May 17, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State softball team had three team members selected to the 2001 All-Great Lakes Region Team. Pitcher Katie Chain (So., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover) was a first-team selection. Catcher Stacy Roth (Jr., Wauseon, Ohio/Wauseon) and outfielder Wendy Allen (Fr., Moreno Valley, Calif./Moreno Valley) were second-team selections.

All three players earned All-Big Ten accolades last week at the Big Ten Tournament Banquet. Chain was also a first-team All-Big Ten Selection. Roth was second-team all-conference and Allen was Freshman of the Year and a third-team All-Big Ten selection as a utility player.

Chain compiled a record of 23-6 to become just the second OSU pitcher ever to reach the 20-win mark. Her win total was one off the school record of 24. She set the OSU single-season record for strikeouts (185) and shutouts (11). With a 0.65 ERA, she gave up just 20 earned runs in 190 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .185 off her. Chain went undefeated in Big Ten play, posting a perfect 10-0 record and defeating every conference opponent except Iowa. She struck out 41batters in conference play and carried a 0.64 ERA. Tossed a perfect game at Miami (Ohio) (4/3), striking out nine of the 15 batters she faced and not allowing a ball to be put in play in the outfield. Tossed one-hitters against Buffalo (3/18), Charleston Southern (3/23), Toledo (3/28) and Eastern Michigan (4/4). After a 4-4 start, she went 19-2 down the stretch to finish the season. Following a loss to North Carolina (3/25), Chain ran off 15 consecutive wins before losing to Penn State at the Big Ten Tournament (5/11). She reached double figures is strikeouts in four games, fanning 13 against Purdue (2/9), 10 against Charleston Southern (3/23), 13 against Toledo (3/28) and 10 at Akron (5/2).

“Katie had a terrific season,” Linda Kalafatis, OSU head coach, said. “To be a first-team All-Big Ten and All-Great Lake Region selection you have to put up great numbers and Katie did. She’s proven that she is a top pitcher in our conference and in our region. At this pace, Katie will break all of the Ohio State pitching records by the time her career ends. The difference in her game this season has been her maturity and the development of a couple more pitches. She can overpower hitters with her speed, yet keep them guessing with her change of speed and movement. Of her six losses, four were by one run ad the other two were two-run losses, which is pretty remarkable.”

Roth reached the 30-RBI mark for the third-consecutive season, finishing with 33 this season after putting up 31 in 1999 and 36 last season. She now has 100 career-RBI, most in OSU history. Roth hit .318 (56-for-176) with five home run sand three triples. She now ranks second all-time with 14 career home runs. Roth accounted for 301 putouts and 36 assists.

“Stacy is recognized as one of the most feared hitters in the Big Ten,” Kalafatis said. “She’s a solid No. 3 hitter because she can hit for average, hit for power, steal bases and hit the ball to all fields. She was pitched around a lot this season and played her best during conference play. Stacy is also an excellent defensive catcher. She has picked off more runners than any catcher I’ve ever seen. The are she most improved in was calling a game from behind the dish. There’s no doubt the outstanding numbers our pitching staff put up were as much to do with Stacy’s mastery of calling pitches as their ability to throw them. Catching is a skill position, and Stacy’s natural athletic ability makes her a standout there.”

After missing her senior season in high school, summer ball and the fall season at OSU due to an ACL injuy, Allen burst on the collegiate scene and was named Big Ten Freshman of the year for her play in the pitching circle in the outfield and at the plate. Allen hit .355 (59-for-166), overall. In the pitching circle, she had a 0.68 ERA and went 6-4, piling up 79 strikeouts in 71.2 innings of work. She hit .304 (17-for-56) in conference play. Allen smacked 12 doubles, two triples and a home run. Went the entire season without committing an error in the outfield and tallied 14 multiple-hit games.

“Wendy had prove herself to be the best young player in the Big Ten as evidenced when she voted Freshman of the Year,” Kalafatis said. “She is a true triple-threat from the left side of the plate and has surprising power. She played terrific in the outfield, not committing an error the entire season. Although not playing softball for a year because of a serious knee injury, Wendy produced right away for us. She was remarkably consistent all season long offensively, defensively and in the pitching circle She made several game-saving plays for our team in the outfield and was almost impossible to strikeout. I believe Wendy Allen is one of the top young players in the game today.”