saw the emergence of junior Olivia O'Reilly, who settled into the team’s ace role and finished with 17 wins. She pitched 162.1 innings with a 3.02 ERA, 12 complete games, three shutouts and 93 strikeouts. Freshman Shelby Hursh led the Big Ten in saves with seven and had 89 strikeouts in 91.1 innings pitched.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT REWIND
Ohio State 6, Penn State 2
Caitlin Conrad hit a three-run home run to ignite a four-run second inning and Olivia O’Reilly picked up her 16th win of the season as Ohio State advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament with a 6-2 victory over Penn State.

In addition of Conrad’s offensive contributions, Taylor Watkins also went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Freshman Anna Kirk picked up two hits while Cammi Prantl and Evelyn Carrillo each drove in a run. In the circle, O’Reilly went 6.1 innings, giving up just four hits while striking out three. Shelby Hursh came on to get the final two outs of the game.

Ohio State 7, No. 18 Nebraska 5 (8 inn.)
Cammi Prantl hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to lift Ohio State to a 7-5 victory over 18th-ranked and second-seeded Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals at Drysdale Field on the campus of Northwestern University.

Ohio State led 5-4 headed into the game’s final inning, but a fielder’s choice that scored Tatum Edwards tied the game at 5-5 and forced extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Caitlin Conrad singled to center field with two out and Taylor Watkins followed with a walk. The next batter, Prantl, belted the first pitch that she saw to center, scoring Conrad and Watkins. In the bottom of the eighth, Alicia Armstrong led off with a single, but Olivia O’Reilly got back to back groundouts and a pop up to Melaina Saalfeld to end the game. Nebraska (40-15) was the conference’s regular season co-champions.

Minnesota 9, Ohio State 0 (5 inn.)
Ohio State’s 2014 Big Ten Tournament run came to an end with a 9-0 loss to No. 15 Minnesota in the semifinal round.

Despite the loss, the Buckeyes finished in the top six in the Big Ten and compiled its most conference wins in four years. The senior class was a part of 109 victories.

THE LAST 15
A look at the Buckeyes’ top performers over the season’s final 15 games:

Taylor Watkins . - 429, 10 R, 6 RBI, 3 HR
Evelyn Carrillo - .333, 6 RBI, 3 2B
Cammi Prantl - .349, 12 RBI, 5 2B, 1 HR
Leesa Gresham - .364, 2 2B, 2 HR

Top pitchers:
Olivia O’Reilly - 8-3, 3.92 ERA, 23 Ks
Shelby Hursh - 4 saves, 4.40 ERA, 33 Ks

CAREER RECORDS WATCH
Senior Evelyn Carrillo climbed her way up the career lists in hits and runs batted in. The senior from Corona, Calif., played in 212 career games and ranks ninth in hits (213). Her 148 RBI are good for fifth place.

Career Hits
1. Anna Smith (1999-02)............... 243
8. Krinon Clark (1991-94)...............215
9. Evelyn Carrillo (2011-pres.)....... 213

Career RBI
1. Sam Marder (2007-10).............. 191
4. Courtney Pruner (2006-10)....... 158
5. Evelyn Carrillo (2011-pres.)....... 148

IN THE BIG TEN STATS
A look at where the Buckeyes stack up amongst their Big Ten counterparts (as of May 11):

Batting average................... 6th, .286
Runs..................................... 5th, 250
Hits...................................... 5th, 405
RBI....................................... 5th, 233
Doubles................................. 3rd, 80

Big Ten-only games:
Batting average................... 4th, .314
ERA..................................... 8th, 4.38
Runs..................................... 5th, 110
Hits...................................... 4th, 184

Additionally, several individuals rank among the Big Ten leaders – Evelyn Carrillo finished second in Big Ten-only batting average (.458) while Cammi Prantl was sixth and Taylor Watkins was seventh. Prantl had a league-best 11 doubles in conference play. Olivia O’Reilly was 11th in opposing batting average (.248).

SINGLE SEASON RANKINGS
Cammi Prantl finished with 16 doubles on the year, the fifth most in single season school history.
Evelyn Carrillo has 62 hits on the year, the 14th most in single season school history.
Caitlin Conrad reached the 44 runs-scored mark for the year, the sixth most in single season school history.

NOTES FROM PITTSBURGH/IOWA
• Against Pittsburgh and Iowa, Gresham hit .538 (7-of-15) with a .538 slugging percentage and .571 on base percentage.
• Ohio State finished 13-10 in the Big Ten and tied for sixth. It is the most conference wins and best regular season finish since 2010.

THE CANNON CREW
Ohio State’s outfield of Caitlin Conrad, Cammi Prantl and Taylor Watkins have been dubbed “The Cannon Crew” (TCC) partly because the first letters of their first names spell TCC and also because they have combined for 16 outfield assists thus far. The group is also lethal at the plate:

Caitlin Conrad - .321, 39 RBI, 9 HR, 13 2B
Cammi Prantl - .327, 34 RBI, 16 2B, 34 R
Taylor Watkins - .361, 40 R, 28 RBI, 7 HR

Collectively, the group is hitting .336 with 101 RBI, 118 runs scored, 39 doubles, 13 stolen bases and 22 home runs.

DEFENDING THEIR HOME TURF
The Buckeyes finished 12-2 at home this year, outscoring their opponents 85-45 (an average of 6.1 runs per game). Ohio State had a team batting average of .343 at Buckeye Field with 23 doubles, 16 home runs and a .545 slugging percentage. In the circle, opponents batted just .216 vs. Buckeye pitchers. Olivia O’Reilly went 9-2 at home with a 1.88 ERA.

