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Lilli Piper

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Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Hometown Norton, Ohio
  • Last School Akron
  • High School Walsh Jesuit
  • Position Shortstop
  • Height 5-10
  • B/T R/R

CAREER HONORS
• NFCA Second Team All-American (2018, 19)
• NFCA First Team All-Midwest Region (2017, 18, 19)
• Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten (2017, 18, 19)
• Big Ten Player of the Week (Apr. 22, 2019)
• Finalist for the Big Ten Medal of Honor (2019)
• USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List (2019)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2018, 19)
• Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2018)
• CollegeSportsMadness.com Second Team All-American (2018)
• Top 25 finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year (2018)
• Big Ten Player of the Week three times (Feb. 26, Mar. 19, Apr. 9, 2018)
• Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2018)
• NFCA Third Team All-American (2017)
• Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2017)
• CollegeSportsMadness.com Third Team All-American (2017)
• FastPitchNews.com Second Team All-American (2017)
• Big Ten Player of the Week (March 27, 2017)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete

AS A SENIOR (2019)
• Joined Sam Marder as the only players to be named All-Americans three times in their Buckeye careers
• 12th All-American in program history
• Sixth player in OSU history to secure first team All-Region honors three times
• Only Buckeye to bat over .400 every year and her .419 career batting average ranks second in program history
• With her fifth Big Ten Player of the Week honor, she tied for third-most in conference history and Marder for the most ever by a Buckeye
• Drafted to the Cleveland Comets as the No. 15 pick at the 2019 NPF Draft
• Rankings among OSU career record holders: .419 batting aver¬age (2nd), 48 HR (3rd), 153 runs (6th), 144 RBI (t-6th), 40 stolen bases (10th) and 211 hits (12th)
• Nationally, she ranked 14th in batting average (.430), 15th in on-base percentage (.530) and 17th in runs per game (1.02)
• Started all 53 games at shortstop
• Slugged .691, walked 35 times and stole 18 bases
• Recorded 139 assists, 101 putouts and a .952 fielding percentage
• Finished the season on a 13-game hitting streak (4/19-5/18) and batted .568 with 23 runs, 21 hits, 13 walks, 11 RBI, six home runs and a 1.108 slugging percentage during that time
• Had a team-high 19 multi-hit games and had nine outings with multiple RBI
• Hit .574 during the Big Ten season to be the conference’s bat¬ting average champion
• In Big Ten games only, she led the conference 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)
• Rankings among Big Ten’s conference season only record holders: .574 batting average (2nd), 33 runs (t-3rd), 64 total bases (4th) and 39 hits (t-5th)
• Went 2-for-3 with two runs, a triple and stolen base vs. George Mason (2/8)
• Tallied two hits and two runs with a stolen base against Duke (2/23)
• Connected on her first home run of the season vs. New Mexico State (2/24)
• Was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a double against NIU (3/10)
• Knocked a three-run homer at Portland State (3/12)
• Had a hit, RBI, run and double in game two at Portland State (3/12)
• Notched three hits, two runs, a RBI and two stolen bases against Lehigh (3/16)
• Had five hits, three runs, two RBI and a stolen bases in two games at Grand Canyon (3/16-17)
• Batted .500 with four hits, three runs, three RBI, two stolen bases and a .625 slugging clip against No. 22 Indiana (3/22-24)
• Crushed a three-run homer and scored two runs in 10-1 five-inning win at Maryland (3/30)
• Hit .600 with four runs, three hits and two RBI in the series finale at Maryland (3/31)
• Went 2-for-2, scored a run, drew a walk and stole a base against Rutgers (4/7)
• Posted a .778 batting average on her way to seven hits, two RBI and one run at Penn State.
• Tallied a career-high four hits in game one and three hits, one run and a RBI in game two against the Nittany Lions (4/9)
• Had two hit, including a home run, vs. No. 21/18 Michigan (4/13)
• Batted .778 and slugged 1.889 with eight runs, seven hits, five RBI, three home runs, four walks and 17 total bases at Michigan State (4/19-21)
• Went 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBI in the finale at Michigan State (4/21)
• Batted .600 with seven runs, seven walks, three hits, two RBI and a 1.200 slugging clip against Illinois (4/26-28)
• Scored three times, drove in two runs with a homer and walked three times vs. Illinois (4/26)
• Had three runs, two hits, two RBI and two-run homer at Iowa (5/4)
• Finished with three hits, two runs and one RBI against the Hawkeyes (5/5)
• Tallied two hits, including a solo home run, versus Tennessee (5/18)

