Ohio softball sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey has earned Mid-American Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors for the second time in 2014.
May 15, 2014
CLEVELAND - Ohio University softball pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) has been named the Mid-American Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Thursday (May 15).
Dorsey garnered MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors for the second time in 2014, as she also earned distinction on Feb. 19. A biological sciences major, Dorsey owns a 3.292 cumulative grade point average.
A 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association's (NFCA) All-Mideast Region Second Team pick, Dorsey, who enters the 2014 NCAA Championship ranking fifth in the country in strikeouts, raised her game to a whole new level to vault the Bobcats to their first Mid-American Conference Tournament title in program history and first national postseason berth in 19 years.
The Second Team All-MAC selection earned 2014 MAC Tournament MVP honors with one of the most dominating weeks in the circle in league tournament history. 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.
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 and 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.
Dorsey has collected 10 or more strikeouts 12 times in 2014 -- including each of her last five starts. She ran her school-record single-season strikeout total to 290, which ranks as the eighth-most in a single season in conference history. Her 25 pitching victories are the most in a single season in school 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 (1985) for the single-season school record. She boasts the most innings pitched in a single season in school history with 256.1. The sophomore's 474 career strikeouts rank as the second-most in school history while her 12 career shutouts are tied with Wagner (1985-88) for the second-most in school history.
Dorsey has also left her mark offensively, batting .240 with 36 hits -- including a team-high two triples as well as six home runs, which ranks third on the team -- and 24 RBIs, which is tied for third on the team with freshman Casie Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio).
Dorsey garnered MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week honors twice and earned MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week recognition once. She pitched her first career collegiate no-hitter in a 1-0 win over host North Florida on Feb. 16 in the Osprey Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.
Ohio (32-24) returns to the national postseason stage for the first time in 19 years as it travels to the Bluegrass State for the 2014 NCAA Championship Lexington Regional.
The MAC Tournament champion Bobcats 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.