ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University softball team (8-0) looks to continue its hot start to the 2014 season as it heads back down south to take part in the 10-team Frost Classic - hosted by Chattanooga - this weekend (Feb. 21-23) in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Bobcats will play two on both Friday (Feb. 21) and Saturday (Feb. 22), taking on Austin Peay (2-6) at 11 a.m. ET and Tennessee Tech (1-7) at 1:30 p.m. ET on Friday and then battling Middle Tennessee State (4-6) at 11 a.m. ET and Butler (2-6) at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Ohio wraps up its third weekend of competition by squaring off with Northwestern State (4-5) at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (Feb. 23).
The Last Meeting
February 24, 2013
Comeback `Cats Sink Golden Eagles, 3-2
The Ohio University Softball Team (11-3) ended its participation at the 2013 University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Frost Classic on a high note Sunday, defeating Tennessee Tech by a final score of 3-2 to end the tournament with a 4-1 record.
Ohio Splits Twinbill with Butler
Jordan Paden hit her third homer of the season, and Emily Wethington tallied three hits on the day while turning in a strong outing in the circle in game two as Ohio softball split its doubleheader with Butler, 2-0 and 2-1, Saturday.
STILL PERFECT The Bobcats are 8-0 for the first time since the program's inaugural season in 1974.
After being forced to find another tournament to play in at the last minute after the Georgia Softball Classic was cancelled due to winter weather across the Southeast last weekend, the Bobcats traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., to participate in the Fourth Annual Osprey Invitational hosted by North Florida. Ohio overcame a bus breakdown and a major traffic jam along the way to go 4-0.
The Bobcats edged Savannah State, 3-2, in eight innings for their first extra-innings victory of the season, then blanked Southern Illinois, 2-0, on Saturday (Feb. 15). Ohio wrapped up its weekend by toppling Troy in walk-off fashion, 5-4, thanks to a two-out RBI single by junior Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.), then rode the arm of sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) to a 1-0 no-hitter of North Florida on Sunday (Feb. 16).
Ohio has outscored the opposition by a 44-25 count and the pitching staff has surrendered only 17 earned runs in 2014.
BALANCED ATTACK Four Bobcat hitters are batting .350 or better - including sophomore Amanda Dalton (.474; Salem, Va.), Gebele (.417) and freshmen Casie Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio; .400) and Madison Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.; .350).
ROOMMATES RAKE IN AWARDS Dorsey and Dalton, who are roommates, shared recognition from the Mid-American Conference for their efforts last weekend at the Osprey Invitational.
Dorsey was named MAC Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time in her career while Dalton earned her first-career Player of the Week recognition, as announced by the conference office on Monday (Feb. 17).
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.
Dorsey also garnered MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week accolades as a biological sciences major with a 3.292 cumulative grade point average. She was also named MAC Pitcher of the Week by College Sports Madness.
MCCLARY MAKES HER MARK Despite not being credited with the pitching victory, junior Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) set the Bobcats up for their extra-inning victory over Savannah State after fanning five over seven innings of work while allowing just two runs - one earned - on seven hits.
UP NEXT The Bobcats will compete in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Softball Classic in Gulfport, Miss., next weekend (Feb. 28-March 2).