COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s success on the field extended into the classroom as four members of the softball team were honored as 2017-18 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, the conference announced Tuesday. Katya Duvall, Maddie Marotti, Morgan Ray and Spencer Sansom were recognized for their outstanding work in the classroom.
In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must be in at least their second year on campus and earn a 3.7 or better grade-point average during the 2017-18 academic year.
Duvall, a right-handed pitcher from Seal Beach, Calif., is a rising senior who is majoring in integrated Language Arts/English education. She made 13 appearances last year and finished with a 4.26 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 23 innings. Duvall was part of a four-person pitching staff that was second in the Big Ten with a .212 opposing batting average. It is her second time receiving the honor.
Marotti is a kinesiology major in Ohio State’s sports management master’s degree program. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection played in 11 games as a pinch hitter. She had her first hit of the season, a RBI single, against Maryland to end the game in six innings.
Ray, also a pitcher, is a health sciences major who will be a senior in 2019. This spring, Ray started 25 games in 38 appearances in the circle and recorded a team-best 18 wins. The NFCA Second Team All-Midwest Region honoree led the pitching staff with a 2.58 ERA in 157.2 innings of work with 145 strikeouts and a .197 batting average against. Ray delivered a stellar performance during a career-high 12-strikeout, one-hit, complete game victory over Northern Illinois.
Sansom, who is a physical activity and coaching specialist major, played in 29 games with 11 starts. She tallied the first run of her career against NIU and had her first hit in Scarlet & Gray on a single versus Louisville.
Duvall and Sansom were two of 21 Buckeyes to achieve a perfect 4.0 GPA during 2017-18.
On the field, the Buckeyes earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year after winning 36 games, the most since 2010.