May 7, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State softball team – senior Evelyn Carrillo, junior Taylor Watkins and sophomore Cammi Prantl – have earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced today. In addition, Carrillo and Watkins are also members of the all-defensive team and Caitlin Conrad is Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Award honoree.
The three first-team selections are the most for Ohio State since 2010. The Buckeyes were also one of just four team to place three members of the first team.
“All three of these young ladies have stepped their game up to a new level this year,” said head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Evelyn has cemented her place in Ohio State softball history as one of the top 10 hitters this program has seen. Taylor’s multiple weapons at the plate make her extremely hard to beat and Cammi has been that clutch player in conference. It is also a great honor for Taylor and Evelyn to be noticed defensively in such a strong league. They have played consistently on both sides of the ball; it’s a great tribute to their focus to be there for their team.”
Carrillo, a native of Corona, Calif., was one of just three unanimous selections to the first team. In conferences games, she hit .458 with 17 RBI, five home runs, three doubles and a .708 slugging percentage. She finished ranked in top 10 in five major offensive categories – batting average (second), slugging percentage (seventh), on base percentage (10th), hits (third) and home runs (10th). Overall, Carrillo is batting .380 with 34 RBI, 20 runs scored, 10 doubles, six home runs and a .552 slugging percentage. In the field, she had a 1.000 fielding percentage at first base and is a two-time member of the conference’s All-Defensive Team.
In the career records books, Carrillo ranks fifth with 147 RBI and ninth with 213 hits. Her .325 career batting average is also 13th best all-time. Earlier this year against Penn State, she recorded her 200th career hit on a solo home run in a 3-1 Buckeye victory.
Watkins earns first team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career. She hit .405 in conference games with 12 RBI, 15 runs scored, five home runs and four doubles. Her average was seventh highest in the league. Overall, the junior from Tucson, Ariz. is hitting .361 with 37 runs scored, 28 RBI, seven home runs and a team-best .457 on base percentage. In victories over Penn State and Northwestern two weeks ago, Watkins hit .467 with seven runs scored, four RBI, three home runs and a stolen base. She has started all 160 games of her Buckeye career with a .346 average (nine best all-time), 179 hits (16th best all-time) and 89 RBI (13th best all-time).
Defensively, Watkins, a center fielder, has a 1.000 fielding percentage, 67 putouts and five assists.
Prantl also earns first team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career after being named to the second team last year. A sophomore from Ashville, Ohio, she ranks sixth in the league with a .406 average and had a conference-best 11 doubles. She drove in 22 runs in 23 conferences games, the sixth most amongst Big Ten players.
Overall, Prantl is hitting .325 this year with 33 runs scored, 31 RBI, 14 doubles, six home runs and a .414 on base percentage. With an RBI in the third inning of last Saturday’s 7-6 win over Iowa, Prantl became the second member of this year’s 30/30 club (33 runs scored, 31 RBI). In an 8-0 win over Purdue on April 12, she recorded her 100th career hit in just her 93rd career game.
Conrad, a Richwood, Ohio native, had started all 52 games this year in right field and is third on the team with a .325 average. Like Prantl, she is also a member of the 30/30 club (40 runs scored, 35 RBI) to go along with 13 doubles, seven home runs and a .584 slugging percentage. In last Friday’s win over Iowa, she recorded her 100th career hit.
The seventh-seeded Buckeyes (28-24, 13-10 B1G) begin postseason play on Thursday, May 8, in the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State faces 10th-seeded Northwestern at 2:30 EST (1:30 CST) at Sharon J. Drysdale Field on the campus of Northwestern University.