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A LOOK BACK AT 2009

• September 17 – The Buckeyes opened practice for the 2009 season with high hopes for an exciting year. While awaiting the new stadium, the team utilized baseball’s indoor batting cages and Fred Beekman Park for their practice sessions.

• October 12 – Ohio State wrapped up the fall season with a pair of wins against Ohio University, closing with a 7-0 record in exhibition games. That record includes three wins from the Eighth Annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic Oct. 5. The event, which benefits the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute featured 14 teams from around the state.

• February 6 – The Buckeyes open the 2009 season with wins against Cleveland State and UMKC at the Hotel Encanto des Las Cruces Invitational Tournament. They went on to go 4-1 through the season-opening tournament, out-scoring opponents 47-11.

• February 15 – With two wins over No. 5 Texas A&M and one over host No. 21 LSU, the Buckeyes earned three-consecutive wins over ranked opponents and went undefeated in the LSU Easton Tiger Classic through five games.  Kim Reeder was named MVP of the tourney, while Sam Marder and Courtney Pruner also earned spots on the all-tournament team.

• February 17 – Kim Reeder was named the program’s first USA Softball national player of the week. The Buckeyes also entered the Top 25 for the first time in 2009 – a feat they would not relinquish for the remainder of the season.

• March 1 – The weekend was filled with tornado warnings, thunderstorms and snow showers, but the No. 24-ranked Buckeyes won all three games at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., for their third undefeated tournament of the season.

• March 15 – Head coach Linda Kalafatis earned her 700th career victory with an 11-3 win over Eastern Illinois as Ohio State won all five games in the Louisville Cardinal Tournament and extended its win streak to nine games.

• March 21 – Courtney Pruner hits the first homerun at New Buckeye Field, leading the No. 17 Buckeyes to an 8-0 shutout vs. Michigan State to usher in the new stadium era.

• March 22 – With the weekend sweep of the Spartans, the team’s win streak was extended to 11 games, marking the longest streak since the 2006 season.

• April 3 – Sam Marder was named a finalist for the USA Softball collegiate player of the year for the second-consecutive season.

• April 8 – Alicia Herron belted a grand slam and a three-run homerun for a program record-tying seven RBI to lead the No. 16 team in the first game of a doubleheader sweep at Indiana. The Scarlet and Gray improved to 30-6 with the wins, securing its sixth-consecutive season with 30 or more wins, the longest 30-win streak in program history.

• April 11 – New Buckeye Field was officially dedicated in front of an all-time program-record crowd of 1,277. With the win in the circle, Kim Reeder moved into second all-time in both wins and innings pitched.

• April 12 – Ohio State came away with a 17-15 win over Illinois on Easter Sunday. The 32-run affair was the highest in Buckeye Field (new or old) history, eclipsing the 21 runs scored last season against Illinois in Ohio State’s 11-10 win, and the second-most in Big Ten history.

• April 20 – Kim Reeder earned her third Big Ten Pitcher of the Week laurel of the season  after earning all three of the Buckeyes’ wins this week – one over Evansville and two against Wisconsin – without allowing a single run.

• April 28 – The Buckeyes earned their highest-ever ranking with a No. 11 nod by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, besting the previous mark of No. 13 set at the end of the 2002 season and moving up three spots since last week when they came in at No. 14.

• May 3 – Alicia Herron tied and broke the freshman record for homeruns as the No. 11-ranked Buckeyes blasted Northwestern, 10-1, in five innings. With a 7-6 win the day before, the Buckeyes’ win gave them the first series sweep at Drysdale Field for Northwestern since the 2003 season when it lost to Minnesota in an April 20 doubleheader. The Buckeyes also handed the Wildcats their first Big Ten run-rule loss since the same date in 2002 when Michigan defeated them 11-1.

• May 8 – Kim Reeder and Tory Haddad were named to the Academic All-District teams. Reeder, as a first-team selection, is eligible for Academic All-America honors.

• May 9 – Sam Marder broke the all-time homerun record with her 42nd overall and 18th of the season as Ohio State swept Penn State in a doubleheader, giving the team a 44-9 record at the conclusion of the regular season. Seniors Kim Reeder and Cortney Cannon were honored at the conclusion of the games for their four years of service to the softball team.

• May 13 – Five team members earned First or Second-Team All-Big Ten honors. Sophomore Dee Dee Hillman was the lone first-team representative, following up a third-team appearance as a freshman, while senior Kim Reeder, juniors Whitney Cooper and Sam Marder and freshman Alicia Herron each earned spot on the second team.

• May 16 – The No. 11- seeded Buckeyes advanced to the Super Regional for the first time in six trips to the NCAA Tournament after taking down Kentucky, 7-2, to sweep the regional round of competition in three games at their own New Buckeye Field. Kim Reeder took over the top spot among all-time winningest Buckeye pitchers on both the career and season charts, while four players – Alicia Herron, Sam Marder, Courtney Pruner and Vanessa Spears – each hit a homerun in the win.

• May 21 – Ohio State opened Super Regional action against Georgia live on ESPN2, marking the program’s first appearance on the network. Powered by Courtney Pruner’s three-run homer, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but would end up falling 6-4.

• May 22 –The Buckeyes end their season with a 47-11 record, the second-most wins in program history, after making the first-ever trip to an NCAA Super Regional. Courtney Pruner hit her first career grand slam in the 7-6 loss to the Bulldogs.

• May 28 – Sam Marder and Kim Reeder each earned All-America honors from the NFCA, becoming the 11th and 12th selections in program history. Marder, who earned third-team honors last season, moves up the second team and is just the second two-time All-American to don the Scarlet and Gray. Reeder is a third-team honoree and the second Buckeye pitcher to earn the ultimate honor.