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Ohio State at Northwestern
April 23-24, 2011
Sharon J. Drysdale Field
Evanston, Ill.

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team continues Big Ten play at Northwestern Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET, respectively, at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. Ohio State (11-27, 2-8 Big Ten) returns to action after defeating Youngstown State, 2-1, in eight innings Thursday night in Columbus. The doubleheader Wednesday at Ohio was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions in Athens.

The Wildcats (20-13, 2-6 Big Ten) dropped two games at Iowa April 16-17, falling 10-8 in eight innings and, 9-7, respectively. The team’s midweek game at UIC was postponed Wednesday.

FOLLOWING FROM HOME
Big Ten Network
The game Sunday will be televised live on Big Ten Network. Dan Kelly (play-by-play) and Stacey Phillips (analysis) will have the call.

Live Stats
A link for live stats can be found on the softball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or NUsports.com.

QUICK HITS

  • Northwestern leads the all-time series 56-31-3 against the Buckeyes.
  • Ohio State has won the last four meetings vs. the Wildcats, outscoring Northwestern, 42-13.
  • Under head coach Linda Kalafatis, the Buckeyes are 17-15 vs. Northwestern.
  • Junior co-captain Alicia Herron leads the squad, batting .376 while recording 24 RBI, 30 runs, nine doubles and six home runs and two triples. She also leads the team with a .661 slugging percentage, while going a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts.
  • Senior Brittany Goodchild is second on the team in batting with a .340 average, collecting 36 hits with three doubles.
  • Senior co-captain Dee Dee Hillman is second on the team in runs with 20 this season. She is batting .258 with 33 hits and three triples, while going 5-for-5 in stolen bases.
  • Freshman Evelyn Carrillo is tied with Herron with six home runs and is first on the squad with 26 RBI in 2011. She has claimed 34 hits and 57 total bases and slugging .479 at the plate this season.
  • Sophomore Megan Coletta gave the Buckeyes a 7-5 lead at Minnesota in game two in the top of the seventh when she posted a two-out two-run home run – her second long ball of the season. Coletta gave the Buckeyes the 2-1 victory vs. the Penguins Thursday after notching a two-out double in the bottom of the eighth at Buckeye Field.
  • Senior pitcher Karisa Medrano claimed both victories at Minnesota April 2 in Minneapolis. In 10.2 innings of work, Medrano had seven strikeouts, while opposing hitters batted just .143 against the senior Buckeye. She struckout seven YSU batters in four innings of work Thursday night in Columbus to earn the victory.
  • Sophomore Julia Pecina helped the Buckeyes defeat Pittsburgh, 4-3, in game one April 6 with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
  • Goodchild made her first career start in the circle in game two vs. Pittsburgh April 6 at Buckeye Field.
  • Head coach Linda Kalafatis recorded her 500th career victory at the helm of the Buckeyes after the team won, 4-1, against Harvard March 18 at San Diego Classic II Tournament in San Diego, Calif.
  • The Buckeyes post season-high 12 runs, 11 RBI and a .415 batting average in the 12-4 win vs. Evansville Feb. 20 in Mobile, Ala.

BUCKEYES TO HOST SOLES4SOULS UNIVERSITY RV TOUR APRIL 27
The Ohio State softball team will host the Soles4Souls University RV Tour during its home doubleheader against Penn State at 5 p.m. April 27 at Buckeye Field. Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects new and used shoes to distribute to people in need around the world. Ohio State is one of eight universities the charity is visiting to help spread word about Soles4Souls and to get college students involved in the mission.  

The Soles4Souls University RV Tour will be available outside the gates of Buckeye Field, home of Ohio State softball, at the start of the Buckeyes’ Big Ten doubleheader vs. the Nittany Lions next week. Soles4Souls accepts all types of shoes in all sizes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flip flops, just as long as they are new or gently worn.

COLETTA IN THE CLUTCH
Sophomore Megan Coletta has come up with some big hits this season for the Buckeyes. Most recently, the native of Fullerton, Ohio, claimed the gamewinning hit vs. Youngstown State Thursday in Columbus when she posted a two-out double to give  the team a 2-1 victory in eight innings.

