ATHENS, Ohio –For the second-straight week, the Ohio softball team swept the Mid-American Conference weekly awards, the league announced today. Junior Alex Day was named the MAC East Player of the Week, while senior Danielle Stiene earned the MAC East Pitcher of the Week honor for the third-straight week.
Day (Hilliard, Ohio) led the Bobcats at the plate this past week, helping lead Ohio to a 5-0 record during the week. Overall, she hit .579 with 11 hits in 19 at bats. She registered four doubles, four homers, scored eight runs and drove in 14. She registered a 1.263 slugging percentage and a .550 on base percentage. She recorded on sacrifice fly and had a .923 fielding percentage with three putouts and nine assists.
On April 11 at Kent State in the second game of the doubleheader, Day was a force, going 5-for-5 with five runs scored, eight RBI and two home runs in Ohio's historic 22-7 victory over the Flashes. The game saw the Bobcats hit six home runs, setting the new Ohio and MAC record for home runs in a game. Ohio's 22 runs are also a new program record for runs scored in a game. Day's eight RBI in the game is also the second most in MAC history in a single game. The win helped sweep the season series against Kent State, with the Bobcats defeating them 4-2 earlier in the day.
On April 13 against Akron, Day continued her solid play, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBI and a home run in Ohio's 8-0 win. Day's home run in the bottom of the sixth inning was of the walk off fashion, helping end the game in the sixth inning. In the second game of the doubleheader, Day went 3-for-4 with two RBI with a double in the Bobcats' 5-2 victory.
Day wrapped up her weekend on April 14 with a 1-for-4 effort in Ohio's, 12-0, five inning victory. Day hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning, helping give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead at the time. She also scored one run and had one RBI in the victory as well.
Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) led the Bobcats in the circle once again. Overall on the week, Stiene registered three appearances with three starts, going 3-0 with three complete games and two shut outs and a 0.78 ERA. In 18.0 innings, she allowed two runs on 10 hits, walked four and struck out 18 batters that she faced, while opponents registered a .156 batting average against her. Stiene's performances helped the Bobcats go 5-0 on the week and improve them to 13-1 in the MAC.
On April 11 in the first game of the doubleheader against Kent State, Stiene went the distance, pitching all seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out six in Ohio's 4-2 victory against the Flashes.
On April 13 against Akron, Stiene returned to the circle again in the first game of the series, pitching six innings, allowing no runs on three hits and did not walk a batter while striking out seven in the 8-0 six-inning shutout. Stiene returned to the circle in the final game of the series, once again going the distance, allowing no runs on one hit in five innings of work. She walked one and struck out five if the 19 batters that she faced on way to the 12-0 five inning victory.
The Bobcats return to the diamond today (April 17) when the Bobcats head to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State in a doubleheader set to begin at 5 p.m.