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Bobcats Head North as No. 4 Seed in MAC Tournament

Jillian Van Wagnen

May 8, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Ending the regular season with a 6-0 win over Kent State on Senior Day, Ohio Softball has secured the No. 4 seed at the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament. The Bobcats will begin the tournament against the winner of Western Michigan and Toledo on Wednesday, May 9 at 5 p.m.

All games at the 2012 MAC Tournament will be played at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio. Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com during each of Ohio's games at the tournament as a live blog will be provided for fans following from home.

Ohio (28-27, 14-8 MAC) was an offensive juggernaut in its last week of play, hitting .321 as a team and collecting 51 hits, 36 RBI, four doubles, seven home runs and 23 walks. The Bobcats have set numerous offensive records in 2012, two of the most impressive being totaling the most runs in program history with 286 (prior mark: 227) and most home runs with 45 (prior mark: 35).

Be the 772nd win in program history
Be the 98th coaching win during Jodi Hermanek’s time at Ohio
Be Ohio’s sixth win in a row
Set the Bobcats up to play No. 1 seed Ball State at 5 p.m. on May 10

Western Michigan enters its Wednesday morning (11 a.m.) game with Toledo the owner of a 25-23 record which includes an 11-9 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Broncos ended the regular season on a two-game winning streak, defeating Northern Illinois 5-3 and 4-2 on the final two days of competition.

WMU ranks No. 10 in the MAC in hitting with a team average of .258. The Broncos have struck 22 home runs and 48 doubles throughout the regular season. Western boasts a very strong pitching staff with a 2.67 ERA to rank No. 3 in the league.

Ohio and Western Michigan have met twice during the 2012 season, splitting the series 1-1. WMU earned a 5-0 win in the first game before Ohio responded with a 4-0 victory of its own.

Toledo enters the MAC Tournament as the No. 8 seed. The Rockets are making their first postseason appearance since 1997 and have won more games this season than they had in the previous three seasons combined. Toledo is currently 18-36 with an 8-14 mark in MAC play.

The Rockets rank eighth in the league in team batting, hitting .262 from the plate. Toledo hitters have hit 25 home runs but also have posted 286 strikeouts, a figure which ties for the second most in the conference. The Rocket pitching staff ranks 11th in the conference with a team ERA of 4.84.

Ohio and Toledo have met twice during the 2012 season. The Bobcats took both meetings, winning 15-1 in five innings during the first game while edging the Rockets by a 4-3 count in the second contest.

Ohio’s strong offensive numbers are making a splash on the national stage. The Bobcats average 5.2 runs per game, a figure which ranks 39th in the country.

Time and again, Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) has proven to be incredibly difficult to set down on strikes. The senior is the 14th toughest player to strike out in all of NCAA Division One Softball, as she is struck out only once every 28.3 at-bats.

Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) has stolen 30 bases in 37 attempts during the 2012 season. Her average of 0.55 stolen bases per game ranks 27th in the nation.