COLUMBUS, Ohio Kim Reeder, a senior on the No. 15-ranked and Big Ten-leading Ohio State softball team, earned her third Big Ten Pitcher of the Week laurel of the season Monday. The Salinas, Calif., native earned all three of the Buckeyes’ wins this week one over Evansville and two against Wisconsin without allowing a single run to improve her individual record to 19-3 on the season and drop her ERA to 1.22.
The three wins this week also move her to within six games of tying the all-time career wins record at Ohio State. She currently holds 70 to her credit, trailing Jamee Juarez and her 76 earned during the 2004-07 seasons.
Against Evansville last Wednesday, Reeder relieved starter Megan Miller with zero outs in the fourth inning. She fanned four and gave up two hits in 4.0 innings of work. In the start vs. Wisconsin in game one Saturday, the senior captain earned her eighth complete game shutout win of the season, striking out four.
Reeder once again came into the game in relief in the back end of the doubleheader, taking over for Lindsay Bodeker with two outs in the sixth. She would strike out eight in 5.1 innings of relief, including five fans in extra innings.
Ohio State, currently riding an 11-game winning streak, is 35-6 on the season and 11-1 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are atop the conference rankings for the second time this season, capitalizing on Northwestern’s series split with Purdue this weekend by sweeping Wisconsin to move into the No. 1 spot.
The Buckeyes take on Purdue in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday at New Buckeye Field. The Boilermakers are 23-16 on the season and 6-6 in the Big Ten, currently holding down the No. 6 spot. Admission to the game is free.