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May 20, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The end of the 2005 season came too soon for the Ohio State softball team last weekend. Despite a 32-17 final record, a 14-3 record in their last 17 games and fourth place finish in the Big Ten Conference (9-7), the Buckeyes were not selected for the NCAA tournament after seeing their run in the Big Ten tournament cut short with a quarterfinal loss to Wisconsin.

Ohio State was coming off a two-game sweep of Penn State in the final weekend of the regular season to cap off a 6-2 record in the Buckeyes’ final eight Big Ten games, but the loss to the Badgers in Ann Arbor, Mich., would prove to be the final game of the season for Ohio State and its five seniors.

“It’s always disappointing not knowing that you’ve played your last game,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “When you look at the strength of the Big Ten and the fact that we finished fourth, we felt that we should have been included in the NCAA tournament, so we are disappointed with that outcome.”

NCAA TOURNEY LEAVES OSU BEHIND
Ohio State knew it was on the proverbial bubble heading into the Big Ten tournament last weekend, but it was still a surprise when the Buckeyes were not selected for the NCAA tournament.

“I don’t like to use excuses, because we could have won more games,” Kalafatis said, “but with a strong regular season finish, a No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament and a sweep of Penn State (May 7-8), we felt that should have been enough to propel us into the tournament, but the selection committee didn’t see it that way.

“We had five games against quality opponents get cancelled because of weather,” Kalafatis said, noting the Northwestern and Michigan cancellations as well as the March 19 cancellation of the Notre Dame game. “That dramatically affected our strength of schedule. I don’t know of any other sport that is affected as much as we are by losing games off the schedule due to weather.”

“Another big factor that the committee doesn’t look at is games on the road,” Kalafatis said. “65 percent of our games were on the road this season. Us northern schools need to push more for that element to be taken into consideration when it comes time for the NCAA tournament selection committee to do its work.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BUCKEYES
After taking a week off, the returning Buckeyes will begin individual workouts on their own as Ohio State prepares for the 2006 season. Several members of the team are staying in Columbus during the summer to take advantage of Ohio State’s training and conditioning facilities.

“We have a handful of girls staying on campus this summer,” Kalafatis said. “That’s key and we hope to expand that in the future. They get to concentrate on their training and use our program and facilities.” Fall practice will begin in mid-September shortly before classes begin. The Buckeyes will compete in a brief fall schedule that will be highlighted by the Fifth Annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic Oct. 1-2 at Fred Beekman Park on campus.

The 2005 postseason banquet is scheduled for June 5, when the team awards will be announced.

“I certainly hope that what happened to us this season (with the NCAA tournament) will motivate our players,” Kalafatis said. “I really believe we’re among the top 64 teams in the country.”

SPOTLIGHT ON THE SENIORS
Ohio State seniors Ashley Cutcliff, Karisa Evans, Natalie Hales, Jennifer Johnson and Meghan Rowlands saw their collegiate softball careers come to an end last weekend. Their 148 wins while at Ohio State are fourth-most in school history for one class and they have helped lead the Buckeyes to two of the school’s three NCAA tournament appearances (2002, 2004). These five seniors were 148-79 at Ohio State for a .652 winning percentage. Ohio State’s 2004 senior class set the all-time wins record for a class with a 162-80 (.669) record. The 2003 class ranks second with 154 wins and the 2002 class ranks third with 149 wins.

“This was a great group of young ladies,” Kalafatis said. “They were five players who all contributed in various ways and I see them all prospering in what lies ahead.

“JJ was a rock at shortstop. To have only one error the entire Big Ten season is a quite an accomplishment and drew the attention of other Big Ten coaches. We’ll miss Natalie’s pitch calling and her arm and her expertise behind the plate. Karisa had a solid career and really got hot the last month of the season. She was one of the smartest ball players I ever coached.

“Meghan ran down more balls in the gap than I can remember, it’s hard to count how many runs she prevented. She was the mother hen of the team, the captain who was always calling to check on kids. And I’ll always remember Ashley’s work ethic. I don’t know if anyone took more grounders or took more swings this season than Ashley.”

OSU MOVES UP IN THE BIG TEN
Ohio State moved up five spots in the Big Ten standings in the last two weeks of the regular season to take sole possession of the fourth spot in the league standings. The Buckeyes then made their fourth trip to the Big Ten tournament, all within the last five seasons under the direction of head coach Linda Kalafatis.

