September 24, 2016

Highlights from Day One of Charity Classic Weekend


Sept. 24, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Now in its 16th year, a new wrinkle was officially added to the Ohio Collegiate Charity Classic on Saturday. For the first time, a touring team from the National Pro Fastpitch league participated, as the USSSA Pride battled Ohio State in front of a large crowd at Buckeye Field.

Junior Shelby McCombs earned the start for the Scarlet and Gray and had an impressive first inning, retiring the Pride in order on a strikeout of Kelsey Stewart, groundout to Hallie Wilson and strikeout of 2015 and 2016 NPF league Most Valuable Player Kelly Kretschman.

Ohio State also held the Pride scoreless over the final three innings. In the fifth, senior Shelby Hursh came in to relieve senior Lena Springer and, after striking out the first two batters and hitting the third, got Lauren Chamberlain, the NCAAs all-time home run leader from Oklahoma, to fly out in foul territory down the left field line.

In the sixth, the Pride got a leadoff single but the next three batters were retired in order. A hit batter and walk put two runners on with nobody out in the seventh, but Hursh and the Buckeyes’ defense made short work of the next three hitters, getting GiOnna DiSalvatore, Lauren Sweet and Cheyenne Cordes to fly out, strike out and pop out, respectively.

A crowd of over 100 young softball players aged eighth grade and younger gathered at Fred Beekman Park in the late afternoon to receive instruction from Ohio State coaches and players. The program still has two camps remaining this fall – the Fall Elite Camp on Oct. 23 and a Little Buckeyes Camp on Oct. 30. More information and registration can be found by clicking here.

Tomorrow, Ohio State will split its team into Team Gray and Team Scarlet. The Gray squad faces Walsh at 9:30 a.m. while Scarlet tangles with Toledo at 11:45. Both games will be played at Buckeye Field and a $5 donation to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC-James in encouraged as admission.

Fans can follow updates of Ohio State’s game via its official Twitter account @OhioState_SB. Other Charity Classic updates can also be found at @OSUClassic_SB. Live stats for both of Ohio State’s games tomorrow are available on the schedule page on

• Over the last 15 years, the OCCC has raised over $200,000, making it one of the largest fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness month in central Ohio.
• This year, a total of 21 teams will participate, 18 from the state of Ohio.
• Entrance to the OCCC is a $5 donation with all proceeds benefiting the Stefanie Spielman Fund. For the Ohio State/USSSA Pride game, admission will be a $10 donation to the Spielman Fund.