Ohio State at Indiana and Purdue
April 11-13, 2008
IU Softball Field, Bloomington, Ind., and Purdue Varsity Softball Complex, West Lafayette, Ind.
Friday, 4 p.m.
OSU at Indiana
Saturday, 1 p.m.
OSU at Indiana
OSU at Purdue (DH) Big Ten Network
OHIO STATE TRAVEL INFORMATION
The Buckeyes will depart campus at 4 p.m. Thursday and bus to Bloomington (Radisson Hotel, 1710 N. Kinser Pike). After playing IU Friday (4 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.) the team will bus to West Lafayette Saturday evening (Quality Inn & Suites, 4221 State Rd. 26 E.). The Buckeyes will bus home from Purdue Sunday evening (approx. 11 p.m. arrival).
Ohio State is 29-50-2 all-time against Nate Wiechers’ Indiana Hoosiers, including 11-21 at the IU Softball Field. OSU’s last two trips to Bloomington have resulted in double header splits.
Ohio State is 19-6 all-time against Wendy Mayer’s Purdue Boilermakers, including 6-2 at the Purdue Varsity Softball Complex. OSU’s last visit to W. Lafayette in 2006 resulted in a two-game split.
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FIVE WARM-UP PITCHES
1. Ohio State is 5-2 in true road games this season (14-4 at neutral sites).
2. Sophomore Sam Marder leads the Big Ten in RBI (44) and ranks second in average (.475) and home runs (11).
2. Senior Brittany Vanderink is tied for the Big Ten lead in hits (48) and ranks second in runs (34).
4. In Ohio State’s regular batting order, only three returning starters are back this season (lead-off batter Brittany Vanderink, No. 3 hitter Sam Marder and No. 8 hitter Liz Caputo.
5. In June, a $5.9 million renovation project will begin at Buckeye Field, which opened in 1988.
SETTING THE SCENE
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Back on the road for the first time in four weeks, the Ohio State softball team travels to Indiana and Purdue this weekend for a pair of two-game Big Ten series.
And the Buckeyes hope the change in scenery will do them some good. After going 21-6 on the road to begin the season, Ohio State is now 23-14 overall and 2-6 in the Big Ten after a 4-8 home stand that ended with two losses to Michigan State and No. 16 Northwestern last weekend.
The Buckeyes will face the Hoosiers (10-26, 1-7 Big Ten) in Bloomington at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Ohio State will then bus to West Lafayette for a doubleheader at noon Sunday against the Boilermakers (27-10, 4-2 Big Ten).
Following this weekend on the road, the Buckeyes will be back home for a nonconference twin bill at 5 p.m. Wednesday against Kentucky, followed by their last home Big Ten weekend when Michigan and Penn State visit Buckeye Field.
BIG TEN NETWORK IN WEST LAFAYETTE
The Big Ten Network will televise the doubleheader at Purdue Sunday live in high definition. Rob Blackman and Leah Secondo will have the call. The Buckeyes were also on the Network March 30 in a doubleheader split at home with Illinois. Ohio State is 4-1 on television the last two seasons.
FOLLOW THE BUCKEYES ONLINE
Live statistics for all four games this weekend will be available at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com. In addition, the doubleheader at Purdue can be heard live at PurdueSports.com through YahooSports.com (subscription required).
BUCKEYES ON THE ROAD
Ohio State began its season on the road, going 21-6 in five southern or western tournaments. Seven of those games were on the home field of their opponent and the Buckeyes went 5-2. Individual leaders in road games this season are:
Sam Marder .455, 3 HR, 8 R, 10 RBI
Brittany Vanderink .400, 7 R, 3 RBI, 2-3 SB
Karisa Medrano .286, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Kim Reeder 3-0, 1.29 ERA, 15 K, 21.1 IP
OHIO STATE AT A GLANCE
The Buckeyes have only three field starters and one starting pitcher back from their 2007 Big Ten champion team that went 40-18 overall and 14-2 in the conference.
Ohio State is batting .275 overall (sixth in Big Ten) and opponents are batting .249. OSU pitchers own a 2.54 staff ERA (fifth in Big Ten) and have struck out 204 batters in 253.2 innings. The Buckeyes’ .943 fielding percentage ranks 11th in the Big Ten but they up that to .953 in league games, which ranks ninth.
