May 4, 1999
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes (19-29 overall, 5-16 in Big Ten) close out the 1999 season with five games. On Wednesday, OSU will play host to Youngstown State (11-36) in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Over the weekend, the Buckeyes travel to Minneapolis, Minn., and begin a three-game series with Minnesota (39-17 overall, 12-7 in Big Ten). The schools will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m., and a single-game on Sunday at noon.
WEIGEL BREAKS HOME RUN MARK
In Sunday’s 11-2 win over Northwestern, Renae Weigel etched her name into the Ohio State record book. Off a 1-0 offering from Kelly Campbell, Weigel blasted her sixth home run of the season to set a new Buckeye single-season record. The old mark of five was held by Jodi Dolan (1997) and Marla Pickard (1994). “It felt good but I’m just glad it’s over with,” Weigel said. “It’s an honor though to put your name in our record book and it’s something I know I’ll look back on and be proud of.”
ANNA GOES BANANAS WITH THE BAT
Big Ten Freshman of the Year candidate Anna Smith erupted for a career week to help lead OSU to three Big Ten wins. By a far margin, she was the top hitter in the conference last week but was overlooked in the naming of the Big Ten Player of the Week. Smith batted a blistering .524 (11-for-21) with an RBI, five runs scored, a stolen base, a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage and a five-game hitting streak. She also batted .625 with runners in scoring position. Against Penn State, she became the 16th woman in school history to record at least four hits (4-for-7) in a single game. Two of her four hits were key two out knocks in which she later scored in the 14-inning marathon win. Against PSU, she finished the series batting .455 (5-for-8). The outfielder got even hotter in the Northwestern series with a .600 BA (6-for-10), .600 slugging percentage, and a .600 on base percentage. Her Big Ten batting average jumped 111 points (from .280-.391) while her season batting average increased by 46 points (from .260-.306). GUTS EQUALS GLORY
Pitcher Toni Hileman not only went 2-0 for the week, but it was also how she got the job done. On Wednesday, April 28, she tossed a gutsy 14-inning, 182-pitch complete game win over Penn State. Hileman held PSU scoreless for 13 of the 14 innings and limited its offense to just three hits in the seven extra-innings. She kept her effectiveness going against Northwestern, winning the series opener. The junior finished the week with a 1.83 ERA and walked just one batter in 23 innings. OSU was 3-0 in games she started.
BIG TEN STATISTICS
In Big Ten games only, Anna Smith is currently ranked eighth with a .391 batting average. Renae Weigel is tied for second in the conference with three home runs. Stacy Roth is fourth in doubles with six and third in runs batted in with 15. Toni Hileman leads all pitchers with 92.2 innings pitched.
ROTH TIES FRESHMAN RBI RECORD
With her 28 runs batted in the year, Stacy Roth is currently tied for the highest freshman total in school history (Amy Haug, 1996). Her 11 doubles ranks fifth on the freshman record list. The record of 14 is also held by Haug.
CHENEVEY CLIMBS RBI LADDER
With her three runs batted in last weekend, Jaime Chenevey now has 90 for her career. She is just the fourth woman in school history to drive in at least 90 runs and she now ranks fourth in school history. The record of 96 career RBIs is held by Nicole Paloney (94-97).
TIME IS RUNNING OUT
Jaime Chenevey also enters the final week of her career with 11 career home runs, just one shy of the OSU all-time record of 12 held by Jodi Dolan (1995-98).
PALAROAN SETS HITS RECORD
In OSUs 5-2 win over Penn State, Cheryl Palaroan set a school record with five hits in a single-game. Her 5-for-6 afternoon broke the old school record of four, done only 15 times in school history. On March 6, Jaime Chenevey recorded four hits against Akron. “I didn’t know about the record until coach said something after the game,” said Palaroan. “I got a little lucky on some of the hits but I’m just glad the hits equated to wins. That’s all that really matters.”
GTE OSU STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Renae Weigel is the GTE/OSU Student-Athlete of the Week. To read more about her, log on to www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
SENIOR CLASS ENDING CAREERS
This week will mark the final games for the OSU senior class of Jaime Chenevey, Natalie Kratzer, Cheryl Palaroan, Meaghan Robinson, Kelli Tom and Carrie Vanderpool.
On Friday, the Buckeyes will depart from Port Columbus International Airport at 8 p.m for Minneapolis, Minn. The team will stay in the Radison located at 615 Washington St. The phone number is 612-379-8888 and fax is 612-379-8682.
