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OHIO STATE SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER WITH WRIGHT STATE

 

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Freshman Skylar Hayward was outstanding in her first start for the Buckeyes

 

OSU loaded the bases on an error, single and walk in the second. Bailee Sturgeon remained patient in the box to earn a walk and give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State softball team capped off its first Fall Ball weekend with a doubleheader sweep of Wright State on Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Field. On a very unseasonably warm fall day, the Scarlet and Gray took the opening game, 4-1, before getting an 11-2 (6) victory to close the twin bill.

The Buckeyes had six players bat at least .400, led by Emily Clark with four hits, two runs, two RBI, a double and triple for a .800 average.

On the mound, Ohio State’s pitching staff of Shelby McCombsSkylar Hayward and Katya Duvall combined for a 2.08 ERA and 17 strikeouts.

GAME ONE

McCombs got the job done as she tossed a complete game for six hits, one run, and 10 strikeouts.

The Raiders got on the board first thanks to an RBI single in the opening frame. Ohio State evened things out in the bottom of the first on a double by Clark to plate Lilli Piper.

 

With runners in scoring position, an error by the second baseman helped the Buckeyes to a two-run advantage in the third. Maddie Marotti drove a single to the left side for the final tally, 4-1.

 

GAME TWO

Hayward, the young true freshman out of Georgia,  pitched four innings, allowing only a single hit, one run, and fanned four batters in her first start for the Buckeyes. Hayward looked very comfortable and good on the mound. Duvall, a Junior from California,  took over for the final two innings. She let in three hits but held the Raiders to one run and had three strikeouts.

Yet again, Wright State struck in the top of the first, this time on a wild pitch.

The Scarlet and Gray exploded for four runs on seven hits and one error to take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first. Piper’s single brought in a run before a throwing error by the first baseman allowed another Buckeye to come home. Clark tripled to the left field wall to score Piper and Carley Gaskill singled to center for another run.

Megan Choinacky drove in a run in the third with a single after Kallie Boren got on base with a double. The hits kept coming in the fourth as Claire Nicholson smashed a two-RBI double to extended the upper hand to 7-1.

The Raiders brought the score to 7-2 in the top of the sixth on a RBI double. Boren responded for Ohio State with a two-run double to push the score to 9-2. Andi Farrah’s single and Becca Gavin’s walk stacked the bags for the Buckeyes with two outs. Up next, Ashley Goodwin drilled a walk-off double through the left side for an 11-2 triumph.

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Ohio State Field Hockey Battles Back For 5-5 Tie

DSC_5243The Ohio State Field Hockey Team had a bit of a rough season last year, finishing with only 6 wins but several close losses. Many of their losses were by 1 goal. But there is much optimism in  Columbus this season with the addition of new head coach Jarred Martin, who was on the coaching staff for Duke University the last 10 years. And it seems to have paid off as the Buckeyes downed Ohio University in their first scrimmage 5-1. Two days later the Buckeyes fought back hard from a late deficit to battle their way to a 5-5 tie against Miami of Ohio.

The Redhawks struck first within the first minute of the game and on their first shot. The Buckeyes battled right back though under a blazing sun before a large crowd. They got a great opportunity on a penalty shot by All Big Ten and All Midwest senior Maddy Humphrey. Humphrey ripped a shot but it was stopped on the left side by Redhawk goalkeeper Maddie Passarella.

Humphrey came back shortly thereafter and set herself up by grabbing her own rebound and as she dove to the ground buried the ball into the back of the net to tie the game up. 2 minutes later it was Kelsey Nolan taking a pass from Caroline Rath and beating the Redhawks netminder to her right side giving the Buckeyes the lead.

The Redhawks scored two quick goals, one off a corner,  to take a 3-2 halftime lead. The Buckeyes came back strong and the game went back and forth after the half but the Scarlet and Gray found themselves down 5-3 with time running out.  With 7 and a half to go the Buckeyes were able to score off the corner, putting the ball over the goalkeeper’s right side to bring them within one.

With 3 and a half minutes left the Buckeyes pulled their goalkeeper hoping to gain the advantage. The Redhawks threatened to score on the empty net but the Buckeyes defense stood strong and was able to clear the ball upfield and threaten to score. But the Redhawks netminder made several outstanding saves.

