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April 11, 2000

Columbus, Ohio – The Buckeyes (17-15) tangle with the Bowling Green Falcons on the road, Tuesday at 4 p.m. Ohio State is looking to avenge a 2-0 loss that occurred earlier in the year, when the Falcons defeated the Buckeyes in the consolation finals at the Florida International Tournament in March.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS
The Bowling Green Falcons are 17-8 and 2-2 in the Mid-American Conference, under second-year head coach Leigh Ross-Shaw. The Falcons last competed against Detroit, winning the doubleheader, 5-3 and 8-6 on April 5. The last six of their eight scheduled games have been cancelled because of bad weather. Inside the circle, Jennie Milosek leads the Falcons with a 6-1 record, 0.72 ERA and striking out 27 in 58.1 innings pitched this season.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES
Ohio State leads the all-time series with a 15-10-1 record against Bowling Green. Last year, the Buckeyes defeated the Falcons, 9-1, but fell to them this season, 2-0, at the Florida International Tournament on March 5. Under Coach Linda Kalafatis, the Buckeyes have a 3-1 record against the Falcons.

LAST TIME OUT
On Sunday, the Ohio State softball team posted its first conference win today against the visiting Indiana Hoosiers, 6-3, in the first game of the doubleheader. The Buckeyes would fall in the second game, 5-1, but Stacy Roth (So., Wauseon, Ohio/Wauseon) extended her 15-game hitting streak going 4-for-4 with four RBI in game one.

CONGRATS TO CHAIN
Freshman Katie Chain (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) broke the OSU freshman record for strikeouts in a season against Purdue on Friday. She now has fanned 91 batters this season and passed assistant coach Belinda Cernava (1992) for fourth place on the single-season record for K’s. Now averaging 7.6 strikeouts a game, Chain could pass the No. 1 mark for strikeouts held by Genice Turley (1994) who has 154.

FIVE KEY FACTORS FOR THE BUCKEYES
* Anna Smith – Smith has 21 stolen bases on the season, placing her fourth on OSU’s single season record list for thefts.

* Stacy Roth – Roth has extended her hitting streak to a team-high and career-high 15 games.

* Kristine Himes – After a nine-game hitting slump, Himes came back with a bang over the weekend, notching four hits, one home run and two runs batted in.

* Renae Weigel – Weigel is batting .301, notching 22 hits and 13 RBI for the season.

* Katie Chain – She broke the OSU freshman record for strikeouts and now has a team-leading total of 91 this season.

HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN
After the second game of the doubleheader was cancelled against Purdue and the single game against Indiana was postponed last week, Ohio State has now had five games cancelled or suspended because of rain this season.

MORE STREAKIN’ STACY
With a hit against Indiana, all-Big Ten candidate Stacy Roth has extended her hitting streak to a team-high and career-high 15 games.

CRUISIN’ IN THE CONFERENCE
Stacy Roth loves conference play, enough to bat .700 with four runs batted in this past weekend against Purdue and Indiana. Individually, she is ranked third in the conference with a.700 batting average and hits with seven.

HIMES IS BACK
After a nine-game hitting slump, Kristine Himes (Fr., Bolivar, Ohio/Tuscarawas Valley) came back strong this past weekend, batting .500 and going 4-for-8 with a two-RBI home run in conference games. She now currently holds a three-game hitting streak, .220 batting average with 18 hits, 14 runs and eight RBI.

MORE ON HIMES
Kristine Himes notched her fourth home run of the season against Indiana (April 9) posting an OSU freshman record for HR’s. She passed teammate Stacy Roth (3) for first place.

GOING, GOING, GONE
Two Buckeyes blasted home runs last week to tally 15 for the season. The Buckeyes now only need four more home runs to break the team record of 18 set in 1994.

BIG DEFENSE
Stacy Roth picked off two runners in the doubleheader against Indiana and is now 21-for-29 in pick-offs. Overall, she has a fielding percentage of .968 and is perfect (1.000) in conference games.

