COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six members of the Ohio State softball team received All-Big Ten honors as the conference released its postseason awards today. Lilli Piper and Emily Clark earned first team recognition while Bri Betschel, Ashley Prange and Morgan Ray secured spots on the second team. Prange was also an All-Freshman Team honoree. Claire Nicholson was placed on the All-Defensive Team and is the Sportsmanship Award recipient. The Buckeyes’ six honorees is the most under head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly during her seven-year tenure.
Piper is a unanimous selection on the first team for the third year in a row after hitting .574 in conference play to be this season’s batting average champion. She also led the Big Ten in slugging percentage (.941), on-base percentage (.681), hits (39), assists (55) and fielding double plays (9) while finishing second in walks (23) and runs scored (33). Clark batted .380 in Big Ten games and stood third in the league with 29 RBI and eight stolen bases. Betschel ranked second on the team with a .390 batting average and paced the conference with 82 at bats while tying for fifth with 25 runs and seventh in hits (32). Prange led Ohio State’s freshmen class by hitting .384 and driving in 23 runs. Her 46 total bases and 28 hits ranked eighth and 11th, respectively, in the Big Ten standings. Ray picked up nine wins (4th), had a 2.36 ERA (6th), 91 strikeouts (4th) and a .188 against average (4th) over 86 innings. Nicholson caught 11 runners stealing, which tied for first in the conference, recorded 123 putouts and a .993 fielding percentage from behind home plate.
The Buckeyes had a 17-6 mark during the Big Ten season, the most wins under Schoenly and since the 1994 campaign. Ohio State carries a 34-15 overall record into this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed, which is being held at Andy Mohr Field in Bloomington, Ind. Ohio State will take on the winner of No. 5 Wisconsin/No. 12 Iowa Friday at 11 a.m. ET live on the Big Ten Network.
Lilli Piper | Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten
Emily Clark | First Team All-Big Ten
Bri Betschel | Second Team All-Big Ten
Ashley Prange | Second Team All-Big Ten and All-Freshman Team
Morgan Ray | Second Team All-Big Ten
Claire Nicholson | All-Defensive Team and Sportsmanship Award