April 20, 1999
Columbus, Ohio – The injury plagued Ohio State Buckeyes (13-24 overall, 2-11 in Big Ten) return home for a three-game homestand and hit the road for the weekend. Today, the Buckeyes will play host to Butler in a single game. On Thursday, OSU will play host to instate foe Dayton in a doubleheader. On Saturday, Ohio State will begin a three-game series with Wisconsin.
%^$WEIGEL CLIMBING UP HOME RUN LIST
%^$With her four home runs this season, Renae Weigel is one blast away from tying the OSU all-time single season record (held by Jodi Dolan and Marla Pickard). This year’s total also gives her eight for her career, placing her third on the OSU all-time career list.
%^$171 GAMES AND COUNTING
%^$If you were to combine the number of games missed by the Buckeyes because of injury, the number is an astonishing 171 games. Kelli Tom, Chrissy Fowler and Kristi Martin have missed the entire season (37 games each). Natalie Woods has been out for the last 24 games and will also miss the reaminder of the season. Meaghan Robinson (13), Carrie Vanderpool (7), Holly English (6), Anna Smith (7), Cheryl Palaroan (2) and Katie Wessendorf (1) have each missed parts of the season.
%^$THE WALKING WOUNDED
%^$To say the Buckeyes are battling the injury bug may be a major understatement. The roster reads 18 players but in truth, there are currently only 11 healthy members on the team. Pitchers Kelli Tom (chronic left knee pain) and Kristi Martin (impinched ulnar nerve in her right arm) along with infielder Natalie Woods (torn ACL) and outfielder Chrissy Fowler (torn ACL) are done for the season. Pitcher Meaghan Robinson is dealing with a stress fracture injury in her right rib cage. She will only pitch three-to-four innings one or two games per week. Outfielder Anna Smith is still not 100 percent from a deep bruise to her right calf muscle. The injury occurred when she scored in a home plate collision with Michigan catcher Karmen Lappo.
%^$Five OSU batters are batting .300 or better with runners in scoring position. Leading the way is freshman Stacy Roth who is carrying an awesome .515 BA with runners in scoring position – 185 points higher than her season batting average. Following her are Holly English (.350), Samantha Kimura (.310), Jaime Chenevey (.302), and Anna Smith (.304).
%^$SPEAKING OF ROTH
%^$Stacy Roth had a tremendous series against Michigan State. She batted .500 with five runs batted in. For the season, she is second on the team with a .330 batting average and leads the team with 21 RBIs. The RBI total is seven away from tying the OSU freshman record of 28 set by Amy Haug in 1996. Her two home runs places her second in OSU freshman history behind Renae Weigel (1997) and Amy Haug’s (1996) total of three.
%^$BIG TEN WEB ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
%^$Renae Weigel is featured this week’s Big Ten Web Athlete of Week. To read more about her, log on to www.bigten.org this week
%^$HILEMAN PICKS UP THE WORKLOAD
%^$Toni Hileman has been called upon to pick up the slack for the pitching staff (decimated by injuries to three of its members). She has already tossed 146.1 innings after throwing 60.2 all of last year. In her freshman season at Ohio University, she logged 200.1 innings of work.
%^$PALAROAN ADDS TO STOLEN BASE MARK
%^$Cheryl Palaroan’s 15 stolen bases this season not only leads the team but extends her career record to 49. The old mark of 44 was held by Candace Kollen (1995-98). She broke the record against Long Beach State (3/21)
%^$BUCKEYE FIELD INFORMATION
%^$Buckeye Field, home of Ohio State softball, is located at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The press box phone number is (614) 292-0623.
%^$The Buckeyes will depart from Port Columbus International Airport at 7:30 p.m. on Friday for Madison, Wis., via Southwest Airlines. The team will stay at the Best Western Inn Tower located at 2424 University Ave. The phone number is 608-233-8778. The fax is 608-233-1325.
