• Academic All-Big Ten (2018)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete
AS A SOPHOMORE (2018)
• Appeared in 28 games, primarily as a pinch runner.
• Scored 13 runs and stole a pair of bases.
• Connected on the first hit of her career at Loyola Marymount (3/13).
• Earned her first start of the season at Indiana at second base (3/25).
• Started at second base against Iowa (5/10).
AS A FRESHMAN (2017)
• Started 10 of the 21 games that she’s played in, all at second base or shortstop.
• Had a .970 fielding percentage with 19 putouts, 13 assists and just one error.
• Scored two runs.
PRIOR TO OHIO STATE
• Selected to the PGF Central All-America Team.
• Girls Catholic League Player of the Year and team captain.
• Illinois Coaches Association second team all-state (2015).
• Three-time all-conference selection.
• Also a three-time academic all-conference honoree.
• Played club ball for the Beverly Bandits.
• The Bandits placed second at PGF Nationals in 2014 and seventh in 2015.
• Lists her greatest sports thrill as beating rival Sandburg in the 2015 sectional semifinals with a three-run rally in the seventh inning.
• Daughter of Bob and Nancy Balich.
• Has an uncle, Jim Balich, who played football at Washington State.
• Brother, Paul, wrestles at Milwaukee School of Engineering and cousin, Tom Zale, plays football at Illinois Wesleyan.
• Also played basketball at Mother McAuley.
• Vice president of the student council.
• Member of the National Honor Society.
• Would like to be an engineer following graduation.