SCOUTING THE PENGUINS
The Youngstown State Penguins are currently 11-36 overall. Last weekend, they split a doubleheader with IUPU-Indianapolis, losing game one, 11-0, and winning game two, 7-2. Offensively, the team is led by Dani Brown. She leads the team with both a .303 bating average and 19 runs batted in. Holly Royal is chipping in with a .301 BA. Inside the circle, Katie Marsh (1-9) has a team low 3.81 earned run average. Be Cicero (7-14) leads the team in both wins and losses. The head coach is Julie Croft. She is in her fourth year at the helm.
BUCKEYES vs. PENGUINS HISTORY
The Buckeyes hold an 8-0 edge in the all-time series between the two schools. YSU came to Columbus last year and lost a doubleheader, 8-0 and 6-4.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are currently in second place in the Big Ten with a 12-7 record. Overall, they are currently 39-17. Last weekend, UM lost its season series with the Michigan State Spartans, 2-1. Offensively, they are led by power hitters Shannon Beeler and Jordanne Nygren. Beeler is batting .361 with 11 home runs and 53 runs batted in. Nygren has 12 home runs and 50 RBI to go along with her .315 batting average. Steph Midthun leads the team with a .362 batting average. Inside the circle, Steph Klaviter leads the team with a 1.25 earned run average and an 18-8 record. Heather Brown is 11-1 on the year with a 1.39 ERA. Combined, the pitching staff is carrying a 1.48 ERA.
BUCKEYES vs. GOLDEN GOPHERS HISTORY
Minnesota leads the all-time series between the two schools, 47-18. Last year, the Gophers won the season series 2-1, but only by the smallest of margins. Game one was won by Minnesota, 14-5. But games two and three both went into extra-innings. In game two, the Buckeyes won 9-6 in 12-innings. In game three, UM took the series with a 5-3 win in 11-innings. Katie Wessendorf blistered the UM pitching staff with a .455 batting average, a .727 slugging percentage and four runs batted in.
ROTH TIES HOME RUN MARK
On April 22, in the second game against Dayton, Stacy Roth belted her third home run of the season off UDs Kelly Buer to tie the OSU freshman record. She is now tied with Renae Weigel (1996) and Amy Haug (1995).
215 GAMES AND COUNTING
If you were to combine the number of games missed by the Buckeyes because of injury, the number is an astonishing 215 games. Kelli Tom, Chrissy Fowler and Kristi Martin have missed the entire season (43 games each). Natalie Woods has been out for the last 35 games and will also miss the remainder of the season. Meaghan Robinson (13), Carrie Vanderpool (7), Holly English (6), Anna Smith (7), Cheryl Palaroan (2) and Katie Wessendorf (1) have each missed parts of the season.
THE WALKING WOUNDED
To say the Buckeyes are battling the injury bug may be a major understatement. The roster reads 18 players but in truth, there are currently only 11 healthy members on the team. Pitchers Kelli Tom (chronic left knee pain) and Kristi Martin (impinched ulnar nerve in her right arm) along with infielder Natalie Woods (torn ACL) and outfielder Chrissy Fowler (torn ACL) are done for the season. Pitcher Meaghan Robinson is dealing with a stress fracture injury in her right rib cage. She will only pitch three-to-four innings, one or two games per week.
HILEMAN PICKS UP THE WORKLOAD
Toni Hileman has been called upon to pick up the slack for the pitching staff (decimated by injuries to three of its members). She has already tossed 178.1 innings after throwing 60.2 all of last year. She is ranked third in the conference in total innings pitched and is ranked first with 92.2 innings pitched in conference games only. In her freshman season at Ohio University, she logged 200.1 innings of work.
PALAROAN ADDS TO STOLEN BASE MARK
Cheryl Palaroan’s 18 stolen bases this season not only leads the team but extends her career record to 54. The old mark of 44 was held by Candace Kollen (1995-98). She broke the record against Long Beach State (3/21).
BUCKEYE FIELD INFORMATION
Buckeye Field, home of Ohio State softball, is located at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The press box phone number is (614) 292-0623.
For any questions or requests regarding the Ohio State softball team please contact Assistant Athletic Communications Director Pat Chun. He will be accompanying the team to Minnesota.
BUCKEYES TAKE NORTHWESTERN SERIES
Last weekend, the Buckeyes won the season series over Northwestern winning game one, 8-4, losing game two, 10-3 and winning game three 11-2.
Jaime Chenevey, Natalie Kratzer, Cheryl Palaroan and Renae Weigel have been named captains for the 1999 Ohio State softball team. “I expect our captains to represent and reflect the ideals we want out of our student-athletes,” Ohio State head coach Linda Kalafatis said. “Natalie, Renae, Jaime and Cheryl all possess excellent work ethics, they are academically focused and are solid people. They characterize what our program stands for in every sense of the word.”
