Salute to '16 2016 included big wins and broken records

A Return to the Postseason

Ohio State finished 34-20-1 overall in 2016 and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, its first postseason appearance since 2010.

The 2016 senior class was part of 128 victories in four seasons, making it one of the 10 winningest groups in program history.

Prantl Earns All-America Honor

Cammi Prantl became the program's 11th All-American when she was named a third team choice by the NFCA in June. She hit .387 this year with 44 RBI, 20 doubles and 45 runs scored.

A Consistent Winner

Ohio State reached the 30-win mark for the fifth consecutive year while also finishing 13-9-1 in the Big Ten, its fourth straight year on finishing in the top half of the conference standings. Along the way, the Buckeyes were ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll for five straight weeks and won nine games against RPI Top 75 teams.

All-Big Ten, All-Region

The Buckeyes' all-conference honorees were highlighted by first-teamers Cammi Prantl and Alex Bayne. Sophomore Taylor White and junior Alex Bayne earned All-Big Ten accolades for the first time in their careers.
Four Buckeyes made the All-Midwest Region team, including three on the first team. Emily Clark was the only freshman in the region to earn first team honors.

Bayne Matches HR Record

Junior Alex Bayne belted 19 home runs, tying Sam Marder for the single-season record. Ohio State was 16-0-1 in games in which she hit a home run.

Prantl Sets Hits, Doubles Mark

Prantl punctuated her senior season by setting two career records: hits (247) and doubles (64). She played in 218 career games and never hit lower than .329 in a season.
Prantl was also named the NFCA National Player of the Week on March 1 after hitting .786 with nine RBI and eight runs scored at the Spartan Classic.

More Milestones

The Walk-Off Wins

The Buckeyes won six games last season in walk-off fashion, including three that ended via home runs (two by Maddy McIntyre, one by Shelby McCombs).

Packin' Them In

A single-game record crowd of 1,627 on April 24 saw Ohio State come from behind to defeat Purdue 5-4 on a walk-off double by Maddy McIntyre.

Hursh Tosses No-No

Junior Shelby Hursh throw a no-hitter on April 6 vs. Penn State, striking out 10 Nittany Lions on the way to a 3-0 win in the opening game of a doubleheader. Hursh came back in the second contest and toss 3.1 innings in relief while picking up the save in a 12-10 win.

Winning In The Classroom

A strong year academically was highlighted by 13 OSU Scholar-Athletes, nine Academic All-Big Ten honorees, two Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and 18 that achieved a 3.0 or better GPA in the fall semester.

Marder Enters Hall of Fame

In September, three-time All-American Sam Marder was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Pride Game Highlights OCCC

Six Sign NLIs in November

Six new Buckeyes were welcomed to the family in November: Niki Carver (Gainesville, Ga.), Skylar Hayward (Buford, Ga.), MJ James (San Diego, Calif.), Megan McMenemy (Westerville, Ohio), Claire Nicholson (Gilead, Ohio) and Taylor Stevens (Hebron, Ind.).

Big Things Ahead in 2017

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