ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio softball team (29-14, 15-2 MAC) returns to Mid-American Conference play for their final home series of the 2018 season when they host Buffalo (15-26, 6-11 MAC) April 27-28 for a three-game series at the Ohio Softball Field. The Bobcats and Bulls will play one game on Friday, April 27 at 4 p.m. The two teams conclude the series on Saturday, April 28 with a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. If you can't make it to the field, don't worry, OhioBobcats.com has you covered with an audio broadcast.
This weekend will serve as the Bobcats Senior Weekend. On Saturday, April 28, get to the field early for a special graduation ceremony with seniors Haley Adams, Mikayla Cooper, Taylor Saxton and Danielle Stiene prior to first pitch. Then stick around between games for the annual Senior Day Ceremony and help celebrate the incredible 2018 senior class.
ALL-TIME AGAINST BUFFALO
The Bobcats hold a 29-12 advantage over Buffalo in the all-time series, with Ohio winning eight out of the last 10 meetings with the Bulls.
LAST TIME AGAINST BUFFALO
Ohio and last met on May 6-7, 2017 in Buffalo in the final series of the regular season. The Bobcats came away with the sweep of the Bulls, winning 9-3, 11-9 and 6-4.
Buffalo is 15-26 overall and 6-11 in MAC play. The Bulls are coming off of a series against Kent State where the Flashes completed the weekend series with the sweep.
As a team, Buffalo is hitting .264 with 264 hits and 167 runs scored. They've recorded 46 doubles, 12 triples, 22 homeruns and have recorded 154 RBI. They have an overall team slugging percentage of .400 and have drawn 88 walks and struck out 188 times. As a team, Buffalo has 22 stolen bases and a .948 fielding percentage.
Leading Buffalo at the plate is Jessica Goldyn who is hitting .404 with 40 hits, 20 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, one homerun and 11 RBI, while slugging .535. Jenelle Martinez is batting .360 with 40 hits, six doubles, five homeruns and a team-leading 32 RBI.
Anna Aguon is hitting .351 with 40 hits, 32 runs scored, six doubles, three triples, five homeruns, 30 RBI and a team-leading .588 slugging percentage.
In the circle, the Bulls' staff has a 6.65 ERA, allowing 270 runs on 386 hits, while walking 88 batters and striking out 157, while opponents are hitting .359 against them.
Ally Power is currently 12-14 on the year with a 4.55 ERA. In 28 appearances, she has made 25 starts with 14 complete games. In 132.1 innings, she has allowed 101 runs, walked 46 and struck out 103. Lace Smith is 3-10 overall with a 6.82 ERA. In 80.0 innings, she has allowed 100 runs while walking 17 and striking out 41.
A QUICK REWIND
Ohio is coming off of a 10-2, six inning victory over Marshall on April 25.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene (19-5) got the start, pitching four innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out four. Kendall Meeks would pitch two full innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out one.
At the plate, the Bobcats scored 10 runs on 12 hits. Natalie Alvarez and Michaela Dorsey both went 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. Alex Day went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Mikayla Cooper went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Morgan Geno went 1-for-1 with a run scored, while Taylor Saxton added a base hit and Allie Englant went 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Prior to the victory against Marshall, Ohio wrapped up a 2-1 weekend at Miami. While there, Ohio downed the RedHawks, 10-4 in game one. The Bobcats came back the next day and defeated Miami, 1-0 in 11 innings before falling in game three, 5-3 in 12 innings.
Morgan Geno hit .417 in the series, with three homeruns, five RBI and three runs scored with a 1.250 slugging percentage. MacKenzie Brunswick hit .333 with four hits, one double and a .417 slugging percentage.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene went 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA, in 18.0 innings she allowed four runs on 11 hits and struck out 16.
Ohio is currently 29-14 overall and 15-2 in the MAC and are coming off of a 10-2 victory against Marshall on Wednesday (April 25).