PAIR OF BUCKEYES DRAFTED
In December, Jaime Chenevey and Cheryl Palaroan, respectively, became the second and third Buckeyes ever to be drafted by the Women’s Professional Softball League. The Akron Racers selected Chenevey in the third round and Palaroan in the eighth round in the WPSL Senior Draft.
MEDIA GUIDES ON SALE
Copies of the 1999 Ohio State Softball Media Guide are on sale at The Winning Schott, the gift shop inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Store hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, please call (614) 292-2073 or 1-800-678-6022. GETTING RESULTS
Results for the Buckeyes will be posted through www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com approximately two hours after the last game of each day. Results are also available through the Fax-on-demand service (The Big Ten passcode – 282; Release – 2665, Last Game Result – 2667).
The Buckeyes close out the 1999 season with the conclusion of this week. The last scheduled team function is the Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 26. For more information, call the softball office at (614) 292-0856.
PLAYER PROFILE UPDATES
00 o Julie Darney o 3B/P o Fr.
Made her college debut against Hawaii (2/12) as a pinch-hitter. Threw a shutout inning against Cal-State Fullerton (2/14). Academically ineligible for the remainder of the season.
1o Kristi Martin o P o So.
Is still recovering from offseason surgery on her right arm. Is out for the season.
3 o Cheryl Palaroan o CF o Sr.
Co-captain of this year’s team. Went 2-for-4 against Loyola Marymount. Had a career high three hits and four runs scored against St. Louis (2/27). Batted .300 at the Kentucky Invitational. Leads the team with 17 stolen bases in 19 attempts. Has started every game in centerfield and as the leadoff hitter. In the first inning against Long Beach State (3/21) she broke the OSU all-time career stolen base mark of 44. Batted .333 during the California trip. Continued the consistency with a .333 BA at the Georgia Tech/ Buzz Classic. Had a season high eight-game hitting streak from 3/22-3/31. Batted .333 during the month of March. On March 28, in the first game against Penn State, went 5-for-6 to set a new school record for most hits in a game. Finished the series with a .625 BA.
4 o Natalie Kratzer o 3B o Sr.
Co-captain of this year’s team. Singled in first at bat of the season against Cal-State Fullerton (2/11). Has started every game at third base. Only Buckeye to start and play in every game this season. Rock solid defensively with just 10 errors in 157 chances (.936).
6 o Meaghan Robinson o P o Sr.
Opening day starter against Cal-State Fullerton. Second consecutive season she got the call on opening day. Recorded a career high seven strikeouts against Indiana State (2-27). Was 2-0 with a 0.00 earned run average at the Kentucky Invitational. Her 54 strikeouts has already surpassed last year’s total of 36 and surpasses her career high of 44 set in her sophomore season. Did not play in California due to a strained pectoral muscle. Returned with a splendid complete game, 0 ER, 6 K win over Evansville (3/26). Is dealing with a stress fracture injury to her right rib cage. Team doctor’s have decided to limit her to just three-to-four innings per game, once or twice a week. Returned with a splendid four inning shutout performance against No. 25 Iowa (4/10). Recorded her first save of the season in OSUs 3-2 win over Michigan State (4/17).
7 o Kelli Tom o P o Sr.
Will miss the remainder of the season due to chronic left knee pain.
8 o Chrissy Fowler o UT o So.
Is out for the season with a torn ACL in her left knee.
9 o Katie Wessendorf o 1B o So.
Started season opener against Cal-State Fullerton (2/11). Batted .556 at the Georgia State Softball Classic. Went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Indiana State (2/27). Carried a .333 BA during the month of February. Blasted her first career home run in the first inning off Akron’s Tiffany McCoy (3/6). Led the team with a .385 BA during the California trip. Batted .364 at the Georgia Tech/Buzz Classic. Batted .314 during the month of March. Drove in the game-winning run in the eight inning, 8-7 win over No. 25 Iowa (4/11). Batted . 375 in the Michigan State series. Batted .302 in the month of April. Smoked the Northwestern pitching staff with a .429 BA (3-for-7), all three of her hits were doubles.
10 o Natalie Woods o 2B/SS o Jr.
Made her OSU debut with a starting assignment at second base against Hawaii (2/12). Recorded her first career hit and RBI against Loyola Marymount’s Jenny Hart (2/13). Went 2-for-4 with her first career triple against Akron (3/6). With miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL in her left knee.
11 o Jaime Chenevey o C o Sr.
