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Bobcat Softball Sweeps MAC East Weekly Awards

Dorsey ranks second in the MAC in strikeouts (162) and third in wins (12) this season

April 22, 2013

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University softball team (23-22, 6-8 Mid-American Conference) earned its second sweep in as many days on Monday. While Sunday’s sweep was completed on the softball diamond, Monday’s came in the form of weekly honors from the league office, as an Ohio student-athlete earned both the MAC East Pitcher and Player of the Week awards.

Monday’s awards mark the eighth and ninth times Ohio softball student-athletes have been named Pitchers of Players of the Week by the league office this season.

Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on Monday while Chelsea Hortman (Cincinnati, Ohio) claimed the MAC East Player of the Week award.

Savannah Jo Dorsey – third award of the season
Dorsey had a tremendous week for the Ohio University softball team, playing a key role in the Bobcats’ 4-2 record and current four-game winning streak. After a loss to Marshall during which she only conceded one earned run, Dorsey was lights out inside the pitching circle. The freshman went 3-0 in her next three appearances of the week, picking up wins over Wright State and MAC-East rival Akron (twice). Dorsey never made an appearance which spanned less than 7.0 innings, and even in spite of this, never allowed more than two earned runs in a single contest. She finished the week with 28.2 innings pitched in four appearances, an ERA of 0.98, 43 strikeouts, 19 hits, 13 walks, and a very impressive WHIP of 1.12. 

Dorsey’s best game of the week was a dominating effort at Akron on Saturday. During this game, the freshman threw a complete-game, three hit-shutout which keyed the ‘Cats to an important 6-0 victory over the Zips. Dorsey’s strikeout total (12) doubled her combined walk (3) and hit (3) totals in the contest. She allowed a mere WHIP of 0.86 during this game against the Zips. Her strikeout total of 12 in this contest was also a career high.

Chelsea Hortman – first award of the season
Chelsea was the driving offensive force behind a successful 4-2 week for the Ohio University softball team. The senior ranked second on the team in hits (7), tied for the team high in home runs (2), and led the Bobcats in both RBI (8) and slugging percentage (1.000). Recording at least one hit in three games and registering two multi-hit games, Chelsea delivered time and again in the designated player role for the Bobcats. She slugged at or above 2.000 on two occasions with her best game of the week coming in Ohio’s first doubleheader contest against Wright State. During this game, the senior went 3-3, hit one triple, clubbed one home run, drove in three runs, and slugged at a clip of 2.667. She nearly equaled this in Ohio’s crucial win at Akron on April 20, going 3-3 once more and hitting a home run again, this time slugging at a rate of 2.000.

Ohio will next be in action on Friday, April 26 at Western Michigan. The Bobcats and Broncos will begin a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

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