SCHEDULE CHANGES HURT BUCKEYES
Eight of Ohio State’s games were cancelled this season because of weather. Rain and snow eliminated four of Ohio State’s conference games, those coming the weekend of Apr. 22-24 at Northwestern and Michigan. The Buckeyes’ 16 Big Ten games tied No. 8 seed Michigan State (7-9) for the fewest league contests in the Big Ten this season.

“Obviously now we would have scheduled more games and played in another tournament, but our budget doesn’t allow that,” Kalafatis said. “And for the teams we do schedule, you don’t know how they’re going to do. There are so many variables that are out of our control. The only one in it that we can control is winning. I feel that we’re a much better team this year, but because of those factors that we can’t control, we’re not in the NCAA tournament this year even though we were in it last year.”

OSU IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
In national statistical rankings through May 15, Ohio State was ranked among the national leaders in six categories, including batting average (No. 7, .321), scoring (No. 10, 5.80 runs/gm.), doubles (No. 5, 1.69/gm.), triples (No. 7, .37/gm.), stolen bases (No. 15, 1.69/gm.) and slugging percentage (No. 13, .494).

In individual rankings, Nycole Koyano was ranked No. 5 in triples per game (.15) and was No. 22 in walks per game (.64). Jamee Juarez was tied for No. 20 in wins (25).

OSU NOTCHES 30-WIN SEASON NO. 9
With a 6-0 win over Pittsburgh May 4, Ohio State improved to 30-15 for the ninth 30-win season in school history. Five of those 30-win seasons have come under the direction of Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State’s ninth-year head coach.

BUCKEYES IN THE OSU RECORD BOOK
Four Ohio State records were set or tied in 2005, while several Buckeyes etched their names on the leader board in many other categories, as well.

Single Game Records
Nycole Koyano tied the OSU record for triples in a game with two against Rutgers in the season-opener Feb. 18. Liz Caputo set the single-game freshman RBI record with seven against Long Island Feb. 27.

Season Records
Jamee Juarez’s 25 pitching wins set a new Ohio State single-season record, while freshmen Brittany Vanderink tied the rookie record for triples in a season with four. Elsewhere among single-season leaders, Koyano’s seven triples are No. 3, her 41 runs scored are No. 5 and her 30 walks are No. 5. Megan Schwab’s seven home runs are No. 7 and Karisa Evans’ 13 sacrifice hits are tied for No. 4. Juarez’s 193 strikeouts are No. 3, her 10 shutouts are No. 2 and her 213.0 innings pitched are No. 2. In the freshman record book, Caputo’s .367 average is No. 2 and Vanderink’s 14 stolen bases are No. 2.

Career Records
In the Ohio State career record book, senior Ashley Cutcliff leaves as the No. 4 all-time home run hitter with 14, while senior Karisa Evans’ .338 career batting average is tied for No. 6. Schwab’s 10 homers are tied for eighth. Juarez ranks No. 3 in strikeouts with 311, No. 5 in shutouts with 13 and is tied for No. 5 in wins with 38.

FIVE BUCKEYES ALL-BIG TEN, CUTCLIFF ALSO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT
Five Ohio State players earned All-Big Ten honors this season. Soph. Jamee Juarez (utility) and fr. Liz Caputo (OF) earned second-team honors, while being named to the third-team were soph. Nycole Koyano (2B), sr. Karisa Evans (OF) and sr. Ashley Cutcliff (DP). In addition, Cutcliff was also named to the first-team of the CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic-All-District IV team. The Academic All-America team will be announced June 2.

Juarez, who earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last year at the same position, batted .341 in Big Ten games and fashioned a 9-5 record in the circle with a 2.52 ERA and 60 strikeouts. Her wins total ranked No. 2 and her strikeouts ranked fifth. Caputo hit a team-best .516 inside the conference, while Cutcliff was No. 2 at .370. Evans, a third-team pick a year ago, batted .359 and ranked No. 5 in on base percentage (.500), No. 3 in walks (11) and No. 2 in sacrifice bunts (6), while Koyano checked in at .306 and tied for No. 2 in the league in Big Ten games in stolen bases (7).

