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@OhioBobcatsSB Heads to Marshall For Mid-Week Action

Alexa Holland
April 17, 2017

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio softball team (27-13, 8-7 MAC) will travel to Huntington, W. Va. to battle Marshall (33-7, 15-3 C-USA) on Tuesday, April 18 for a mid-week nonconference matchup. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Dot Hicks Field.

The Thundering Herd are currently 33-7 overall and 15-3 in the C-USA and are coming off of a three-game series against Florida International, in which they dropped two of the three. After winning the first game 2-1, Marshall lost the next two games, 8-4 and 3-1 respectively.

Leading Marshall at the plate is Morgan Zerkle who is batting .466 with 55 hits, 10 doubles, five triples, 33 RBI and a .763 slugging percentage. Taylor McCord is batting .402 with 45 hits, eight doubles, 11 home runs, 44 RBI and a .768 slugging percentage.

In the circle, Jordan Dixon is 24-5 with a 1.80 earned run average. In 190.1 innings, Dixon has allowed 49 earned runs, walked 58 batters and has struck out 219 batters on the season.

Ohio is coming off of a three-game series against Akron. The Bobcats went 1-2 on the weekend, splitting the doubleheader on Friday, losing 1-0 in game one and winning 7-1 in game two. The Bobcats would drop the series finale, 2-1 on Saturday.

The Bobcats are having a strong 2017 season with a 27-13 record and are 8-7 in MAC play.

The Bobcats are led by Alex Day who is batting .346 with 21 RBI, one homerun and eight doubles. Mikayla Cooper is batting .336 with five home runs, 10 doubles, 19 RBI and a .558 slugging percentage. Alexa Holland has come on strong lately, batting .269 with five doubles, one triple and 12 RBI.

As a team, Ohio is batting .283 with 305 hits, 56 doubles, 22 home runs and 170 RBI, along with a .404 slugging percentage. The Bobcat defense also holds a .975 fielding percentage.

In the circle, Ohio is led by Savannah Jo Dorsey who is 16-6 with a 1.44 ERA. She also has two saves in 27 appearances, along with 18 complete games. In 160.1 innings, Dorsey has struck out 249 batters and has only allowed 33 earned runs.

Danielle Stiene is now 9-6 with a 2.63 ERA. In 87.2 innings, Stiene has allowed 33 earned runs and has struck out 114 batters.

On Wednesday, April 12th in the third game in the series against Kent State, Savannah Jo Dorsey recorded a career-high in single game strikeouts with 22. Her previous high was 16 strikeouts in a single game.

On Tuesday, April 4th in the game against Kent State, Savannah Jo Dorsey notched her name in the record books as the third pitcher in Mid-American Conference history and first in Ohio Softball history to get 1,000 strikeouts in her career. 

On April 8 against Ball State, Dorsey moved into second all-time in MAC history in strikeouts. Now with her career total at 1,083, Dorsey needs 176 more to move into first (1,258).

Ohio is currently 71st in the fifth RPI report of the season, where Ohio is the highest-ranked MAC team.

Ohio has faced off against three teams in the top-50, seven teams in the top-100, and 10 teams in the top-150.

The Bobcats are 9-6 against teams in the top-150.

The Bobcats will take on Marshall who is currently ranked 27th and the number one C-USA team in the RPI.

The Bobcats are second in the conference in batting average (.290), second in pitching (2.30) and first in fielding (.974).

Individually, Alex Day is fifth in hits (46) and seventh in runs scored (30). Meanwhile, Deanna Cole is second in stolen bases (15) and Taylor Saxton is third with 14. Morgan Geno is fifth in home runs (7), eighth in slugging percentage (.584) and third in RBI (32). Mikayla Cooper is ninth in walks (17) and tied for sixth in on base percentage (.440).

Savannah Jo Dorsey is first in wins (15), strikeouts (229), second in complete games (16) and first opponent batting average (.155). Dorsey is first in innings pitched (148.0), and tied for third in saves (2).

