COLUMBUS, Ohio – Riding a seven-game win streak, Ohio State is set to battle rival No. 14 Michigan in Ann Arbor to wrap up the regular season this weekend. The series gets underway on Friday at 6 p.m. and continues Saturday at 1 p.m. The finale will take place at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Friday’s game will be streamed on BTN Plus/BTN2Go while the remaining contests will be live on the Big Ten Network.
- TTUN enters the weekend at 41-9 overall and leads the Big Ten with a 16-2 mark.
- After suffering their first home loss on Tuesday to Western Michigan, 8-2, the Wolverines rebounded with a five-inning 8-0 win at Michigan State.
- As a team, Michigan is batting .313 with 71 doubles, 42 home runs and 60 stolen bases.
- The three-person pitching staff has a 1.18 ERA and 353 strikeouts in 327.1 innings.
- Individually, Faith Canfield leads the Wolverines hitting .405 with 70 hits, 40 runs, 35 RBI, 12 doubles and seven home runs. In the circle, Meghan Beaubien (30-3) has put in 183.1 innings of work for a 0.88 ERA and 229 strikeouts.
- Ohio State trails TTUN, 93-21, in the all-time series.
- A season ago, the Buckeyes took the series finale in front of over 1,800 fans at Buckeye Field with a 5-0 shutout win over the Wolverines. Shelby McCombs tallied 10 strikeouts over seven innings and held the visitors to three singles while walking only one. Ashley Goodwin had a timely three-run homer to seal the victory.
- Ohio State has won seven straight games after closing its home slate with a 5-1 triumph over Pitt on Wednesday. The squad has a 33-11 mark on the season and is fourth in the conference with a 13-6 record.
- The Buckeyes finished the regular season with a 20-5 record in non-conference play. Ohio State’s non-conference slate ranks 19th in strength of schedule and the RPI is No. 14 in the country.
- Emily Clark was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs, a RBI and home run against the Panthers while Ashley Goodwin had a two-run shot. Niki Carver recorded a two-RBI single and Shelby McCombsposted one hit and a run. RHP Morgan Ray pitched a complete game and held Pitt to a pair of hits with five strikeouts on her way to win No. 17.
- Shelby McCombs, Niki Carver and Emily Clark have reached base successfully in seven consecutive games.
- During Ohio State’s seven straight wins, Emily Clark has a .455 batting average, 1.182 slugging percentage, 14 RBI, 10 hits, nine runs scored, four home runs, two doubles and a triple.
- Niki Carver earned her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor on Monday. Carver’s big weekend at the plate led to a .625 batting average, five hits, four runs, two RBI, a double, triple, home run and 1.375 slugging percentage against Maryland. She is on a seven-game hitting streak, the longest of her career.
- The Buckeyes had a season-high 13 runs, 13 RBI and 14 hits in Friday’s series opener vs. Maryland. The victory marked the seventh consecutive season that Ohio State has won at least 30 games.
- Following Sunday’s game, Ohio State honored its 2018 seniors – Becca Gavin, Ashley Goodwin, Maddie Marotti, Shelby McCombs, Bailee Sturgeon, Alex Vargas and Taylor White. The seven-member senior class is responsible for 132 Buckeye victories over the past four seasons, including 53 Big Ten wins. They have earned their spot in the record books and tied for the ninth all-time winningest senior class in program history.
- Lilli Piper had reached base successfully in 18 consecutive games from Mar. 25-Apr. 29. During a 15-game stretch, she drew a walk 16 times, four 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 196 wins during her six seasons at the helm for Ohio State and 384 career victories.
- Lilli Piper appears in multiple categories in the national rankings. She stands fifth in home runs per game (0.40), eighth in slugging percentage (.899), 11th in home runs (17), RBI per game (1.23) and total bases (124). Her 1.05 runs per game and 53 RBI rank 14th and 19th, respectively.
- In Big Ten-only games, Shelby McCombs’ numbers are truly impressive: she is hitting .448 with a .931 slugging percentage, 26 hits, 17 RBI, 13 runs scored, seven doubles and seven home runs. That ranks her second in slugging percentage and hits, third in batting average and fourth in home runs.
- Ohio State leads the conference with 58 home runs and a .499 slugging percentage. The Buckeyes are second in doubles (71), triples (11) and opposing batting average (.215). Nationally, Ohio State is sixth in home runs per game (1.30), 11th in doubles per game (1.63), 16th in slugging percentage and 28th in scoring (5.70).
- In the circle, the 1-2 punch of Shelby McCombs and Morgan Ray have logged nearly every inning this year. The duo has 249 strikeouts over 275.2 innings of work. Ray ranks third in the Big Ten by limiting opponents to a .191 batting average. Her 138 strikeouts is sixth and 2.16 ERA checks in ninth. McCombs stands 13th with a 3.08 ERA, ninth in opposing batting average (.228) and strikeouts (111).
- 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.
- 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 43 games, Ohio State has connected on 58 home runs. The Buckeyes have recorded at least one home run in 33 contests, has four games with three homers and two outings with five dingers.
- Lilli Piper is responsible for 17 of Ohio State’s home runs while Shelby McCombs and Emily Clarkhave 12 and 11, respectively.
- Ohio State is up to 30th in the latest RPI, released on Monday. The Buckeyes are 8-4 vs. teams ranked in the Top 50 and owns 17 wins against Top 100 teams.
- It has already played 12 games against Top 50 opponents and has three remaining on the schedule vs. Michigan.