February 21, 2018

No. 21 Buckeyes Headed to Texas Invitational


Feb. 21, 2018

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 21 Ohio State is back on the road for four games in two days at the Texas Invitational Feb. 23-24. The Buckeyes will challenge Virginia Tech, Texas and Wichita State in Austin, Texas.  

Winners of three straight, Ohio State is 8-1 on the season after going 3-1 last weekend at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Raleigh, N.C.


Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech | Friday, Feb. 23 | 10 a.m. ET                                                                                                                                        

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Ohio State vs. Wichita State | Friday, Feb. 23 | 3 p.m. ET

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Ohio State at Texas | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 6:30 p.m. ET  

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Ohio State vs. Wichita State | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 9 p.m. ET

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Virginia Tech

2018 Record: 6-2

Last Weekend: Swept the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a pair of wins over both Penn State and Purdue.

Top Hitter: Olivia Lattin, .429, 7 runs, 9 hits, 4 RBI

Top Pitcher: Jordan Dail, 3-0, 25.1 IP, 0.55 ERA, 36 Ks


2018 Record: 4-4

Last Weekend: Was 2-2 at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge with wins over Rutgers and Houston. Lost to Oregon and Ole Miss.

Top Hitter: Janae Jefferson, .522, 12 hits, 7 RBI, 3 runs

Top Picher: Paige von Sprecken, 2-0, 17.1 IP, 1.62 ERA, 13 Ks

Wichita State

2018 Record: 5-4

Last Weekend: Went 3-2 at the Sam Houston State Tournament, where they lost twice to Washington and beat Sam Houston State, Northern Colorado and Seton Hall.  

Top Hitter: Ryleigh Buck, .348, 8 hits, 5 runs, 3 RBI

Top Picher: Bailey Lange, 3-2, 36.0 IP, 2.53 ERA, 38 Ks


  • As a team, Ohio State tallied 25 hits, 17 RBI and seven home runs through four games at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
  • Emily Clark led the squad with a .364 average to go along with five runs, four hits and two home runs. She has gotten on base safely in the last six games.
  • The Buckeyes used extra-inning rallies to top Louisville and N.C. State. Niki Carver had a walk-off single against the Cardinals and Shelby McCombs hit a two-run walk-off homer versus the Wolfpack.
  • Morgan Ray and McCombs combined to have a 2.23 ERA in 31.1 innings with 27 strikeouts and a 1.37 WHIP.
  • Clark was named the Most Valuable Player while Ray was tabbed as the Most Valuable Pitcher of the tournament.


Through nine games, Ohio State was pushed to extra inning four consecutive times. The Buckeyes put up 24 hits, 17 RBI and seven home runs in those games on their way to a 3-1 mark. OSU only went past seven innings in four games a season ago.


Ohio State moved up one spot in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll to No. 21. The squad remained at No. 21 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll. The Buckeyes have been receiving votes or ranked in both polls every week thus far.


The Buckeyes rank in the top five in the conference in slugging percentage (.483), earned run average (1.58), fielding percentage (.968) and scoring (6.22).


Ohio State outscored its opponents by a 37-8 margin over a perfect 5-0 opening weekend. It is the first time since the beginning of the 2015 season that the Buckeyes have swept its first weekend of action. The squad did not surrender more than two runs in a game and held its opponents to a .268 on-base percentage. Ohio State’s pitching staff recorded a 1.00 team ERA through 35 innings and stifled the opposition as they hit .169 with just two hits for extra bases.


Shelby McCombs was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week while Niki Carver earned Co-Freshman of the Week honors on Feb. 12.

McCombs started her senior campaign in stellar fashion as she picked up three wins in the circle, including two complete games. She had a 0.34 ERA and tallied 25 strikeouts in 20.2 innings of work. Batters only hit .164 against her and she did not give up an extra-base hit. Against FAU, the RHP tallied a career-high 12 strikeouts and only walked one of the 26 batters she faced. Offensively, McCombs hit .500 (4-for-8) with two RBI and a home run. She picked up a career-high three hits against the Owls, including the third homer of her career.

Carver had an impressive debut in Scarlet & Gray as she started every game over the weekend. She connected on eight hits in 18 at-bats for a .444 batting average and added seven RBI and five runs. She spent time covering first and third base, where she notched 29 putouts, two assists and a .969 fielding percentage. The rookie from Gainesville, Ga., went 4-for-5 with a career-high three RBI and two runs against FAU. Carver’s first four-hit game of her collegiate career come on a pair of singles, a double and two-run homer. With that, she is one of only five athletes to record four hits in a single game as a freshman. Carver successfully reached base in all five contests and is on a four-game hitting streak.


Ohio State will have a week off from action. The Buckeyes return to the field on Mar. 9-11 for the Louisville Slugger Invitational.