But with only 23 seconds left the ball was fed to Junior midfielder Casey Cole who blasted a rocket of a shot past a sprawling Redhawk goalkeeper to bring the Buckeyes back and give them the tie.

The Buckeyes played a very good game in spite of the heat and Buckeye goalkeeper Liz Tamburro was very solid in net making several great saves. The Buckeyes will hit the road on Sunday, the 27th, and travel to take on Lehigh in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, then head home on Friday, September 1st for the first home game of the season against Louisville.

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Ohio State’s Lilli Piper Earns All American Status In Softball

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Ohio State’s Star shortstop before the Big 10 Tournament

Ohio State’s Lilli Piper steps into the batter’s box against Michigan State in the Big 10 Softball tournament semi-final game. The sophomore from Norton Ohio, just southwest of Akron, falls behind in the count. As the Spartan pitcher serves up what she hopes is the final strike Lilli steps up into the pitch and puts it out of the park over the left-center field fence for a two-run homer and a big Ohio State lead.

“You can’t catch Lilli with the changeup, ” smiles the Buckeyes hitting coach Jenna Hall.  “You just can’t.”

This was just one of the many highlights of the young shortstop’s career thus far as a Buckeye earning her third team All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Lilli is the 12th Buckeye in the softball program’s history to earn the prestigious honor.

I’m so excited for Lilli to be recognized for her phenomenal year,” said head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Her stats were clearly worthy, but what I loved about Lilli this year was that she brought passion, energy and a love for the game that was contagious to our team. This is a fitting honor for a consistent, relentless competitor.”

Lilli emerged this season as one of the most dangerous hitters in the Big Ten. In 48 regular season games, she was third in the league in batting (.420) with 49 RBI, 44 runs scored, 16 home runs and a .784 slugging percentage. While stats from conference tournament and regional games are not included in the All-American voting, she continued her torrid pace in the postseason, hitting .438 with a pair of two-run home runs – including one in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and another in the NCAA Tournament – to go along with a .813 slugging percentage. Her overall numbers included a .421 average, 18 home runs, 53 RBI, 47 runs scored, .787 slugging percentage and .436 on-base percentage.

A transfer from Akron where she played both basketball and softball for the Zips, Lilli set a program record for home runs by a newcomer and was just one shy of tying the single-season mark of 19 set by Sam Marder (2009) and Alex Bayne (2016). She had a team-high 24 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBI games. Against RPI Top-75 teams (21 regular season games), she hit .429 with 23 RBI, eight home runs and 17 runs scored. Among the highlights was a career-high six RBI effort against Central Florida and a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to clinch a series win at Illinois.

In 23 Big Ten games, Lilli batted .430 and slugged a conference-best 10 home runs while driving in 22 runs and scoring 24 times. Her overall numbers ranked among the top 10 in seven different offensive categories as she was a unanimous first team all-conference selection and first team all-region choice. In Ohio State’s record book, her .421 average is fourth-best in a single season, 53 RBI rank fifth and 75 hits and 18 home runs are tied for second most.

With Lilli’s help, Ohio State went 35-18, 15-8 in the Big Ten and earned its second consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 35 overall wins and 15 in the Big Ten were both the most since 2010. After finishing third in the conference standings during the regular season, Ohio State advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the first time in 10 years. Lilli was one of nine All-America choices from Big Ten programs, the third most of any conference.

Lilli is the daughter of Gary and Ronda Piper and her Aunt Kay Piper was a two-sport athlete (softball and volleyball) at Akron from 1982-85.

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Ohio State Extends Softball Head Coach Kovach-Schoenly’s Contract

 

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Buckeyes Head Coach Kelly Kovach-Schoenly (left) hugs hitting coach Jenna Hall to celebrate the Buckeyes going to the Big 10 championship game  

 

After five seasons with the Buckeyes, Softball Head Coach Kelly Kovach-Schoenly received a contract extension through 2020. Coming into this season, she had led the Buckeyes to 128 wins, including nine over top-25 opponents. In 2016, Ohio State appeared in its first NCAA Regional game since 2010.