%^$For any questions or requests regarding the Ohio State softball team please contact Assistant Athletic Communications Director Pat Chun. He will be accompanying the team to East Lansing.
%^$SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
%^$The Butler Bulldogs enter this week with a 10-37 record. They are currently on a three-game losing streak. On Sunday, Illinois-Chicago swept a doubleheader 5-1 and 8-0. Offensively, the team is led by Sammi Goldstone. She leads the team with a .269 batting average and 14 stolen bases. The team batting average is .209. Inside the pitching circle, Stephanie Burlein is 9-15 with a 3.96 earned run average. The head coach is Tiffany Strnad.
%^$BUCKEYES vs. BULLDOGS HISTORY
%^$Today’s meeting is the first ever between the two schools.
%^$SCOUTING THE FLYERS
%^$The Dayton Flyers enter this week with an 18-24 overall record. They also carry a 7-1 Atlantic-10 record. Offensively, the team is led by Joy Christopher and Tanya Leet. Christopher has a team high .365 batting average and six steals. Leet is second on the team with 13 runs batted in and is carrying a .362 BA. Inside the circle, Karen Hill has a team low 1.97 earned run average. She is 7-3 on the year. The Flyers head coach is Jodi Eickemeyer.
%^$BUCKEYES vs. FLYERS HISTORY
%^$The Buckeyes hold a 5-1 edge in the all-time series between the two schools. Last year, the Buckeyes swept both games 1-0 and 8-0 in Columbus. Holly English went 2-for-4 with three runs batted in that afternoon. Toni Hileman was the winning pitcher in game two.
%^$SCOUTING THE BADGERS
%^$The Wisconsin Badgers enter this week with a 20-13 overall and 4-4 Big Ten record. Offensively, the team is led by Julie Borchard. She has a team high .358 batting average and 23 runs batted in. Her four home runs tie her with Amanda Berg for the team lead. Inside the pitching circle, Jennifer Cummings (9-5) has a team low 1.56 earned run average. Ashley Fauser leads the team with a 10-7 record. The Wisconsin head coach is Karen Gallagher. She is in her fourth season at the helm.
%^$BUCKEYES vs. BADGERS HISTORY
%^$The two schools are tied 4-4 in the all-time series. Last year, the Buckeyes won the series winning game one 6-0, losing game two 6-5 in 10-innings and winning game three 6-3.
%^$Jaime Chenevey, Natalie Kratzer, Cheryl Palaroan and Renae Weigel have been named captains for the 1999 Ohio State softball team. “I expect our captains to represent and reflect the ideals we want out of our student-athletes,” Ohio State head coach Linda Kalafatis said. “Natalie, Renae, Jaime and Cheryl all possess excellent work ethics, they are academically focused and are solid people. They characterize what our program stands for in every sense of the word.”
%^$PAIR OF BUCKEYES DRAFTED
%^$In December, Jaime Chenevey and Cheryl Palaroan, respectively, became the second and third Buckeyes ever to be drafted by the Women’s Professional Softball League. The Akron Racers selected Chenevey in the third round and Palaroan in the eighth round in the WPSL Senior Draft.
%^$THE 1999 SCHEDULE
%^$Ohio State will travel 20,372 miles, visit nine states and five different time zones this season. The travel log features four tournaments and a four-game swing through Southern California. At home, Buckeye Field will play host to Michigan, Iowa, Bowling Green, Purdue, Butler, Dayton, Northwestern and Youngstown State.
%^$1998 SEASON REVIEW
%^$The Buckeyes finished the 1998 season with a 33-23 overall and 10-14 Big Ten record. The overall record marked the first winning season since 1995. The 33 wins marked only the fifth time in school history that OSU has won at least 30 games. The .589 winning percentage was the school’s third highest in the 90s and the highest since 1994s .667. Within the conference, OSU finished in sixth place.