SMITH MOVES UP
Anna Smith (So., Walnut, Calif./Diamond Bar) is now in fourth place on the OSU single-season record for thefts with 21. She only needs five more to pass Kathy Boettcher (1990) for first place on Ohio State’s season record for steals. Smith is ranked 13th in the nation with 20 and is averaging .74 steals per game. In the conference, Smith is second behind Penn State’s Gina Bianchini who has 25.

BIG BUCKEYE BATS
Stacy Roth, Anna Smith and Renae Weigel (Sr., Coldwater, Ohio/Coldwater) all currently hold batting averages over .300. Roth leads the Buckeyes with a .394 BA, while Smith is in second with a .304 and Renae Weigel follows with a .301 BA. All three have combined for 89 of the team’s 216 hits this season.

BUCKEYES RANKED
In the 2000 NCAA Division I softball preseason poll, conducted by the NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Committee, the Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked eighth in the Mideast Region Poll. Michigan captured the No. 1 ranking with a 28-7 overall record as of April 10.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
Within conference games, the Buckeyes are ranked third with a team BA of .359 in the Big Ten. Overall, the Buckeyes are fifth in the Big Ten in batting with a .271 team BA. In pitching the Buckeyes hold a team 2.19 ERA and are ranked seventh in the conference.

BIG TIME CONFERENCE
In the April 2 USATODAY/NFCA Poll, the Big Ten Conference has two teams ranked in the Top 15. Michigan and Iowa are ranked No. 11 and No. 14, respectively. As a conference, the Big Ten ranks fifth in the nation with a batting average of .274 and seventh with an ERA of 2.27.

WEIGEL’S CAREER NUMBERS…
Renae Weigel only needs two more home runs to break the career record for home runs. She has a total of 11 in her career. She needs 12 more runs batted in to break the all-time career RBI total of 97 at OSU.

CAPTAIN WEIGEL
Senior Renae Weigel was named by her teammates as captain of the 2000 softball team. As the only Buckeye who has been at Ohio State all four seasons, Weigel will resume her role as Ohio State’s top hitter and leader of the squad. Last season, the Coldwater, Ohio native had another breakout season, posting a single-season home run mark with six and finishing third overall in both batting average (.301) and conference BA (.324).

ADDITION TO THE COACHING STAFF
Jaime Chenevey returns to the Buckeyes this season as an assistant coach. She was a four-time letterwinner and was selected as a second-team all-Big Ten selection as the Buckeyes’ catcher. She still holds the No. 2 spot on the Ohio State career home run ladder with nine. Last summer, She competed on the Akron Racers of the Women’s Professional Softbal League with former Buckeye Jodi Dolan. She is a graduate student of Ohio State in education.

ON THE ROAD
The Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. for a doubleheader against No. 11 Michigan on Friday at 2 p.m. Ohio State wraps up the weekend in East Lansing on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) against Michigan State. The Buckeyes end the road trip at Cleveland State for a single game on April 19 at 6:30 p.m.

LAST BIG TEN HOMESTAND
The Buckeyes take on Minnesota and Wisconsin in the last Big Ten homestand on April 21-23.

ON DECK IN 2001
Coach Kalafatis signed one of the best recruiting classes in the nation to be added next season. Wendy Allen (Moreno Valley, Calif.), Kristi DeVries (Corona Calif.) and Beth McAbier (Carrollton, Ohio) all signed letters of intents to attend Ohio State in 2001. Allen, a left-hand pitcher, was one-of-16 players in the nation to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-American. DeVries is a high school All-American pitcher who notched a 24-6 record last season with 321 strikeouts and 23 walks. McAbier, a shortstop, was a two-time all-conference pick and three-sport student-athlete at Carrollton High School.

LET’S CELEBRATE
Ohio State will celebrate its 10-year anniversary of the 1990 Big Ten Championship this year. In 1990, Ohio State captured a 39-25 record, defeating Iowa to win the conference championship and head to the NCAA Tournament.