April 7, 2000
Columbus, Ohio – The Buckeyes (16-13) open the Big Ten season against the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Ohio State battles Indiana in a two-game series on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
FIVE KEY FACTORS FOR THE BUCKEYES
* Anna Smith – Smith has 20 stolen bases on the season, tying her for fourth place on OSU’s single season record list.
* Stacy Roth – She is currently on an 12-game hitting streak and boasts a team-leading .584 slugging percentage and .360 batting average.
* Jennifer Link – She leads her freshman class with a batting average of .280, 23 hits and 18 runs.
* Renae Weigel – In the last four games, Weigel has led the Buckeyes with a 368 BA with five hits, three RBI and a .500 slugging percentage.
* Katie Chain – She leads the team with 80 strikeouts and only needs four more to to break the OSU freshman record of 83 strikeouts. She will also break into the Top 5 of the single-season record list.
BIG TEN OPENERS
In the ’90’s, the Buckeyes are 8-1 in Big Ten openers. Under head coach Linda Kalafatis Ohio State is 1-2.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
Under seven-year head coach Carol Bruggeman, the Boilermakers have posted a 22-19 overall record and a 1-3 conference mark. Last weekend, Purdue opened conference play with a win over Michigan State, 3-0, but fell to Michigan in two games (3-2, 2-0). The Boilermakers bounced back to defeat Butler in a doubleheader on Wednesday (8-0 and 2-0). Sophomore Katie Crabtree leads the team with a batting average of .341, seven home runs and 22 RBI. Inside the circle, Meagan Dooley has led the Boilermakers with a .54 ERA and 8-6 record.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
Ohio State has a 7-6 record against the Boilermakers with last year falling in a doubleheader (7-0, 16-2) at home on April 14. The Buckeyes last defeated Purdue in the 1998 season as they swept the Boilermakers in a doubleheader, 3-0 and 5-2, on April 28. Coach Kalafatis holds a 4-3 record against the Boilermakers at Ohio State.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
The Indiana Hoosiers hold a 10-21 overall record and a 1-3 record in Big Ten action this season. The Hoosier opened their conference season with a 3-2 loss to Michigan, but split the Michigan State series with a 3-0 win and a 5-4 loss. Sheri Savko leads the Hoosiers in Big Ten action with a .300 batting average, two runs and three RBI. Overall, she is second on the team with a .316 batting average, three home runs and 10 RBI. In her 13th year, head coach Diane Stephenson holds a 368-324 overall record at Indiana.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES
Indiana leads the series with a 48-16-1 record against the Buckeyes. Last year, Ohio State fell in a doubleheader at Indiana, 5-4 and 6-2 on April 7. Under Coach Kalafatis, the Buckeyes have a 1-5 record against the Hoosiers.
In the 2000 NCAA Division I softball preseason poll, conducted by the NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Committee, the Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked eighth in the Mideast Region Poll. Michigan captured the No. 12 ranking with a (as of April 6) 26-6 overall record.
Stacy Roth (So., Wauseon, Ohio/Wauseon) leads the team with a 12-game hitting streak. Against Morehead State, Roth went 3-for-5 with one RBI and now holds a team-leading .360 batting average, 20 RBI and a .584 slugging percentage.
SMITH’S NATIONAL THEFTS
Anna Smith (So., Walnut, Calif./Diamond Bar) is ranked 13th in the nation with 20 steals and an average of .74 steals per game. In the conference, Smith is second behind Penn State’s Gina Bianchini who has 24.
MORE ON SMITH
Smith has now broken into the Top 5, tying for fourth place with Cheryl Palaroan (1999) and Tara Alexander (1995). She only needs five more to pass Kathy Boettcher (1990) for first place on Ohio State’s season records for thefts.
CHAIN ADDING THEM UP
Freshman Katie Chain (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) leads the team with 80 strikeouts and only needs four more to pass teammate Kristi Martin (So., La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), for the OSU freshman record of 83 strikeouts. She will also break into the Top 5 of the single-season record list also held by Martin, who is fifth place with 83 K’s.
Jennifer Link (Fr., Yorba Linda, Calif./Sonora) leads her class with 23 hits, 18 runs and a batting average of .280. In the Morehead State series, Link went 3-for-6 with two runs and a stolen base. She also currently holds a two-game hitting streak.
BLASTING TEAM HOME RUN RECORD
After Sarah West blasted her third home run of the season against Morehead State, the Buckeyes now only need four more home runs to break the team record of 18 set in 1994.
The Buckeyes are ranked fifth in the Big Ten in batting with a .262 team BA. In pitching the Buckeyes hold a team 2.01 ERA and are ranked sixth in the conference. Individually within the conference, Stacy Roth is ranked ninth with a .360 batting average.
WEIGEL IS BACK
After missing the first five games to injury, Renae Weigel has shown her presence in the Buckeye lineup. In the last for games, Weigel has batted a team-leading .368 BA with five hits, three RBI and a .500 slugging percentage.
BIG TIME CONFERENCE
In the April 2 USATODAY/NFCA Poll, Big Ten Conference have two teams ranked in the Top 15. Michigan and Iowa are ranked No. 11 and No. 14, respectively.
Senior Renae Weigel was named by her teammates as captain of the 2000 softball team. As the only Buckeye who has been at Ohio State all four seasons, Weigel will resume her role as Ohio State’s top hitter and leader of the squad. Last season, the Coldwater, Ohio native had another breakout season, posting a single-season home run mark with six and finishing third overall in both batting average (.301) and conference BA (.324).
ADDITION TO THE COACHING STAFF
Jaime Cheveney returns to the Buckeyes this season as an assistant coach. She was a four-time letterwinner and was selected as a second-team all-Big Ten selection as the Buckeyes’ catcher. Cheveney still holds the No. 2 spot on the Ohio State career home run ladder with nine. Last summer, She competed on the Akron Racers of the Women’s Professional Softbal League with former Buckeye Jodi Dolan. Cheveney is a graduate student of Ohio State in education.
ON THE ROAD
The Buckeyes travel to Bowling Green, Ohio to compete against the Bowling Green Falcons on Tuesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. The Buckeye then travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. for a doublheader against No. 11 Michigan on Friday at 2 p.m. Ohio State wraps up the weekend in East Lansing on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) against Michigan State.
ON DECK IN 2001
Coach Kalafatis signed one of the best recruiting classes in the nation to be added next season. Wendy Allen (Moreno Valley, Calif.), Kristi DeVries (Corona Calif.) and Beth McAbier (Carrollton, Ohio) all signed letters of intents to attend Ohio State in 2001. Allen, a left-hand pitcher, was one-of-16 players in the nation to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-American. DeVries is a high school All-American pitcher who notched a 24-6 record last season with 321 strikeouts and 23 walks. McAbier, a shortstop, was a two-time all-conference pick and three-sport student-athlete at Carrollton High School.
Ohio State will celebrate its 10-year anniversary of the 1990 Big Ten Championship this year. In 1990, Ohio State captured a 39-25 record, defeating Iowa to win the conference championship and head to the NCAA Tournament.