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Morgan Ray

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Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Hometown Frenchtown, Mt.
  • Last School Frenchtown
  • Position Pitcher
  • Height 5-9
  • B/T R/R

CAREER HONORS
• NFCA First Team All-Midwest Region (2019)
• Second Team All-Big Ten (2019)
• CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 Team (2019)
• Senior CLASS Award candidate (2019)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2017, 18, 19)
• NFCA Second Team All-Midwest Region (2018)
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018)
• Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2016, 17, 18)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete

AS A SENIOR (2019)
• Started 28 games in 38 appearances in the circle
• Had a 2.22 ERA, the lowest single-season average of her career
• First Buckeye since 2007 to have multiple no-hitters in a season with three
• Led the pitching staff with 18 wins, 186 innings pitched, 192 strikeouts, 16 complete games, a .173 against average, eight shutouts and three saves
• In Big Ten contests only, she picked up nine wins (4th), had a 2.36 ERA (6th), 91 strikeouts (4th) and a .188 against average (4th) over 86 innings.
• Standings among OSU career record holders: 45 wins (5th), 433 strikeouts (6th) and 469.1 IP (10th)
• Rankings among OSU single-season records: 18 wins (t-8th), 192 strikeouts (9th), 186 IP (12th), eight shutouts (t-6th), 16 complete games (t-9th), 38 appearances (t-9th) and 31 decisions (t-6th)
• Started the season with a complete game win and four strikeouts vs. Ole Miss (2/8)
• Went 3-0 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 0.44 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 16 innings. She did not allow a run for 15 straight innings (2/22-24)
• Combined to throw a no-hitter against Army in two innings of relief work with five strikeouts (2/22)
• Had nine strikeouts vs. New Mexico State in seven innings (2/24)
• Earned her first save of the season behind one inning of no-hit, one-strikeout ball against Seattle (3/8)
• Recorded the first solo no-hitter of her career with six strikeouts in seven innings of work against Portland State (3/12)
• Struck out five Hoosiers and gave up just two hits as she held No. 22 Indiana without a hit in five of seven innings for a 2-0 shutout (3/24)
• Picked up a save in the series opener against Rutgers after 1.1 innings of relief in the 2-0 win (4/5)
• Threw a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in five innings to clinch the series against Rutgers (4/7)
• Pitched eight innings and struck out 10 in a 2-1 walk-off win over No. 21 Michigan (4/13)
• Fanned a career-high 13 batters over six innings at Michigan State (4/19)
• Went 3-0 against the Spartans in 12.2 innings, finishing the weekend with a 1.66 ERA, 24 strikeouts and a .146 against average.
• Tossed a five-inning, four-strikeout no-hitter to shut out Illinois, 9-0, in her third no-no of the season (4/26)
• Faced the minimum 15 batters and did not allow a base runner until the fifth inning on her only walk vs. the Fighting Illini (4/26)
• Entered the game with no outs and the bases loaded vs. Illinois and earned a save by tossing two innings of effective relief with two strikeouts while not giving up a hit, run or walk (4/27)
• Had a complete-game victory with nine strikeouts in a 5-4 comeback win over Illinois and recorded her 400th career strikeout (4/28)
• During Ohio State’s eight-game win streak (Apr. 13-28), she had a 1.68 ERA in 41.2 innings, 53 strikeouts, four complete games, a .173 against average, seven wins and one save.
• Threw a complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts to clinch the series against Iowa (5/5)
• Earned her eighth shutout in the opening round of the Knoxville Regional vs. UNC as she fanned eight batters and only allowed two hits over seven innings
• Started every game in the circle for the Buckeyes during the Knoxville Regional

AS A JUNIOR (2018)
• Started 25 games in 38 appearances in the circle
• Finished the season with a team-best 18 wins, 157.2 innings pitched, two shutouts and 13 complete games
• Third in the Big Ten with a .197 opposing batting average, fifth in wins (18), seventh in strikeouts (145) and ninth in ERA (2.58)
• Picked up a pair of complete-game wins at the FAU “First Pitch” Classic
• Struck out a career-high 12 batters vs. NIU (2/10)
• Tossed a career-high eight innings with five strikeouts at LMU (3/13)
• Fanned 11 batters and gave up one run on two hits in seven innings at CSUN (3/14)
• Earned her first save of the season after tossing three innings of two-hit relief with four strikeouts vs. CSUN (3/17)
• Held Pitt to two hits and a run over seven innings and had five strikeouts (5/2)
• Only allowed one hit in 1.2 innings of relief at Michigan (5/4)
• Had five strikeouts in a complete-game win over USF to advance to the Gainesville Regional final (5/19)

AS A SOPHOMORE (2017)
• Second on the team in ERA (2.35) and third in innings (62.2)
• Finished 6-5 with a team-best .217 batting average against while throwing two complete game shutouts
• Pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief against Lamar (2/11)
• Went 6.1 innings vs. Bethune-Cookman, allowing just one hit and striking out five
• Has a 0.91 ERA over the last 10 games
• 3.2 innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts to earn the win over Indiana (4/16)
• Appeared in all three games versus Michigan State, getting the start in the series finale and going 1.2 innings without allowing a hit in the opener
• Pitched the first complete game shutout of her career on 4/29 vs. Iowa, striking out six and allowing just two hits
• Shut out Kent State and allowed just one hit on May 3
• Tossed 15.1 consecutive scoreless innings between April 28 and May 5
• Selected as one of two recipients of the team’s Most Improved award

AS A FRESHMAN (2016)
• Third on the team with 63.0 innings pitched
• 4.00 ERA with 46 strikeouts
• Went 3-2 with wins vs. San Jose State (3/18), Purdue (4/24) and Michigan State (5/7)
• Struck out a season-high six over 4.2 innings vs. Maryland (3/26)
• Earned the starting nod in season-opener against Pacific (2/12)
• Gave up no more than one earned run in each of her first six appearances
• Collected four or more strikeouts in five appearances
• Pitched a season-high six innings while scattering six hits and striking out four vs. Kent State (5/4)

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE
• Three-time Montana Gatorade Player of the Year
• CBS MaxPreps first team All-America
• NFCA first team All-West Region
• Member of the national champion NW Bullets at the TC/USA Nationals
• Was the winning pitcher in the title game
• During her senior season in 2015, went 19-2 with a 0.32 ERA, leading her team to a third straight Class A state title
• Struck out 248 batters in 130 innings pitched
• Allowed just 55 hits and 22 walks
• Hit .553 with seven home runs, 22 RBI and a .953 slugging percentage
• Three-time Class A first team all-state selection
• Posted a 23-1 record along with a 0.72 ERA in the circle as a junior
• Struck out 280 batters and walked just 28 in 145 innings pitched
• Fired 10 no-hitters, including one perfect game, and held opponents to a .114 batting average
• At the plate, batted .598 with 12 home runs, 54 RBI and a 1.253 slugging percentage
• A four-year varsity letterwinner in volleyball where she led the team in both blocks and kills

PERSONAL
• Daughter of J.B. and Gypsy Ray
• Has an older brother, John, who attends Central Washington University and plays rugby
• Her mother played volleyball at Metro State and the University of Montana and uncle played football, also at Montana
• Has a cousin who played football at Rocky Mountain College
• Member of the National Honors Society and Student Council
• Lists her greatest sports thrill as hitting a walk-off home run in a state tournament game