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@OhioBobcatSB Opens Play at the Inaugural NISC on Tuesday

Alex Day
May 15, 2017

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio softball team (39-16) heads to Lynchburg, Va. to begin play in the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC) May 16-18 at Liberty University. The Bobcats will begin play on Tuesday, May 16 when they take on the winner of Iona and Campbell. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Kamphuis Field at Liberty Softball Stadium

Fans wanting to attend can purchase tickets here. Below are the prices for single day or and all tournament pass.

Adults: $10 per day
Students and youth (3 through College): $6 per day

All tournament pass:
Adult: $25
Youth: $15

In it’s first year, the NISC will hold a double elimination tournament.

The action begins Tuesday, May 16 – regional hosts are Pacific, Weber State, Illinois State, Lamar, Georgia State and Liberty. Each double-elimination regional concludes play Thursday, May 18; the six-team Championship Round, also double elimination, will run May 21-24 at a host site to be determined.

The 15 Automatic Qualifiers, including Ohio, are the teams with the best regular-season record in their respective conferences that are not playing in the 64-team NCAA Tournament. Six of these teams finished first in their conference for the regular season. The seven National RPI selections all ranked in the top 100 nationally; at-large teams were selected off their body of work. Seventeen of the teams selected won 30 or more games this season.

The Bobcats will participate in Region Six in Lynchburg, Va. along with host Liberty, Iona, Campbell and UNCW. The double elimination regional begins May 16 and will run through May 18.

Region 6: Lynchburg, VA (Liberty hosts)- First Round Games
Iona (26-22) vs. Campbell (29-27), 1 p.m.
Game 1 Winner vs. Ohio (39-16), 4 p.m.
UNCW (33-18) vs. Liberty (38-21), 7 p.m.

Campbell enters the NISC with a 29-27 record. Leading Campbell at the plate is Amber Schisler who is batting .437 with 66 hits, eight doubles, 18 home runs and 50 RBI. She also registered a .861 slugging percentage and has drawn 52 walks to add to her .615 on base percentage.

Taesha Daboise is batting .322 with 59 hits, 10 doubles, four triples and 24 RBI, while Caroline Smith is hitting .310 with eight doubles, six home runs and 14 stolen bases.

In the circle, Katie Baker is 15-10 with a 3.34 ERA. In 39 appearances, Baker has started 27, allowing 96 runs on 165 hits and striking out 110. Schisler will also take her turn in the circle, with an 8-6 record and a 4.49 ERA.

Iona enters the tournament 26-22. Leading the way for them offensively is Kristen Turner who is batting .350 with 55 hits, 15 doubles, 10 home runs and 43 RBI. Marisa Gergel is batting .310 with 15 RBI and 22 runs scored in 116 at bats.

In the circle, Alana Evans is 16-6 with a 2.55 ERA. In 28 appearances, Evans has 21 starts, allowing 64 runs on 99 hits while striking out 156.

Liberty is entering the NISC with an overall record of 38-22. Leading the way for them at the plate is Tori Zavodny who is batting .394 with 63 hits, 12 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 28 RBI. She has also drawn 16 walks, scored 44 runs and has a .563 slugging percentage. Autumn Bishop is batting .379 with 47 hits in 124 at bats. She has 12 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 22 RBI. Bishop also has a .573 slugging percentage while stealing eight bases.

In the circle, Julia Dimartino has a 1.99 ERA. In 37 appearances she has allowed 69 runs on 158 hits. In 172.2 innings, she has struck out 161 batters while opponents hit .238 off of her.

UNCW is 33-18-1 entering the NISC. Leading the way is Rachel Willis who is batting .353 with 53 hits and 31 runs scored. She has nine doubles, five home runs, 37 RBI and a .527 slugging percentage. Hannah Adamczyk is batting .288 with seven doubles, five home runs and a team-leading 31 RBI. She also has a .480 slugging percentage.

In the circle, Peyton Jordan is 15-8 with a 1.66 ERA. In 29 appearances she has made 27 starts, allowing 54 runs in 181.1 innings. She has walked 45 batters while striking out 120. Sarah Davis is 15-6 with a 3.24 ERA. In 123.0 innings she has allowed 58 runs and has struck out 75 batters.

