April 24, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alex Vargas, a first baseman/outfielder from Chula Vista, Calif., and Becca Gavin, a catcher from Gahanna, Ohio, will continue their academic and athletic careers at The Ohio State University as members of the softball program, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly announced today.
Vargas, who stars for Bonita Vista High School, is a four-year varsity starter for the Barons. Last year, her team finished 23-5-1 and advanced to the Division II sectional championship. Vargas batted .409 with 30 RBI, 26 runs scored, 13 doubles and a .739 slugging percentage. Over her career, she is .370 hitter with 74 RBI, 69 runs scored and a .473 on base percentage. This season, she is the team’s captain.
“Alex is a player that exudes power with her strong arm and long ball potential at the plate,” said Kovach Schoenly. “She will be able compete right away to play first base and outfield with her ability to produce on offense.”
Vargas broke into Bonita Vista’s starting lineup as a freshman, helping her team to a share of the Mesa League championship and a runner-up finish California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) tournament. The next year, Vargas led her team to a Mesa League and CIF titles while also taking home CIF Most Valuable Player honors.
Vargas’ club team, the San Diego Renegades, produced 15 players that will go on to play college softball next year at the Division I, II or III level. Last summer, the Renegades took second place in the So Cal ASA state tournament and earned a berth in the ASA Nationals. In the So Cal ASA state tournament, Vargas hit four home runs and added 17 RBI.
Gavin is standout and four-year starter for Gahanna Lincoln High School who earned First Team All-Ohio honors as a junior. A perennial power in Central Ohio, the Lions have won four district titles since 2004 and advanced all the way to the Division I state title game in 2011.
“Becca is a phenomenal athlete,” said Kovach Schoenly. “With her versatility and game knowledge, she can play just about anywhere on field. Becca’s family lines run deep in Ohio State tradition. She was born a Buckeye and brings that enthusiasm for this university to our program.”
After earning the starting catching job as a freshman, Gavin burst onto the scene as a sophomore, batting .369 while earning first team All-OCC honors and leading the Lions to the district semifinals. Last year, Gahanna finished 24-7 and advanced to the regional semifinals. For her efforts, Gavin was a first team all-conference, all-region and all-state selection. The Columbus Dispatch named her to the All-Metro first team and she was the Central District Player of the Year. At the plate, she set a school record with 46 runs scored and earned the Silver Bat Award.
A two-sport athlete and member of the National Honors Society, Gavin also competes in volleyball for the Lions. She has played club softball for the Classics Black and Ohio Lasers.
Vargas and Gavin join Cassidy Clough, Bailee Sturgeon, Taylor White and Ashley Purdy Goodwin in the Buckeyes’ incoming class for the 2015 season.