Danielle Stiene is second in strikeouts (105), and fifth in opponent batting average (.211).

As a team, Ohio is ranked 46th in win percentage (.675).

Individually, Danielle Stiene is 17th in strikeouts per seven innings (9.1) while Savannah Jo Dorsey is now 7th in strikeouts per seven innings (10.9), 10th in hits allowed per seven innings (3.62) and second in strikeouts (249).

On March 7, for the first time in program history, the Ohio softball program earned a vote in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll.

Dorsey was named the Mid-American Conference East Pitcher of the Week for her performance during the opening weekend of the 2017 season, the league announced Feb.14.

Overall, Dorsey went 3-0 and helped the Bobcats to a 4-1 weekend at the Carolina Classic. In 19.0 innings, Dorsey registered two shutouts and one complete game. She posted an ERA of 1.11 and allowed only three runs on seven hits, walked seven and struck out 30.

Dorsey was also named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on March 6 for her performance the week of Feb. 27.

Overall, Savannah Jo Dorsey went 2-1 with a save and a 0.71 ERA. She only allowed two runs on eight hits and 21 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

Dorsey was named MAC East Pitcher of the Week again on March 13, following a week where she registered a 0.32 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Junior pitcher Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week the league announced March 20.Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) led the Bobcats in the circle during competition March 17-19, 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 Feb. 17, Claytor was named the Mid-American Conference East Player of the Week for her performance last week.

Claytor led the Bobcats with a .364 batting average in 13 at-bats. Claytor recorded four hits, three of which were homeruns, including a grand slam and a game tying two-run shot to tie up the game. She also registered a double, a 1.273 slugging percentage, eight RBI, 14 total bases, scored four runs and walked twice and struck out once and helped the Bobcats to a perfect 4-0 weekend. In the field, she also recorded 22 putouts and three assists.

Alex Day earned the MAC East Player of the Week honor for her performance during competition March 17-19, the league announced on March 20.

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.

Ohio will return eight starters from last season, including starting pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey who set a program record for strikeouts in a single season with 336, the most in the nation. Dorsey also served as the starting pitcher in 29 games, recording a season ERA of 1.72, earning 24 wins and charged 12 losses. Dorsey also added 20 complete games and six shutouts last season.

Other starters returning for Ohio include, Casie HutchinsonMadison ClaytorMikayla CooperDeanna ColeMichaela DorseyDanielle StieneJamie Wren and Taylor Saxton.

The Bobcats will welcome four newcomers to the 2017 team. Alexa Holland and Desirae Villanueva will look to contribute to this year's team. Ohio will also welcome familiar faces to the squad; Brittany Keen joins the Bobcats after playing for the Ohio field hockey team in the fall and Alexis Milesky. Milesky recently concluded her senior season as starting forward for the Ohio women's soccer team.

The Bobcats were picked to finish second in the MAC East Division behind Kent State and ahead of Miami. The Bobcats were selected as Mid-American Conference Tournament Champions, in a poll of the leagues' coaches.

Dorsey and Stiene were both named Fastpitch News (FPN) 2017 Preseason Top 50 NCAA Softball Pitchers, the outlet announced Jan. 25th. The ranking was derived from several statistics and factors, including strength of schedule. Dorsey came in at number 22 while Stiene took the 26 spot on the list.

After this break from MAC play, the Bobcats will return to conference competition when Ohio hosts Bowling Green for a three-game series on April 21-22. On Friday, April 21, first pitch is set for 5 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field with a doubleheader on Saturday set to begin at 1 p.m.


The Last Meeting
March 22, 2016
Huntington, W. Va.
@OhioBobcatSB Splits Doubleheader Against Marshall
Led by seven shutout innings from Savannah Jo Dorsey and four RBIs by Mikayla Cooper in game two, the Ohio softball team split a pair of games from Marshall Tuesday afternoon at Dot Hicks Field. After dropping the first game to The Herd, 8-0 in six innings, the Bobcats rebounded, downing Marshall 7-0.