May 10, 2016
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ATHENS, Ohio – The third-seeded Ohio Softball team (33-21) opens the 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament on Wednesday, May 11 when the Bobcats take on the sixth-seeded Akron Zips (29-23-1). First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio.
The Last Meeting
April 16, 2016
@OhioBobcatSB Splits Doubleheader with Akron
With the help of strong pitching from the Bobcat pitching staff, the Ohio softball team (25-16, 7-7 MAC) split a doubleheader with Akron (23-18-1, 7-5-1 MAC) this afternoon (April 16). The Bobcats used late inning heroics to take game one by the final of 2-1, and would fall 1-0 in game two.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BOBCATS
The Bobcats are coming off of a series a series sweep of Bowling Green during the final weekend of the regular season. The Bobcats downed the Falcons by the final scores of, 3-1, 4-1 and 9-3.
Over the weekend, the Bobcats were led at the plate by Danielle Stiene, who batted .500 with four hits in eight at bats, including a homerun, a double, three RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.000. Casie Hutchinson hit .444 in the three games, with two doubles and three RBI, while Morgan Geno registered six RBI on the weekend with a homerun.
Stiene also led Ohio in the circle, going 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA in three appearances. She also added a save while striking out five in 13 innings of work.
Akron finished the regular season with a record of 29-23-1 and 11-10-1 in the MAC, helping them earn the sixth seed in this year’s tournament.
The Zips are led by Lilli Piper who has a .324 batting average with two doubles, a homerun and five RBI and a slugging percentage of .459. Next on the team is Alyssa Nicholas who is batting .311 with 46 hits and 14 RBI. Savannah Fruin leads the Zips with 26 RBI, 11 homeruns and 49 hits.
In the circle, Akron is led by Erin Seiler who has a 1.76 ERA and a 25-17 record, striking out 218 in 250.2 innings pitched.
LIFETIME AGAINST AKRON
This will be the 90th all-time meeting between Ohio and Akron, with the Zips leading the series, 64-26.
LAST TIME AGAINST AKRON
Earlier this season, Akron won the three-game series against the Bobcats. The Bobcats fell to the Zips, 4-3 and 1-0, while defeating Akron by the final of 2-1
In the win, the Bobcats hit the ball hard, registering seven hits, led by Jamie Wren who had two. Morgan Geno, Madison Claytor, Casie Hutchinson, MacKenzie Brunswick and Michaela Dorsey would all add a hit.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene got the start, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out have. Savannah Jo Dorsey would enter the game and pitch 2.1 innings, allowing no runs on one hit and striking out two.
THE SEASON AS A WHOLE
Ohio finished the regular season with a 33-21 record and a 14-9 record in the MAC. The Bobcats’ 33-win season is the second-most victories in program history.
The Bobcats have picked up a number of impressive wins this season, including No. 12 Kentucky on March 29. Ohio has also defeated Texas Tech, Marshall, NC State, Indiana and won the NC State DoubleTree RDU Invite.
ALL MAC AWARDS
Five Bobcats were named to the All-MAC teams this past week. Savannah Jo Dorsey was named the MAC Pitcher of the Year and was named First Team All-MAC.
Taylor Saxton, Danielle Stiene, Morgan Geno and Jamie Wren were named Second Team All-MAC and Geno and Wren were named to the All-Freshman Team.
AT THE PLATE
Leading the way for Ohio is Taylor Saxton. Saxton has recorded a .351 batting average in her 171 at-bats and 54 starts. Saxton leads Ohio in hits with 60 and is 35-of-42 on stolen bases. Her 35 stolen bases are second all-time in program history for bases stolen in a single season.
Jamie Wren is behind Saxton, batting .333 in 19 games, registering 17 hits in 51 at bats.
Mikayla Cooper holds a .322 batting average in 149 at-bats. Cooper is second on the team in RBI with 33 and has recorded nine homeruns on the season. Cooper also maintains a .550 slugging percentage and has scored a team-lading 30 runs.
Danielle Stiene has come in clutch at the plate for the Bobcats in recent games, batting .400 in 30 at bats with three doubles, two homeruns and five RBI. Stiene also registers a .700 slugging percentage.
Deanna Cole has tallied 28 runs on 48 hits for the Bobcats. Also, Cole leads Ohio in at-bats with 180 on the season.
MOWING THEM DOWN
In the circle for Ohio, Savannah Jo Dorsey has a 1.66 earned run average while also holding on to a 21-11 win-loss record. Dorsey has recorded 61 total wins in her career, continuing to set herself apart as first all-time in Ohio history career wins.
Dorsey has also recorded 294 strikeouts, which leads the nation, in 210.2 innings pitched. Dorsey is five strikeouts away from setting a new mark for strikeouts in a single season. The previous mark is 298, which is currently held by Dorsey.
Also in the circle, Stiene has proven to be a solid number two pitcher as the season has gone on. Stiene has a 2.37 ERA in 35 appearances. In 151.2, Stiene has struck out 144 batters that she’s faced.
The Bobcats are second in the conference in at-bats this season (1,443) and second in the conference in stolen bases (94) and attempts (123). Ohio is also third in hits (383) and first in sacrifice flies with 11.
In the circle, Ohio is first in the conference in ERA with a combined earned run average in 2.04. They are first in the conference in innings pitched (377.1), first in opposing batting average (.189), first in batters struck out (443) and first in in batters struck out looking (118).
Defensively, Ohio is second in the conference in fielding percentage at .966.
Individually, Taylor Saxton is second in the conference in hits with 60. Mikayla Cooper and Madison Claytor are tied for second in sac flies with four each. Saxton is first in stolen bases with 35 and first in attempts with 42 while Deanna Cole is third with 24. Cole and Saxton are first and second in at bats with 180 and 171, respectively.
In the circle, Savannah Jo Dorsey is first in ERA with a 1.66 earned run average. Dorsey is first in opponent batting average at .163 while Danielle Steine is third at .210. Dorsey is also first in strikeouts (294), first in strikeouts looking (76) and third in wins (21).
BOBCATS IN THE NATION
Currently, Dorsey is second in the nation in strikeouts, 25th in shutouts, 10th in strikeouts per seven innings and ninth in hits allowed per seven innings.
Saxton is tied for 26th in stolen bases and Cooper and Claytor are tied for 32nd in sacrifice flies.
As a team, Ohio is 29th in the nation in stolen bases per game, and ninth in ERA
The Bobcats will continue play at the 2016 MAC Tournament, returning to the field on Thursday, May 12. Opponent and game time will be determined based on the outcome of Wednesday’s game.