July 9, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five Ohio State softball players are members of the Big Ten’s class of Distinguished Scholars, the conference announced today. The award is presented to student-athletes who have earned a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.

Representing the Buckeyes are seniors Kasie Kelly, Melissa Rennie and Audrey Plant, and juniors Caitlin Conrad and Olivia O’Reilly. The five honorees are tied for the most of any Big Ten softball program.

Kelly, a double major in communications and marketing, is a five-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. She concluded her career this past spring having pitched 159.1 innings with nine wins, 79 strikeouts and four complete games.

Rennie played in 157 games during her four years with the Buckeyes, earning 145 starts behind the plate. She had her best statistical year in 2013 when he hit .261 with 19 runs and 14 RBI. An insurance major and native of Wellington, Ohio, Rennie was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten choice, three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and a 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete.

Plant, from Upper Arlington, Ohio, pitched 50.1 innings in her career. Like Rennie, she earned All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition last year from the NFCA and is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

O’Reilly led Ohio State last season in innings pitched (162.1), wins (17), complete games (12), shutouts (three) and strikeouts (93). She finished with a 3.02 ERA and opponents hit just .248 against her, good for 11th in the Big Ten. A biology major and native of Sylvania, Ohio, O’Reilly is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a 2013 NFCA Scholar-Athlete.

Conrad, a community leadership major, was fourth on the team in batting average (.321) while leading the team in runs scored (44), RBI (39), home runs (nine) and slugging percentage (.600). The first member of last year’s 30/30 club (30+ runs and RBI), Conrad was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team after hitting two home runs and driving in four runs over three games. She is from Richwood, Ohio.

In all, 88 student-athletes from 30 different Ohio State sports earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors.