COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jaycee Ruberti, a first team All-CAA selection and second team All-Region honoree last season at Hofstra, has transferred to Ohio State and will join the Buckeyes for the 2021-22 season, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly announced today. She will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
“We are very excited to add Jaycee to our outfield squad,” said Kovach Schoenly. “She has several years of the college grind under her belt and is ready to compete for the Scarlet and Gray. Jaycee has shown she can hit for a high average while adding in power, make spectacular defensive plays, as well as has an inner drive that shows up in the biggest moments. Upon meeting her, we immediately felt the energy and commitment she has to improve herself as a player as well as add value to the Buckeyes.”
🚨 𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗕𝗨𝗖𝗞𝗘𝗬𝗘 𝗔𝗟𝗘𝗥𝗧 🚨
Let's give a warm welcome to 𝗝𝗮𝘆𝗰𝗲𝗲 𝗥𝘂𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶, who is joining us after earning first team All-CAA honors at Hofstra last season.
— Ohio State Softball (@OhioStateSB) July 8, 2021
Ruberti finished seventh in the CAA last season in batting with a .380 average. She led the Pride with 35 RBI and also had a team-best 1.031 OPS (on base + slugging percentage). Her 38 hits on the season included eight doubles, two triples and three home runs. Ruberti also provided speed on the base paths, evidenced by her 14 stolen bases in 15 attempts.
For her Hofstra career, Ruberti started 92 of the 93 games that she played in with a .302 batting average, 84 total hits, 53 RBI and a .383 on-base percentage.
“I couldn’t be more excited about continuing my softball career at The Ohio State University,” said Ruberti. “The Buckeyes are an elite program with elite coaches and players that I’m eager to be surrounded by. The winning mindset is very apparent when you step foot on campus and the coaching staff is dedicated to continuing that tradition. I can’t wait to take the field with this talented group of women and embrace this first-class opportunity to grind with my new teammates. Playing for a Power Five program has always been a lifelong dream of mine. Go Buckeyes!”
In high school, Ruberti won three Virginia state championships at Greenbrier Christian Academy and four times was an all-state selection. As a senior in 2018, she was selected as the Virginia State Player of the Year.
An excellent student, Ruberti made the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree while at Hofstra as a criminology major.