Leading the Buckeyes at the plate is a pair of 2007 first-team All-Big Ten selections, including sophomore Sam Marder (.475, 11 HR, 44 RBI) and senior Brittany Vanderink (.364, 34 R, 14-15 SB). In the circle are junior Kim Reeder (12-9, 1.84 ERA) and sophomores Lindsay Bodeker (6-2, 1.23 ERA) and Megan Miller (5-3, 4.25 ERA).
The Buckeyes are out-scoring their opponents 24-13 in the first inning and 66-41 in the first three innings combined. The Buckeyes are 19-2 this season when leading or tied after four innings. Ohio State is 17-4 when scoring first.
Ohio State has 11 letterwinners back from its 2007 squad that won both the league’s regular-season and conference championships. The Buckeyes hosted an NCAA Regional last season and came within one win of their first trip to Super Regionals before falling twice to Cal State Fullerton.
In Big Ten games last season, Ohio State led the Big Ten in batting (.319) and fielding (.973) and ranked third in pitching (2.50 ERA). Overall, the Buckeyes batted .292 as a team, compared to .221 by their opponents. The pitching staff owned a 2.37 ERA, which was almost two full runs lower than the opposition (4.11).
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana split a doubleheader at Wisconsin Sunday after dropping its first six league games (vs. Michigan and Penn State, at Minnesota). The Hoosiers rank 10th in the Big Ten in team batting (.211 avg.), 11th in pitching (4.50 ERA) and sixth in fielding (.961). In Big Ten games, the Hoosiers own the same rank in all fields except fielding, where they drop to 10th. Indiana is led by Jenni Huddleston with a .311 average, two homers, five doubles and 14 RBI.
A LOOK AT THE BOILERMAKERS
Purdue swept Penn State and Wisconsin in league play and lost twice to Michigan. The Boilermakers are 15-2 in their last 17 games. Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten in batting (.289), eighth in pitching (3.12) and second in fielding (.969). In league games, the Boilermakers’ batting average drops to .236 (seventh) and ERA climbs to 3.33 (fifth) and their fielding percentage improves to .977 (second). Three Purdue batters are hitting over .350, including Ashley Hall (.371, 6 triples), Candace Curtis (.362, 6 HR, 27 RBI) and Kelly Miller (.360). In the circle, Suzie Rzegocki (11-4, 3.00 ERA) and Dana Alcocer (15-6, 3.33 ERA) make Purdue the only Big Ten team besides Michigan with a pair of 10-game winners so far this season.
LAST YEAR AGAINST IU & PURDUE
Ohio State swept Indiana (5-2, 9-0) and Purdue (7-5, 8-0) last season at Buckeye Field during the last weekend of April. Ohio State, the host and No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, eliminated No. 5 seed Purdue, 10-1.
Last year in five games against IU and Purdue, Brittany Vanderink batted .500 (8-16), Sam Marder hit .462 (6-13) and Liz Caputo batted .385 (5-13). In the circle, Kim Reeder went 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA.
OSU, OPPONENTS CONNECTIONS…
Indiana redshirt senior catcher Tory Yamaguchi and OSU sophomore pitcher Megan Miller are both from Woodland Hills, Calif. Yamaguchi went to Chaminade College Prep and Miller went to El Camino Real. Hoosier head coach Stacey Phillips played against Ohio State as a shortstop at Michigan State. IU assistant coach Tarrah Beyster played against the Buckeyes as a pitcher at Oregon State.
Purdue junior pitcher Ashley DiDomenico is from Youngstown, Ohio (Boardman H.S.) and freshman outfielder Beth Cinadr is from Hudson, Ohio (Hudson H.S.). Purdue head coach Kim Maher and assistant Boo Gillette played against Ohio State as undergraduates. Maher played at Fresno State from 1991-94 and Gillette played at Wisconsin from 2003-06.
IN MEMORY OF MARSHA PRUNER
The Buckeyes will wear “MP” on their uniforms and helmets for the rest of the season in honor of Marsha Pruner, the mother of OSU junior Courtney Pruner, who passed away March 21.
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A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEKEND
Ohio State went winless in four games at home last weekend against Michigan State (4-3, 5-3) and No. 16 Northwestern (7-0, 6-0). It marked the first time since 1999 that the Buckeyes were swept at home during a weekend.
Despite the four losses, sophomore Sam Marder still hit .500 in six official at bats. She was walked five times and hit by a pitch twice. Sophomore Tory Haddad batted .300 (3-10, 2 RBI).
