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April 27, 1999

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes (16-27 overall, 2-14 in Big Ten) begin the final stretch of the 1999 season with five games against Big Ten opponents. Tomorrow, OSU travels to University Park, Pa., for a doubleheader against Penn State at 2 p.m. On Saturday, the Buckeyes begin a three-game series against Northwestern.

%^$WEIGEL TIES HOME RUN MARK
%^$On April 22, in the first game against Dayton, Renae Weigel blasted her way into the OSU record books with her fifth home run of the season off UDs Sara Hatcher. She is now tied with Jodi Dolan (1997) and Marla Pickard (1994).

%^$ROTH TIES HOME RUN MARK
%^$On April 22, in the second game against Dayton, Stacy Roth belted her third home run of the season off UDs Kelly Buer to tie the OSU freshman record. She is now tied with Renae Weigel (1996) and Amy Haug (1995).

%^$HITTING MACHINE
%^$Last week, Renae Weigel hit for an exceptional .429 batting average. In the Wisconsin series, she raised her level of play even more with a .625 BA in the three-game series.

%^$SATURDAY IS SENIOR DAY
%^$In between the doubleheader against Northwestern on Saturday, OSU will take time to honor its senior class. Jaime Chenevey, Natalie Kratzer, Cheryl Palaroan, Meaghan Robinson, Kelli Tom and Carrie Vanderpool will be honored.

%^$195 GAMES AND COUNTING
%^$If you were to combine the number of games missed by the Buckeyes because of injury, the number is an astonishing 195 games. Kelli Tom, Chrissy Fowler and Kristi Martin have missed the entire season (38 games each). Natalie Woods has been out for the last 30 games and will also miss the remainder 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.

%^$HILEMAN PICKS UP THE WORKLOAD
%^$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 155.1 innings after throwing 60.2 all of last year. She is ranked fourth in the conference in total innings pitched and her 69.2 inning pitched in conference games only, ranks her second in the Big Ten. In her freshman season at Ohio University, she logged 200.1 innings of work.

%^$PALAROAN ADDS TO STOLEN BASE MARK
%^$Cheryl Palaroan’s 17 stolen bases this season not only leads the team but extends her career record to 53. 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.

%^$TRAVEL INFORMATION
%^$The Buckeyes will depart for Penn State at 3 p.m. from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The team will travel by charter bus and stay at the Ramada Inn located at 1450 S. Atherton Rd. The phone number is 814-238-3001 and fax is 814-237-1345.

%^$ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
%^$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 Penn State.

%^$SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
%^$The Penn State Nittany Lions (28-18 overall, 9-7 in Big Ten) enter this week in fourth place in the Big Ten Conference. They are currently on a five game winning streak and are coming off a sweep of Purdue last weekend. Offensively, the team is led by Gina Bianchini. she is batting .364 with 23 stolen bases. Terra Pracht is right behind her with a .360 BA and a team high 20 runs batted in. Jodie Ricciardi leads the team with 24 stolen bases. The duo of Tanis Ambelang and Jaci Kalp continue to pace the pitching staff. Ambelang is 14-8 with a 1.59 earned run average. Kalp is 10-8 with a 2.08 ERA. The Lady Lions head coach is Robin Petrini. She is in her second year at the helm.

%^$BUCKEYES vs. NITTANY LIONS HISTORY
%^$Ohio State holds a 25-16 edge in the all-time series between the two schools. Last season, OSU swept a doubleheader, 6-0 and 4-3. Kristi Martin was the winning pitcher in both contests. Toni Hileman chipped in with a home run.

%^$SCOUTING THE NORTHWESTERN
%^$The Northwestern Wildcats enter this week in eighth place in the Big Ten Conference (25-26 overall, 6-8 in Big Ten). Last weekend, they were swept by Michigan State. The team is led by pitcher Brooke Siebel. She is 18-15 with a 2.49 earned run average. Offensively, she is batting .358 with five home runs and 33 runs batted in – all team highs. Mikael Chambers leads her team with 28 stolen bases. The Northwestern head coach is Sharon Drysdale.

%^$BUCKEYES vs. WILDCATS HISTORY
%^$Northwestern holds a 46-17-1 edge in the all-time series between the two schools. Last year, NU won the season series 2-1.

%^$LAST WEEKEND AT WISCONSIN
%^$Last weekend, the Buckeyes were swept by the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, Wis. In that series, Renae Weigel batted .625 and Samantha Kimura batted .429.

