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Kim Reeder and Cortney Cannon to be honored during Senior Day festivities

COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 11 Ohio State softball team wraps up the 2009 regular season with a doubleheader against Penn State beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Buckeye Field. The Buckeyes are 42-9 overall, 14-4 in the Big Ten and ranked second in the conference coming off a two-game sweep at the hands of eighth-ranked Michigan Wednesday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Junior Sam Marder tied the all-time career homeruns record with a solo shot in the first game vs. the Wolverines, making her 41st career round trip and 17th this season.
     The Nittany Lions are 19-25 on the season, 7-11 in conference play after splitting with Indiana last weekend and are currently ranked seventh in the Big Ten. This will be the 63rd and 64th meeting between the Ohio State and Penn State. In a series that began in 1975, the Buckeyes hold the advantage, 36-26.
     Seniors Kim Reeder and Cortney Cannon, as well as five Penn State seniors, will be honored following the conclusion of the second game Saturday. Also join the Buckeyes for: 
  >> FREE rally towels to first 250 fans courtesy of Nationwide 
  >> Buckeye Kids Club Day
  >> FREE t-shirts to the first 200 fans 
  >> Student Day Register to win a $100 Target gift card 
  >> Meet the Buckeyes postgame autograph session
    
FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES
Webcast: Both of the Buckeyes’ game vs. Penn State will be streamed live through Buckeye Vision on OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Subscription fees apply.
Radio: Scarlet and Gray Radio, the student station of Ohio State, will provide audio for the live webcast. They can also be followed on OhioStateSports.net
Live stats: Live stats for all Buckeye games are available and will be linked from the homepage, as well as the softball schedule page of OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes await their NCAA Tournament fate until 10 p.m. Sunday night when the 64-team field is announced live on ESPNU. Stay tuned to OhioStateBuckeyes.com for complete details on the team’s postseason destination.

POLL POSITION
At No. 11 for the second-consecutive week, the Buckeyes hold their highest-ever ranking and a Top 25 spot for a school-record 12th-consecutive week and are also currently holding a No. 12 ranking by USA Softball. The previous record for consecutive weeks in the nation’s Top 25 was eight, set in 2003 and matched again last season.

By earning the No. 23 nod by USA Softball Feb. 17, the Buckeyes returned to the national rankings after an 11-week absence. Ohio State spent the first six weeks of the 2008 season in the Top 25 before dropping out in the March 10 edition. The Scarlet and Gray is 97-47 all-time, 28-7 this season, when ranked in either the USA Softball or NFCA polls.

LAST TIME OUT
Sam Marder tied the Ohio State softball team’s all-time career homerun record with a solo shot in the first game of a doubleheader sweep at the hands of eighth-ranked Michigan Wednesday at Alumni Field. The Buckeyes fell 6-3, 5-2, snapping a seven-game winning streak and dropping their record to 42-9 on the season, 14-4 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines improve to 40-9 overall and 16-2 in the conference. With the wins, Michigan clinches at least a share of the Big Ten title. If the Wolverines should lose both of their games this weekend and Ohio State picks up two more wins Saturday, the teams would share the honor, with Michigan holding the NCAA Tournament automatic bid advantage in the head-to-head tiebreaker. [complete recap]