Feb. 17, 2014
CLEVELAND - A perfect 4-0 weekend at the Fourth Annual Osprey Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla., helped the Ohio University softball team (8-0) remain undefeated and allowed sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) to win Mid-American Conference East Division Pitcher of the Week and sophomore infielder Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) to win Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday (Feb. 17).
The weekly awards mark the fourth of Dorsey's career and the first of Dalton's career.
Dorsey topped off a stellar weekend in which she did not allow a run and gave up just two hits and five walks over 16 innings by dealing her first career no-hitter on Sunday (Feb. 16) against host North Florida. She earned all four pitching victories for the Bobcats, putting an exclamation point on her weekend by baffling the Osprey hitters over seven frames. She struck out five while walking three to earn her second pitching triumph of the day and guide Ohio to a 1-0 victory. Dorsey set the tone for the weekend by striking out one in a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday (Feb. 15) against Savannah State, helping the Bobcats pull out a 3-2 win in eight innings. Later that afternoon, she went the distance and fanned six while giving up just two hits and two walks for her first shutout of the weekend, propelling Ohio to a 2-0 triumph over Southern Illinois. Prior to tossing her no-hitter on Sunday afternoon, Dorsey picked up the win in relief over Troy that morning, fanning one in one scoreless frame of work.
Dorsey has allowed just four earned runs on 14 hits and eight walks while fanning 41 over 35.0 innings en route to posting a 7-0 record in the circle to start 2014.
Dalton batted a team-best .455, drew a team-high five walks and scored a team-high four runs at the Osprey Invitational. She coaxed three walks and scored a run in Ohio's win over Savannah State, then followed it up by collecting a hit, drawing a walk and scoring both runs as the Bobcats blanked Southern Illinois later that afternoon. Dalton went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as Ohio edged Troy, then collected two more hits as the Bobcats shut down host North Florida, later that afternoon.
Dalton is hitting a team-best .474 through eight games and has scored a team-high eight runs. She ranks third on the team with nine hits - including a double.
The Bobcats are 8-0 for the first time since the program's inaugural season in 1974. Ohio has outscored the opposition by a 44-25 count and the pitching staff has surrendered only 17 earned runs. Four Bobcat hitters are batting .350 or better - including Dalton, junior Adrienne Gebele (.417) and freshmen Casie Hutchinson (.400) and Madison Claytor (.350).
Ohio will compete in the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. next weekend (Feb. 21-23).