At Minnesota April 2, the Buckeye third baseman posted a two-run home run in the top of the seventh  of game two to cap a six-run seventh inning comeback.

Coletta also notched a double in the bottom of the sixth in a 4-3 win vs. Pittsburgh and scored the eventual game-winning run later that inning.

Currently, Coletta is on a four-game hit streak, claiming a .300 batting average with two doubles and a home run in the last 11 games.

HERRON’S HITTING
Junior co-captain Alicia Herron is leading the team with a .376 batting average through 38 games this season. The Cypress, Calif., native hit .583 at the Holiday Inn Tulsa-City Center Festival, recording six RBI with two doubles and a home run. Herron recorded a season-high four RBI in the 10-4 loss vs. Drake March 5 – the big offensive game was the second time this year she has claimed at least four RBI in a single game.

At Minnesota, Herron went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs and three walks in the doubleheader against Minnesota.

Most recently, the Buckeye shortstop notched a 3-for-4 performance vs. Purdue April 17 with a home run, double, two runs and two RBI. She also lead off game one at Indiana with a solo homerun off starting pitcher Morgan Melloh.

She leads the team with 12 multi-hit performances this season.

SENIOR SUCCESS
Senior Brittany Goodchild has continued her success in her final season as a Buckeye after her breakout year in 2010. The Buckeye outfielder is second on the team in hitting with a .340 batting average, 36 hits and a .423 on base percentage. She led Ohio State at the plate in the two wins at Minnesota April 2, going 4-for-8 with three runs and an RBI.  At the Tulsa Tournament, she guided the Buckeyes in the box, batting .600 with six hits, a double and two walks. She is batting .400 the last three games.

The native of West Hills, Calif., Goodchild also has become a key component to the pitching staff as a relief specialist. She is 1-1 this season in 11 appearances, pitching 18.0 innings. Before this season, Goodchild had thrown just 0.1 innings pitched in her Buckeye career.

CARRILLO’S 11-GAME HIT STREAK
Freshman Evelyn Carrillo, a native of Corona, Calif., began her Buckeye career with a team-high 11-game hit streak from Feb. 12-Feb. 26. During the streak, the Buckeye first baseman collected a .359 batting average with 14 hits and 11 RBI.

Currently batting .286 this season, Carrillo has played in all 38 games and leads the team with 26 RBI and tied for first with six home runs. She is third on the team with 34 hits and second with a .479 slugging percentage. 

BIG TEN CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Melissa Rennie, a freshman catcher, was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Feb. 21.  The native of Wellington, Ohio, claimed the weekly laurel along with freshman pitcher Cassee Layne of Michigan State.

In three games at the South Alabama Tournament, Rennie totaled seven hits, including three home runs with six RBI in her second career collegiate event.

Overall, Rennie has started in 29 games this season, batting .313 at the plate with 21 hits, 13 runs and three home runs with a .478 slugging percentage.

KALAFATIS CLAIMS 500 WINS
Head coach Linda Kalafatis claimed her 500th career victory at the helm of the Buckeyes last week in the 4-1 win vs. Harvard March 18 in San Diego, Calif.

In her 15th season at Ohio State, Kalafatis is one of the most successful coaches in the Big Ten and the NCAA. She is one of four conference coaches with more than 700 career wins, placing her among the Top 30 active coaches in the country.

The Buckeyes have won 30 or more games in nine of Kalafatis’ 14 seasons in Columbus and in each of the last seven seasons. Also the Big Ten coach of the year in 2002, she has guided Ohio State to six of the program’s seven NCAA tournament appearances (2002, ’04, ’06, ’07, ’09, ’10), including its first trip to the NCAA Super Regional in 2009.

Kalafatis entered the 2011 campaign with a 493-298 (.623) record in 14 years at Ohio State, which marks the best win total and winning percentage in program history. In 22 years as a collegiate head coach, including stops at her alma mater California (Pa.) and Akron, she owns a record of 776-435-2 (.640).

UP NEXT
Ohio State returns to Columbus to host Penn State in a midweek doubleheader at 5 p.m. April 27 at Buckeye Field.