%^$MEDIA GUIDES ON SALE
%^$Copies of the 1999 Ohio State Softball Media Guide are on sale at The Winning Schott, the gift shop inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Store hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, please call (614) 292-2073 or 1-800-678-6022.
%^$Results for the Buckeyes will be posted through www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com approximately two hours after the last game of each day. Results are also available through the Fax-on-demand service (The Big Ten passcode – 282; Release – 2665, Last Game Result – 2667).
%^$On Wednesday, the Buckeyes will travel to University Park, Pa., for a doubleheader against the Penn State Nittany Lions at 2 p.m. On Saturday, May 1, the Buckeyes will close out the home season when they play host to Northwestern in a two-day, three-game series.
%^$00, Julie Darney, 3B/P, Fr.
%^$Made her college debut against Hawaii (2/12) as a pinch-hitter. Threw a shutout inning against Cal-State Fullerton (2/14). Academically ineligible for the remainder of the season.
%^$1, Kristi Martin, P, So.
%^$Is still recovering from offseason surgery on her right arm. Is out for the season.
%^$3, Cheryl Palaroan, CF, Sr.
%^$Co-captain of this year’s team. Went 2-for-4 against Loyola Marymount. Had a career high three hits and four runs scored against St. Louis (2/27). Batted .300 at the Kentucky Invitational. Leads the team with 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts. Has started every game in centerfield and as the leadoff hitter. In the first inning against Long Beach State (3/21) she broke the OSU all-time career stolen base mark of 44. Batted .333 during the California trip. Continued the consistency with a .333 BA at the Georgia Tech/ Buzz Classic. Had a season high eight-game hitting streak from 3/22-3/31. Batted .333 during the month of March.%^$ %^$4, Natalie Kratzer, 3B, Sr.
%^$Co-captain of this year’s team. Singled in first at bat of the season against Cal-State Fullerton (2/11). Has started every game at third base. Rock solid defensively with just seven errors in 111 chances (.937).
%^$6, Meaghan Robinson, P, Sr.
%^$Opening day starter against Cal-State Fullerton. Second consecutive season she got the call on opening day. Recorded a career high seven strikeouts against Indiana State (2-27). Was 2-0 with a 0.00 earned run average at the Kentucky Invitational. Her 54 strikeouts has already surpassed last year’s total of 36 and surpasses her career high of 44 set in her sophomore season. Did not play in California due to a strained pectoral muscle. Returned with a splendid complete game, 0 ER, 6 K win over Evansville (3/26). Is dealing with a stress fracture injury to her right rib cage. Team doctor’s have decided to limit her to just three-to-four innings per game, once or twice a week. Returned with a splendid four inning shutout performance against No. 25 Iowa (4/10). Recorded her first save of the season in OSUs 3-2 win over Michigan State (4/17). %^$ %^$7, Kelli Tom, P, Sr.
%^$Will miss the remainder of the season due to chronic left knee pain.
%^$8, Chrissy Fowler, UT, So.
%^$Is out for the season with a torn ACL in her left knee.
%^$9, Katie Wessendorf, 1B, So.
%^$Started season opener against Cal-State Fullerton (2/11). Batted .556 at the Georgia State Softball Classic. Went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Indiana State (2/27). Carried a .333 BA during the month of February. Blasted her first career home run in the first inning off Akron’s Tiffany McCoy (3/6). Led the team with a .385 BA during the California trip. Batted .364 at the Georgia Tech/Buzz Classic. Batted .314 during the month of March. Drove in the game-winning run in the eight inning, 8-7 win over No. 25 Iowa (4/11). Batted . 375 in the Michigan State series.
%^$10, Natalie Woods, 2B/SS, Jr.
%^$Made her OSU debut with a starting assignment at second base against Hawaii (2/12). Recorded her first career hit and RBI against Loyola Marymount’s Jenny Hart (2/13). Went 2-for-4 with her first career triple against Akron (3/6). With miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL in her left knee.
