COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team is back on the road for its longest trip of the season, a 10-day excursion in Arizona for Spring Break. The Buckeyes’ 10 games will be split evenly between two tournaments, starting with the ASU Invitational this weekend.
|ASU Invitational | Tempe, Ariz.||Date||Time||Follow Along|
|Ohio State vs. RV Oregon State||Friday, March 6||2 p.m. MT/4 p.m. ET||Stats|
|Ohio State vs. Wright State||Saturday, March 7||9 a.m. MT/11 a.m. ET||Stats|
|Ohio State vs. RV Oregon State||Sunday, March 8||2 p.m. MT/5 p.m. ET||Stats|
|Ohio State at No. 17/15 Arizona State||Sunday, March 8||7 p.m. MT/10 p.m. ET||Stats | Watch|
|Ohio State vs. Lehigh||Monday, March 9||2 p.m. MT/5 p.m. ET||Stats|
RV Oregon State (14-7) traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament last week where the team record a 4-2 mark. The Buckeyes and Beavers have not faced off since 2012. Ohio State dropped a 4-3 decision and trails 8-1 in the all-time series. The Buckeyes’ lone win was an 8-7 eight-inning thriller in 2010.
Wright State (5-8) went 2-2 at the Scotsman Invitational and split its series with Wagner and Presbyterian. Ohio State owns a commanding 30-1 all-time advantage against the Raiders. When the teams last battled in 2017, the Buckeyes cruised to a 14-1 victory.
No. 17/15 Arizona State (16-6) has spent four of its last five weekends on its home field and is coming off a 4-1 performance at its Sun Devil Classic. The Sun Devils have a 9-4 lead in the all-time series with the Buckeyes. The last meeting in 2016 resulted in an 11-5 win for Ohio State in Tempe.
Lehigh (6-4) had a 3-2 showing at the NC State Invitational a week ago. The Buckeyes are 2-0 in their series with the Mountain Hawks, having picked up both wins in 2019.
Ohio State (6-7) is getting back into the swing of things after having the past week off. The Buckeyes last competed at the Fresno State Invitational where they went 3-2 with victories over UCSB, Pacific and UIC. The team recorded 40 hits, 21 runs, 18 RBI and 12 extra-base hits, including eight doubles.
CLARK CHECKS IN NATIONALLY
Freshman Avery Clark has stepped up and showed out for the Buckeyes as a designated player. The Prospect, Ohio, native has a .475 batting average through 13 games, which ranks 31st nationally. She sits at No. 25 in the nation behind an impressive .900 slugging percentage. Clark leads the Buckeyes in nearly every offensive category, including total bases (36), hits (19), RBI (12), home runs (5) and on-base percentage (.523).
BURESCH TO THE CIRCLE
Right-handed ace Payton Buresch paces the pitching staff with a 1.87 ERA in 63.2 innings of work. She has a 5-3 record in 10 appearances, including seven starts and six complete games. The Downers Grove, Ill., native has tallied 37 strikeouts and held opponents to a .231 batting average.
Avery Clark is currently on a six-game hitting streak, followed by Taylor Pack, who has a hit in the last five games. Clark also has a team-high eight outings with multiple hits and three games with multiple RBI. Meg Otte and Niki Carver both have four multi-hit contests in the books.
The Buckeyes return to Phoenix for the second time in as many years for the GCU Invitational (March 13-15), hosted by Grand Canyon.