July 26, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lilli Piper, an infielder who spent her freshman season as a two-sport athlete at Akron, has transferred to Ohio State and will be a member of the Buckeyes’ softball program, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly announced today.
“We are thrilled that Lilli has decided to continue her career at Ohio State,” said Kovach Schoenly. “She has the strength, athleticism and speed to excel in the Big Ten Conference but what I’m most excited about is that Lilli Piper is a winner. Her competitive fire will fit in perfectly with our culture.”
Piper — along with Buckeye teammates Emily Clark and Andi Farrah — was a member of Lasers Blue, the 2014 ASA/USA 16U National Champions. From Norton, Ohio and a graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School, she played in 20 games last spring for the Zips, batting .313 (15-for-48) with a home run, two doubles, six RBI and 10 runs scored. Against eventual MAC champion Miami on March 29, Piper was two-for-three with a pair of doubles and finished the season by hitting safely in 10 of the last 13 games.
Piper played an abbreviated softball schedule last season because she was also a member of Akron’s basketball team. A forward, she appeared in 29 games and had her two best outings late in the season — a 24-point, nine-rebound effort vs. Buffalo in the MAC semifinals and a 18-point showing vs. Bucknell in the opening round of the WNIT.
As a senior at Walsh Jesuit, Piper was the 2014 Cleveland.com Softball Player of the Year after hitting .615 with 64 hits, 42 RBI and 14 home runs. In her four-year varsity career, she collected 205 hits. On the basketball court, Piper was honorable mention All-Ohio in 2013-14, posting averages of 14.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Piper’s addition brings the number of newcomers on Ohio State’s 2016-17 roster to five – Amy Balich (Palos Park, Ill./Mother McArthur High School), Andi Farrah (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central High School), Carley Gaskill (West Hills, Calif./El Camino Real High School), Spencer Sansom (Clovis, Calif./Buchanan High School) and Piper.