Oct. 9, 2014

Bailee Sturgeon
Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley
5-3 | OF |L/R

Bailee Sturgeon is one of three Teays Valley products on the Buckeyes’ 2014-15 roster (along with Cammi Prantl and Keelia Nester). As a senior, she hit .548 with 26 runs scored, 12 RBI and eight doubles as Teays Valley finished 19-2 and advanced to the district finals. Defensively, she was the team’s Golden Glove award winner and had a 1.000 fielding percentage.

What does becoming a Buckeye mean to you?
Becoming a Buckeye means everything to me. This is something that I have worked hard for all of my life and now that I have the opportunity to play for, represent, and attend, the greatest university there is.

Describe some of the factors that went in to you choosing to come to Ohio State.
It was an easy choice to come to THE Ohio State University because I have grown up loving the Buckeyes. With such an amazing coaching staff, and being ranked for academics, it was a dream of mine to attend and once the opportunity came up, I had no hesitation in saying yes.  

What Ohio State traditions are you most looking forward to participating in?
The tradition I am excited for the most is singing Carmen Ohio not only on the softball field, but at football games, and other sporting events. It is such a neat feeling standing up and singing with a great amount people. Ohio State Buckeye fans are the best fans, and the atmosphere they bring is incredible. 

What is the first thing that fans will notice about your style of play when they come see a game at Buckeye Field?
Hopefully the first thing that people notice about me is how hard I play on the field. Up to bat, or on the field, I am always giving it my all. If it’s battling back when I am behind in the count, or diving for a ball hit in the gap, I will always give it my all. I also am very passionate about the game. There is no doubt that the fans will hear me yelling when something exciting happens during a game, or to cheer my teammates on.

Talk about the impact that the Buckeyes’ coach staff, and head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly in particular, had on you during the recruiting process.
The big thing that stuck out when I met and got to know the coaching staff and Coach Schoenly is how they make the softball program a big family. As a coaching staff I felt like they all worked so well together, which gave me a good feeling when deciding to come to Ohio State. I could tell when they were recruiting me that they not only wanted to teach me lessons from softball and make me the best player I can be, but also teach me valuable things about life as well, which impacted me in such a positive way.  

What are some of the goals you would like to achieve during your time at Ohio State, both athletically and academically?
One of the major goals that I would like to achieve in softball is to play a positive role on the team and help to win a conference championship. The seniors are amazing and with this being their last year on the field for some, I would love to help make it a memorable one. Academically, a goal I have set is to have a 3.2 GPA or higher by the end of my freshman year. Transitioning from high school to college is a big step, but I know I will get use to the transition, and do well. I am also striving to be on the dean’s list as well.

What are your interests and/or hobbies outside of softball?
Outside of softball, I love to be outdoors, whether it’s playing another sport like Frisbee or just going for a walk around town, I still enjoy myself doing it. On days where I am not outside, I am either hanging out with my family or friends, playing with my dog Willis, or watching Disney movies. I also enjoy searching the internet for gluten free recipes and attempting to make them, even though it may not always work.