May 14, 2016
AKRON, Ohio – Playing their sixth game in four days, the Ohio softball team fell to Miami, 3-0, in the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship game. The Bobcats concluded the 2016 season with a 37-23 record. Ohio’s 37 wins is the second-highest win total in program history. Mikayla Cooper and Savannah Jo Dorsey were named to the 2016 MAC All-Tournament Team for their efforts throughout the tournament.
Cooper finished the tournament with a .333 batting average with seven hits, two doubles, two homeruns and six RBI with a .714 slugging percentage. Dorsey went 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 38.0 innings and striking out 42 batters.
Miami scored first in the bottom of the first inning. The lead off batter, Michaela Schlattman walked and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then with two outs, Johniann Wahl singled to centerfield, scoring Schlattman, putting the RedHawks up 1-0.
Miami threatened to add on in the bottom of the third inning when Schlattman led the inning off with a double to right field. Then with one out, Savannah Jo Dorsey replaced Danielle Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) in the circle. Schlattman then advanced to third on a passed ball and Taylor Shuey walked to put runners on first and third. Then Miami tried to execute a double steal, but the Bobcats were not fooled and threw Schlattman out at the plate. Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) got the final batter of the inning to fly out to left, keeping it a one-run game.
Ohio got runners in scoring position in the top of the fourth inning when with two outs Cooper singled to leftfield. She advanced to second when Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) walked. Then pinch-hitter Natalie Alvarez (Long Beach, Calif.) smashed a ball to shallow rightfield, however the Miami rightfielder made a diving play to end the inning and keep the score 1-0 in favor of Miami.
The RedHawks added on in the bottom of the fifth inning when Schlattman hit a leadoff homerun to left field. Then Hannah Girlie singled and reached third on an error by the leftfielder. Then with no outs, Shuey fouled out to second base, allowing another run to score, giving Miami a 3-0 lead.
The Bobcats would try to put together a rally in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Deanna Cole (Akron, Ohio) would reach first on an infield single, however Miami would get out of the jam and Miami would take the game, 3-0.
In the circle, Morgan Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) got the start, pitching .2 innings, allowing one run on one hit and striking out one. Stiene pitched 1.1 innings, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out one. Dorsey pitched four innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and striking out four. She finished the 2016 season with a record of 23-14.
At the plate, Ohio had four hits, led by Jamie Wren (Whitter, Calif.) who went 2-for-3 and Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) and Cole also added a hit for the Bobcats.