April 15, 2019

Buckeyes Set to Face Ohio Tuesday Night in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State will play its final non-conference game of the regular season when in-state foe Ohio comes to town Tuesday for a 6 p.m. outing.

WEEKLY BASICS

Ohio State vs. Ohio | Tuesday, April 16 | Buckeye Field | Live Stats

PROMOTIONS

  • Dollar Dog Night
  • Professors in the Park

BUCKEYE BREAKDOWN

  • Ohio State is coming off a 2-1 walk-off victory in the series finale vs. No. 21/18 Michigan Saturday to improve to 25-14 on the year and 9-5 in the Big Ten.
  • The Buckeyes handed the Wolverines their first loss in Big Ten play.
  • It was the fourth win over a ranked opponent this season.
  • Ashley Prange knocked a solo home run to tie the game and force extra innings. Bri Betschel hit the game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning. Morgan Ray fanned a season-high 10 batters.
  • Bri Betschel’s bases-loaded diving catch in right field was featured at No. 9 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Saturday. She is the first Buckeye to make SC’s Top 10 since Taylor White on Apr. 27, 2016.
  • Ohio State checked in at No. 40 in this week’s NCAA RPI. Overall, the Big Ten came in with the fourth-best conference RPI.
  • The Buckeyes are receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll.
  • Morgan Ray is second in the Big Ten in opposing batting average with a .169 clip. She also ranks eighth behind a 2.13 ERA and 116 strikeouts.
  • Emily Clark ranks in the top 12 of multiple categories in the conference, including slugging percentage (.678), total bases (82), RBI (35), doubles (13) and home runs (8).
  • Claire Nicholson is making her mark as Ohio State’s starting catcher and has caught 15 stealing, the best mark in the Big Ten.
  • Lilli Piper paces the conference with 118 assists and stands second in fielding double plays (12).
  • Defensively, the Buckeyes have caught 16 stealing (1st) and fielded 21 double plays (2nd).
  • In Big Ten games only, Lilli Piper has 23 hits (1st) and is batting .511 (4th) with a .600 on-base percentage (3rd). Lauren Rice is fourth with six wins and sixth thanks to a 2.43 ERA.
  • Ohio State is 10-4 when scoring in the first inning and 18-0 when holding opponents to two runs or less.
  • The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 190-109.

SCOUTING REPORT

Ohio’s three-game win streak is on the line. The Bobcats swept Akron over the weekend, outscoring the Zips by a 31-10 margin with two run-rule victories. Katie Yun paces the team batting .416 with 67 hits and 34 RBI. In the circle, Madi McCrady is 18-10 in 31 appearances. She has a 3.43 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 171.2 innings of work.

SERIES HISTORY

Ohio State and Ohio are meeting in Columbus for the second straight year. The Buckeyes have a 48-22 lead all-time against the Bobcats. OSU fell 7-0 to Ohio last season after the scheduled doubleheader was postponed due to inclement weather.

SWING FOR THE FENCE

The Buckeyes have connected on 38 home runs so far this season. Ohio State has at least one homer in 22 of 39 games, including three grand slams. The under­classmen are responsible for 26 home runs, led by Kaitlyn Coffman with eight.

SOMETHIN’ EXTRA

Bri Betschel extended her hitting streak to five games and had her 10th multi-hit outing Saturday. Emily Clark has reached base safely in the last 10 contests. Lilli Piper paces the Buckeyes with 14 multi-hit games while Clark and Ashley Prange have seven outings with multiple RBI.

HOME COOKING

After hosting Michigan, Ohio State improved to 72-30 at Buckeye Field over the last seven seasons. The Buckeyes have won a minimum of 10 games at home in each of the past six years.

EYEING THE RECORD BOOK

Ohio State Career Records Standings  
TotalsRank
Lilli Piper.407 batting avg.2nd
133 RBI8th
42 home runs3rd
Emily Clark150 RBI5th
36 home runs7th
41 doubles5th
Morgan Ray361 strikeouts6th
38 winsT-10th

LILLI PIPER – BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR FINALIST

Senior shortstop Lilli Piper was one of five female Ohio State student-athletes named Big Ten Medal of Honor finalists on Wednesday night. The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to one male and one female student from the graduating class of each member institution who has demonstrated excellence on and off the field throughout their college career. It is the highest honor a student competing in conference athletics can achieve in the Big Ten.

SMARTY BUCKS

Nineteen Ohio State softball student-athletes earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors this spring for having a 3.0 or better grade point averages for the 2018-19 academic year. For the complete list, click here.

ROAD TRIPPIN’

Ohio State spent the first six weeks of the season on the road. The Buckeyes played 24 games away from Columbus, posting a 13-5 neutral site record and 2-4 away mark. During the stretch, the Buckeyes faced six opponents that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament, including defending national champion Florida State and runner-up Washington. Ohio State plays its last game against a team that made the postseason a year ago when Ohio visits.

WOMAN IN CHARGE

Head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly picked up her 200th win at the helm for Ohio State when the Buckeyes delivered a 7-0 shutout versus George Mason to open the 2019 season. Schoenly hit another milestone on March 12 when OSU swept its doubleheader at Portland State for win No. 400 of her 13-year career as a head coach.

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes jump back into Big Ten action when they head to Michigan State this weekend.