ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio softball team (25-13, 13-1 MAC) heads to Columbus to take on Ohio State (26-10, 7-6 Big 10) for a mid-week doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and the second is to start at 7 p.m. If you can't make it in person, the game will be streamed on BTNPlus or you can follow along on OhioBobcats.com where Jake Hromada and Gabe Genovesi will have the call.
ALL-TIME AGAINST OSU
OSU leads the all-time series against the Bobcats, 15-47, winning their last five games against the Bobcats.
LAST TIME AGAINST OSU
Ohio and the Buckeyes have not met since 2016, when OSU defeated the Bobcats twice in a doubleheader in Athens, 10-4 and 1-0.
OSU is currently 26-10 overall and are 7-6 in Big 10 play. The Buckeyes are coming off of a two-game series with Northwestern this past weekend, where OSU left with two losses.
As a team, Ohio State is batting .271, scoring 196 runs with 57 doubles, eight triples and 47 homeruns. The Buckeyes also have a .458 slugging percentage, .352 on base percentage and have drawn 106 walks.
Lilli Piper leads the team with a .424 batting average, with 50 hits, 12 doubles, one triple and 16 homeruns, while driving in 46 runs and scoring 37. She also has a .949 slugging percentage.
Shelby McCombs is next with a .347 batting average with 34 hits and 10 homeruns. Bailee Sturgeon registers a .320 average, with 32 hits, four doubles and one homerun.
In the circle, Ohio State has a staff ERA of 2.77. They have allowed 129 runs in 245.1 innings, while walking 172 batters and striking out 228.
Morgan Ray is 14-6 overall with a 2.35 ERA. In 27 appearances, she has made 14 starts with 10 complete games. She has allowed 41 earned runs, walked 85 and struck out 118. Shelby McCombs is 11-3 with a 2.98 ERA. She has allowed 44 earned runs in 103.1 innings, while walking 85 and striking out 69.
REWINDING LAST WEEK
The Bobcats are coming off of a 3-0 weekend against Akron. On Friday, Ohio defeated Akron 8-0 in six innings for the first win of the weekend, going on to win the next game 5-2. On Saturday, the Bobcats won 12-0 in six innings.
Overall, the Bobcats hit .371, scoring 25 runs on 25 hits with nine doubles, one triple, six homeruns and 24 RBI.
On the weekend, Alex Day hit .545 with six hits in 11 at bats, scoring three runs, recording six RBI and hitting one double and two homeruns. Michaela Dorsey also had a strong weekend, batting .625 with five hits, one double and one homerun.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene was solid, getting two starts and two wins while pitching 11 scoreless innings. She allowed no runs on four hits and struck out 12 batters. Madi McCrady pitched 4.1 innings, striking out three and allowing two earned runs on four hits. Kendall Meeks pitched 2.2 innings, allowing no hits or runs.
Ohio is currently 25-13 overall and 13-1 in the MAC and are coming off of a three-game sweep of Akron this past weekend. The Bobcats are now 13-1 in conference play.
As a team, Ohio is batting .284 with 203 runs scored, 52 doubles, 11 triples, 40 homeruns and 183 RBI. The team has drawn 114 walks and has 23 stolen bases on the year.
Leading the Bobcats is redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey. Dorsey is batting .360 with 31 hits, 23 runs scored, five homeruns, seven doubles, 24 RBI and a .616 slugging percentage. Next is junior Alex Day who is batting .357 with 46 hits, 11 homeruns, 32 runs scored and 35 RBI. Senior Mikayla Cooper has a .344 average with 43 hits, two doubles, three triples, nine homeruns, 31 RBI and a team-leading 19 walks.
Freshman Katie Yun and junior Natalie Alvarez are also registering solid offensive numbers. Yun is batting .323 with 41 hits, nine doubles, two triples and seven homeruns, while driving in 24 runs. Alvarez is batting .299 with three homeruns, five doubles and a .507 slugging percentage.
In the circle, the pitching staff has a combined 3.38 ERA. In 250.1 innings, they have allowed 121 earned runs, walked 113 batters and have struck out 260 while opponents are batting .241 against them.
Senior Danielle Stiene has a 2.07 ERA and a 15-5 record in 25 appearances. Stiene has made 18 starts with 13 complete games and six shutouts, all while striking out 163 batters. Freshman Madi McCrady is 6-5 with 17 appearances and three complete games. In 68 innings pitched, she's struck out 71, walked 37 and allowed 42 earned runs.
