Jody Victor: OSU Women's Softball Big Ten Home Opener

Jody Victor: The Ohio State Women are some superb athletes! The OSU women’s basketball TEAM had a great year and now the OSU women’s softball TEAM is off to another great start. You’ll want to keep abreast this TEAMs season as there are bound to be great things happening!

The OhioState softball team hosts Iowa and Illinois this weekend, it will not just be the Buckeyes' 2005 Big Ten home opener, but OSU's first home league games in nearly a year. The 20th-ranked Hawkeyes visit Buckeye Field for single games Fri. at 6 p.m. and Sat. at noon, while the Fighting Illini are in town for a Sunday double-header beginning at noon.

Ohio State's .325 batting average overall is best in the Big Ten and OSU ups that to .335 in league games, which is ranked No. 2. OSU opponents are hitting .257 overall and .289 in league play. In all games, the Buckeyes have more than twice as many doubles (48-22) and over three times as many triples (14-4). OSU has outscored its opponents by average of nearly two runs per game (4.7-3.0). Individually, Megan Schwab owns the Big Ten's No. 3 batting average (.420) and No. 3 slugging percentage (.773). She is tied for seventh in home runs (7) and her .490 on base percentage ranks fifth behind teammate Nycole Koyano (.491).

OhioState is 16-for-40 (.400) when the bases are loaded with three grand slams. In 197 innings played, the Buckeyes' leadoff batter has reached base 79 times (.401). OSU increases its batting average to .367 with runners in scoring position and to .500 (31-for-62) with a runner on third base and less than two outs. Buckeye pitchers have racked up 168 strikeouts, while OSU hitters have struck out only 119 times and have nearly twice as many walks (101 to 62).

The Buckeyes are 18-5 when scoring at least three runs and 12-2 when holding their opponents to two or fewer runs. OSU is 8-1 when scoring in the first inning and 17-4 when scoring first in the game. OhioState is 18-2 when outhitting or having the same number of hits as its opponent.

Go Bucks!

Jody Victor