BUCKEYES VS. HOOSIERS
Ohio State is 29-50-2 all-time against Indiana, including 11-21 at the IU Softball Field. The Hoosiers won eight in a row in the series in Bloomington from 1995-99 before the Buckeyes swept two-game sets in 2001 and 2002. The last two times these teams met in Bloomington (2004 and 2006), they split two games.
BUCKEYES VS. BOILERMAKERS
Ohio State is 16-9 all-time against Purdue, including 6-2 at the Purdue Varsity Softball Complex. The Buckeyes won five straight in West Lafayette from 1998-2004 before splitting there with the Boilermakers in 2006.
BUCKEYES AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
In the latest national statistics report released Monday, Ohio State sophomore Sam Marder ranked third in the nation in on base percentage (.594), fourth in batting average (.475), sixth in RBI per game (1.19) and slugging percentage (.859) and eighth in walks per game (.81).
Senior Brittany Vanderink ranked 28th in runs per game (.92). Log on to www.NCAAsports.com for the complete report, which also includes Kim Reeder and Tory Haddad.
MARDER ON NATIONAL POY WATCH LIST
Ohio State sophomore Sam Marder was named to the Amateur Softball Association’s watch list for the Collegiate Player of the Year Jan. 31. Marder is one of only nine sophomores on the list. A list of 25 finalists will be announced by the ASA April 9. The list includes only five from the Big Ten, with three of those being sophomores.
In Big Ten games, Marder has been walked 15 times and is batting .600 officially (6-10). Predominantly a catcher, Marder leads the Buckeyes with a .475 average overall, five doubles, 11 home runs, 44 runs batted in, 30 walks, a .859 slugging percentage and a .594 on base percentage.
Last year, Marder led the Buckeyes with a .359 average, 10 home runs, 49 runs batted in and a school record 44 walks on her way to earning first-team honors from the Big Ten and NFCA Great Lakes Region.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
The Big Ten’s hits leader (48), senior captain Brittany Vanderink has hit safely in 29 of Ohio State’s 37 games this season and owns multiple hits in a team-high 15 of those games. A .364 hitter this season and .344 career hitter, she is 14-for-15 this season in stolen bases. Vanderink ranks second in the Big Ten in runs scored (34) and third in stolen bases (14).
A two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, Vanderink is a career 60-for-64 base stealer and she ups her career batting average to .374 in Big Ten games.
HEAD COACH LINDA KALAFATIS
Head coach Linda Kalafatis is in her 12th season at Ohio State in 2008 and her 20th season as a collegiate head coach. Kalafatis, who twice has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year (2002, 2007), is Ohio State’s all-time wins leader (397-264, .606) and is one of three Big Ten coaches with more than 650 career wins (670-379-2, .643).
Seven times the Buckeyes have won at least 30 games under Kalafatis, who has guided Ohio State to the NCAA tournament four times (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007). She is assisted by former collegiate All-Americans Ali Viola (Nebraska) and Erica Beach (Arizona State).
BUCKEYES IN THE BIG TEN
In Big Ten statistics as of April 7, Ohio State ranked sixth in batting average (.275), fourth in team earned run average (2.54) and 11th in fielding (.943). The Buckeyes ranked fifth in the Big Ten in runs scored (163 runs) and sixth in runs per game (4.4).
Sophomore Sam Marder leads the league in RBI (44), walks (30) and slugging percentage (.859) and ranks second in on base percentage (.594) and home runs (11). Senior Brittany Vanderink leads the league in hits (48) and ranks second in runs scored (34) and third in stolen bases (14). Junior Kim Reeder ranks fourth in innings pitched (144.2).
In Big Ten games last season, Ohio State led the league in batting (.319, third overall-.292) and fielding (.973, ninth overall-.956) and was third in pitching (2.50, fifth overall-2.37). In all games, Marder led the Big Ten in walks (44) and on base percentage (.520).
BUCKEYES RANKED FOR EIGHT WEEKS
This week marks the first time the Buckeyes are not among the nation’s Top 25 in either poll. Ohio State was ranked for the previous eight-consecutive weeks, tying the program record first set in 2003.
The Buckeyes were ranked No. 22 and No. 23 in the two preseason national polls and have been ranked as high as No. 18 (Feb. 11). Ohio State ended last season ranked in the same positions as in the two preseason national polls this season.
