May 12, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University softball's sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) is up for the Capital One Impact Performance of the Week, and she needs the votes of Bobcat Nation to secure the win.
Fans can vote for Dorsey via ESPN's SportsNation here.
Dorsey earned 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament MVP honors with one of the most dominating weeks in the circle in league tournament history last week at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio. She went 4-0 with four complete games and three straight shutouts -- including a perfect game last Thursday (May 8) against top-seeded Ball State and a 13-inning shutout the following day against No. 2-seeded Buffalo. She fanned 46 while allowing only one earned run on 18 hits and six walks and limited opposing hitters to a .153 batting average.
Dorsey has collected 10 or more strikeouts 12 times in 2014 -- including each of her last five starts. The Second Team All-MAC selection ran her school-record single-season strikeout total to 290, which ranks as the eighth-most in a single season in conference history. Dorsey's 27 complete games ties her with Annie Hare (1995) for the single-season school record while her eight shutouts match her with Hare (1995) and Molly Wagner (1995) for the single-season school record. The sophomore's 474 career strikeouts rank as the second-most in school history.
After totaling 10 strikeouts in the tournament opener last Wednesday (May 7) in a 2-1 win over No. 4-seeded Kent State, Dorsey forced a Ball State lineup that boasted the MAC's top offensive team and entered the tournament with the MAC Player of the Year and four other First Team All-MAC selections in its lineup to go 21 up, 21 down and matched her career-high of 13 strikeouts for a third time this season in a 3-0 victory the following day. In the Friday (May 9) winner's bracket final, she threw 13 scoreless innings and limited Buffalo to only five hits and two walks while fanning 13 to match her career high for the fourth time this season and second time in as many games to vault the Bobcats to a 2-0 victory. Dorsey secured tournament MVP honors by tossing her third straight shutout and striking out 10 in the 4-0 title game victory over Buffalo. She also hit a one-run solo shot over the left field fence to start a three-run bottom of the fifth for Ohio.
The MAC Tournament champion Bobcats (32-24) drew the Lexington Regional to open the 2014 NCAA Softball Championship and will battle No. 14 national seed Kentucky (44-15) -- the Southeastern Conference Tournament runner-up -- on Friday (May 16) at John Cropp Stadium to begin the double-elimination pod. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Bobcats are making their second NCAA Championship appearance in program history and first since 1995. Ohio and Kentucky will be joined in the Lexington Regional by Colonial Athletic Association champion James Madison (44-13) and Big East Conference champion DePaul (41-9).