July 8, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lena Springer, a pitcher from Central Florida, and Maddie Marotti, an infielder from Notre Dame, have transferred to Ohio State and will be a part of the Buckeyes’ softball program in 2014-15, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly announced today.
Springer, who will be a sophomore next season, had a 2.52 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 16.2 innings pitched last year for the Knights, who were 41-16 and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. She added two saves, four combined shutouts and one complete game. On May 3 versus Connecticut, Springer recorded a RBI single and notched a save to close out a 3-0 victory that clinched the American Athletic Conference regular season title. She also had a two-inning save against Yale (March 12).
“Lena has the ability to make an immediate impact on our program,” said Kovach Schoenly. “She fills a need on the mound and has different strengths than our current pitchers, so I see them complimenting each other extremely well. I love her competitive fire.”
Springer was also effective at the plate, batting .333 with four doubles and seven RBI. In her first collegiate at-bat, she belted a two-run pinch-hit home run in a 5-1 victory over SIU Edwardsville. Against Connecticut on May 4, she went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI while also getting a win in the circle, pitching seven innings and striking out six.
A native of New Britain, Conn., Springer was a four-time team MVP and all-region selection at The Ethel Walker School. She also earned letters playing volleyball and soccer. On the volleyball court, she was the team’s MVP as a senior. Springer has a sister, Nicole, who plays softball at Central Connecticut State, and a brother, George, who was the 11th overall selection of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft and is the starting right fielder for the Houston Astros. Both her mother and father were student-athletes at Connecticut – her father played football and mother was a gymnast.
Marotti spent the 2013 fall semester at Notre Dame and was a part of the Fighting Irish softball program. A native of Dublin, Ohio, she graduated from Bishop Watterson in 2013 after leading the Eagles to an undefeated regular season and the Greater Catholic League championship. Marotti batted .379 with three home runs during her only season at Bishop Watterson.
“Maddie is a power-packed player who has a wide range of skills,” said Kovach Schoenly. “She can play just about anywhere on the field and will not be outworked. I am thrilled we can add her speed, power and fierceness to the group.”
Prior to 2013, Marotti earned three varsity letters in softball at St. Francis High School in Gainesville, Fla. As a junior, she hit a blistering .607 with six triples, six home runs, 27 RBI and 27 stolen bases to earn first team All-State honors.
Marotti is the daughter of Mickey Marotti, Ohio State’s Assistant AD for Football Sports Performance.