Sept. 22, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sixteen years ago, the Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic started as a way for local fans to watch fall softball while supporting a worthy cause — breast cancer research at the OSUCCC-James. Now, thanks loyal and generous community support, it has grown into one of the largest single fundraisers in central Ohio and is renewed this weekend with games at both Fred Beekman Park and Buckeye Field.
Ohio State kicks off its weekend competition with its Scarlet vs. Gray game at Buckeye Field on Friday at 6 p.m. Admission is free and an ice cream social will follow the contest. Parking is free in the Gray lots. On Saturday, the Buckeyes take on the USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch league. A free clinic for children eighth grade and younger will take place at Fred Beekman Park at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Ohio State will split its team into two squads – Team Scarlet and Team Gray. Team Gray takes on Walsh at 9:30 while Team Scarlet faces Toledo at 11:45 a.m. Both games take place at Buckeye Field.
For a full Charity Classic schedule, click here.
OHIO STATE OCCC SCHEDULE
Friday, Sept. 23: Scarlet vs. Gray; 6 p.m., Buckeye Field
Saturday, Sept. 24: Ohio State vs. USSSA Pride; 12:45 p.m., Buckeye Field
Sunday, Sept. 25: Team Gray vs. Walsh; 9:45 a.m., Buckeye Field | Team Scarlet vs. Toledo, 11:30 a.m., Buckeye Field
Fans can follow updates of Ohio State’s game via its official Twitter account @OhioState_SB. Other Charity Classic updates can also be found at @OSUClassic_SB.
ABOUT THE CHARITY CLASSIC
Over the last 14 years, the OCCC has raised over $200,000, making it one of the largest fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness month in central Ohio.
This year, a total of 21 teams will participate, 18 from the state of Ohio.
Entrance to the OCCC is a $5 donation with all proceeds benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund. For the Ohio State/USSSA Pride game, admission will be a $10 donation to the Spielman Fund.
ABOUT THE SPIELMAN FUND AND THE OSUCCC-JAMES
The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research is devoted to advancing research in breast cancer. One hundred percent of every gift to the fund goes directly to research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).
In June 2014, the fund reached $15.4 million in contributions.
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is the patient-care component of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. The James is the largest cancer hospital in the Midwest and the third largest in the nation. It consists of over 300 cancer researchers.
GETTING TO THE CHARITY CLASSIC
Fred Beekman Park is located west of State Route 315 at Lane Avenue.
Parking is FREE in Carmack 1, 2 and 3 at Fred Beekman for the duration of the day on Saturday.
Parking is FREE in Carmack 1, 2 and 3 at Fred Beekman Park for the duration of the day on Sunday; parking is also FREE in the Gray lots surrounding Buckeye Field.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
Ohio State won 34 games last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. The Buckeyes return six starters and all five pitchers from that team while adding five newcomers to the mix.
At the plate, senior Alex Bayne, a first team All-Big Ten and All-Region selection, hit .364 with a school-record tying 19 home runs, 49 RBI and 53 runs scored last spring. As a team, Ohio State belted 63 home runs, the fifth most in single-season school history, and was 16-0-1 in games in which homered.
Emily Clark, a sophomore, hit .324 in her rookie campaign while earning first team All-Region honors at second base.
Taylor White picked up second team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career while hitting .307 with a team-high 15 stolen bases. In 23 conference games, White hit .342, drove in 14 runs and scored 22 times.
The pitching staff features two seniors, two sophomores and a junior. Shelby Hursh went 16-11 last year while striking out 199 over 177.1 innings to garner third team All-Region honors. Her classmate Lena Springer led the team in ERA (2.72) and was second in innings (79.2). Sophomore Morgan Ray (63.0 innings, 46 Ks), sophomore Katya Duvall (4-0, 3.23 ERA) and junior Shelby McCombs (6-3, one save) round out the staff.