May 1, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio - Following an impressive week in which the Bobcats went 4-2 and posted wins over Dayton, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, Ohio Softball hits the road for its final non-conference trip of the season. The Bobcats will play a doubleheader at Wright State on Wednesday with the first pitch set for 5 p.m.
Ohio (23-26, 10-8 Mid-American Conference) is coming off a week in which the team went 4-2, sweeping a doubleheader against Dayton before going 1-1 against both Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan on the road. During these six games, Ohio hit .293 as a team, collected 51 hits (14 of which were home runs) and scored 47 runs.
A WIN ON WEDNESDAY WOULD...
Be the 766th win in program history
Be Ohio's third straight non-conference win
Be the 92nd win in Jodi Hermanek's coaching career at Ohio, tying her for third most wins all-time
Break a two-game losing streak to Wright State
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Ohio currently sits fourth in the MAC East and fifth overall. The Bobcats are one game ahead of Western Michigan and Central Michigan and one game behind MAC East rival Kent State. The top eight teams will compete at the 2012 MAC Tournament.
PREVIEWING THE RAIDERS
Wright State enters Wednesday's doubleheader the owner of a 21-29 record which includes a 9-12 mark in Horizon League play. The Raiders picked up a 5-1 win in their last game but before this contest had lost four in a row.
Wright State is hitting .257 as a team and has hit 14 home runs during the 2012 season. The Raiders boast two hitters who are operating at above .300, as Kristi Boreing (.331) and China Frost (.312) are having good seasons at the plate. Chelsea Archer leads the way with 22 RBI while Boreing is not far behind at 21.
In the pitching circle on Wednesday Ohio can expect to see Krystian DeWitt (14-25, 3.02 ERA) and Chelsea Contant (5-3, 3.86 ERA). DeWitt has an excellent strikeout-to-walks ratio as she has struck out 202 batters while only allowing 88 walks.
HOME RUN KINGS
Hitting 14 home runs during the past week of games pushed Ohio's single-season home run total to 38, a mark which ranks No. 1 in program history. The prior record of 35 was set during the 2011 season. Raven King (Alpine, Utah) and Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) have been instrumental in setting this mark, as the two have hit 11 and 10 home runs, respectively. Each of these totals broke the prior single-season record of eight set by Erin Chapman in 2004.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Raven King picked up her second MAC East Player of the Week honor on Tuesday, the league office announced. King hit 10-for-19 (.526) during the last week, slugged at a pace of 1.368, hit five home runs, drove in 14 runs and scored 10 more of her own. King's Player of the Week award is the second one she has earned this season and marks the seventh time that the Bobcats have been honored by the league office this year.
STRIKING THEM OUT
During the last week of games, freshman pitcher Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) registered 21 strikeouts. She has now registered 185 strikeouts on the season, moving her into second all-time in the program record book. The single-season strikeout record of 191 was set by Annie hare during the 1995 season.
GOING THE DISTANCE
McClary has pitched 191 innings during the 2012 season. This single-season mark ranks sixth all-time in program history. Annie Hare's top mark of 235.1 was set during the 1995 season.