%^$11, Jaime Chenevey, C, Sr.
%^$Co-captain of this year’s team. Batted .636 at Georgia State Softball Classic with a team high seven hits. Went 3-for-4 against Georgia State (2/27). Batted .545 at the Kentucky Invitational. Went 4-for-5 with an RBI against Akron. Drove in a pair of runs against Cal-State Fullerton (3/22). Hit an awesome .714 at the Georgia Tech/Buzz Classic with a home run against Evansville. Led the OSU with a .455 batting average during the month of March. Went 3-for-3 with two RBI against Bowling Green (4/13).
%^$15, Jenn Elwell, P, Fr.
%^$Began the season as the team’s manager but was activated due to the rash of injuries to the pitching staff. Made her collegiate debut against Indiana (4/7). Was the game winning run in the Iowa win (4/11).
%^$17, Carrie Vanderpool, 2B, Sr.
%^$Started season opener against Cal-State Fullerton (2/11). Recorded the first hit of her season against Baylor (2/13). Went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Tennessee Tech (2/28). Missed the Kentucky Invitational and the California trip with a second degree right ankle sprain. Returned in the Maryland (3/26) game. Batted .308 in week three of April.
%^$18, Renae Weigel, SS, Jr.
%^$Co-captain of this year’s team. Off to another awesome start. Led the team with a .333 batting average at the Paradise Classic. Batted .500 at the Georgia State Softball Classic. Blasted her first career triple, went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and scored 3 runs against St. Louis (2/28). Led the Buckeyes with a .417 BA during the month of February. Bombed her first home run of the year, a three-run shot, in the first inning of the Akron contest (3/6). Belted a sixth inning, two-run, game-winning home run against Miami (3/30). Had a 2-for-3, three RBI game in the second Michigan contest (4/3). Leads the team with 17 RBIs. Hit her third home run of the season, a two-run shot, in OSUs 8-7 upset win over No. 25 Iowa (4/11). Hit her fourth home run of the season against Michigan State (4/18). Batted .444 in the MSU series.
%^$20, Anna Smith, LF/2B, Fr.
%^$First career start came in season opener against Cal-State Fullerton. First career hit and RBI came in the third inning of the Oregon State (2/12) game off Tarrah Beyster. First career start at second base was against Long Beach State (3-21). Batted .364 at the Georgia Tech/Buzz Classic. Went 2-for-4 with an RBI against Maryland (3/26). Had another 2-for-4 game against Campbell. Had a career high five-game hitting streak from 3/26-3/31. Against No. 7-Michigan, batted .500 with two runs, a triple and an RBI. Dealing with a deep bruise to her right calf muscle. The injury occurred when she scored in a home plate collision with Michigan catcher Karmen Lappo. Returned to action in the Purdue doubleheader (4/14). Went 2-for-4 and scored two runs against Michigan State (4/18).
%^$21, Stacy Roth, OF/C, Fr.
%^$Recorded the first hit of her first career in her very first plate appearance against Cal-State Fullerton’s Jana Oetgen (2/12). Also notched her first career RBI that game. Had a career high three walks against CSUF (2/14). Batted a robust .667 at the Kentucky Invitational. Batted .500 at the Georgia Tech/ Buzz Classic. Went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI against Campbell (3/27). Batted .393 during the month of March. Jacked her first career home run of Michigan’s Marie Barda. Belted her second career home run, a three-run shot, against Iowa’s Kristi Hanks in OSUs 8-7 upset win over the No. 25 Hawkeyes (4/11). Went 2-for-2 with two RBIs against Bowling Green (4/13). Awesome series against Michigan State. Batted .500 with three doubles and five RBIs.%^$ %^$23, Toni Hileman, P/1B, Jr.