%^$KENTUCKY INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS
%^$On March 6-7 in Lexington, Ky., the Buckeyes took home their second tournament championship in as many weekends. In frigid conditions, OSU pulled out a 3-0 tournament record with wins over Kentucky, Akron and Canisius. In the opener against UK, OSU jumped to a 4-0 lead before the Wildcats came back to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning. The Buckeyes secured the win when Stacy Roth scored on a ground out in the bottom of the sixth. That was followed by an 11-1 pummeling of Akron, with OSU getting home runs from Renae Weigel and Katie Wessendorf. With the championship game canceled because of temperatures below 30 degrees, OSU could secure the tournament title with a win in its final game against Canisius. The Buckeye attack awoke in the top of the third inning against the Golden Griffins, scoring twice and never relinquishing the lead. OSU would eventually win the game 3-0 led by the pitching of Toni Hileman. Fellow pitcher Meaghan Robinson continued to shine with a 2-0 record, 0.00 earned run average and 10 strikeouts.

%^$THE CAPTAINS
%^$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. %^$ %^$GETTING RESULTS
%^$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).

%^$ON DECK
%^$The Buckeyes will finish out the 1999 season. On Wednesday, May 5, OSU will play host to Youngstown State in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. On Saturday, May 8, OSU will travel to Minnesota for a three-game series with the Golden Gophers.

%^$PLAYER PROFILE UPDATES

%^$00 Julie Darney 3B/P Fr.
%^$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 years 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 17 stolen bases in 19 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 years team. Singled in first at bat of the season against Cal-State Fullerton (2/11). Has started every game at third base. Only Buckeye to start and play in every game this season. 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 years 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 doctors 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 Akrons 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 Marymounts 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 years 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). Went 2-for-3 with three RBI against Butler (4/20).

%^$15 Jenn Elwell P Fr.
%^$Began the season as the teams 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). Tossed her first collegiate victory in OSUs 11-2 win over Butler (4/20). Tossed her first career shutout in OSUs 9-0 win over Dayton (4/22).

%^$17 Carrie Vanderpool 2B Sr.
%^$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. Belted her first home run of the season against Butlers Stephanie Burlein (4/20).

%^$18 Renae Weigel SS Jr.
%^$Co-captain of this years 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. Against Daytons Sara Hatcher, tied the OSU single-season home run record with her fifth blast of the season (4/22). Batted .625 (5-for-8) in the Wisconsin series.

%^$20 Anna Smith OF/2B Fr.
%^$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). In the second game against Dayton (4/22), went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Went 2-for-3 in the first game against Wisconsin (4/24). Extremely versatile, starting at four different positions this season (all three outfield spots and second base).

%^$21 Stacy Roth OF/C Fr.
%^$Recorded the first hit of her first career in her very first plate appearance against Cal-State Fullertons 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 Michigans Marie Barda. Belted her second career home run, a three-run shot, against Iowas 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. Against Daytons Kelly Buer, tied the OSU freshman home run mark with her third blast of the year (4/22).

%^$23 Toni Hileman P/1B Jr.
%^$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 OSUs 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 Baylors 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). Batted .429 in the Wisconsin series.

%^$26 Sarah West 1B Fr.
%^$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 States 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). Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI against Butler (4/20).

%^$OSU FACTS
%^$

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%^$1999 Record: 16-27 overall, 2-14 in Big Ten%^$Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis, California (Pa.),88 %^$OSU Record: 69-82 (.457), Third Year%^$Career Record: 342-197-2 (.634), 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%^$E-mail: chun.18@osu.edu%^$Website: www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com%^$Address: Room 124, St. John Arena%^$ 410 Woody Hayes Drive%^$ Columbus, Ohio 43210-1166%^$%^$THIS WEEK
%^$Wednesday, April 28: OSU at Penn State, 2 p.m., doubleheader at Lady Lion Field.

%^$Saturday, May 1: OSU vs. Northwestern, 1 p.m., doubleheader at Buckeye Field.

%^$Sunday, May 2: OSU vs. Northwestern, 1 p.m., single game at Buckeye Field.

%^$NEXT WEEK
%^$Wednesday, May 5: OSU vs. Youngstown State, 3 p.m., doubleheader at Buckeye Field.

%^$Saturday, May 8: OSU at Minnesota, 1 p.m., doubleheader at Bierman Softball Complex.

%^$Sunday, May 9: OSU at Minnesota, 1 p.m., single game at Bierman Softball Complex.