ATHENS, Ohio –For the fifth-straight week, Ohio softball senior pitcher, Danielle Stiene was named the Mid-American Conference East Pitcher of the Week. Meanwhile, senior first baseman Mikayla Cooper was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week, the league announced today.
It is the sixth time this season the Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week.
Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) led the Bobcats in the circle this past week, going 3-0 while registering a 0.50 ERA in three appearances, making three starts and recording two complete games and one complete game shutout. In 14.0 innings, Stiene allowed one earned run on eight hits, walked six and struck out 25 while opponents only hit .157 against her. Stiene's performance helped keep her perfect record in MAC play, while also helping Ohio clinch the MAC East title.
Stiene got the start on April 25 against Marshall, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing one run on two hits, walked two and struck out four as the Bobcats wrapped up nonconference play with the 10-2, six-inning victory.
Stiene returned to the circle on April 27 against Buffalo, pitching five innings and allowing one run on four hits, while walking two and striking out 10 in Ohio's 9-1 six innings win. Stiene returned to the circle for the final game of the three-game series, pitching five innings, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out 11 in Ohio's 8-0 five-inning win.
It is the third time this season that Cooper has been named the MAC East Player of the Week.
Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) led Ohio at the plate this past week. Overall, Cooper hit .667 with eight hits in 12 at bats. She recorded two doubles, one triple, one homerun and five RBI, while registering a 1.250 slugging percentage and 15 total bases. Cooper also drew two walks while recording a .714 on base percentage and did not commit an error with four putouts and two assists.
On April 25 against Marshall, Cooper went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one walk in Ohio's 10-2, six-inning victory.
Cooper returned to the diamond on April 27 against Buffalo and went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and a homerun, while scoring three runs, and recording three RBI in the Bobcat's 9-1 six inning victory. Then on April 28 against Buffalo, Cooper was a force in the doubleheader. In game one she went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI and a double in the Bobcats; 17-0 five-inning victory. Cooper concluded her senior day at the Ohio Softball Field in game two, going 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored in the 8-0 five-inning win.
The Bobcats wrap up the regular season May 4-5 at Bowling Green. The Bobcats will play one game on Friday, May 4 at 3 p.m. and conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. on May 5.