The 2012 softball season has been a season of ups and downs for Ohio State. On a team that only has four seniors on the roster, it is something to be expected. The young Lady Bucks have looked to seniors Mikayla Endicott (P), Alicia Herron (SS), Katie Simonton (OF), and Vanessa Spears (OF) for leadership throughout and, for the most part, that’s exactly what they are getting.
The Buckeyes opened up their season in Clermont, FL for the Dot Richardson NTC tournament. Things didn’t start the way Ohio State was hoping but, as with any young team, it was a valuable learning experience. The Bucks started the season 2-4 with the only two victories coming from sophomore pitcher Melanie Nichols. Nichols yielded 7 runs in the two wins but the offense scored her 16 which can definitely help a young pitcher’s confidence. Endicott’s leadership proved valuable as well, by picking up a save in one of the victories.
Following the tournament the Buckeyes were able to rip of 5 straight victories, finally getting some steady play from the offense lead by Herron’s 8 RBI’s during the span. The Bucks managed to outscore their 5 opponents 29-13, made possible by solid pitching efforts from Endicott and Nichols, which included a one hit complete-game shut-out by Endicott over Fresno State.