Yet Another Boren Headed To OSU

By Jeff Rapp, April 13th, 2017

Ohio State softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly might want to thank football coach Rich Rodriguez someday.

The Boren family was linked to the University of Michigan because Mike Boren was a standout defender for Bo Schembechler decades ago and his wife, Hope, was a standout for the Wolverines track team. But when their oldest son, Justin Boren, decided the RidchRod era at UM wasn’t for him he famously – or infamously, depending upon the point of view – transferred from Michigan to Ohio State and helped the Buckeyes win a Big Ten title.

That opened up the Boren family to follow in scarlet and gray, and that’s exactly what they did. The next-oldest, Zach Boren, was a captain for Urban Meyer’s 12-0 team of 2012. Their younger brother, Jacoby Boren, was the starting center for the national championship team of 2014.

Now their sister, Kallie Boren, is next to board the Buckeye train. An infielder from nearby Pickerington, Kallie signed a national letter of intent to further her academic and athletic career as a member of the Ohio State softball program, Kovach Schoenly announced Wednesday.

“We are so excited to welcome Kallie to the Buckeye family,” the OSU coach said. “She will add tremendous power and competitive fire to our team. Winners just win and Kallie is a winner. I look forward to watching her develop in the scarlet and gray.”

A product of Pickerington Central High School, Boren has been an All-Ohio selection the last two years. As a sophomore in 2015, she was a first team selection after hitting .515 and set school records with 63 RBI and 13 home runs. She also scored 45 runs in just 28 games.

Last year as a junior, Boren hit .600 with 26 RBI, 36 runs scored and was intentionally walked 30 times. Her batting average and on-base percentage were single-season school records.

The 2015 Central District and OCC Player of the Year, Boren has twice been a first team all-conference selection and All-District by the Columbus Dispatch. With Boren’s help, the 2015 Pickerington Central squad – which also included current Buckeye Andi Farrah – won its first OCC division title since 2007, averaged over 12 runs a game, advanced to the district final and finished with a 23-5 record.

Boren plays club ball for the Ohio Lasers Purple and has led the team in batting average while also helping win the ASA 16U national championship last summer. In its run to the title, the Lasers dropped their first game but came back through the losers bracket and won 13 straight games over four days in College Station, Texas.