Sept. 30, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team has more opportunities to hit the field this fall when it travels to Kent State’s Diamond at Dix for a doubleheader against the Golden Flashes on Sunday beginning at noon.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• The Buckeyes began their 2016 fall schedule last weekend by hosting the 16th annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic, welcoming over 20 teams to Columbus while raising money for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OCCC-James.
• After taking on the USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch League on Sunday, Ohio State split its squad into two teams on Sunday and picked up a pair of wins – 8-0 for Team Gray over Walsh and 2-1 for Team Scarlet over Toledo.
• The combination of sophomore Morgan Ray and senior Lena Springer was nearly unhittable on Sunday. The duo gave up just one hit over 12.0 innings and were hitless over the final 11 frames after a first-inning bunt single vs. Walsh.
• Springer tossed a no-hitter in the second game of the day vs. Toledo. The Buckeyes’ offense was able to come through with two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off win.
• Ohio State won 34 games last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. The Buckeyes return six starters and all five pitchers from that team while adding five newcomers to the mix.
• At the plate, senior Alex Bayne, a first team All-Big Ten and All-Region selection, hit .364 with a school-record tying 19 home runs, 49 RBI and 53 runs scored last spring. As a team, Ohio State belted 63 home runs, the fifth most in single-season school history, and was 16-0-1 in games in which homered.
• Emily Clark, a sophomore, hit .324 in her rookie campaign while earning first team All-Region honors at second base.
• Taylor White picked up second team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career while hitting .307 with a team-high 15 stolen bases. In 23 conference games, White hit .342, drove in 14 runs and scored 22 times.
PITCHERS IN COMMAND
Ohio State’s five-person pitching staff – Ray, Springer, Shelby Hursh, Katya Duvall and Shelby McCombs – had a 1.91 ERA in 33.0 innings last weekend with 25 strikeouts and a .168 batting average against. In addition to Ray and Springer’s performance on Sunday, Duvall tossed a complete game three-hitter as the winning pitcher for Team Scarlet in the Scarlet vs. Gray game
NEWCOMERS STAND OUT
Three newcomers saw their first action wearing the Scarlet and Gray last weekend. Spencer Sansom, Amy Balich and Lilli Piper combined to hit .333 with one double and two RBI. Sansom had a run-scoring double as part of a four-run first inning for Team Gray vs. Walsh.
SCARLET VS. GRAY RECAP
Duvall threw a complete game three-hitter, striking out six, and Clark belted a two-run home run in the fourth inning to highlight an eight-hit attack as Team Scarlet outlasted Team Gray, 5-0. Taylor White added a pair of doubles and Balich reached base in three of her five at-bats (two hits, one walk).
YOUR 2017 BUCKEYES
Ohio State’s 2017 roster features:
• Four seniors (Springer, Hursh, Bayne and Kirk)
• Eight players from Ohio
• Three returning All-Region selections (Clark, Bayne, Hursh)
• Two returning All-Big Ten honorees (Bayne, White)
• Players from eight different states
• Five newcomers (Balich, Sansom, Piper, Carley Gaskill, Andi Farrah)
• 100% of the Buckeyes’ pitching production from 2016.
• 65% of the Buckeyes’ run production from 2016 (leaders Bayne and Clark combined to score 80 runs).
• 66% of the Buckeyes’ home run production from 2016 (leaders Bayne and Clark combined to hit 25).
• 57% of the Buckeyes’ total hit production from 2016 (leaders Bayne and White combined for 113 hits).
• 57% of the Buckeyes’ total RBI production from 2016 (leaders Bayne and White combined for 81 RBI).
• 86% of the Buckeyes’ stolen base production from 2016 (leaders Bayne and White were 27-for-32).
IT’S A WRAP
The 2016 fall schedule concludes next weekend with two games for the Scarlet and Gray at Buckeye Field – 11 a.m. vs. Marshall and 4 p.m. against Eastern Michigan. EMU and Marshall will play at 1:30, also at Buckeye Field. Admission is free.