Ohio State is 69-38 all-time when ranked, including 25-11 at home when owning a Top 25 mark.
IN THE CAREER RECORD BOOK
Senior Brittany Vanderink ranks fourth all-time at Ohio State in stolen bases (60), fourth in career batting average (.344), tied for fourth in triples (11) and sixth in runs scored (122). On the OSU career home run list, sophomore Sam Marder is third with 21 and junior Courtney Pruner, who will miss her junior season is tied for seventh with 14. In the circle, junior Kim Reeder ranks fourth in wins (45), fourth in strikeouts (413) and eighth in innings pitched (487.0).
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
The 2008 Ohio State roster includes 13 freshman and sophomores. There are three juniors and two seniors. Senior Brittany Vanderink and sophomore Sam Marder have started all 37 games this season but are the only two starters back from last season who have done that. Five seniors graduated last year and first-team All-Big Ten selection Courtney Pruner, a junior in 2008, will miss the entire season because of offseason hip surgery.
OHIO STATE AT BUCKEYE FIELD
Ohio State is 319-131 (.709) all-time at Buckeye Field since the facility opened in 1988. That mark includes a 126-103 (.550) record in Big Ten games and a 183-28 (.876) record in non-league games.
Now 4-8 at home this season, Ohio State is 46-12 at Buckeye Field overall the last three seasons. Ohio State was dominating at home last season with a 21-2 record, which tied the best winning percentage in Buckeye Field history (.913) since the facility opened in 1988.
Ohio State batted .360 at home last season, compared to .184 by the opposition, and OSU pitchers compiled a 1.57 earned run average compared to 6.13 the opposing pitchers.
BUCKEYE FIELD TO GET $5.9M FACELIFT
It was announced last year that Buckeye Field, home of Ohio State softball since 1988, will get a $5.9 million renovation as soon as the 2008 season is over. The new 1,500 seat stadium will include indoor and outdoor batting cages, a three-plate bullpen, 650-square foot press box, player clubhouse, lounge and locker room, new dugouts, coaches and umpires locker room and a concession area.
THE BUCKEYES AT NIGHT
Ohio State is 5-3 at night this season (4-0 on the road, 1-3 at home). Sophomore Sam Marder leads the offense in night games with a .522 average (12-23), four home runs and 12 RBI, while freshman Karisa Medrano is batting .409 (9-22). Junior Kim Reeder is 2-2 at night this season with a 2.33 ERA and sophomore Megan Miller is 2-1 in the circle (3.44 ERA).
The Buckeyes went 9-3 in night games last season, including 4-0 at home, 1-1 on the road and 4-2 at neutral sites. Among the highlights at night were a Kim Reeder no-hitter at UAB, a Jamee Juarez perfect game against IUPUI and three postseason wins at night at Buckeye Field. Sam Marder led the offense with a .423 average (11-26) in night games, while Reeder went 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA.
The Buckeyes played five-consecutive early-season tournaments to begin the season that took them to DeLand, Fla. (went 5-0, Feb. 8-10), Miami (went 3-2 Feb. 15-17), Palm Springs (went 3-2 Feb. 22-24), Las Vegas (went 5-0 March 7-9) and Sacramento (went 3-2 March 14-16). Of note, the first two weeks of the season marked the first time Ohio State is playing in Florida twice in the same season.
COURTNEY PRUNER TO MISS 2008
Ohio State junior Courtney Pruner, a first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, will miss all of the 2008 season after undergoing hip surgery in December. Pruner batted .336 with seven home runs and 37 runs batted in last year and was penciled in to play first base this season.
BUCKEYES WIN BIG IN VEGAS
Ohio State was a perfect 5-0 record at the UNLV Invitational in Las Vegas March 7-9. The Buckeyes beat Oregon 7-0, UNLV 2-1, New Mexico State 3-1, Portland State 4-2 and UNLV again, 5-1.
UNLV was 13-3-1 at home this season before suffering two losses to Ohio State. For the second-consecutive tournament, a freshman led the Buckeyes in batting as Dee Dee Hillman posted a team-high .419 average (5-for-12). In the circle, junior Kim Reeder went 3-0 with two saves and a 0.59 ERA in 23.2 innings.
BIG SHOES TO FILL
Ohio State said goodbye to five senior starters from its 2007 team, leaving big shoes to fill for the 2008 Buckeyes. Positions open include first base (Christina Douglas), shortstop (Nycole Koyano), pitcher/third base (Jamee Juarez), left field (Megan Schwab) and designated player (Lauren Daykin). All five of those Buckeyes earned postseason honors from the Big Ten last season.
