May 8, 2018

No. 25 Ohio State to Face Iowa in Big Ten Tournament

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Postseason action begins Thursday at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET at the Goodman Diamond when fifth-seeded Ohio State battles No. 12 Iowa in the 2018 Big Ten Tournament in Madison, Wis. The winner will face fourth-seeded Northwestern in the quarterfinals Friday at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.

This year’s tournament will be single-elimination. All games will be aired on the Big Ten Network and streamed on BTN Plus/BTN2Go.

TICKETS

  • Big Ten Tournament tickets are on sale through the Wisconsin Ticket Office.
  • Spectators must purchase a ticket for each day of play. A ticket purchased for one of the three days will be good for all of the games played on that day. All guests must have a ticket to enter.
  • Public: $10.00 | Student/Senior/Youth: $6.00

SCOUTING REPORT

  • Iowa brings a 20-31 record into the tournament.
  • The Hawkeyes are currently on a four-game slump after being swept by Purdue to close the regular season.
  • As a team, Iowa is batting .228 with 36 doubles, 16 home runs and 48 stolen bases.
  • The five-person pitching staff has a 2.39 ERA and 300 strikeouts in 340 innings.
  • Individually, Allie Wood tops the Hawkeyes hitting .306 with 41 hits, 21 RBI, 16 runs scored and five home runs. In the circle, Allison Doocy (13-14) has put in 183.2 innings of work for a 1.83 ERA and 186 strikeouts.

SERIES HISTORY

  • Iowa leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 66-42.
  • The two teams last met during the regular season in 2017. The Buckeyes took the first two games of the series, 3-1 and 6-0, respectively.

TOURNEY NOTES

  • Wisconsin hosts the 2018 Big Ten Tournament on May 10-13 at the Goodman Softball Complex in Madison, Wis.
  • Ohio State is making its 12th overall and sixth straight appearance in the Big Ten Tournament.
  • The Buckeyes are 16-14 in the tournament.
  • During Ohio State’s last appearance in 2017, the Buckeyes were defeated, 6-0, in the championship game by Minnesota.
  • Ohio State won its only Big Ten Tournament title back in 2007.

BUCKEYE REVIEW

  • Ohio State closed the regular season by handing Michigan its first run-rule loss at home since 2000 with a 10-1 triumph on Sunday. The squad is 34-13 overall.
  • The Buckeyes finished the regular season with a 20-5 record in non-conference play. Ohio State’s non-conference slate ranks 20th in strength of schedule and the RPI is No. 14 in the country.
  • Lilli Piper’s home run on Sunday – her team-leading 19th of the year – tied the program’s single-season record. Just three Buckeyes have reached the milestone – Piper, Sam Marder ’10 and Alex Bayne ’17.
  • Piper had three RBI and three runs on the weekend, which brings her season totals to 56 RBI and 48 runs. She is one of only two players with at least 50 RBI and 40 runs in a season in Ohio State history. Maddy McIntyre ’16 had 50 RBI and 55 runs scored in 2015.
  • Over the last 10 games, Emily Clark has a .414 average, 15 RBI, 12 hits, 11 runs scored, five home runs, two doubles, a triple and 1.069 slugging percentage.
  • Ohio State’s seven-member senior class is responsible for 133 Buckeye victories over the past four seasons, including 54 Big Ten wins. They have cemented their spot in the record books as the ninth all-time winningest senior class in program history.
  • The Buckeyes had a season-high 13 runs, 13 RBI and 14 hits in their series opener vs. Maryland. The victory marked the seventh consecutive season that Ohio State has won at least 30 games.
  • Lilli Piper had reached base successfully in 18 consecutive games from Mar. 25-Apr. 29. During a 15-game stretch, she drew a walk 17 times, five of which were intentional.
  • Head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly reached the 30-win mark for the ninth straight season in her 12-year head-coaching career. She now has 197 wins during her six seasons at the helm for Ohio State and 385 career victories.
  • Ohio State went 11-2 at Buckeye Field for its sixth consecutive season with at least 10 wins at home. While in Columbus, Shelby McCombs led the team with a .512 average, 1.024 slugging percentage, 21 hits, 14 RBI, nine runs, six doubles and five home runs. She was also 6-1 in the circle with a 2.53 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched.
  • Lilli Piper appears in multiple categories in the national rankings. She stands fourth in home runs per game (0.40), fifth in home runs (19), ninth in RBI per game (1.19), 10th in slugging percentage (.899), 11th in total bases (134) and 17th in RBI (56).
  • Ohio State leads the conference with 62 home runs. The Buckeyes are second in slugging percentage (.495), doubles (74), triples (11) and opposing batting average (.217). Nationally, Ohio State ranks sixth in home runs per game (1.32), 13th in doubles per game (1.57), 17th in slugging percentage and 34th in scoring (5.57).
  • In the circle, the 1-2 punch of Shelby McCombs and Morgan Ray have logged nearly every inning this year. The duo has 258 strikeouts over 288.1 innings of work. Ray ranks third in the Big Ten by limiting opponents to a .194 batting average. Her 139 strikeouts is sixth and 2.30 ERA checks in ninth. McCombs stands 12th with a 3.07 ERA, ninth in opposing batting average (.230) and 10th in strikeouts (119).
  • The Buckeyes connected on five home runs against Rutgers (Apr. 8) and Maryland (Apr. 27) to tie the program record for most home runs in a game. Ohio State has hit the single-game mark on five different occasions, dating back to 2002.

OSU GRADS

  • Before heading to the Wilpon Complex on Sunday for the series finale vs. Michigan, the Buckeyes held a graduation ceremony at their hotel for the three players who were missing commencement exercises in Columbus: outfielder Bailee Sturgeon (sport industry), utility player Becca Gavin(biology and pre-health specialization) and outfielder Taylor White (sport industry).

HOME COOKIN’

  • Over the last six seasons, the Buckeyes are 66-27 at home and have won a minimum of 10 games every year. Ohio State had an 11-2 mark at Buckeye Field this season.

SWING FOR THE FENCE

  • Through 47 games, Ohio State has connected on 62 home runs. The Buckeyes have recorded at least one home run in 35 contests, has four games with three homers and two outings with five dingers.
  • Lilli Piper is responsible for 19 of Ohio State’s home runs while Shelby McCombs and Emily Clarkhave 13 and 12, respectively.

RPI UPDATE

  • Ohio State is up to 27th in the latest RPI, released on Monday. The Buckeyes are 12-7 vs. teams ranked in the Top 50 and owns 18 wins against Top 100 teams.

RANKING NEWS

  • Ohio State is receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and check in at No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. The Buckeyes have been receiving votes or ranked in both polls every week thus far.