THREE BUCKEYES NAMED ALL-REGION
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its All-Region softball teams May 18 and three Buckeyes were among those named to the All-Great Lakes Region team. Megan Schwab earned first-team honors, while Jamee Juarez and Liz Caputo earned a spot on the second-team.

Schwab, an outfielder, Juarez a utility player and Caputo, an outfielder, are now candidates for NFCA All-America honors, which will be determined during the week of May 30 at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Schwab batted .362 this season (47-for-130) with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 33 RBI, 30 runs scored and a .623 slugging percentage. In the Big Ten, her average ranked tenth and her slugging percentage ranked No. 8, and she batted .453 with runners in scoring position.

Juarez was the mainstay of the Ohio State pitching staff but also saw action at third base, right field and designated player. While batting .361 (44-for-122) with 28 RBI, she set a school single-season wins record with 25 victories and went 9-5 in the circle in Big Ten games.

In Caputo’s last 17 games of the season she batted .467 (21-for-45) to raise her season average to .367 (36-for-98), which ranked second on the OSU squad and is the second-best average by a freshman in OSU history. She batted a team-best .516 in Big Ten games and concluded her first season as a Buckeye with three doubles, a triple, four home runs and 19 RBI.

NINE BUCKEYES EARN BIG TEN, OSU ACADEMIC AWARDS
Nine Ohio State players were named Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athletes when the 2005 season concluded, including Chelsea Baker, Ashley Cutcliff, Christina Douglas, Karisa Evans, Natalie Hales, Jennifer Johnson, Nicole Lancaster, Meghan Rowlands and Andrea Tribuzi.

OHIO STATE QUICK HITS
In a look at Ohio State’s final season statistics, the Buckeyes’ .321 batting average was No. 2 in the Big Ten and was among the national leaders (No. 7). The Buckeyes had over twice as many doubles (83-37) and three times as many triples (18-6). Ohio State was 19-for-48 (.396) when the bases were loaded with three grand slams. OSU increased its batting average to .376 with runners in scoring position and to .500 with a runner on third base and less than two outs. Buckeye pitchers racked up 265 strikeouts, while OSU hitters struck out only 187 times (fewest in Big Ten).

When leading after five innings, Ohio State was 7-0 in Big Ten games and 21-0 in all games. The Buckeyes were 31-6 when scoring at least three runs and 20-2 when holding their opponents to two or fewer runs. OSU was 12-2 when scoring in the first inning and 26-6 when scoring first in the game. Ohio State was 30-3 when outhitting or having the same number of hits as its opponent.

BUCKEYES 12-2 IN LAST 14 REGULAR SEASON GAMES
Heading into the Big Ten tournament, Ohio State was 12-2 in its last 14 games, which included a 5-1 record in Big Ten games. The Buckeyes swept Wright State Apr. 19 and Bowling Green Apr. 27 before getting back into Big Ten play against Indiana and Purdue Apr. 29-May 1. OSU swept the Hoosiers and split with the Boilermakers. Ohio State then took two games from Akron, went 1-1 at Pittsburgh and swept Penn State.

During that 14-game stretch, four Buckeyes hit over .400, including Liz Caputo (.480), Karisa Evans (.455), Stacy Hibma (.438) and Nycole Koyano (.419). Jamee Juarez won nine of those games (9-1, 1.12 ERA) and Chelsea Baker won three (3-1, 2.88 ERA). Ohio State out-homered its opponents 12-4 and out-doubled them 31-4.

OSU PILES UP NON-CONFERENCE WINS
Ohio State’s double-header at Pittsburgh May 4 brought to an end the Buckeyes’ regular-season non-conference schedule. Against its final 17 non-Big Ten opponents, Ohio State was 19-3. Overall this season, Ohio State was 23-9 in non-conference regular season games, including one win over a ranked team, that being then-No. 19 Georgia Tech (now No. 16) March 6 in Marietta, Ga.

BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
In the Big Ten regular season statistics, Ohio State ranked No. 2 in batting (.323) and No. 2 in scoring (5.90 runs/game). OSU was No. 8 in pitching (2.85 ERA) and fielding (.956), but those rankings improved in Big Ten games to No. 5 in pitching (2.95 ERA) and No. 3 in fielding (.968) in league contests. Despite having played the fewest games of all league teams, OSU ranked first in doubles (82) and triples (18) and was No. 2 in stolen bases (83). The Buckeyes also struck out the fewest times (184).