“Coach Kovach Schoenly has done a terrific job with the softball program over the past five years and we’re very excited to reward her with a contract extension,” said Shelton. “The program is in a good place as athletes have excelled in the classroom, on the field with back to back NCAA bids and in the community with increased fan support. This is a clear sign that it’s heading in an upward trajectory. Coach Kelly and her staff have built a solid foundation for continued future success.”

“I am grateful that [athletic director] Gene Smith and [OSU associate athletics director for sports administration] TJ Shelton have offered this contract extension to continue to coach for a program and university that I love,” Kovach Schoenly told OSU Athletics. “Ohio State is where I want to be, with this group of incredible ladies, for as long as they’ll have me. I thoroughly enjoy developing young woman through sport to be ready to leave this place and go conquer the world.”

Kovach Schoenly, in her fifth year with the Buckeyes since arriving from Miami University, has more wins (163) than any coach in program history during the first five years of their respective tenures. She has twice led the Buckeyes to NCAA Tournament appearances and last week guided the Scarlet and Gray to its first Big Ten Tournament championship game in 10 years. Overall, she’s 163-105-1 with a 63-51-1 mark in Big Ten play since taking over the program in 2013. In her 11th year as a head coach, she’s won 30 or more games for eight consecutive years. Kovach Schoenly also became the fastest coach in program history to reach 100 wins and also reached 300 career wins last season.

Although Kovach Schonely is a Michigan graduate, she is a proud Buckeye through and through and loves to sport the scarlet and gray colors which the Buckeyes have made famous.  She has helped to boost the OSU fan support, and Ohio State set a single-game attendance record April 9 when 1,836 people watched the Buckeyes defeat her alma mater, 5-0, although there were hundreds more lined up outside looking over the fences.

Kovach Schoenly’s 2017 Buckeyes are 35-18 overall, the most wins in a single season since 2010. Her 2015 squad set school records for batting average, home runs and runs scored, while the 2016 Buckeyes were third in the Big Ten in overall earned run average and had five pitchers with an ERA of 3.00 or less.  They also finished 15-8 in the Big Ten for the highest conference finish in seven years. She’s coached 13 All-Big Ten selections, nine NFCA All-Midwest Region choices and one All-American (Cammi Prantl, the program’s first in six years).

In the classroom, 18 student-athletes finished the 2016-17 academic year with a 3.0 or better grade-point average. In 2014, the program had five Big Ten Distinguished Scholars – the most of any softball team in the conference.

“I love playing for coach because she’s always pushing us to be better, both on and off the field,” said sophomore Lilli Piper, who currently leads the team with a .424 average, 17 home runs, and 51 RBI. “She’s shown us that we can compete and win at a high level all while having a lot of fun. We’ve got great things happening for us now and she’s our leader.”

Currently, the Buckeyes are set to play South Carolina Upstate in the Knoxville regional of the NCAA tournament Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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Oho State Powers Its Way Over Wisconsin in Big 10 Softball Tournament

 

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Emily Clark Tags Out a Badger At Second

 

After watching their arch rivals Michigan get upset by the Michigan State Spartans, the Ohio State Buckeyes took the field to square off against a very tough Wisconsin Badgers team. The third-seeded Buckeyes had Shelby Hursh on the mound and she pitched a great game striking out a season-high 10 players and having some great defensive help behind her to secure a hard fought 3-2 victory at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor.

All three Ohio State runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the third. It started when Ashley Goodwin laced a one-out single to left field and the next batter, Becca Gavin, followed with a double to left field, moving Goodwin to third. After a strikeout, a critical error at first base on a ground ball by Bri Betschel allowed both Goodwin and Gavin to score, giving the Buckeyes an early 2-0 lead. Senior Anna Kirk then drove in what would prove to be the winning run as she singled to center, allowing Betschel to cross the plate.

The score would remain 3-0 until the top of the sixth when Wisconsin would finally break through against Hursh. After a line out, two infield singles and ground out, Stephanie Lombardo singled off the center field wall, but White threw her out as she attempted to stretch the single into a double. The hit, however, scored two runs to make the score 3-2.