The best home records over the last 10 years:
2010................................ 14-1 (.933)
2006................................ 21-2 (.913)
2007................................ 21-2 (.913)
2014................................ 12-2 (.857)
2005................................ 13-4 (.765)

NOTES FROM PENN ST./NORTHWESTERN
Evelyn Carrillo hit .529 (9-for-17) with a HR, four RBI and a .765 slugging percentage.
Taylor Watkins hit .467 with three HR, 7 runs scored, two 2B, four RBI and a 1.200 slugging percentage while Cammi Prantl drove in a team-best six runs.
• In the circle, Olivia O’Reilly was 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA and two complete games.
• Shelby Hush went 2-0 with a shutout (3-0 vs. Penn State) and struck out 17 batters in 16.2 innings. She also got a save in Saturday’s 8-7 win vs. Northwestern.

2014 FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
Taylor Watkins Jr. CF Tucson, Ariz.
NFCA Second Team All-Midwest Region ... In 23 Big Ten games, batted .405 with 15 runs scored, 12 RBI and four home runs ... fourth in B1G-only batting average ... named College Sports Madness Big Ten Player of the Week after hitting .467 with four RBI, three home runs and a 1.200 slugging percentage in 5-0 week vs. Penn State and Northwestern ... had a 1.000 fielding percentage with five assists from center field ... on the year, hit .361 with 40 runs scored and 28 RBI.

Evelyn Carrillo Sr. 1B Corona, Calif.
NFCA Third Team All-Midwest Region ... second on the Buckeyes in batting average (.358) ... hit .458 in B1G-only games, second best in the league ... 34 RBI and 20 runs scored ... third on the team with six home runs ... in Ohio State’s Big Ten-opening series vs. Michigan State, hit .700 with two home runs and five RBI ... had a .989 fielding percentage and was a member of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.

Cammi Prantl So. LF Ashville, Ohio
Slugged a team-best .696 in B1G-only games ... has 22 RBI in 23 B1G games ... hit .406 in Big Ten games with a league-best 11 doubles and three home runs ... started all 55 games and batted .329 with 34 runs scored 34 RBI and 16 doubles ... seven assists from left field.

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNER
Caitlin Conrad Jr. RF Richwood, Ohio
First member of this year’s 30/30 club with 44 runs scored and 39 RBI ... ranked 10th in the Big Ten in slugging (.600) and 11th in total bases (99) ... led in home runs (nine) ... hit .321 with 13 doubles.

A MARKED IMPROVEMENT
Several Buckeyes enjoyed significant statistical improvements at the plate from 2013 to 2014, including senior Melaina Saalfeld, junior Caitlin Conrad and sophomore Jayla Saibene.

Player                                   2013       2014       Diff.
Caitlin Conrad                  .285        .321        +.036
Melaina Saalfeld               .193        .242        +.049
Jayla Saibene                   .214        .247        +.033

PLAYING THE BEST
Ohio State played a total of 26 games against team that were selected for the 2014 NCAA Tournament and 11 contests against teams that advanced to the Super Regionals. Evelyn Carrillo hit .325 with 16 RBI and five doubles in those games, while Cammi Prantl had a .303 average, six doubles and three home runs. 

OHIO STATE/PURDUE NOTES
• Despite losing two of three games, Ohio State outscored Purdue, 12-6
Cammi Prantl hit a team-best .444 over the weekend with a double, two RBI and a .500 on base percentage.
• Olivia O’Reilly limited the Boilermakers to just 10 hits over 17.2 innings.

O’REILLY EMERGES AS THE ACE
Junior Olivia O’Reilly enjoyed a breakout season for the Buckeyes as she led team in every major pitching category, including wins (17), ERA (3.02), strikeouts (93) and complete games (12). Against Ohio and Purdue, she pitched 25.2 innings and gave up just six earned runs while registering three complete games and two shutouts.

PACKIN’ THEM IN
A season-high crowd of 1,598 filled Buckeye Field on April 13, marking the largest home crowd in at least 10 years. The top attendance figures in that span:

4/13/14 vs. Purdue.................... 1,598
4/11/09 vs. Illinois..................... 1,277
4/7/12 vs. Michigan................... 1,217
4/27/14 vs. Northwestern......... 1,194
5/19/07 vs. Cal St. Fullerton... 1,175
5/2/12 vs. Iowa......................... 1,147
5/9/09 vs. Penn State................ 1,105

OHIO STATE/INDIANA SERIES NOTES
• The Buckeyes’ top four hitters (Conrad, Watkins, Prantl, Carrillo) combined to go 21-for-41 (.512) with seven doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI.
• As a team, Ohio State hit .386 in the series.
• 13 of Ohio State’s 34 hits vs. the Hoosiers were for extra bases.

BUCKEYES’ BATS COME ALIVE VS. MSU
Ohio State’s offense posted several impressive numbers in its Big Ten-opening sweep of Michigan State. As a team, the Buckeyes hit .432 with 38 total hits, nine doubles, one triple and five home runs. Additionally, several players enjoyed big weekends, including:

Evelyn Carrillo........... .700, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Cammi Prantl........... .600, 3 2B, 6 runs
Keelia Nester............ .571, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Caitlin Conrad... .455, 5 RBI, 1 2B, 1 HR


 

 

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