AS A JUNIOR (2018)
• Started all 52 games at shortstop
• Led the Buckeyes almost every offensive category, including average (.404), runs (50), hits (65), doubles (14), home runs (20), RBI (58), total bases (141), slugging (.876), walks (27), intentional walks (8), on-base percentage (.487) and stolen bases (9)
• Had an 11-game hitting streak (2/10-3/10) and reached base in 18 consecutive outings (3/25-4/29).
• Third in the Big Ten single-season records with a .876 slugging percentage
• Had her 20th home run of the season vs. Iowa to become the single-season record holder at Ohio State
• Tallied 50 runs and 58 RBI, one of only two players in the 50/50 club in program history
• Standings among OSU single-season record holders: 20 home runs (1st), 58 RBI (3rd), 50 runs scored (5th), .404 batting average (7th), 14 doubles (t-10th) and 65 hits (t-15th)
• Went 3-for-3 with three runs, a double, RBI and walk in a 9-1 six-inning win over NIU in the season opener (2/9)
• Hit a walk-off single against Boston University (2/11)
• Connected on a walk-off two-run homer against Wichita State (2/23)
• Had two home runs vs. San Jose State (3/10)
• Was 9-for-9 with five runs, five RBI, two doubles and a home run through three games (3/14-3/16)
• Notched a career-high four hits, three RBI and two runs against Grand Canyon (3/16)
• Was 11-for-13 with seven runs, seven RBI, two doubles, two home runs, a .812 on-base percentage and 1.462 slugging percentage through three games (3/14-3/17)
• Went 3-for-3 with one run, one RBI and a double vs. Wisconsin (3/30)
• Had a three-run shot and a pair of two-run homers at Rutgers (4/6, 4/8)
• Posted .667 batting average, six hits, three runs, three homers, nine RBI, 1.778 slugging percentage, .750 on-base percentage, 1.000 fielding percentage, 16 total bases and four extra-base hits at Rutgers (4/6-4/8)
• Was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI vs. Michigan State (4/22)
• Totaled five hits, five runs, six RBI, a double and home run in the Maryland series (4/27-4/29)
• Had three hits, three RBI, three runs, two home runs and a double at Michigan (5/4-5/6)
• Scored the game-winning run vs. USF, 3-2, to advance to the Gainesville Regional final (5/19)

AS A SOPHOMORE (2017)
• Led the Buckeyes in nearly every offensive category, including average (.421), home runs (18), RBI (53), hits (75), slugging percentage (.787) and on-base percentage (.436).
• Third overall in the Big Ten in batting, fourth in slugging, second in hits, fifth in RBI and second in home runs
• In Big Ten play, upped her average to .430 with a league-leading 10 home runs, 22 RBI, 24 runs scored and .861 slugging percentage
• Went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI vs. No. 21 California (2/26)
• Career-high six RBI vs. Central Florida (3/10/17)
• Drove in the game-winning run with a triple vs. Missouri (3/17)
• Big Ten Player of the Week after hitting .727 with eight RBI, two home runs and a 1.364 slugging percentage vs. Maryland
• Led the Big Ten in batting (14-for-20, .700) and slugging percentage (1.400) through six games
• Ended Michigan’s 45-scoreless inning streak with a solo home run last Saturday (4/8)
• Two-run home run as part of 3-for-3 game at Pitt
• 3-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs in series finale at Michigan State
• Go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning of a 3-2 series-clinching victory at No. 22 Illinois (5/7)
• Game-tying home run in opening game of NCAA Tournament (5/19)
• 24 multi-hit and 15 multi-RBI games

AT AKRON (2016)
• Played in 20 games for the Zips, batting .313 (15-for-48) with a home run, two doubles, six RBI and 10 runs scored
• Went two-for-three with two doubles vs. eventual MAC champion Miami (3/29)
• Also played on Akron’s basketball team
• Appeared in 29 games, highlighted by a 24-point, nine-rebound effort vs. Buffalo in the MAC semifinals and scored 18 points vs. Bucknell in the WNIT

AT WALSH JESUIT
• 2014 Cleveland.com Softball Player of the Year after hitting .615 with 64 hits, 42 RBI and 14 home runs
• Collected 205 hits in her career
• Posted a career-best 18 walks as a senior
• On the basketball court, was honorable mention All-Ohio in 2013-14, posting averages of 14.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game

PERSONAL
• Daughter of Gary and Ronda Piper
• Her aunt, Kay Piper, was a two-sport athlete (softball and volleyball) at Akron from 1982-85