Hursh’s 10 strikeouts are just three off her career high set on April 6 of last season in a no-hitter against Penn State. She’s just seven strikeouts shy of 500 for her career. A second team All-Big Ten selection earlier this week, she’s now 15-5 on the season with a 2.28 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 125.2 innings.

Goodwin, Gavin, and First Team all Big Ten sophomore Lilli Piper each had 3 hits on the night for the Buckeyes. This game catapulted the Buckeyes into a semifinal showdown with the Spartans.

 

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Anthem Buddies Join Ohio State Softball Players For Michigan Game

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Ohio State Junior Outfielder Bailee Sturgeon gives the anthem buddies  high fives

On Saturday, the 8th of April, young softball players from all over the state of Ohio came out to Buckeye Field in Columbus joining the Buckeyes on the field for the National Anthem before the day’s doubleheader against the Buckeyes archrival, Michigan. Hundreds of excited girls poured out onto the field and stood by the Buckeye players as the National Anthem played before a record-setting crowd of over 1,700.

The girls then left the field and returned to the stands to watch the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines under a beautiful, warm spring sky. Sadly, the Buckeyes dropped the doubleheader but all the girls and their families had a great time cheering for their beloved Buckeyes!

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Hockey’s Ronnie Hein, From Bulldog To Buckeye

 

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 Chelsea Michigan & Ohio State’s Ronnie Hein    

Ronnie Hein takes a pass from his new teammates Miguel Fidler and Josh Healey in only his second regular season game for his new college team, the Ohio State Buckeyes.  His team is down by a goal against Air Force as they play in the Icebreaker tournament in Denver Colorado. Hein takes the pass and buries it past Air Force first team all-star netminder Shane Starrett. The crowd erupts, especially his parents and grandparents who are in attendance. Hein pumps his fist in celebration and hugs his linemates as he takes it all in, his first goal in Division one hockey, the first of many more to come.

“That was definitely the best moment of my college career,” Hein stated. “It was definitely a very cool moment.”

Hein has been playing hockey since he was 4 years old. He tried other sports but hockey was and is his first love. Before he came to Ohio State he was committed to Ferris State and played two seasons with the Waterloo Iowa Black Hawks in the USHL where he had 49 points, with 14 goals and 35 assists, in 57 regular season games. His squad reached the USHL Clark Cup conference finals where he had seven points (3g, 4a) in nine playoff games.

Hein grew up in Chelsea, Michigan, a really close, tight-knit community located only 15 minutes from the OSU Buckeyes biggest rivals, the Michigan Wolverines. When asked about becoming a Buckeye coming from Wolverine territory Hein says, “it’s not that bad.”

“I got a few jokes here and there when I first signed with Ohio State but not so much anymore,” Hein said. “I think most everyone is just happy with what I’ve accomplished so far and are very proud of me playing for a Big 10 school, even if it is the Buckeyes.”

Hein had 5 goals and 6 assist in 16 games and was seeing lots of ice time and winning a high percentage of faceoffs his freshman year before a season-ending injury occurred against the Buckeyes arch-rivals in Ann Arbor. In the second period, he tore his hip flexor.

“My freshman year experience has been bittersweet for sure,” says Hein. “The first half of the season was great for me and the team! We were having a very successful season and it was hard to have to sit out the rest of the way.  As tough as it was not playing, it was still nice to be around the guys and the rink everyday. Now that I’ve gotten past both surgeries, my only goal is to be back by the start of next season and be better than I was this previous year. I have a lot of rehab and work to do this summer.”

The Buckeyes had a very successful season, making it to the Regional Semi-finals but then fell to Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 in overtime. Minnesota-Duluth is a very tough team, making it to the Frozen Four where they will face off against Harvard on April 6th in search of their second title.

The Buckeyes will be graduating 7 seniors next season but will be bringing back many underclassmen including leading scorer Mason Jobst and of course Hein, who will hopefully be healed in time to show off his speed and great two-way forward skills.

Hein hasn’t picked a college major yet but is leaning towards real estate or sports industry. As a freshman, he still has plenty of time to decide on that.  Hein plans to spend his summer back home in Chelsea and do a lot of golfing and just laying around on the lake mostly. Ronnie is the son of Larry and Tracy and has two younger siblings Ryan, and Rachel.

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