May 18, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its All-Region softball teams today and three members of the Ohio State squad were among those named to the All-Great Lakes Region team. Sophomore Megan Schwab (Glendale, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) earned first-team honors, while sophomore Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) and freshman Liz Caputo (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) earned a spot on the second-team.

Schwab, an outfielder, Juarez a utility player and Caputo, an outfielder, are now candidates for NFCA All-America honors, which will be determined during the week of May 30 at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Those three Buckeyes helped lead Ohio State to a 32-17 overall record in 2005 and to a 9-7 record in the Big Ten, good for fourth place in the league standings.

Schwab batted .362 this season (47-for-130) with 11 doubles, seven home runs, 33 RBI, 30 runs scored and a .623 slugging percentage. Her average ranked tenth in the Big Ten and her slugging percentage ranked No. 8. In 29 fielding chances in the outfield she notched 28 putouts and one assist with no errors. Schwab batted .453 with runners in scoring position and led Ohio State in multiple hit games (14) and multiple RBI games (11).

Juarez, a second-team All-Big Ten selection this season, was the mainstay of the Ohio State pitching staff but also saw action at third base, right field and designated player. She set a school single-season wins record with 25 victories and went 9-5 in the circle in Big Ten games. Overall, she posted a 2.00 ERA with 193 strikeouts in 214.0 innings pitched and batted .361 (44-for-122) with eight doubles, three triples, one home run and 28 RBI.

In her last 17 games of the season, Caputo batted .467 (21-for-45) to raise her season average to .367 (36-for-98), which ranked second on the OSU squad and is the second-best average by a freshman in OSU history. She concluded her first season as a Buckeye with three doubles, a triple, four home runs and 19 RBI. Caputo, a second-team All-Big Ten pick this year who batted a team-best .516 (16-for-31) in league games, drove in an Ohio State freshman record seven runs in an 11-2 win over Long Island Feb. 27.

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