Sept. 15, 2016

Senior pitcher Lena Springer talks about the importance of supporting a worthy cause at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Springer was second on the team with 79.2 innings pitched and tops in ERA (2.72) last season.

Redshirt sophomore Alex Vargas, a native of Chula Vista, Calif., talks about having the platform as a student-athlete to raise awareness and hopefully one day help to cure a disease that has affected countless families, including her own.

Amy Balich, a freshman from Palos Park, Ill., will be participating in her first Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic and talks about her excitement of experiencing the event for the first time. Balich is one of five newcomers on this year’s roster.

Sophomore Morgan Ray shares her advice for the many young fans who will make it out to Buckeye Field and Fred Beekman Park for this weekend’s Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic. In her first season with the Scarlet and Gray, Ray appeared in 29 games and struck out 46 batters over 63 innings.

Senior Anna Kirk, from nearby Groveport, Ohio, attended the Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic as a child and this weekend will put on the Scarlet and Gray in the event for the fourth time. A veteran of 156 career games with 142 starts, she is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Pitcher Shelby Hursh, a senior from Tipton, Ind., is proud to be part of a tradition at Ohio State that includes excellence on the field and in the research labratories, like at the OSUCCC-James. Hursh won 16 games last spring with a team-leading 199 strikeouts and earned third team All-Region honors.

Junior Becca Gavin, like other teammates, attended the Charity Classic when she was younger growing up in near-by Gahanna. She shares her thoughts of going from a fan to now a member of the Scarlet and Gray. Gavin played in 48 games last year, earning 35 starts.