March 20, 2017
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio softball junior pitcher Danielle Stiene and sophomore third baseman Alex Day swept the Mid-American Conference East weekly honors, the league announced today. Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week and Day earned the MAC East Player of the Week honor.
Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) led the Bobcats in the circle this week, helping lead Ohio to a perfect 5-0 weekend and was apart of a pitching staff that only allowed three total runs over five games. Overall, Stiene started in two games, both complete game shut outs, once of which was a five inning perfect game. She did not allow a run over 19.0 innings and only allowed three total hits. Stiene struck out 20 batters and did not walk a single one. Opponents only hit .077 against Stiene and at one point she pitched 9.2 consecutive perfect innings of softball.
On March 18 against Lafayette in the first game of the College of Charleston Tournament, Stiene was masterful, pitching a five-inning perfect game for the Bobcats. She did not allow a hit or a run or a walk through her five innings of work in the Bobcats’ 8-0 run-rule victory. Stiene struck out eight batters while throwing only 67 total pitches, 52 of them being strikes.
On March 19, Stiene got the start again against Western Carolina, where she took another perfect game into the fifth inning, before allowing a two-out single. Overall, Stiene again did not allow a run on three hits in 7.0 innings of work. Stiene struck out 12 batters on her way to her sixth win of the year, and pushing Ohio to a 2-0 win, her second complete game shut out of the weekend.
Day (Hilliard, Ohio) led Ohio this weekend at the plate. Overall, the sophomore registered a .600 batting average while registering nine hits in 15 at bats. She scored four runs, had a double and her first career home run. She also had five RBI, was hit by two pitches and registered a sacrifice fly while snagging 13 total bases and only striking out once in helping the Bobcats go 5-0 on the weekend. On the field, the third baseman only registered one error all weekend and recorded a .917 fielding percentage with 12 catches, six putouts and five assists.
Day led Ohio on March 17 in their first game of the weekend at USC Upstate. Day went 3-for-4 with her first career home run. She also scored one run and registered all three of the Bobcats’ RBI in Ohio’s 3-2 victory. The next day in the first day of the College of Charleston Tournament against Lafayette, Day went 1-for-2 with a run scored and was hit by a pitch in Ohio’s 8-0 five inning win. Later in the day against Western Carolina, Day went 2-for-3 with a runs scored, two RBI and a sacrifice fly in Ohio’s 10-0 five inning win.
On the final day of the tournament, Day opened Sunday by going 1-for-3 against Western Carolina in Ohio’s 2-0 win. She then closed out the day against the College of Charleston where she went 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double and was hit by a pitch in the Bobcats’ 2-1 victory.
Stiene, Day and the rest of the Bobcats return to the field on Friday March 24 and Saturday, March 25 when Ohio opens up MAC play against Toledo at the Ohio Softball Field.