As a team, Ohio is batting .282 with 234 runs scored, 60 doubles, 12 triples, 45 homeruns and 212 RBI. The team has drawn 143 walks and has 27 stolen bases on the year.
Leading the Bobcats is senior Mikayla Cooper. Cooper registers a .357 average with 51 hits, seven doubles, three triples, 10 homeruns, 33 RBI and a team-leading 25 walks. Alex Day is batting .342 with 52 hits, 11 homeruns, 38 runs scored and 37 RBI. Next is redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey who is batting .330 with 35 hits, 27 runs scored, six homeruns, nine doubles and 30 RBI.
Freshman Katie Yun and junior Natalie Alvarez are also registering solid offensive numbers. Yun is batting .303 with 44 hits, nine doubles, two triples and seven homeruns, while driving in 25 runs. Alvarez is batting .301 with three homeruns and six doubles.
In the circle, the pitching staff has a combined 3.15 ERA. In 293.0 innings, they have allowed 132 earned runs, walked 121 batters and have struck out 301 while opponents are batting .237 against them.
Senior Danielle Stiene has a 1.91 ERA and a 19-5 record in 29 appearances. Stiene has made 22 starts with 16 complete games and eight shutouts, all while striking out 191 batters. Freshman Madi McCrady is 6-6 with 18 appearances and three complete games. In 74.1 innings pitched, she's struck out 81, walked 37 and allowed 44 earned runs.
BOBCATS IN MAC PLAY
Since the start of conference play, Alex Day is batting .387 with 24 hits, six homeruns, 24 RBI and a .758 slugging percentage. Mikayla Cooper is batting .350 with 21 hits, one double, one triple and six homeruns and 16 RBI and Morgan Geno is hitting .325 with five homeruns, 14 RBI and a .775 slugging percentage.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene is a perfect 8-0 and in 64.2 innings with an ERA of 1.30. Stiene has struck out 70, walked 16 and allowed 12 earned runs. Madi McCrady has a 3.28 ERA with a 4-2 record. She's struck out 28 and pitched one complete game.
MAC WEEKLY HONORS
Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 27.
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.
Alex Day was named the MAC East Player of the Week on April 17.
Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on April 17.
Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on April 24.
MAC FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE
Alex Day was named the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the week on April 18. The junior Exercise Physiology major sports a 3.336 GPA and came off a week where she batted .579 with four homeruns and 14 RBI.
OHIO IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are currently at the top of the MAC after finishing this past weekend with a 15-2 record. Overall, the Bobcats are just a head of Toledo who is 14-3, while in the East, the Bobcats are ahead of Kent State (9-8) and Bowling Green (7-9).
Ohio is currently fourth overall in pitching with a 3.17 ERA, and first in strikeouts with 296.
Individually, Danielle Stiene is ranked second in pitching with a 1.92 ERA and is first in strikeouts with 187.
The Bobcats are currently seventh in batting with a .278 average. They are second overall in homeruns with 45.
Individually, Alex Day is fifth in runs scored and fourth in homeruns with 11.
OHIO IN THE NCAA
The Bobcats rank in the top-50 in a few individual statistical categories. Danielle Stiene ranks 39thin strikeouts per seven innings. Stiene also ranks 30thin strikeout-to-walk ratio and is 21stin total strikeouts. Stiene is also 11thin the nation in shutouts and Kendall Meeks is 40thin saves.
As a team, Ohio is ranked 31s tin triples per game, 17thin homeruns per game, 40thin slugging percentage and 50thin strikeout-to-walk ratio.
OHIO AND RPI
The Bobcats are currently 72nd in this week's RPI ranking and are the highest ranked MAC school.
The Bobcats have played 10 teams that are ranked in the top-100 and 13 teams in the top-150.
This weekend's opponent, Buffalo, is ranked 250th.
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 384 career wins, 279 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 wrap up the regular season May 4-5 with a three-game series at Bowling Green.