%^$Winning pitcher in OSUs first win of the season over Baylor (2/13). Went 2-for-3 at the plate against Oregon State (2/12). Winning pitcher in OSU’s 16-1 drubbing of St. Louis (2/27). Wining pitcher in OSUs first shutout of the season, a 3-0 win over Canisius (3/7). Recorded her first save of the season against Evansville with a perfect final inning of relief work. Has been the OSU workhorse. Took the win in OSUs 3-2 victory over Michigan State (4/17).
%^$24, Samantha Kimura, 1B/C/P, Fr.
%^$Started season opener against Cal-State Fullerton (2/11). Recorded the first hit of her career against Baylor’s Carrie Arn (2/13). Finished that game 2-for-3 with a double. Belted the first home run of her career against St. Louis. Was on a team high nine-game hitting streak (2/13-3/6). Finished the month of February with a .310 batting average. Went 3-for-4 with an RBI against Akron (3/6). Batted .500 at the Kentucky Invitational. Has played in every game. Made her pitching debut against Cleveland State (3/31) and earned the victory. Went 3-for-10 in the Michigan series. Batted .300 (3-for-10) with a double and a pair of RBIs against No. 25 Iowa. Drove in the game tying run in the eight inning against Iowa. Earned her second win of the season in OSUs 8-7 win over No. 25 Iowa (4/11). Earned her third win of the season against Bowling Green (4/13).
%^$26, Sarah West, 1B, Fr.
%^$Made career debut as a pinch-hitter against No. 17 Hawaii (2/12). Made first career start against Cal-State Fullerton (2/14). Notched her first career hit and RBI against St. Louis’ Jennifer Riva. Blasted her first career home run off Cleveland State’s Cassie Pittman (3/31). Went 2-for-3 in the final Michigan game (4/4).
%^$28, Holly English, OF, So.
%^$Missed the first tournament of the season due to injury. Returned to the lineup at the Georgia State Classic. First hit of the year was a double against Georgia State (2/27). Scored three runs against St. Louis (2/27). Batted .300 at the Kentucky Invitational. Continued her steadiness with a .300 BA during the California trip. Batted .500 at the Georgia Tech/Buzz Classic. Went 3-for-4 with two RBI against Campbell (3/27). Batted .313 during the month of March. Came through with a clutch two-RBI pinch hit double in the fifth inning of the second Michigan game. In that series, she went 3-for-7 (.429).
%^$Location: Columbus, Ohio%^$Enrollment: 48,278%^$President: William E. Kirwan%^$Athletic Director: Andy Geiger%^$Associate Director: Archie Griffin%^$Nickname: Buckeyes%^$Colors: Scarlet & Gray%^$Mascot: Brutus Buckeye%^$Home Facility: Buckeye Field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center%^$Capacity: 800%^$Dimensions: 190-220-190%^$Conference: Big Ten Conference%^$1999 Record: 11-20 overall, 1-7 in Big Ten%^$Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis, California (Pa.),’88 %^$OSU Record: 66-79 (.455), Third Year%^$Career Record: 339-194-2 (.636), 10th Year%^$Assistants: Belinda Cernava, Drema Neal, and Shauna Bowman Miller%^$Trainer: Daniel Hamilton%^$Athletic Communications: Pat Chun%^$Phone: (614) 292-6861%^$Fax: (614) 292-8547%^$Home: (614) 326-0193%^$E-mail: email@example.com%^$Website: www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com%^$Address: Room 124, St. John Arena%^$ 410 Woody Hayes Drive%^$ Columbus, Ohio 43210-1166%^$
%^$Tuesday, April 20:
OSU vs. Butler, 5 p.m., at Buckeye Field in a single game.
%^$Thursday, April 22:
OSU vs. Dayton, 3 p.m., at Buckeye Field in a doubleheader.
%^$Saturday, April 24:
OSU at Wisconsin at the Robert and Irwin Goodman Softball Complex in a doubleheader at 1 p.m.
%^$Sunday, April 25:
OSU at Wisconsin, at the Robert and Irwin Goodman Softball Complex in a single game at 1 p.m.