COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior shortstop Lilli Piper capped off another impressive season in Scarlet & Gray by earning second team All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), the organization announced Wednesday. Piper is the 12th All-American in program history, receiving her second honor in as many years.
“This is such a tremendous honor for Lilli and our entire program,” said head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Day in and day out, she competes and impacts the game in so many ways. It’s so much more than her clutch offensive moments and defensive gems. She absolutely loves the game of softball and that passion impacts our team as much as her stellar skills. We are extremely proud she is representing our program as an All-American.”
Piper continued to make a name for herself nationally over the course of the 2018 season. Through 52 games, she led the Big Ten in slugging percentage (.876), home runs (20) and total bases (141) while ranking second in batting (.404) and RBI (58). She also topped the team in nearly every offensive category thanks to 50 runs scored, 65 hits, 14 doubles, nine stolen bases and a .487 on-base percentage.
The NFCA first team All-Midwest Region honoree cemented her place in program history after setting the single-season home run mark with 20 round-trippers. Her 50 runs and 58 RBI helped her join Maddy McIntyre ’16 as the only members of the 50/50 club in Ohio State history. Piper’s .876 slugging percentage is the third-highest mark in the Big Ten single-season records. In Ohio State’s record book, her 58 RBI is third-best in a single season, 50 runs scored rank fifth, .404 average stands seventh and 14 doubles ties for 10th most.
Piper played a key role in the Buckeyes’ 16 wins over RPI Top-75 teams. In the 22 regular season games against such opponents, she hit .379 with 22 runs scored, 19 RBI, nine home runs, six doubles and a .909 slugging percentage. A unanimous first team All-Big Ten and All-Defensive Team selection, Piper had an 11-game hitting streak (Feb. 10-Mar. 10) and reached base in 18 consecutive outings (Mar. 25-Apr. 29). She also had a team-high 19 multi-hit games and 18 multi-RBI contests.
With Piper’s help, Ohio State finished the season at 36-16 and 14-8 in the Big Ten. The 36 victories are the most since 2010 and highest total under Schoenly. The Buckeyes earned its third straight at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and made it to the Gainesville Regional final.
OHIO STATE SOFTBALL ALL-AMERICANS
Shauna Bowman | Third Team 1991
Krinon Clark | Second Team 1994 | Third Team 1993
Jen Fredrickson | Second Team 1994
Wendy Allen | Second Team 2002
Anna Smith | First Team 2002
Jennifer Link | Third Team 2002
Stacy Roth | Third Team 2002
Brittany Vanderink | Third Team 2008
Sam Marder | Third Team 2008 | Second Team 2009 | Third Team 2010
Kim Reeder | Third Team 2009
Cammi Prantl | Third Team 2016
Lilli Piper | Third Team 2017 | Second Team 2018