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.
Ohio State vs. Ohio | Tuesday, April 16 | Buckeye Field | Live Stats
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.
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.
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.
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|
|Lilli Piper||.420 batting avg.||2nd|
|47 home runs||3rd|
|40 stolen bases||10th|
|Emily Clark||169 RBI||3rd|
|40 home runs||5th|
|Morgan Ray||44 wins||5th|
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.
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.
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.
The Buckeyes jump back into Big Ten action when they head to Michigan State this weekend.