Katie Wingert celebrates a home run with coach Kristin Butler. Photo Rutgers Athletics.

After tying the program record for runs scored in a season, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Softball team (32-24) embarks on the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday afternoon against sixth seeded Ohio State.

Rutgers is ranked as the 11th seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which will take place at Eichelberger Field in Champaign, Illinois. The winner of the Rutgers-Ohio State match-up will move on to face third seeded Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

It has been a record setting season for Rutgers Softball. Not only are the Scarlet Knights in the Big Ten Tournament for the fourth time since coming to the Big Ten, Rutgers’ 32 victories is the most victories for softball since 1993; they are two victories shy of the program record. Not to mention the 284 runs scored this season, tied the program mark, initially set in 2015.  Head Coach Kristin Butler also earned her  200th career win  on March 25 at Illinois and her 100th win at Rutgers  on April 5 vs. Maryland.

Leading the charge offensively for the Scarlet Knights was Morgan Smith, who drove in 44 runs and hit .360 on the season; Payton Lincavage hit .304 with eight homers and 36 RBI, while Katie Wingert powered six homers and 41 RBI during the regular season.

Rutgers pitching staff was anchored by the durable Jaden Vickers, who started 13 games, appeared in 30 games overall, while pitching to a 3.09 ERA and a record of 11-7. She struck out 92 batters in 102 innings of work.

Rutgers went 1-2 against Ohio State this season.