Ohio State had three of the conference’s Top 10 on base percentage leaders, as Karisa Evans ranked fifth (.482), Nycole Koyano ranked sixth (.476) and Jamee Juarez ranked ninth (.450). Megan Schwab owned the No. 10 batting average (.370) and No. 7 slugging percentage (.638). Koyano was tied for the Big Ten lead in triples (7), was No. 4 in walks (29) and was No. 9 in runs (41). Evans was No. 2 in sacrifice bunts (13) and Brittany Vanderink was No. 10 in stolen bases (14). Among Big Ten pitchers, Juarez ranked No. 3 in wins (25), No. 7 in strikeouts (187) and No. 4 in innings pitched (207.0).

THREE BUCKEYES NOMINATED FOR ACADEMIC HONORS
Three Ohio State seniors have been nominated for the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-America team. Meghan Rowlands and Jennifer Johnson, both English majors, and Ashley Cutcliff, a sports and leisure studies major, all have built career grade point averages over 3.2 and will be on the all-region ballot that goes to SIDs across District IV (Ohio, Mich., Ky., Tenn., Ala.). The first-team Academic All-District IV honorees will then be on the All-America ballot.

OSU MISSES DEBUT ON NATIONAL TV, SHOT AT NO. 1 RANKED TEAM
The Ohio State at Michigan double-header Apr. 24 in Ann Arbor was to have been televised by ESPN’s new college sports-only affiliate, ESPNU. The television coverage would have marked the Ohio State softball team’s first appearance on national TV, while at the same time the Buckeyes were aiming for their first win over the nation’s No.1-ranked team (0-3, most recent meeting in (997).

ROAD GAMES MATCH OSU RECORD
For just the second time, the Buckeyes faced their first three Big Ten opponents (six games total) all away from Columbus. The 1987 OSU squad also opened its Big Ten schedule with three road opponents, including games at Michigan, Northwestern and Indiana. Dating back to the middle of the 2004 season, OSU played 17 consecutive Big Ten games on the road, including the 2004 Big Ten tournament.

KALAFATIS COMPLETES YEAR NINE AT OHIO STATE
Ohio State head coach Linda Kalafatis completed her ninth season at the helm of the Buckeyes’ softball program in 2005. She is already OSU’s all-time wins leader with 295 victories in Columbus (295-209-0, .582), and her overall record stands at 568-324-2 (.639) in 17 years as a collegiate head coach. Kalafatis has guided Ohio State to the NCAA tournament twice and was named the 2002 Big Ten Coach of the Year. She was assisted by former Buckeyes Belinda Quisenberry and Chrissy Fowler this season.

BUCKEYES BETTER THAN BEFORE
In 11 fewer games than it played last year, Ohio State scored more runs (284) than it did last year (230), hit more home runs (37, 25 in 2004), hit more triples (18, 7 in 2004) and stolen more bases (83, 70 in 2004).

Megan Schwab improved almost all of her numbers from 2004, including home runs (7 in `05, 3 in `04) and RBI (33 in `05, 25 in `04) and batted .362 compared to .295 last year. Nycole Koyano had seven triples after having none in 2004. Billie Jo Carder had 10 doubles and 27 RBI, which are more than her combined freshman and sophomore totals (five doubles, 10 RBI).

Christina Douglas had 39 hits, four home runs and 31 RBI in 2005 after having 11 hits, one homer and seven RBI in 2004. Stacy Hibma had five home runs, more than the three HR of her first two seasons. Others with batting averages significantly up from 2004 included Carder (.255 in 2004, up to .302), Ashley Cutcliff (.329 up to .391), Douglas (.216 up to .293), Hibma (.237 up to .320) and Jamee Juarez (.279 up to .361).

NOTING THE BUCKEYES
Chelsea Baker (.356, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 6-3, 4.20 ERA || in Big Ten games: .200, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0-1, 5.68 ERA, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete) … ended the season with the team’s No. 6 batting average and No. 3 slugging percentage (.658) … went 5-for-6 (.833) with a runner on third and less than two outs, best on the team, and her .436 avg. with runners on base was No. 3 … when in the lineup as an outfielder, batted .435 (10-for-23) … nearly all her offensive numbers were career bests, and her 13 extra-base hits and 20 RBI were double the totals from her first two seasons combined (6 EBHs, 10 RBI) … had an eight-game hitting streak from Apr. 16-30, during which she went 12-for-23 (.522) with a home run, four doubles and six RBI … had a career-high four RBI vs. Akron May 3.

