May 10, 2017
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five members of the Ohio State softball team – sophomores Lilli Piper and Emily Clark, junior Taylor White and seniors Shelby Hursh and Anna Kirk – claimed Big Ten honors as the conference announced its postseason awards today. Piper and Clark earned spots on the first team while White and Hursh were on the second team. Kirk collected All-Defensive Team honors and was also the Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Piper was a unanimous selection to the first team after batting .423 in conference play with a league-best 10 home runs and 22 RBI. Clark hit .371 in Big Ten games, driving in 18 runs while scoring 21. Hursh led the Buckeyes’ pitching staff, collecting a team-high six conference wins with a 2.72 ERA, 37 strikeouts and .233 batting average against. White drove in 34 runs in Big Ten play, second most in the league while also hitting seven home runs, stealing five bases and scoring 19 runs. Kirk made just two errors in 23 conference games and had a .973 fielding percentage from her spot at third base.
After a 33-win regular season, the Buckeyes are the No. 3 seed in this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament, which takes place at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ohio State faces either sixth-seeded Wisconsin or 11th-seeded Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. live on BTN.
Lilli Piper | First Team All-Big Ten | So. | Norton, Ohio
• In overall games, was third in the league in batting (.420) and added 49 RBI, 44 runs scored, 16 home runs and a .784 slugging percentage.
• Set the program record for home runs by a newcomers, breaking Alicia Herron’s mark of 14 in 2009.
• In Big Ten-only games, finished ranked in the top five in the league in seven categories: average (fourth, .430), slugging (second, .861), runs scored (fifth, 24), hits (second, 34), RBI (fifth, 22), home runs (first, 10) and total bases (first, 68).
• Has a team-high 23 multi-hit games and 13 multi-RBI games.
• Ohio State is 12-3 in games in which Piper hits a home run.
• Currently ranks fourth in single-season history for batting average (.420), third in home runs (16) and tied for eighth in RBI (49).
Emily Clark | First Team All-Big Ten | So. | Prospect, Ohio
• Played in 21 of 23 conference games and hit .371 with 21 runs scored, 18 RBI, five home runs and two doubles.
• Overall, is hitting .338 this year and is tied for second on the team with 42 RBI. Has a team-high nine doubles and is third with eight home runs.
• Was named the Big Ten and espnW National Player of the Week on April 5 after hitting .875 with 11 RBI, a .917 on-base percentage and 1.750 slugging percentage in four wins over Wright State and Rutgers the week prior.
• Earns her first career all-conference honor. Was a NFCA All-Midwest Region selection last season.
Taylor White | Second Team All-Big Ten | Granada Hills, Calif.
• Named All-Big Ten for the second time in as many years.
• Is tied for second on the team with 42 RBI, 32 of which have come in conference play.
• Last Friday at No. Illinois, went 3-for-4 with a career-high five RBI – including a grand slam – in Ohio State’s 7-4 series-opening win.
• Her 32 RBI in conference games in the second most of any player in the league.
• Overall, is batting .298 with 10 home runs, six doubles, three triples, 13 stolen bases and seven assists from center field.
Shelby Hursh | Second Team All-Big Ten | Tipton, Ind.
• Earns the first all-conference accolades of her career. Was a NFCA All-Midwest Region selection last season.
• In overall games, leads the Buckeyes’ pitching staff in wins (14), innings (118.2), shutouts (five), strikeouts (103) and complete games (seven).
• Sports a 2.30 ERA and .225 batting average against.
• In conference games, finished 6-3 with a 2.72 ERA with two shutouts in 13 appearances.
• Part of an Ohio State staff that was third in the conference in overall ERA (.2.42) with five pitchers that had an ERA of 3.00 or better.
• Tossed a complete-game two-hitter with five strikeouts in series-opening win over Indiana.
Anna Kirk | All-Defensive Team and Sportsmanship Honoree | Groveport, Ohio
• Has played third base in all 48 games this season.
• Finished the regular season with a .967 fielding percentage.
• Made just five errors in 147 fielding chances.
• In Big Ten-only games, increased her fielding percentage to .973 (two errors in 73 chances).
• An Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar Athlete who graduated last Sunday with a degree in sport industry.