April 25, 2022

Buckeyes Start Homestand With Tuesday Doubleheader vs. Penn State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State and Penn State will try for the third time tomorrow to play their mid-week doubleheader, as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions meet at Buckeye Field beginning at 2 p.m. Both games can be seen live on B1G+.

Admission to Buckeye Field and parking, as always, is free. Live stats are also available on the softball schedule page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

The Basics
Penn State at Ohio State (Gm. 1) // Tuesday, April 26 // 2 p.m. // Buckeye Field; Columbus, Ohio
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Penn State at Ohio State (Gm. 2) // Tuesday, April 26 // Approx. 4:30 p.m. // Buckeye Field; Columbus, Ohio
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Briefly on the Buckeyes

  • Ohio State enters Tuesday’s doubleheader after playing the last six games away from home. The Buckeyes went 4-2 on their conference road swing, sweeping Iowa in three and then taking the first game of last weekend’s series at Michigan.
  • The Buckeyes are 28-12 overall and 8-7 in the Big Ten.
  • Ohio State enters this week with an RPI ranking of No. 25, which is the third-highest in the Big Ten, behind only Northwestern (No. 6) and Michigan (No. 24).
  • Four everyday starters are batting above .330, which has helped to give Ohio State the Big Ten’s fourth-highest overall team batting average at .292.
  • Freshman Melina Wilkison leads the way at .365 and is coming off a three-game series at Michigan in which she went 7-for-12 with a home runs and three doubles.
  • Sam Hackenbracht continues to be one of the conference’s best power hitters. Her 12 home runs is sixth-best in the league. Last Saturday at Michigan, she hit a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the seventh inning.
  • McKenzie Bump (.338, 14 RBI) and Niki Carver (.337, 10 HR, 27 RBI) are the two other everyday starters who are batting north of .330.
  • Graduate student Lexie Handley is 16-6 in the circle with a 2.48 earned run average and is averaging well over a strikeout per inning (196 Ks, 158.0 innings).
  • Allison Smith and Emily Ruck, both sophomores, have split the majority of the remaining innings.
  • Ruck is 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 47.0 innings while Smith has pitched 59.2 innings with a 3.99 ERA and 58 strikeouts.

Diversity and Inclusion Game

  • The Ohio State softball program will host its first-ever Diversity and Inclusion game during the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
  • The event is a collaboration with Buckeye Inclusion and Buckeye Spectrum, two student-athlete drive on-campus organizations aimed at promoting and celebrating diversity.
  • Those student groups, along with others, will be recognized during the game and will be giving out stickers to fans in attendance.

Scouting Penn State

  • The Nittany Lions come to Columbus on Tuesday after taking two of three games at Rutgers last weekend. Penn State is 27-17 overall and 9-6 in conference play.
  • At the plate, Cassie Lindmark leads the way with a .422 average, seven home runs and 33 RBI. Teammate Ally Kurland has 16 home runs and 40 RBI, ranking in the top five in the Big Ten in both categories.
  • Bailey Parshall leads the way in the circle with a 17-6 record, 1.69 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 161.2 innings.

History vs. Penn State

  • The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions played three times last spring in State College. Ohio State won all three, sweeping a doubleheader on April 3 and then winning a single game on April 4. The final game of the series was canceled.
  • In 2019, the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions split a doubleheader in State College. Penn State took the first game, 6-4, before Ohio State rebounded for a 12-1 five-inning win in game two.
  • Over the last seven seasons (2013-21), Ohio State holds a 14-4 lead in the head-to-head series. Beginning in 2014, the teams annually played a mid-week doubleheader instead of the traditional three-game weekend series.

Ohio State/Miami Connections

  • Both Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly and Penn State’s Clarisa Crowell have connections to Miami University.
  • Kovach Schoenly coached the Redhawks from 2007-2012 and when she left to become the head coach at Ohio State, she was replaced by Crowell, who spent eight years at Miami.

And Even More Connections…

  • Kelly Kovach Schoenly spent eight years as an assistant coach at Penn State from 1999-2006.
  • Ohio State associated head coach Jen McIntyre was a four-year starting third baseman at Penn State from 1995-98 and later an assistant coach for 12 years (2002-13).

Home Sweet Home

  • Including Tuesday’s doubleheader, Ohio State has five remaining home games during the 2022 regular season.
  • The Buckeyes will welcome Nebraska for a three-game series Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1.
  • Ohio State has an 89-39 record at Buckeye Field since 2013, the second-best home winning percentage of any Big Ten school. The Buckeyes have won 10 or more games at home every season since 2013 (2020 excluded).
  • Admission to all games at Buckeye Field is free. Parking is available in the lots surrounding Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Bill Davis Stadium and the Schumaker Complex.