Liz Caputo (2nd-team All-Region, .367, 4 HR, 19 RBI || 2nd-team All-Big Ten, in Big Ten games: .516, 1 HR, 2 RBI) … ended the season with the team’s No. 2 batting average overall and No. 1 average in Big Ten games … her average is the second-best by a freshman in OSU history and her homers are tied for No. 2 … her .710 slugging percentage and .516 on base percentage in Big Ten games were best on the team … her seven RBI vs. Long Island Feb. 27 broke the OSU freshman record for RBI in a game … 13 of her 19 RBI came with two outs, which tied for No. 2 on the team … she batted .467 (21-for-45) in her last 17 games and entered the Big Ten tournament with a career-best seven game hitting streak, during which time she went 10-for-19 (.526) … was a perfect 6-for-6 in the double-header at Minnesota Apr. 3 with a home run … hit two home runs Feb. 27 vs. Long Island, one of which was a grand slam.

Billie Jo Carder (.302, 3 HR, 27 RBI || in Big Ten games: .240, 2 HR, 14 RBI) … had the best offensive season of her career with 13 extra-base hits and 27 RBI (7 EBHs, 10 RBI as a frosh., soph. combined) … ranked No. 4 on the team in RBI, but in Big Ten games she drove in 14 runs, which tied for tops on the team … batted a team-best .458 (22-for-48) with runners in scoring position, which she increased to a team-best .556 (10-for-18) in Big Ten games … 13 of her RBI came with two outs, which tied for No. 2 on the team … 93 fielding assists tied for most on the team … went 4-for-7 in the double-header vs. Illinois Apr. 17 with four RBI in game two … had a career-high four hits in a 12-7 win over Marshall 3/20. Her grand slam against Mississippi St. 3/6 led to an 11-0 win.

Ashley Cutcliff (.391, 5 HR, 18 RB || 3rd-team All-Big Ten, in Big Ten games: .370, 1 HR, 6 RBI, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete) … was named first-team CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV … had the team’s best batting average, slugging percentage (.667) and No. 3 on base percentage (.462) in 2005 … batted .425 with runners on base, fourth-best on the team … ended her career with 14 home runs, fourth-most in school history … eight times in her career she collected three hits in a game, including three times in 2005.

Christina Douglas (.293, 4 HR, 31 RBI || in Big Ten games: .320, 1 HR, 14 RBI, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete) … led team in doubles (12) and ranked No. 2 in RBI and runs scored (31) … in Big Ten games, led team in doubles (6) and tied for lead in RBI (14) … in Big Ten games her .419 average with runners on base was No. 4 and her .500 average with runners in scoring position was No. 2 … was the second-toughest Buckeye to strike out (just once every 9.5 at bats) … most of her offensive numbers were at least three times better than her freshman season … went 3-for-5 in the Penn State series May 7-8 with two RBI … went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI at Minnesota Apr. 3 and had six RBI vs. Marshall March 20 … was named to the all-tournament team of the Buckeye Invitational March 18-20 after hitting .500 (4-for-8) in the event with two doubles, a grand slam (vs. Marshall) and eight RBI.

Karisa Evans (.357, 1 HR, 21 RBI || 3rd-team All-Big Ten, in Big Ten games: .359, 1 HR, 6 RBI, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete) … 2005 tri-captain … leaves Ohio State with a .338 career batting average, which is tied for sixth-best in school history … ended the season with a seven-game hitting streak, which tied her career-best streak, during which time she batted .421 (8-for-19) … was the fourth-toughest Buckeye to strike out (just once every 9.3 at bats) … in the last month of the season batted .434 (23-for-53, last 19 games) … ranked among the national leaders in sacrifice bunts for most of the season and finished with 13, which tied for fourth-most in a season in OSU history … her success rate advancing runners was best on the team, both in Big Ten games (.773) and in all games (.653) … homered against Indiana Apr. 30 and drove in career-high four runs vs. Boston March 5.