Co-captain of this year’s team. Batted .636 at Georgia State Softball Classic with a team high seven hits. Went 3-for-4 against Georgia State (2/27). Batted .545 at the Kentucky Invitational. Went 4-for-5 with an RBI against Akron. Drove in a pair of runs against Cal-State Fullerton (3/22). Hit an awesome .714 at the Georgia Tech/Buzz Classic with a home run against Evansville. Led the OSU with a .455 batting average during the month of March. Went 3-for-3 with two RBI against Bowling Green (4/13). Went 2-for-3 with three RBI against Butler (4/20). Batted .400 (4-for-10) in the Northwestern series with three runs batted in.
15 o Jenn Elwello P o Fr.
Began the season as the team’s manager but was activated due to the rash of injuries to the pitching staff. Made her collegiate debut against Indiana (4/7). Was the game winning run in the Iowa win (4/11). Tossed her first collegiate victory in OSU’s 11-2 win over Butler (4/20). Tossed her first career shutout in OSUs 9-0 win over Dayton (4/22).
17 o Carrie Vanderpool o 2B o Sr.
Started season opener against Cal-State Fullerton (2/11). Recorded the first hit of her season against Baylor (2/13). Went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Tennessee Tech (2/28). Missed the Kentucky Invitational and the California trip with a second degree right ankle sprain. Returned in the Maryland (3/26) game. Batted .308 in week three of April. Belted her first home run of the season against Butler’s Stephanie Burlein (4/20). Batted .375 (3-for-8) in the Northwestern series.
18 o Renae Weigel o SS o Jr.
Co-captain of this year’s team. Led the team with a .333 batting average at the Paradise Classic. Batted .500 at the Georgia State Softball Classic. Blasted her first career triple, went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and scored 3 runs against St. Louis (2/28). Led the Buckeyes with a .417 BA during the month of February. Bombed her first home run of the year, a three-run shot, in the first inning of the Akron contest (3/6). Belted a sixth inning, two-run, game-winning home run against Miami (3/30). Had a 2-for-3, three RBI game in the second Michigan contest (4/3). Leads the team with 17 RBIs. Hit her third home run of the season, a two-run shot, in OSUs 8-7 upset win over No. 25 Iowa (4/11). Hit her fourth home run of the season against Michigan State (4/18). Batted .444 in the MSU series. Against Dayton’s Sara Hatcher, tied the OSU single-season home run record with her fifth blast of the season (4/22). Batted .625 (5-for-8) in the Wisconsin series. Broke the OSU single-season home run record with her sixth blast of the season of Northwestern’s Kelly Campbell (5/2). Batted .571 in that series.
20 o Anna Smith o OF/2B o Fr.
First career start came in season opener against Cal-State Fullerton. First career hit and RBI came in the third inning of the Oregon State (2/12) game off Tarrah Beyster. First career start at second base was against Long Beach State (3-21). Batted .364 at the Georgia Tech/Buzz Classic. Went 2-for-4 with an RBI against Maryland (3/26). Had another 2-for-4 game against Campbell. Had a career high five-game hitting streak from 3/26-3/31. Against No. 7-Michigan, batted .500 with two runs, a triple and an RBI. Missed seven games with a deep bruise to her right calf muscle. The injury occurred when she scored in a home plate collision with Michigan catcher Karmen Lappo. Returned to action in the Purdue doubleheader (4/14). Went 2-for-4 and scored two runs against Michigan State (4/18). In the second game against Dayton (4/22), went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Went 2-for-3 in the first game against Wisconsin (4/24). Batted .455 in the Penn State series (4/28). Recorded a career high four hits in the first game against PSU. Led OSU with a .362 BA in the month of April. Even hotter against Northwestern. Finished the series with a .600 BA (6-for-10), a .600 slugging percentage and a .600 on base percentage. Went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the series finale (5/2). Extremely versatile, starting at four different positions this season (all three outfield spots and second base).
21 o Stacy Roth o OF/C o Fr.
Recorded the first hit of her first career in her very first plate appearance against Cal-State Fullerton’s Jana Oetgen (2/12). Also notched her first career RBI that game. Had a career high three walks against CSUF (2/14). Batted a robust .667 at the Kentucky Invitational. Batted .500 at the Georgia Tech/ Buzz Classic. Went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI against Campbell (3/27). Batted .393 during the month of March. Jacked her first career home run of Michigan’s Marie Barda. Belted her second career home run, a three-run shot, against Iowa’s Kristi Hanks in OSUs 8-7 upset win over the No. 25 Hawkeyes (4/11). Went 2-for-2 with two RBIs against Bowling Green (4/13). Awesome series against Michigan State. Batted .500 with three doubles and five RBIs. Against Dayton’s Kelly Buer, tied the OSU freshman home run mark with her third blast of the year (4/22). Batted .308 in the month of April with a team high 16 runs batted in. Had a nice Northwestern series. Batted .600 (6-for-10) with three RBIs.