MARDER, REEDER EARN BIG TEN’S FIRST WEEKLY AWARDS
The Buckeyes swept the Big Ten’s first weekly awards Tuesday as Kim Reeder was named the pitcher of the week and Sam Marder was named the player of the week. In leading Ohio State to a perfect 5-0 record at the Stetson Lead-Off Classic last weekend, Reeder went 2-0 with a 0.56 earned run average and Marder batted .462 with a home run and eight runs batted in.
AWARD WINNERS RETURN
Ohio State head coach Linda Kalafatis was named the 2007 Big Ten Coach of the Year and welcomes back three Buckeyes who earned All-Big Ten honors last season. Sophomore Sam Marder and junior Courtney Pruner were first-team honorees last season, while senior Brittany Vanderink was a second-team selection. Marder earned her award at catcher and she will also see innings at first base in 2008. Pruner was the league’s pick in right field, but she is expected to play first base this season if she returns from offseason surgery (see previous note). Vanderink returns at second base and was named the Buckeyes’ 2008 captain.
In addition, Marder was named first-team all-region by the NFCA, while Vanderink was a second-team choice.
Among returning Buckeyes who received postseason team awards is Marder, who became the first freshman to earn the team’s Offensive Player of the Year award. She was also named the Rookie of the Year, while pitcher Kim Reeder earned the Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. Pruner was named the Most Improved Player and Whitney Cooper took home the Buckeye Spirit Award.
THE DEFENDING BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
Ohio State went 14-2 in the Big Ten last season to win its second conference championship and first since 1990. The Buckeyes, who went 10-0 at home in league games and 4-2 on the road, had to sweep Penn State in the regular-season finale to hold off Northwestern for the title and the Buckeyes did just that, winning 4-2 and 4-0. Both games were dramatic, as the Nittany Lions scored twice in the top of the seventh inning Saturday in a comeback bid and the Buckeyes scored all four of their runs Sunday as the visiting team in the top of the seventh inning.
A 2-1 walk-off win over sixth-ranked Northwestern May 12 at Buckeye Field gave Ohio State its first Big Ten tournament title and first automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. In the bottom of the seventh, senior Megan Schwab singled to center, stole second, went to third on an infield single by junior Liz Caputo and scored when senior Nycole Koyano grounded to third and Darcy Sengewald’s throw was wild, allowing Schwab to score.
The tournament championship game was televised live on CSTV, marking Ohio State’s first game on national television. With the win, Northwestern became the highest-ranked opponent ever to lose at Buckeye Field.
In a 10-2 quarterfinal win over Penn State and a 10-1 semifinal win over Purdue, the Buckeyes established and then tied a team record for runs scored in a Big Ten tournament game. The previous Big Ten tournament scoring high was nine runs in a quarterfinal win over Penn State in 2006 at Northwestern.
The Buckeyes are the third team to win the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships, joining Michigan (six double titles) and Iowa (one).
JUAREZ REWRITES RECORD BOOKS
Perhaps no Buckeye will be tougher to replace this season than Jamee Juarez, who was a senior last year and not only set nearly every Ohio State career pitching record, but ended her career ranked third in runs batted (127) in and sixth in doubles (39).
Juarez, who was a first-team All-Big Ten and all-region pick, went 12-0 with 115 strikeouts, nine walks and a 0.68 ERA in 71.2 innings pitched to end the season prior to a loss in the NCAA tournament. During those five weeks, Juarez threw eight complete games in 10 starts, pitched a perfect game and set OSU all-time pitching records for wins (76), shutouts (27), innings pitched (746.1) and strikeouts (747). In addition, her single-season total of 240 strikeouts and five saves as a senior were also school records.
A TOP PROGRAM ADDS MORE
Since 2000, the Buckeyes have won 322 games, which is the third-highest win total in the Big Ten during that time. Ohio State’s .647 winning percentage and average win total of 37.6 games rank fourth in the Big Ten this decade.
The 2007 Buckeyes were the fourth team in Ohio State softball history to win at least 40 games in a season, joining teams in 1994, 2001 and 2002. Combined with 39 wins in 2006, Ohio State’s win total of 79 during the 2006 and 2007 ranks third all-time in the program among back-to-back year win totals.
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