Oct. 2, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team is ready to host the 14th-annual Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic Saturday-Sunday at Fred Beekman Park, located on the Ohio State campus. The event, which the Buckeyes have hosted since the 2001 campaign, has become one of the largest fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in central Ohio.

A total of 18 teams will be competing in the event that has raised more than $185,000 in the past 13 years for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Ohio State opens play vs. Eastern Michigan at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the squad will play Bowling Green at 11:45 a.m. Both contests for the Buckeyes will be played on Field No. 1.

Admission to the two games is free, while entrance to the OCCC is a $5 donation with all proceeds benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund. Fred Beekman Park is located west of State Route 315 at Lane Avenue.

Under third-year head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly, Ohio State returns two first team All-Big Ten members from 2014 – senior Taylor Watkins and junior Cammi Prantl. Other returning starters include Big Ten All-Tournament team selection Caitlin Conrad, sophomore infielder Anna Kirk and senior shortstop Keelia Nester. In the circle, Ohio State welcomes back senior Olivia O’Reilly along with sophomore Shelby Hursh, who led the conference in saves last year. Joining O’Reilly and Hursh is sophomore Lena Springer, a transfer from Central Florida. Additionally, junior Alex DiDomenico is coming back after redshirting in 2014.

Fresh faces will be prevalent in 2014-15, as Ohio State has eight newcomers on its roster (seven freshmen, one sophomore). The Buckeyes opened its fall schedule last weekend at Kentucky, a squad that advanced to last year’s Women’s College World Series. Ohio State was edged in the first game, 3-1, but quickly recovered to take the second game, 4-2, behind a one-hitter from Springer.

Following this weekend’s Charity Classic, the Buckeyes conclude their fall schedule with a doubleheader at Buckeye Field against Kent State on Friday, Oct. 10. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.