Nicole Gragson (1-2, 5.25 ERA || in Big Ten games: 0-1, 3.36 ERA) … made 17 pitching appearances on the season … was charged with only two earned runs in her last six appearances (8.2 IP) … threw a three strikeout inning at Wright State Apr. 19 … pitched six solid innings against a ranked Iowa team March 6 in the championship game of the Buzz Classic.

Natalie Hales (.213, 1 HR, 3 RBI || in Big Ten games: .280, 0 HR, 0 RBI, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete) … 2005 tri-captain … ranked No. 2 on the team in sacrifice hits with six … in Big Ten games ranked No. 2 on the team in success advancing runners (.588, 10-for-17) … ends her Ohio State career with 553 putouts, 60 assists and a .986 fielding percentage … went 1-for-2 in the Penn State series May 7-8 with two sacrifice bunts … went 2-for-3 vs. Illinois Apr. 17 and 1-for-3 vs. Indiana Apr. 30 … hit her fourth career home run March 23 in OSU’s 6-1 win at Cal State Fullerton.

Stacy Hibma (.320, 5 HR, 12 RBI || in Big Ten games: .091, 0 HR, 0 RBI) … had her best season as a Buckeye in 2005 … her .660 slugging percentage was No. 2 on the team and her five home runs tied for second-most … when she was in the game defensively at catcher, her batting average went up to .382 and she hit all of her home runs and had all but one of her RBI … had a career-best six-game hitting streak from Apr. 19-May 4, during which she batted .500 (7-for-14) … went 2-for-3 with a homer at Wright State Apr. 19 and hit another homer May 4 at Pittsburgh … hit two home runs vs. Boston March 5.

Stephanie Hill (3 ab, .000) … entered as a pinch runner 29 times, most on the team … scored 14 runs and stole six bases.

Jennifer Johnson (.042, 0 HR, 2 RBI || in Big Ten games: 1 ab, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete) … was Ohio State’s lone four-year starter on the 2005 squad … started in 160 games as a Buckeye, most among active players … leaves OSU with 249 putouts and 275 assists … her 93 fielding assists as a senior tied for most on the team … had only one error in 58 fielding chances in Big Ten play … started at shortstop in 46 games as a senior, the most starts at the same position on the team … was nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors Apr. 19.

Jamee Juarez (2nd-team All-Region, .361, 1 HR, 28 RBI, 25-12, 2.00 ERA || 2nd-team All-Big Ten, in Big Ten games: .341, 0 HR, 7 RBI) … is in the process of rewriting the Ohio State pitching record book and was one of OSU’s top offensive producers on top of that … set the single-season wins record in 2005 with 25 victories … as a sophomore, her 193 strikeouts ranks No. 3 in a season, her 213.0 innings pitched is No. 2 and her 10 shutouts is tied for No. 2 … was named the Big Ten Player of the Week twice in 2005 (Feb. 22, March 1) and the Pitcher of the Week once (May 9) … among Big Ten pitchers, ranked first in games started, No. 8 in strikeouts, No. 3 in wins and No. 4 in innings pitched … was OSU’s starting pitcher in 34 of 49 games and in all but one Big Ten game … pitched in 40 of OSU’s 49 games … in the OSU career pitching record book, her 38 wins are tied for No. 5, her 311 strikeouts are No. 3 and her 13 shutouts are tied for No. 5 … at the plate in 2005, led the team in batting average with runners in base, both in all games (.456) and in Big Ten games (.500) … had the team’s fourth-best average, the No. 4 on base percentage (.448), ranked No. 3 in RBI, triples (3) and walks (18) … tied for No. 2 on the team in average with runners in scoring position (.453) … had a team-high 15 two-out RBI and her .368 average with two outs was No. 3 … had an 11 game hitting streak from March 6-April 3 … won nine consecutive decisions from Feb. 27-March 24 … also played in 14 games at third base, four games in right field and one game at designated player … was named to the all-tournament team of the Buckeye Invitational March 18-20.

