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Ohio State at Ohio
April 20, 2011
Ohio Softball Field
Athens, Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team travels to Athens at 2 p.m. Wednesday for a midweek doubleheader vs. Ohio at Ohio Softball Field. The non-conference doubleheader begins a four-game road swing for the Buckeyes (10-27, 2-8 Big Ten), while the Bobcats (15-18, 4-5 MAC) conclude their home schedule with six games this week.

Ohio State returns to action after dropping two games last weekend at home against Purdue in conference play. In game one, the Scarlet and Gray lost, 7-0. In game two, the Buckeyes battled back with a six-run sixth inning rally, but came up just short, losing 10-8 to the Boilermakers.

Ohio returns home after dropping two games at Western Michigan April 17 in a doubleheader, snapping a three-game win streak. This will be the first time Ohio State has traveled to Athens since 2008 when the Scarlet and Gray swept a doubleheader from the Bobcats April 30.

FOLLOWING FROM HOME
Live Stats
A link for live stats can be found on the softball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com or OhioBobcats.com.

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State leads the all-time series against the Bobcats, 38-14. Last time the two teams met was during the 2008 season with the Buckeyes sweeping Ohio with 7-2 and 3-0 victories in Athens.
  • Ohio State has won the last eight games against the Bobcats. Ohio has not defeated the Buckeyes in Athens since a 3-2 victory on May 1, 1991.
  • Under head coach Linda Kalafatis, the Buckeyes are 9-1 vs. Ohio.
  • Junior co-captain Alicia Herron leads the squad, batting .390 while recording 24 RBI, 30 runs, nine doubles and six home runs and two triples. She also leads the team with a .686 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 .340 average, collecting 35 hits with three doubles.
  • Senior co-captain Dee Dee Hillman is second on the team in runs with 20 this season. She is batting .266 with 33 hits and three triples, while going 5-for-5 in stolen bases.
  • Freshman Evelyn Carrillo is tied with Herron with six home runs and is first on the squad with 26 RBI in 2011. She has claimed 33 hits and 56 total bases and slugging .487 at the plate this season.
  • Senior pitcher Karisa Medrano claimed both victories at Minnesota April 2 in Minneapolis. In 10.2 innings of work, Medrano had seven strikeouts, while opposing hitters batted just .143 against the senior Buckeye.
  • 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.
  • Sophomore Julia Pecina helped the Buckeyes defeat Pittsburgh, 4-3, in game one April 6 with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
  • Goodchild made her first career start in the circle in game two vs. Pittsburgh April 6 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.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Ohio had a three-game winning streak snapped April 17 after it was swept in a conference doubleheader at Western Michigan. Prior to the losses, the Bobcats defeated Northern Illinois April 15 and swept Akron April 9-10. The Bobcats are led at the plate by seniors Paige Kemezis and Emily Wethington, who both have claimed 27 hits. Wethington leads the team in the circle with 12 of the squad’s 15 victories in 2011, standing at 12-7 on the year with 111 strikeouts in 134.2 innings of work. The team is 7-4 on the season, winning three of their last four games in Athens.

HERRON’S HITTING
Junior co-captain Alicia Herron is leading the team with a .390 batting average through 37 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.

At Minnesota, Herron went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs and three walks in the doubleheader against Minnesota. Most recently, the Buckeye shortstop notched a 3-for-4 performance vs. Purdue April 17 with a home run, double, two runs and two RBI. She leads the team with 12 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 .340 batting average, 35 hits and a .420on base percentage. She led Ohio State at the plate in the two wins at Minnesota April 2, 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 11 appearances, pitching 18.0 innings. Before this season, Goodchild had thrown just 0.1 innings pitched in her Buckeye career.

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 .287 this season, Carrillo has played in all 37 games and leads the team with 26 RBI and tied for first with six home runs. She is third on the team with 33 hits and second with a .487 slugging percentage. 

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.

In three games at the South Alabama Tournament, Rennie totaled seven hits, including three home runs with six RBI in her second career collegiate event. Overall, Rennie has sttared in 28 games this season, batting .308 at the plate with 20 hits, 12 runs and three home runs with a .477 slugging percentage.

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 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 775-435-2 (.640).

UP NEXT
Ohio State will next travel to Northwestern this weekend to face the Wildcats April Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET, respectively. The game Sunday will be televised live on the Big Ten Network with Dan Kelly (play-by-play and Stacey Phillips (analysis) on the call.