May 9, 2016
As part of the mission of Ohio University Intercollegiate Athletics to celebrate the achievements of our students both in the classroom and on the field of play, OhioBobcats.com will begin honoring the successes of both a male and female student-athlete every week with 'Ohio Scholar-Athletes of the Week.'
The feature will be posted every Monday morning throughout the academic year. These individuals will also be nominated for Mid-American Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors. This week's individuals represent the final 'Ohio Scholar-Athletes of the Week' of the 2015-16 academic year.
OHIO SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK -- MAY 9, 2016
MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Name: Mitch Longo
Major: Communication Studies
Week’s Achievements: Junior outfielder Mitch Longo (Mayfield, Ohio) helped lead the Ohio baseball team (21-25, 6-12 MAC) to a pair of victories last week, tallying a team-high nine hits over four games. He posted three multi-hit efforts. He also drove in two runs and scored three more. Longo went 2-for-4 in a 5-3 victory over Morehead State last Tuesday (May 3) at John "Sonny" Allen Field in Morehead, Ky. He then led Ohio's offense with a 4-for-7 effort that included an RBI and two runs scored -- including the game winner in the bottom of the 14th inning on Saturday (May 7) in a 5-4 walk-off victory over Mid-American Conference West Division foe Central Michigan at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio. Longo ended the week by collecting three singles, walking and scoring a run in a 13-11 loss in 13 innings to Central Michigan in the Sunday (May 8) series finale. Longo now owns a team-high 22 multi-hit games this season -- including a team-high seven with at least three hits. Ohio plays its final midweek game of the 2016 season on Tuesday (May 10) at Bob Wren Stadium, playing host to rival Marshall (27-17) in a 6 p.m. ET contest. The Bobcats took down the Thundering Herd, 4-1, March 9 in Huntington, W. Va., in the first meeting of the season between the two squads.
FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Institution: Ohio University
Name: Casie Hutchinson
Week’s Achievements: Junior infielder Casie Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio) batted .444 over three games for the Ohio softball team (33-21, 14-9 MAC) last weekend, helping to lead the Bobcats to a 3-0 sweep of Mid-American Conference East Division rival Bowling Green. She tallied four hits in nine at bats with two doubles, one run scored, three RBIs and six total bases and recorded a .667 slugging percentage. She also drew one walk and posted a .500 on base percentage. Hutchinson registered the game-tying RBI double in the second game of a doubleheader last Friday (May 6), which Ohio swept by scores of 3-1 and 4-1. Hutchinson wrapped up the regular season by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored to help the Bobcats to the 9-3 win on Saturday (May 7) to complete the series sweep and lock down the No. 3 seed for Ohio in the upcoming 2016 MAC Championship. The Bobcats will square off against No. 6-seeded Akron (29-23-1, 11-10-1 MAC) on Wednesday (May 11) at 6 p.m. at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio, in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament.