April 20, 2017
ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio softball team (27-14, 8-7 MAC) is set to jump back into Mid-American Conference play and will host MAC East foe Bowling Green (23-23, 9-6 MAC) for a pivotal weekend series starting on Friday, April 21. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday that is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field.
If fans can’t make it out to the game, Jake Hromada and Gabe Genovesi will have the game live on OhioBobcats.com.
All weekend will be Bark in the Park at the OSF. Fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the games.
Friday is Free T-Shirt Friday for the first 250 fans through the gates and Saturday is Professors at the Park, all faculty/staff receive 2 free admissions with ID, additional tickets $5
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
The Falcons are currently 23-23 overall and 9-6 in the MAC and are coming off of a three-game sweep over Buffalo. Bowling Green posted a 1-0 victory in game one after eight innings of play while they produced a second shutout in game two winning 2-0. Game three was a 3-2 win for the Falcons.
Leading Bowling Green at the plate is Aspen Searle who is batting .360 with 54 hits, 13 doubles, 31 RBI and a .547 slugging percentage. Chelsea is batting .343 with 48 hits, 11 doubles, six home runs, 34 RBI and a .550 slugging percentage.
In the circle, Meredith Miller is 13-6 with a 2.51 earned run average. In 131.1 innings, Miller has allowed 47 earned runs, walked 35 batters and has struck out 99 batters on the season.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio is coming off of a mid-week nonconference battle with Marshall on Tuesday (April 12) and despite a two-run blast by Morgan Geno, the Bobcats would fall to the Herd by the final of 3-2.
The Last Meeting
May 7, 2016
Bowling Green, Ohio
@OhioBobcatSB Completes Series Sweep of Bowling Green
The Ohio softball team (33-21, 14-9) wrapped up the regular season by completing the series sweep of Bowling Green (18-36, 6-17) by downing the Falcons, 9-3, on Saturday afternoon (May 7). The Bobcats' 33 wins this season are now the second-most victories in a single season.
The Bobcats are having a strong 2017 season with a 27-14 record and are 8-7 in MAC play.
The Bobcats are led by Alex Day who is batting .345 with 21 RBI, one homerun and eight doubles. Mikayla Cooper is batting .328 with five home runs, 10 doubles, 19 RBI and a .543 slugging percentage. Morgan Geno has been a consistent threat at the plate, batting .322 with eight homeruns and 35 RIB as well as a .583 slugging percentage.
As a team, Ohio is batting .279 with 308 hits, 57 doubles, 23 home runs and 172 RBI, along with a .401 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 9-7 with a 2.69 ERA. In 93.2 innings, Stiene has allowed 36 earned runs and has struck out 118 batters.
SAVVY IN THE RECORD BOOKS
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).
BOBCATS IN RPI
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 Bowling Green who is currently ranked 182nd and the eighth MAC team in the RPI.
OHIO IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are third in the conference in batting average (.279), second in pitching (2.25) and first in fielding (.975).
Individually, Alex Day is tied for sixth in hits (48). Meanwhile, Deanna Cole is second in stolen bases (15) and Taylor Saxton is sixth with 14. Morgan Geno is sixth in home runs (8), 10th in slugging percentage (.583) and third in RBI (35). Mikayla Cooper is eighth in walks (19) and tied for seventh in on base percentage (.435).
Savannah Jo Dorsey is tied for first in wins (27), strikeouts (249), second in complete games (18) and first opponent batting average (.151). Dorsey is first in innings pitched (160.1), and tied for fifth in saves (2).
Danielle Stiene is second in strikeouts (118), and sixth in opponent batting average (.223).
OHIO IN THE NCAA
Individually, Danielle Stiene is 26th in strikeouts per seven innings (8.8) while Savannah Jo Dorsey is 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.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
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.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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.
THE 2016 SQUAD
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 Hutchinson, Madison Claytor, Mikayla Cooper, Deanna Cole, Michaela Dorsey, Danielle Stiene, Jamie Wren and Taylor Saxton.
NEW TO THE SQUAD
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 weekend’s matchup, the Bobcats will wrap up their home slate when Ohio hosts Miami for a three-game series on April 28-29. On Friday, April 28, first pitch is set for 5 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field with a doubleheader on Saturday set to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday will serve as the Bobcats’ Senior Day.