COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State softball team is heading to the West Coast to participate in the Fresno State Invitational this weekend. The Buckeyes will challenge UCSB, Fresno State, UIC and Pacific during the three-day tournament.
|Fresno State Invitational | Fresno, Calif.||Date||Time||Follow Along|
|Ohio State vs. UCSB||Friday, Feb. 21||2:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. ET||Stats|
|Ohio State at Fresno State||Friday, Feb. 21||7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET||Stats | Watch ($)|
|Ohio State vs. UCSB||Saturday, Feb. 22||11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET||Stats|
|Ohio State vs. Pacific||Saturday, Feb. 22||2:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. ET||Stats|
|Ohio State vs. UIC||Sunday, Feb. 23||9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET||Stats|
UCSB (4-6) went 3-2 last weekend at the Susan Craig Classic, which included a pair of extra-inning outings. The Gauchos took two-of-three games from Northern Colorado and split their series with New Mexico. UCSB has a slight 2-1 lead in the all-time series with Ohio State after winning the last meeting in 2011.
Fresno State (8-3) is coming off a 7-3 nine-inning loss to Stanford on Tuesday, which snapped a five-game win streak. The Bulldogs’ Alesia Denby was selected as the Mountain West Player of the Week after helping the team to a perfect 5-0 weekend at the Fresno State Kickoff Classic. The Buckeyes have an 8-6 advantage in their series against the Bulldogs. The teams have not played one another since the 2016 campaign.
Pacific (5-3) took part in the Libby Matson Tournament, where it was 2-2 on the weekend. The Tigers closed the tournament with a pair of victories over CSU Bakersfield and Nevada. The all-time series between Ohio State and Pacific is locked at 5-5.
UIC opened its 2020 season at the FGCU Invitational with a 3-2 record. The Flames beat Furman and picked up two wins over Memphis during its three-day stay in Florida. The Buckeyes won the lone meeting between the programs back in 2009.
Ohio State (3-5) is coming off a 0-4 showing at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in Raleigh, N.C. last weekend. The Buckeyes fell to both NC State and Notre Dame twice. Three players hit above .300 during the four-game stretch, led by Avery Clark with a .500 batting average, six hits and three home runs.
CLARK REPEATS AS B1G HONOREE
For the second time in as many weeks, designated player Avery Clark was recognized by the Big Ten and named Co-Freshman of the Week on Feb. 17. The Prospect, Ohio, native had another weekend of powerful hitting as she batted. .500 and slugged 1.250 through four games at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. She also added six hits, four RBI, three runs and three homers to the stat sheet. Clark’s solo dinger in the second inning and two-run homer in the third against NC State made her the first Buckeye since April 21, 2019 to hit home runs in consecutive at-bats. She is also the first freshman since May 18, 2019 to have two home runs in a game. She was also tabbed as the league’s freshman of the week on Feb. 10.
Ohio State has a bye week and will resume action at the ASU Invitational on March 6-9.