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Illinois at Ohio State
April 9-10, 2011
Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Facility: Buckeye Field
Tickets: Admission is free.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (10-21, 2-2 Big Ten) plays host to Illinois Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, at Buckeye Field. The game Sunday will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington and Jennie Ritter on the call.

Last time out, the Buckeyes split a midweek doubleheader against Pittsburgh Wednesday in Columbus.  The squad holds a 3-1 record in the month of April.In game one, Julia Pecina posted an RBI single as Megan Coletta scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Buckeyes a 4-3 lead. Karisa Medrano claimed the complete game victory with nine strikeouts vs. the Panthers. In game two, the Panthers won, 5-2, holding on for the win as Ohio State’s late-inning rally fell short in the seventh.

The Fighting Illini are 16-14 overall and 3-1 in conference action. Illinois split two contests with Penn State April 2-3 before falling in midweek action to Illinois State, 10-6, Wednesday.

The team is led by 12th-year head coach Terri Sullivan, who guided the Fighting Illini to a 45-8 overall record last season.

FOLLOW THE ACTION
Buckeye Vision

Ohio State fans can watch the game Saturday vs. Illinois on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for live video streaming on Buckeye Vision. Packages available for purchase include a one-month subscription for Buckeye Vision for $11.95 or a four-month plan for $39.95.

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

Listen Live
Fans also can listen live on OhioStateSports.net – the official student radio of Buckeye sports. Charlie Danis and Chrissy Rankin will have the call.

All-time Series
Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. Fighting Illini, 17-10. Last year, the two teams split a two-game series in Champaign, Ill. Ohio State was victorious in game two, winning 10-2. 

BUCKEYE QUICK HITS

  • Ohio State has won three of its last four games after sweeping Minnesota April 2 in Minneapolis.
  • The Buckeyes lead the all-time series vs. Illinois, 17-10. Last year, the two teams split a two-game series in Champaign, Ill. Ohio State was victorious in game two, winning 10-2.
  • Junior co-captain Alicia Herron leads the squad, batting .402 while recording 21 RBI, 25 runs, eight doubles and four home runs and two triples. She also leads the team with a .674 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 .360 average, collecting 32 hits with three doubles.
  • Senior co-captain Dee Dee Hillman is second on the team in runs with 20 this season. She is batting .292 with 31 hits and three triples, while going 5-for-5 in stolen bases.
  • Freshman Evelyn Carrillo has 21 RBI (tied-most) in 2011 with 28 hits and 47 total bases, slugging .480 at the plate.
  • Senior pitcher Karisa Medrano is 3-0 in 21.0 innings pitched with a 2.00 ERA and 20 strikeouts in her last four appearances for the Buckeyes. She claimed both victories last weekend in Minneapolis.
  • 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.
  • Goodchild made her first career start in the circle last time out in game two vs. Pittsburgh Wednesday 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.
  • Ohio State returns eight letterwinners and four starters from its 2010 squad that went 39-14 and 16-2 in Big Ten play, finished 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.

LAST TIME OUT IN BIG TEN PLAY
Ohio State improved to 2-2 in conference play after defeating the Golden Gophers, 10-0 (six innings), and, 7-5, April 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. Highlighting the weekend was senior pitcher Karisa Medrano, who claimed both victories in the Big Ten doubleheader. In 10.2 innings of work, Medrano allowed just five hits and two runs with seven strikeouts to post a 1.31 ERA during the weekend. At the plate, sophomore Megan Coletta went 3-for-6 at the plate with four RBI, including the gamewinning home run in the top of the seventh with two outs in game two. In all, eight Buckeyes had at least two hits in the doubleheader, including five with at least three hits. Ohio State had a 23-9 advantage in hits against the Gophers.

IN THE BIG TEN
With a 2-2 ledger, Ohio State is currently tied for fifth in the Big Ten standings with Indiana and Iowa. Purdue is first with a 2-0 conference record, while Michigan and Illinois are 3-1 in conference action.  