23 o Toni Hileman o P/1B o Jr.
Winning pitcher in OSUs first win of the season over Baylor (2/13). Went 2-for-3 at the plate against Oregon State (2/12). Winning pitcher in OSU’s 16-1 drubbing of St. Louis (2/27). Wining pitcher in OSUs first shutout of the season, a 3-0 win over Canisius (3/7). Recorded her first save of the season against Evansville with a perfect final inning of relief work. Has been the OSU workhorse. Took the win in OSUs 3-2 victory over Michigan State (4/17). Put forth a spectacular 182 pitch, 14-inning effort to earn the 5-2 win over Penn State (4/28). Pitched shutout ball for 13 of the 14 innings and allowed only three hits in the seven extra-innings. Also drove in the winning run in that game with an RBI double. Earned the win in the first game against Northwestern (5/1), an 8-4 victory.
24 o Samantha Kimura o 1B/C/P o Fr.
Started season opener against Cal-State Fullerton (2/11). Recorded the first hit of her career against Baylor’s Carrie Arn (2/13). Finished that game 2-for-3 with a double. Belted the first home run of her career against St. Louis. Was on a team high nine-game hitting streak (2/13-3/6). Finished the month of February with a .310 batting average. Went 3-for-4 with an RBI against Akron (3/6). Batted .500 at the Kentucky Invitational. Has played in every game. Made her pitching debut against Cleveland State (3/31) and earned the victory. Went 3-for-10 in the Michigan series. Batted .300 (3-for-10) with a double and a pair of RBIs against No. 25 Iowa. Drove in the game tying run in the eight inning against Iowa. Earned her second win of the season in OSUs 8-7 win over No. 25 Iowa (4/11). Earned her third win of the season against Bowling Green (4/13). Batted .429 in the Wisconsin series. Batted .306 in the month of April. Batted .375 in the Northwestern series.
26 o Sarah West o 1B o Fr.
Made career debut as a pinch-hitter against No. 17 Hawaii (2/12). Made first career start against Cal-State Fullerton (2/14). Notched her first career hit and RBI against St. Louis’ Jennifer Riva. Blasted her first career home run off Cleveland State’s Cassie Pittman (3/31). Went 2-for-3 in the final Michigan game (4/4). Batted .333 in the month of April. Batted .750 (3-for-4) in the Northwestern series.
28 o Holly English o OF o So.
Missed the first tournament of the season due to injury. Returned to the lineup at the Georgia State Classic. First hit of the year was a double against Georgia State (2/27). Scored three runs against St. Louis (2/27). Batted .300 at the Kentucky Invitational. Continued her steadiness with a .300 BA during the California trip. Batted .500 at the Georgia Tech/Buzz Classic. Went 3-for-4 with two RBI against Campbell (3/27). Batted .313 during the month of March. Came through with a clutch two-RBI pinch hit double in the fifth inning of the second Michigan game. In that series, she went 3-for-7 (.429). Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI against Butler (4/20). Fielding percentage has been perfect in the outfield (1.000).
Location: Columbus, Ohio Enrollment: 48,278 President: William E. Kirwan Athletic Director: Andy Geiger Associate Director: Archie Griffin Nickname: Buckeyes Colors: Scarlet & Gray Mascot: Brutus Buckeye Home Facility: Buckeye Field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Capacity: 800 Dimensions: 190-220-190 Conference: Big Ten Conference 1999 Record: 19-29 overall, 5-16 in Big Ten Head Coach: Linda Kalafatis, California (Pa.),’88 OSU Record: 72-84 (.462), Third Year Career Record: 345-191-2 (.643), 10th Year Assistants: Belinda Cernava, Drema Neal, Shauna Bowman Miller Trainer: Daniel Hamilton Athletic Communications: Pat Chun Phone: (614) 292-6861 Fax: (614) 292-8547 Home: (614) 326-0193 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com Address: Room 124, St. John Arena 410 Woody Hayes Drive Columbus, Ohio 43210-1166 THIS WEEK
Wednesday, May 5:
OSU vs. Youngstown State, 3 p.m., doubleheader at Buckeye Field.
Saturday, May 8:
OSU at Minnesota, 1 p.m., doubleheader at Bierman Softball Complex.
Sunday, May 9:
OSU at Minnesota, 1 p.m., single game at Bierman Softball Complex.