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Ohio State at San Diego Classic II Tournament
March 17-20, 2011
Location:
 San Diego, Calif.
Facilities: SDSU Softball Stadium/USD Softball Complex
Tickets: 4-Day Tournament Package: Adults – $25. Children 2 and younger do not require tickets. Tournament passes are good for all days of the tournament. Single day tickets are $10 each.
Tournament Central: http://goaztecs.cstv.com/

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team (5-14) heads out for its final early-season tournament, playing five games at the 2011 San Diego Classic II Tournament in San Diego, Calif., Friday-Sunday.

Ohio State will open the tournament against Harvard and San Diego at 4:30 p.m. PT and 7 p.m. PT, respectively, at the USD Softball Complex Friday. The team then plays Cal State Northridge and San Diego State at 11:30 a.m. PT and 2 p.m. PT, respectively, at SDSU Softball Stadium Saturday before wrapping up tournament action against Louisville at 10 a.m. PT Sunday.

The Buckeyes will then travel north to play a road game against Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m. PT Tuesday in Los Angeles, Calif.

FOLLOWING FROM HOME
A link for live stats can be found on the softball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

All-Time Series
Ohio State vs.
Harvard:
1-1; last meeting in 1998. It’s been 13 years since the Buckeyes have faced the Crimson as Ohio State defeated Harvard, 5-4, March 22, at the Capital Classic.

San Diego: 2-0; last meeting in 2002. The Buckeyes last played the Toreros at the Tournament of Champions in Northridge, Calif., defeating San Diego twice with 6-0 and 5-2 victories Feb. 8-10.

Cal State Northridge: 4-9; last meeting in 2007. Although the Matadors hold the all-time series record, the Buckeyes have the last win in the series, defeating Cal State Northridge, 9-3, Feb. 10 at the ASU Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

San Diego State: 4-3; last meeting in 2007. Last time out, the Scarlet and Gray picked up a 5-4 win vs. San Diego State March 24 on the campus of Cal State Fullerton.

Louisville: 2-0; last meeting in 2010. The Buckeyes downed the Cardinals, 2-0, Feb. 14 at Houston Tournament last season.  

Loyola Marymount: 4-4; last meeting in 2009. Ohio State downed the Lions, 8-3, last time the two teams met Feb. 21 at the Palm Springs Softball Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.

BUCKEYE QUICK HITS

  • Junior co-captain Alicia Herron leads the squad, batting .431 while recording 16 RBI, three doubles and three home runs and one triple. She also leads the team with a .672 slugging percentage, while going a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases.
  • Senior Brittany Goodchild is second on the team in batting with a .389 average, collecting 21 hits with three doubles.
  • Senior co-captain Dee Dee Hillman is tied for the team lead with 16 runs with Herron this season. She is batting .344 with 22 hits and two triples, while posting 5-for-5 in the stolen bases category.
  • Freshman Evelyn Carrillo has 13 RBI (second-most) in 2011 with 17 hits and 25 total bases, slugging .417 at the plate.
  • Ohio State returns eight letterwinners and five starters from its 2010 squad that went 39-14 and 16-2 in the Big Ten, finishing tied for second in the league.
  • The Buckeyes have made four NCAA appearances in the last five years, including their first run in program history to the NCAA Super Regional in 2009. Ohio State also made the tournament in 2006 and 2007.

IN SAN DIEGO
This will be Ohio State’s first time playing in San Diego, Calif., since the 2001 San Diego State Tournament. The Buckeyes went 2-2 at the tournament with wins over Long Beach State and Utah State.

ONE WIN SHY OF 500
Head coach Linda Kalafatis is closing in on her 500th-career victory at the helm of the Buckeyes. She will lead the Buckeyes into action at the San Diego Classic II Tournament with 499 career wins.

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 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Kalafatis is third among current Big Ten coaches in number of victories – with five fewer years of coaching experience than her nearest colleague.

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 771-425-2 (.644).

HERRON’S HITTING
Junior co-captain Alicia Herron is leading the team with a .431 batting average through 19 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.

Senior Brittany Goodchild led the team in hitting in Tulsa, batting .600 at the plate with six hits, a double and two walks.
 
PLANTS CLAIMS FIRST COLLEIGATE WIN
Freshman pitcher Audrey Plant, a native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, claimed her first collegiate win in the 8-0 victory against Iowa State March 4, throwing a complete game one-hitter vs. the Cyclones. In the five innings of work, the Buckeye rookie allowed just one hit with five strike outs. The only hit she allowed came in the bottom of the second inning when ISU shortstop Dayln Varela singled to left field. Plant was dominant throughout the game as only two ISU batters reached second base, while retiring the last nine batters she faced in the game.

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 .283 this season, Carrillo has played in all 19 games for Ohio State and is fourth on the team with 17 hits, slugging .417 at the plate.

FOUR BUCKEYES EARN FIRST WIN IN 2011
Seniors Brittany Goodchild and Karisa Medrano as well as freshmen Kasie Kelly and Audrey Plant each have claimed their first career wins in the circle for the Buckeyes this season.

