April 25, 2000
%^$Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes open the week at home in a non-conference matchup against the Wright State Raiders on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Ohio State then battles Northwestern on Friday (2 p.m. CST) in a doubleheader and Iowa on Saturday (6 p.m. CST) and Sunday ( 1 p.m. CST).%^$
%^$SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
%^$Wright State, who is 27-11 this season, is on a six-game winning streak after defeating Wisconsin-Green Bay in a doubleheader, 4-3 and 4-0, on Sunday. Inside the circle, Kristin Bultinck leads the Raiders with a 1.70 ERA and a 14-4 record.%^$
%^$THE ALL-TIME SERIES
%^$Ohio State leads the all-time series, 11-1. The Buckeyes defeated the Raiders, 9-0 and 4-3, on April 23, 1998 in a doubleheader. Head coach Linda Kalafatis has a 7-1 record against Wright State.%^$
%^$BUCKEYES VS. OHIO SCHOOLS
%^$This season in non-conference play, Ohio State has a 3-1 record against Ohio schools, defeating Miami (O.), Bowling Green and Cleveland State.%^$
%^$LAST TIME OUT
%^$The Buckeyes fell in the first game to Minnesota, 8-2, but came back in the second game to win 5-3 on Friday, April 21. Ohio State then split against Wisconsin, defeating the Badgers, 5-3, but falling in the second game on Sunday, 4-0.%^$
%^$FIVE KEY FACTORS FOR THE BUCKEYES
%^$* Anna Smith – Smith has 23 stolen bases on the season, placing her second on OSU’s single season record list for thefts.
%^$* Stacy Roth – All-Big Ten candidate Roth leads the Buckeyes with a .386 batting average, 49 hits, six home runs and 36 runs batted in.
%^$* Kristine Himes – She belted her seventh home run of the season breaking, an OSU single season record.
%^$* Jennifer Link – She leads the freshman class with a batting average of .278, 35 hits and 15 runs batted in.
%^$* Kristi Martin – She is back from injury and holds a 1.81 ERA in 14 appearances. As a pitching staff, the Buckeyes have a team 2.45 ERA with a total of 214 strikeouts.
%^$HIMES BLASTS HOME RUN RECORD
%^$Against Minnesota on Friday, Kristine Himes belted her seventh home run of the season, breaking the single-season record held by teammate Renae Weigel (6).%^$
%^$GOING, GOING, GONE
%^$With Kristine Himes’ homer against Minnesota, the Buckeyes have now tallied a team record of 23 this season. This breaks the 1997 team record for home runs of 18.%^$
%^$MORE ON HOME RUNS…
%^$Renae Weigel also posted her 12th home run of her career against Michigan State on March 16, tying her for first place on Ohio State’s all-time record list for HR’s. Ohio State has homered at least once in four of their last five games.%^$
%^$RANKED IN CONFERENCE PLAY
%^$As a team, Ohio State is ranked third in batting in conference play heading into this weekend. Ohio State is batting .291 in the Big Ten and .276 overall. Individually, Stacy Roth is fourth with a .386 BA, 49 hits and 36 runs batted in. Anna Smith is second in the conference with a total of 23 stolen bases.%^$
%^$BUCKEYES MOVE UP IN STANDINGS
%^$Ohio State is in seventh place in the Big Ten standings with a 4-7 Big Ten record. Michigan State holds the sixth spot with a 5-8 conference mark. With two more weeks of Big Ten action, Ohio State must move into the top six spots of the conference to compete in the Big Ten Tournament, May 11-13.%^$
TEAM BIG TEN OVERALL%^$1. Iowa 10-2 34-10%^$2. Michigan 11-4 34-11%^$3. Penn St. 8-3 29-12%^$4. Northwestern 8-4 20-19%^$5. Purdue 4-6 30-22%^$6. Michigan St. 5-8 27-21%^$7. Ohio St. 4-7 22-20%^$8. Wisconsin 3-6 26-20%^$9. Indiana 3-9 13-28%^$10.Minnesota 2-9 27-24%^$
%^$SMITH MOVES UP
%^$Anna Smith is now in second place on the OSU single-season record for thefts with 23. She only needs two more to pass Kathy Boettcher (1990) for first place on Ohio State’s season record for steals. She is also second in the conference behind Penn State’s Gina Biachini, who has 33.%^$
%^$ROTH BREAKING SOME RECORDS
%^$Stacy Roth is well on her way to setting several single-season records. Roth is tied for second with 36 runs batted in this season. She only needs seven more to pass Jen Fredrickson on the RBI single-season record book. She is in second behind teammate Kristine Himes on the single-season record list for home runs with six dings.%^$
%^$BIG TIME CONFERENCE
%^$In the April 19 USATODAY/NFCA Poll, the Big Ten Conference has two teams ranked in the Top 15. Michigan and Iowa are ranked No. 11 and No. 14, respectively. As a conference, the Big Ten ranks fifth in the nation with a batting average of .274 and seventh with an ERA of 2.27.%^$
%^$WEIGEL’S CAREER NUMBERS…
%^$While Renae Weigel only needs one more home run to break the career record for home runs, she also only needs eight more runs batted in to break the all-time career RBI total of 97 at OSU.%^$
%^$FROM THE TRAINING ROOM
%^$Chrissy Fowler will be out for several weeks after notching a foul ball into her right eye against Michigan State on March 16. Fowler sustained a bruised right eye. Kristi Martin made her first start back against Wisconsin, pitching two innings on Sunday. She is back after sustaining back and neck injuries from a car accident on April 9.%^$
%^$Senior Renae Weigel was named by her teammates as captain of the 2000 softball team. As the only Buckeye who has been at Ohio State all four seasons, Weigel will resume her role as Ohio State’s top hitter and leader of the squad. Last season, the Coldwater, Ohio native had another breakout season, posting a single-season home run mark with six and finishing third overall in both batting average (.301) and conference BA (.324).%^$
%^$ADDITION TO THE COACHING STAFF
%^$Jaime Chenevey 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. She 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. She is a graduate student of Ohio State in agriculture education.%^$
%^$PACK THEIR BAGS
%^$Ohio State will travel to Evanston, Ill. to compete against Northwestern in a doubleheader on Friday at 2 p.m. (CST). The Buckeyes will then battle Iowa on Saturday and Sunday in Iowa City, Iowa.%^$
%^$LAST HOME GAMES
%^$Ohio State will host its last home games of the season against Oakland on May 3 and Robert Morris on May 4. Both are scheduled doubleheaders and begin at 3 p.m.%^$
%^$ON DECK IN 2001
%^$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.