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May 20, 2004

Ohio State freshman softball players Nycole Koyano and Jamee Juarez have earned spots on the 2004 Great Lakes All-Region Second Team, the committee announced today. Koyano, a second baseman from Walnut, Calif., made the team as the second baseman and Juarez, a pitcher and third baseman from La Puente, Calif., was named the utility player.

Koyano, who has started all 57 games at second base for Ohio State this year and has a .968 fielding percentage, is tied for the team-best mark with 52 hits. She has 12 RBI, three doubles and 55 total bases. Koyano has upped her batting average from .105 as of Feb. 28 to her current .329 average and leads the squad with 33 runs, 16 (of 18 attempted) stolen bases and 27 walks. Koyano’s 16 stolen bases and 27 walks is an Ohio State freshman record and her 33 runs scored are ranked No. 2 among all-time Buckeye rookie records.

Juarez, a 2004 Third Team All-Big Ten selection, has started in all 55 games she has played in wearing the Scarlet and Gray. With a .296 average, Juarez leads the squad with 36 RBI and has tallied 48 hits, 25 runs, 74 total bases, 12 doubles, one triple and four homeruns. Juarez is 12-10 from the mound with one save for the Buckeyes with a 1.82 ERA. Juarez has tallied 82 assists, 41 putouts, owns a .976 fielding percentage and has stolen 8-of-10 bases for the Buckeyes.

The No. 6-seed Ohio State softball team (34-23) plays No. 3-seed South Florida (57-12) at 10 a.m. Thursday in Region No. 4 of the 2004 NCAA Softball Tournament at Tallahassee, Fla. The double-elimination tournament consists of eight regions with eight teams in each region. The regional winners advance to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS), an eight-team, double-elimination tournament held at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium May 27-31 in Oklahoma City, Okla.