Ohio hosts Kent State in Friday doubleheader before playing Saturday and Sunday at Buffalo
Excitement, energy, and a commitment to excellence may be the words best used to describe Ohio University head softball coach Jodi Hermanek. Entering her seventh season at Ohio, Hermanek has already left an impression, whether it is the commitment to her team getting one percent better every day, or the excitement of the continuing success and advancement of Ohio softball.
Hired on July 17, 2008, as the 10th head coach in program history, Hermanek has totaled 124 wins, ranking second in Ohio annals.
The Bobcats won 32 games in 2014 matching the 2001 squad for the second-most victories in program history. Ohio won its first-ever conference tournament championship and advanced to the national postseason tournament for the first time in 19 years with a 4-0 victory over No. 2-seeded Buffalo on May 10.
Ohio recorded a 397 total strikeout record in 2014. Savannah Jo Dorsey earned 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s (NFCA) All-Mideast Region Second Team selection, finished the season ranking seventh in the NCAA with 298 strikeouts – a single season program record that ranks eighth in league history. Dorsey led Ohio with three triples and ranked third on the team with six home runs. She also led Ohio to its first MAC Tournament title in program history with an MVP performance by going 4-0 with four complete games, three straight shutouts and a perfect game.
Ohio’s 2014 senior class helped lead the Bobcats to 134 wins over the last five years. Senior, Alexandria Basquez posted a career-high 10 doubles, 10 home runs (sixth-most in single season in school history) and 42 RBIs (fourth-most in a single season in school history) all of which led the team. Chelsea Hortman was a Second Team All-MAC pick in 2013 and ranked third on the squad with a .329 batting average and followed it up by hitting .263 in 20 games in 2014. Her 13 career home runs rank as the ninth-most in school history. Erin Lashley was the first Bobcat to earn a run in NCAA Championship play. Alyssa Wolfe batted a career-best .248 with a career-high 37 hits, including a career-high eight doubles, which tied for third on the team.
The 2014 squad was able to improve Ohio’s rating percentage index (RPI) from 188 going into the 2014 season to 94 into the national postseason. Offensively, the Bobcats recored the second-most walks (167), third-most home runs (41) fifth-most runs scored (214) and sixth-most RBIs (189) in a single season in program history. In the pitching circle, Ohio set the single-season school record for strikeouts with 397 and threw the fourth-most innings pitched (396.0) in a single season in school history.
The Bobcats won 28 games in 2013 and bounced back from a loss to Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference Tournament to eliminate Miami and Kent State.
The Bobcats hit a program and MAC record 80 home runs in 2013. The campaign saw senior Lauren Gellerman earn National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mideast Region Second Team honors for the second year in a row. She was a .405 hitter who slugged at a clip of .948, collecting 70 hits, a MAC record 26 home runs, 60 RBI, and 49 runs scored. The First Team All-MAC pick finished her final season in Athens as the No. 2 home run hitter in the nation and also ranked No. 4 in the country in slugging percentage.Gellerman ended her four years with the Bobcats as Ohio's career leader in home runs and RBI.
Chelsea Hortman earned Second Team All-MAC selection after hitting .309 and slugging at a rate of .652 while Savannah Jo Dorsey garnered MAC All-Freshman Team honors as a three-time MAC East Pitcher of the Week. Dorsey ranked No. 70 in the NCAA in total strikeouts (176) and No. 102 in the NCAA in total shutouts (4). She led Ohio in ERA (3.49), wins (14), appearances (40), complete games (10), innings pitched (164.1), strikeouts (176) and opposing batting average (.239).
The Bobcats were also high achievers in the classroom as well. Gellerman earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American status, becoming just the third Bobcat in the 40-year history of the program to receive such distinction. She graduated with a 3.889 grade-point average while studying Integrated Mathematics. She was joined on the Academic All-MAC team by Hortman, Caitlin Colvin and Alyssa Wolfe. Adrienne Gebele, Raven King, Erin Lashley, Dakota Pyles and Tessa Bailey received Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention.
The 2012 season was one of the most successful in program history, both from an offensive and pitching standpoint. Ohio's offense set seven program marks during the year, including most runs scored (293), RBI (255), home runs (47), runs scored in a single game (21), doubles hit in a single game (7), home runs in a single game (5), and RBI in a single game (15). Lauren Gellerman and Raven King each shattered the prior individual home run record, as both student-athletes belted 13 home runs during the year. Freshman pitcher Lauren McClary had a tremendous season inside the pitching circle, setting the single-season strikeout record (205) and tying for third all-time in single-season victories (17).
Hermanek came to Ohio after having built quite a resume in her four seasons as the head coach of Southern Utah University's softball program. In the four years, she claimed two regular-season Mid-Continent Conference championships as well as a pair of conference tournament titles. With those two tournament titles, her teams earned SUU's first-ever bids to the NCAA Softball Tournament. Under Hermanek's watch the team also rewrote virtually the entire Thunderbird record book, particularly the hitting sections, where every major record was set in the past four years.
Hermanek is married to Dr. David Horton Jr., an Assistant Professor in Counseling and Higher Education in the Patton College of Education. Together, they have a daughter, Emma Fay.
Team - Title
Ohio University - Head Coach
Southern Utah University - Head Coach
Denton High School (Texas) - Head Coach
Colorado State University-Pueblo - Assistant Coach