In Big Ten games, the Buckeyes are third in hits (34) and RBI (21), batting average (.304) and slugging percentage (.446) and fourth in on base percentage (.373). Sophomore Megan Coletta is tied for fifth in RBI (6), while senior Karisa Medrano is fourth with a 2.00 ERA.

In Big Ten games, the Buckeyes are first in the Big Ten in hits (34) and RBI (21) and third in the conference in batting average (.304), slugging percentage (.446) and fourth in on base percentage (.373). Sophomore Megan Coletta is third in RBI (6), while senior Karisa Medrano is fourth with a 2.00 ERA.

MEDRANO NAMED OSU ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Senior Karisa Medrano was named Ohio State Athlete of the Week, the athletic department announced Tuesday. She claimed both victories in the doubleheader at Minnesota April 2 in the circle for the Buckeyes. A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Medrano posted a combined ERA of 1.31 in 10.2 innings of work, allowing just five hits and two runs with seven strikeouts. Minnesota batters posted a .143 batting average in the two games.

In game one, she threw five shutout innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out three batters. The Buckeye pitcher did not allow a hit through 4.2 innings of work in the circle for the Scarlet and Gray. In game two, Medrano came in as a relief pitcher and held the Gophers to four hits and struck out four batters in 5.2 innings of work to be the eventual winning pitcher after the team’s late inning rally. In her last three appearances, Medrano is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 21.0 innings with 20 strikeouts.

HERRON’S HITTING
Junior co-captain Alicia Herron is leading the team with a .402 batting average through 31 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.

Last time out in conference play, Herron went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs and three walks in the doubleheader against Minnesota. She is fourth in the conference with 21 walks in 2011. She leads the team with 11 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 .381 batting average, 32 hits and a .447 on base percentage. She led Ohio State at the plate in the two wins at Minnesota last weekend, going 4-for-8 with three runs and an RBI.  At the Tulsa Tournament, she led the Buckeyes in the box, batting .600 with six hits, a double and two walks.

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 10 appearances, pitching 17.1 innings.

10 STRIKEOUTS VS. THE TOREROS
Karisa Medrano
, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., led the Buckeyes to a 4-2 victory at San Diego March 18 with a career-high 10 strikeouts en route to her second win of the season. The OSU starter was dominant throughout the game and had a no-hitter through 4.1 innings vs. the toreros. The win for Medrano was her second-career complete game performance as a Buckeye.
 
PLANT 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 31 games for Ohio State and is fourth on the team with 28 hits, slugging .480 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 3-5 overall this season with 5.60 ERA in a team-high 20 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 1-3 overall this season with a 7.00 ERA in 14 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
Eight Buckeyes have homered in 2011 as the team has combined for 18 home runs, including freshman Evelyn Carrillo (5) junior Alicia Herron (4), freshman Melissa Rennie (3), sophomore Megan Coletta (2), sophomore Cara Longworth (1), senior Rachael Shepherd (1), sophomore Julia Pecina (1) and freshman Melaina Saalfeld (1). In all, the Buckeyes have recorded 56 extra-base hits.

Herron leads all active Buckeyes with 30 home runs in her career, which is fourth in the program record books. Overall, she leads the team with 14 extra bases this season (eight doubles, two triples, four home runs).

Carrillo, a native of Corona, Calif., leads the team with five long ball this year. In the game one against Iowa in the home opener, Carrillo knocked her fourth home run of 2011 high off the football tower over the right field wall – a tape measure shot at Buckeye Field.  Last time out, she posted a two-run home run in the 4-3 victory vs. Pittsburgh April 6.

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.

Coletta posted her second home run last time out at Iowa when she gave the Buckeyes a 7-5 lead on a two-out homer to center field.

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.

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.

The Buckeyes also had a Big Ten game-high eight stolen bases in the game vs. Evansville.

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 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 776-430-2 (.644).