KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On the softball diamond, the college career came to an end over the weekend for a Treasure State great.
Frenchtown native Morgan Ray and Ohio State were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. The Buckeyes lost to Tennessee on the Volunteers’ home field, 12-4, and then were eliminated by North Carolina, 5-3.
The day before, Ray shut out North Carolina in a 2-0 victory. It was the former Bronc’s eighth shutout this season. She became the first Buckeye to have multiple no-hitters in a season since 2007, and became a second-team all-Big 10 selection, the first all-conference nod of her career.
Ray finished the 2019 season 18-10 with a 2.22 ERA in 38 games, including 28 starts. She struck out 192 batters over 186 innings in her best and final year in Columbus.
Ray won Montana’s Gatorade softball player of the year award three times in high school, while also leading Frenchtown to three Class A state championships.