Nycole Koyano (.355, 1 HR, 16 RBI || 3rd-team All-Big Ten, in Big Ten games: .306, 0 HR, 3 RBI) … led the nation in triples as of Apr. 24 with .21 per game, ended the season ranked fifth (.15/gm) … her seven triples in 2005 are third-most in a season in OSU history and she tied the single-game triples record with two vs. Rutgers in the season-opener Feb. 18 … was also ranked among the national leaders in walks, ending the season ranked No. 22 (.64/gm) … her 41 runs (9th in Big Ten) and 30 walks (4th in Big Ten) both led the team and are ranked No. 5 on the OSU single-season lists … also led the team in hits (49), stolen bases (16) and total plate appearances (170) … her .473 on base percentage was No. 2 on the team and her nine doubles were No. 4 … went 16-for-17 in the stolen base department in 2005, bringing her career stolen base percentage to .889 (32-for-36) … batted .447 with runners on base, second-best on the team, and she increased that to .500 in Big Ten games, which tied for the team lead … led the team in average with two outs, both in all games (.433) and in Big Ten games (.556) … had a career-best nine-game hitting streak from April 19-May 3 … had at least one hit in 12 of her last 14 games and batted .400 (18-for-45) during that stretch … was named to the all-tournament team of the Buckeye Invitational March 18-20.

Nicole Lancaster (.238, 0 HR, 1 RBI, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete) … hit her second double of the season Apr. 27 vs. Bowling Green … had a career-best day March 5 against South Dakota State when she went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, an RBI and a double.

Meghan Rowlands (.211, 1 HR, 6 RBI || in Big Ten games: .150, 0 HR, 0 RBI, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete) … 2005 tri-captain … played in 189 games as a Buckeye, most among all players on the 2005 team … in her career stole 33 bases, scored 63 runs and had 14 extra-base hits … did not commit an error in 2005 in 23 fielding chances … her bases-loaded hit against Akron May 3 gave OSU an eight-run mercy rule win … went 2-for-3 at Michigan State Apr. 9 and doubled against Wright State Apr. 19 … had five hits in her first 12 at bats this season, including the game-winning RBI vs. Pittsburgh Feb. 19 … was nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors Apr. 19.

Megan Schwab (1st-team All-Region, .362, 7 HR, 33 RBI || in Big Ten games: .250, 0 HR, 4 RBI) … led Ohio State in home runs, RBI and total bases (81) … her seven homers are the seventh-most in a single-season in OSU history … her batting average ranked No. 3 on the team and she ranked No. 4 in slugging percentage (.623), No. 5 in on base percentage (.425), No. 3 in runs scored (30) and No. 2 in hits (47) … led the team in multiple hit games (14) and multiple RBI games (11) … was the toughest Buckeye to strike out (just once every 10 at bats) … batted .453 with runners in scoring position, which tied for second-best on the team … she came to the plate a team-high 90 times with runners on base and had a .600 success rate advancing them, which ranked No. 3 on the team … her .396 average with two outs was No. 2 on the team … batted .667 (8-for-12) when in the lineup as the designated player … went on a 10 game hitting streak from March 6-26, during which time she hit .612 (19-for-31) … twice during the season she hit two home runs in a game (March 6 vs. Mississippi State, March 23 at Cal State Fullerton) … did not commit an error in 29 fielding chances … was named to the all-tournament team of the Buzz Classic March 4-6 and the Buckeye Invitational March 18-20 … already owns 36 extra-base hits in her career (24 doubles, two triples, 10 homers).

Andrea Tribuzi (0-0, 6.00 ERA, Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete) … made eight pitching appearances on the season, including two in the Buzz Classic March 4-6 … pitched one inning of shutout relief both March 6 vs. Iowa and Apr. 19 at Wright State.

Brittany Vanderink (.311, 0 HR, 10 RBI || in Big Ten games: .364, 0 HR, 2 RBI) … tied the Ohio State single-season record for triples by a freshman with four … came within two stolen bases of the OSU freshman record of 16 … finished the season 14-for-15 in the stolen base department … her batting average in Big Ten games was third-best on the team … in all games, her 25 runs scored ranked No. 4 on the team and her 14 stolen bases and four triples were No. 2 … batted .414 with runners in scoring position and .381 with two outs (fourth-best on the team) … was Ohio State’s best pinch hitter, batting .500 (7-for-14) as a pinch-hitter in all games and .800 (4-for-5) in Big Ten games.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information on the Ohio State softball program, contact Tim Stried in the athletics communications office at 614-292-0134 or stried.3@osu.edu.

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