Goodchild, a native of West Hills, Calif., picked up her first career win after throwing the last 5.2 innings in the Buckeyes’ 12-4 come-from-behind win against Evansville Feb. 20 at the South Alabama Tournament in Mobile. In her relief effort, Goodchild shut down the Evansville batters, allowing no runs on five hits with one strikeout. She is 1-0 overall in 2011, coming in from the outfield as a relief pitcher for the Scarlet and Gray.

Medrano, a native of Albuquerque, N.M, gave the Scarlet and Gray their first victory of the season in the 10-1 victory against North Florida at the FIU Combat Classic in Miami, Fla. In just her second-career start, the Buckeye pitcher threw a complete-game vs. the Ospreys, allowing just three hits and one earned run in seven innings of work. She didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings of the game and struck out three UNF batters.

Kelly, a native of Wooster, Ohio, earned her first victory after Ohio State defeated FIU, 2-1, Feb. 12 in Miami, Fla. The Buckeye rookie pitched five innings, allowing three hits and one earned run, striking out five FIU hitters. The OSU starter is 2-3 overall this season with 5.15 ERA in a team-high 15 appearances in the circle.

Plant, claimed her first collegiate win in the 8-0 victory against Iowa State March 4 in Tulsa, Okla., throwing a complete game one-hitter vs. the Cyclones. In the five innings of work, the Buckeye rookie allowed just one hit with five strikeouts. She is 1-2 overall this season with a 6.11 ERA in 10 appearances for Ohio State.

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.

It was the first weekly award of Rennie’s career and first conference recognition of the season for the Buckeyes. The OSU rookie earned the honor after helping the squad to two wins at the South Alabama Invitational in Mobile, Ala. In three games at the tournament, Rennie totaled seven hits, including three home runs with six RBI in her second career collegiate event.

In the Ohio State’s 4-3 win over Southeastern Louisiana Feb. 19, Rennie posted her first career three-hit game. In the following game against Tennessee-Martin, she led off an inning with her first career home run to give Ohio State a 6-3 lead over the SkyHawks. In the final game of the invitational, Rennie continued her hot bat at the plate with her first multi-homer performance with a season-high four RBI. Her offense was a main part of the Buckeyes’ rally to win 12-4 in extra innings vs. the Purple Aces. Rennie opened the top of the fifth with a home run to left-center to cut the deficit to 3-2. In the eighth inning, the Buckeye rookie put Ohio State ahead, 6-3, with a two-run home run to help start a nine-run inning for the Scarlet and Gray

GOING YARD
Seven Buckeyes have homered through the first four weeks of the season, including freshman Melissa Rennie (3), junior Alicia Herron (3), freshman Evelyn Carrillo (2), sophomore Cara Longworth (1), senior Rachael Shepherd (1), sophomore Julia Pecina (1) and freshman Melaina Saalfeld (1). In all, the Buckeyes have recorded 30 extra-base hits.

Rennie led the Buckeyes with three long balls Feb. 18-20 at the South Alabama Invitational in Mobile. She recorded two of the three home runs in the 12-4 comeback victory against Evansville Feb. 20. Longworth and Carrillo also homered in the game – each tallying their first career home runs.

On the first day of the tournament Feb. 18, Herron tallied two home runs – one vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga and another against South Alabama. In Tulsa, the native of Cypress, Calif., launched a three-run home run vs. Drake March 5 in her second four-RBI performance of the season.  She has 29 career home runs, which is fifth on the Ohio State all-time career list.

Saalfeld hit her first career long ball in the 4-3 win over Southeastern Louisiana Feb. 19. In just her third career at-bat, the native of Modesto, Calif., drove a pitch over the left center wall to give the Scarlet and Gray a 3-1 lead – the home run was her first collegiate hit.

At the 2011 FIU Combat Classic to begin the year, Pecina posted her first career home run. With only two outs left vs. Memphis Feb. 12, Pecina tied the game, 3-3, with a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, sending the game into extra innings.

THE BUCKEYES ARE RUNNING
Aggressive running has been a factor for the Buckeyes to begin the season, going 20-of-23 in the stolen base department in 2011. Alicia Herron leads the way, going a perfect 6-for-6, while Dee Dee Hillman is 5-for-5. Megan Coletta is 2-for-2 and Brittany Goodchild is 2-for-3 this season.

12 AND 11
Ohio State recorded a season-high 12 runs and 11 RBI, batting .415 against Evansville Feb. 20. The Buckeyes also had a team-high four home runs by three different players as freshman Melissa Rennie, sophomore Cara Longworth and freshman Evelyn Carrillo slugged homers.

WINNING WAYS
Since 2000, Ohio State has won 424 games, the third-highest win total in the Big Ten during that time. The Buckeyes own a .664 winning percentage, good for third in the league.

The 2010 squad recorded 39 wins, the fifth-most in school history, and advanced to the program’s fourth NCAA regional appearance in the last five years. Ohio State has notched 30 or more wins for seven-consecutive seasons, the longest 30-win stretch in Buckeye history.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will next return home to prepare for their opening weekend at Buckeye Field as the team begins Big Ten play vs. Iowa March 26 and 27 with both games scheduled at 2 p.m. in Columbus.