Sophomore Kendall Meeks is 3-2 overall with a 3.40 ERA in 17 appearances with 16 strikeouts.
BOBCATS IN MAC PLAY
Taylor Saxton is batting .375 in MAC play, registering 12 hits with two RBI and scoring 10 runs.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene registered 46.2 innings with an ERA of 1.20. Stiene struck out 54, walked 11 and allowed eight earned runs. Madi McCrady has a 3.55 ERA with a 4-1 record. She's struck out 18 and pitched one complete game.
MAC WEEKLY HONORS
Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 27.
Senior Mikayla Cooper earned the MAC East Player of the Week award on March 27.
Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on April 3.
Mikayla Cooper was named the MAC East Player of the Week on April 10.
Danielle Stiene was named MAC East Pitcher of the Week on April 10.
OHIO IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are currently at the top of the MAC after finishing this past weekend with a 13-1 record. Ohio is ahead of Kent State and Miami who are both 6-8.
Ohio is currently fourth overall in pitching with a 3.38 ERA, and first in strikeouts with 260.
Individually, Danielle Stiene is ranked second in pitching with a 2.07 ERA and is first in strikeouts with 163.
The Bobcats are currently sixth in batting with a .284 average. They are second overall in homeruns with 46.
OHIO IN THE NCAA
The Bobcats rank in the top-50 in a few individual statistical categories. Danielle Stiene ranks 33rd in strikeouts per seven innings. Stiene also ranks 30th in strikeout-to-walk ratio, 26th in total strikeouts and 20th in shutouts. Stiene is also 33rd in victories.
Kendall Meeks ranks 26th in saves.
Alex Day ranks 42nd in homruns and 45th in homeruns per game.
As a team, Ohio is ranked 30th in triples per game, 35th in slugging percentage and 24th in home runs per game.
OHIO AND RPI
The Bobcats are currently 81st in this week's RPI ranking and are the highest ranked MAC school.
The Bobcats have played eight teams that are ranked in the top-100 and 11 teams in the top-150.
Tuesday's opponent, OSU, is ranked 32nd.
THE 2017 SQUAD
Ohio will return with four seniors, including Taylor Saxton and Mikayla Cooper. Both started in all 60 games. Saxton finished the season with a .317 batting average, a .377 OBP and led the team with 19 stolen bases. Cooper led the team with 18 doubles and 25 walks. She finished the season with a .337 batting average and a .425 OBP. Cooper was named the MAC player of the week once and made the All-MAC First Team.
Starting in the circle for the Bobcats is Senior Danielle Stiene. She finished the 2017 season with an ERA of 2.37 and was named Distinguished Scholar Athlete. Highlights from the previous season include her five-inning no-hitter against Lafayette and her seven-inning no-hitter against UNC Wilmington.
Also returning are infielder MacKenzie Brunswick and outfielder Deanna Cole. Brunswick finished the 2017 season with 28 hits and RBIs and five stolen bases. Cole was named Academic All-MAC and held the second-most stolen bases on the team.
NEW TO THE SQUAD
The Bobcats will welcome four newcomers to the 2018 team. Madi McCrady will look to contribute in the circle. She recorded an ERA under 1.3 all three years of high school. Allie Englant will look to contribute in the outfield; she was ranked first in the state during her 2017 season.
Katie Yun will look to join the infield after leading her team to the Regional Championship and Brooke Rice will look for time behind the plate after her high school team reigned supreme four years in a row.
Mercy College transfer Kendall Meeks also joins Ohio this year. At Mercy, she was named ECAC Rookie of the Week four times and ECC Rookie of the week three times. Prior to college, Meeks played softball for Alexander High School.
The Bobcats finished second in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll behind Kent State, who received six out of the possible 12 votes. They finished ahead of Miami.
The 2018 season marks head coach Jodi Hermanek's tenth season with Ohio. Out of her 380 career wins, 275 of them are with the Bobcats. Under her coaching, the 2017 squad recorded a program record of 42 wins and a MAC East Championship. For the first time, the Bobcats won the conference tournament and then went on to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 19 years.
The Bobcats will continue MAC play this weekend when they travel to Oxford, Ohio for a three-game set against Miami. The series is set to begin with one game at 3 p.m. on April 20 and will conclude with a doubleheader on April 21 starting at 1 p.m.