2008 Season Recap -
#17 Brittany Vanderink, Sr., 2B/OF, L/R (.368, 0 HR, 24 RBI)
2008: Third-Team All-American ... first-team All-Great Lakes Region ... 2008 softball Power Club Award (from OSU conditioning staff) ... hit .275 (19-69) in Big Ten games ... 3rd in Big Ten in hits (71, led regular-season), tied for 8th in runs (39) and tied for 4th in SB (17) ... leads team in lowest strikeout ratio (once every 11.4 AB - 193 AB, 17 K) ... started all 56 games (31 2B, 10 DP, 9 RF, 6 LF) ... was 2nd on team in success rate advancing runners (.645) ... owned team-best 23 multiple-hit games (3rd-highest total at OSU since 1998) ... led team with 20 bases-loaded plate app. and 8 bases-loaded hits ... went 4-6 in DH sweep over Ohio 4/30 ... recorded 2 of OSU’s 3 hits in 8-0 loss to Michigan 4/18 ... 16-18 in stolen bases (stole 28 in a row before getting caught at Sacramento St. 3/14) ... had 9 game hitting streak snapped in win over Eastern Michigan 3/21 (had 10-game streak to begin season) ... had 11 hits in 4-game stretch in Miami Feb. 15-17.
Vanderink in the Big Ten (as of 5/19): 4th in hits (71), t-8th in R (39), t-4th in SB (17).
Career: .347, 11 triples (tied for 4th all-time) ... .365 average in Big Ten games ... .342 average at Buckeye Field (84-246) ... 2006 1st-team All-Big Ten and all-region, 2007 2nd team All-Big Ten ... 63-for-68 in career stolen bases (5th all-time) ... led ‘06 team in average (.359) overall and in Big Ten (.459) ... led ‘06 team in average with runners on base (.367) and with runners in scoring position (.391) ... had career-best 13-game hitting streak in ‘06 (was 4th-best streak at OSU since 1998) ... went 3-for-4 vs. Auburn in ‘06 NCAA tourn. which stands as OSU’s only 3-hit game in NCAA tourn. ... Big Ten Player of Week 5/1/06.
2008 Media Guide Bio -
17 Brittany Vanderink
Sr., Bats: L - Throws: R
Hiram, Ohio, Crestwood H.S.
Maddogs Travel Team
Kalafatis on Vanderink: “Brittany is our spark plug offensively and can make so much happen at the plate. Like Liz and most seniors, Brittany realizes the end of the road is near and I think we have to be careful not to let Brittany put too much pressure on herself. We’ll probably see her as our leadoff batter and we’ll want her anchoring our infield at second base. She moved back there last year, which is her natural position, and this year we’ll count on her leadership and experience in our infield.”
At a glance: Speedy lefty triple-threat and one of the top contact hitters ever to play at Ohio State ... career average of .338 is tied for sixth in school history and she ups that to .411 in Big Ten games ... two-time All-Big Ten selection ... is 46-for-49 in her career in stolen bases ... was first-team all-league and all-region as a sophomore in right field ... named second-team all-league and all-region as a junior at her natural position of second base ... should return there as a senior and hit at or near the top of the lineup ... nine triples are tied for fifth in Ohio State history.
2007 (Junior Season): Second-team All-Big Ten and second-team all-region ... named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team (.333, 3-9) ... batted second and started all 58 games ... hit .333 overall with one home run and 19 RBI ... batted .373 in Big Ten games (third on team) ... led team in led team in hits (64), at bats (192), sac bunts (14) and avg. with 2 outs (.333)... second on team in stolen bases (16-for-17), multiple-hit games (17), average with runners on base (.330) ... started 16 of first 17 games in right field (was first-team All-Big Ten there as a sophomore), but made move to second base for last 41-straight games of the season ... owned team’s season-best hitting streak at 12 games from March 18 to April 1 (batted .356, 16-45, during streak) ... led team with 10 two-out hits in Big Ten games ... batted .368 at Buckeye Field (28-76) ... doubled and scored game-winning run in seventh inning vs. Penn State May 6 to give Ohio State Big Ten championship.
2006 (Sophomore Season): First-team All-Big Ten and first-team all-region ... Big Ten All-Tournament team ... named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year and the Most Improved Player ... led team in average overall (.359) and in Big Ten games (.459), which ranked second in the Big Ten and was the best among outfielders ... also led the team in average with runners on base (.367) and with runners in scoring position (.391) ... had a career-best 13-game hitting streak, the fourth-best streak at OSU since 1998 ... went 4-for-8 in the NCAA tournament, including a 3-for-4 effort vs. Auburn May 18, which stands as the only three-hit performance by a Buckeye in the NCAA tournament among available box scores (2002-2006) ... hit .517 (30-for-58) in last 17 games of the season ... Big Ten Player of the Week May 1 ... was the toughest Buckeye to strike out (once every 7.8 at bats) ... had at least one hit in every Big Ten game but two ... went 4-for-4 at Iowa April 28 ... went 5-for-7 in the doubleheader vs. No. 12 Michigan April 22.
2005 (Freshman Season): Played in 43 games and started in 22 ... tied the Ohio State single-season record for triples by a freshman with four ... came within two stolen bases of the OSU freshman record of 16 ... finished the season 14-for-15 in the stolen base department ... her batting average in Big Ten games (.364) was third-best on the team ... in all games, her 25 runs scored ranked No. 4 on the team and her 14 stolen bases and four triples were No. 2 ... batted .414 with runners in scoring position and .381 with two outs (fourth-best on the team) ... was Ohio State’s best pinch hitter, batting .500 (7-for-14) as a pinch-hitter in all games and .800 (4-for-5) in Big Ten games.
Crestwood High School: The 2004 Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year ... Ohio’s all-time leader in career batting average (.589) ... led Crestwood to the 2003 OHSAA Div. I state championship ... 175 career hits rank fourth in OHSAA history and her 26-game hitting streak is the seventh-best ... batted .615 as a freshman and .654 as a senior, those numbers rank 13th and fourth in the OHSAA record book ... 53 stolen bases as a freshman ranks seventh and 136 career stolen bases is tied for third-most ... received numerous team, county, conference and state awards, including the Portage County League MVP award and first-team All-Ohio honors as a senior ... an injury prevented her from playing as a sophomore, so she ran track and won the conference championship in the 200-meter dash, placed second in the 100-meter dash and was the anchor leg on the winning 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams ... from 1997-2004 played for the Maddogs travel softball team ... was named a 2002 ASA Second Team All-American and represented the state of Ohio when she was chosen as one of 46 student-athletes invited to the Junior Olympic Softball Tryouts in Salem, Ore. ... earned All-American honors at the junior Olympic level ... was also a cheerleader and on the Crestwood homecoming court.
Personal: Daughter of Steve and Dana Vanderink ... has a brother, Alan (19), who plays football at Kent State ... enjoys cooking, hanging out with roommates and reading ... would like to live on the West Coast, have a family and work in a children’s hospital.