Ohio is coming off of a heartbreaking conclusion of the 2017 Mid-American Conference Tournament. After the Bobcats advanced to the final day in the winners bracket, Ohio was knocked off in the championship series by Kent State. The Bobcats fell in game one 1-0 in eight innings, before falling in the winner take all game two, 3-0.

During the tournament, Savannah Jo Dorsey was masterful, registering a 0.80 ERA in 35 innings, allowing four runs on 22 hits while striking out 39 batters.

Mikayla Cooper hit .333 with five hits, one run scored and a double, while slugging .440 and stealing one base. Jamie Wren registered three hits, a double, a triple, one RBI and one run scored.

The Bobcats are currently 39-16. Ohio’s 39 wins in a single season ties the for the most wins in a single season in program history.

The Bobcats are led by Mikayla Cooper who is batting .356 with 17 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 25 RBI. She also has a .577 slugging percentage and a team-leading 24 walks. Alex Day is batting .339 with a team-leading 61 hits and 26 RBI, while Morgan Geno leads the team in home runs (10) and RBI (45).

As a team, Ohio is batting .286 with 424 hits, 84 doubles, 36 home runs and 238 RBI, along with a .426 slugging percentage. The Bobcat defense also holds a .975 fielding percentage and has only committed 36 errors on the season.

In the circle, Ohio is led by Savannah Jo Dorsey who is 23-8 with a 1.16 ERA. She also has two saves in 36 appearances, along with 27 complete games and seven shutouts. In 222.1 innings, Dorsey has struck out 337 batters and has only allowed 37 earned runs.

Danielle Stiene is 13-7 with a 2.49 ERA. In 123.2 innings, Stiene has allowed 44 earned runs and has struck out 154 batters.

On May 9 the MAC announced the 2017 All-MAC Honors. The Bobcats had a record seven members named to the teams.

Savannah Jo Dorsey, Mikayla Cooper and Morgan Geno were named to the 2017 All-MAC First Team, while Danielle Stiene, Alex Day and Madison Claytor were all named to the All-MAC Second Team.

Meanwhile, Alexa Holland was named to the All-Freshman Team.

On Wednesday, April 12th in the third game in the series against Kent State, Savannah Jo Dorsey recorded a career-high in single game strikeouts with 22. Her previous high was 16 strikeouts in a single game.

On Tuesday, April 4th in the game against Kent State, Savannah Jo Dorsey notched her name in the record books as the third pitcher in Mid-American Conference history and first in Ohio Softball history to get 1,000 strikeouts in her career.

On April 8 against Ball State, Dorsey moved into second all-time in MAC history in strikeouts. Now with her career total at 1,132, Dorsey needs 126 more to move into first (1,258).

On May 13, Dorsey recorded her 337th strike out of the season, breaking her own record of 336 from the 2016 season.

Ohio is currently 61st in this week’s RPI report, where Ohio is the second highest-ranked MAC team behind Central Michigan who is 56th.

Ohio has faced off against five teams in the top-50, 13 teams in the top-100, and 17 teams in the top-150.

The Bobcats are 13-12 against teams in the top-150.

In the Bobcats’ region is Liberty who is 92, UNCW who is 94, Campbell who is 153 and Iona who is 167.

As of May 11, the Bobcats as a team are ranked 12th in the NCAA in doubles per game (1.56), 22nd in fielding percentage (.974), and 30th in ERA (2.10).

Individually, Danielle Stiene is 18th in strikeouts per seven innings (8.7) while Savannah Jo Dorsey is sixth in strikeouts per seven innings (11.1), third in hits allowed per seven innings (3.27), 15th in ERA (1.15) and second in strikeouts (319). 

Madison Claytor is ranked 10 in sacrifice flies with 10.

On March 7, for the first time in program history, the Ohio softball program earned a vote in the USA Today/NFCA Top-25 Coaches Poll.

Dorsey was named the Mid-American Conference East Pitcher of the Week for her performance during the opening weekend of the 2017 season, the league announced Feb.14.

Overall, Dorsey went 3-0 and helped the Bobcats to a 4-1 weekend at the Carolina Classic. In 19.0 innings, Dorsey registered two shutouts and one complete game. She posted an ERA of 1.11 and allowed only three runs on seven hits, walked seven and struck out 30.

Dorsey was also named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on March 6 for her performance the week of Feb. 27.

Overall, Savannah Jo Dorsey went 2-1 with a save and a 0.71 ERA. She only allowed two runs on eight hits and 21 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

Dorsey was named MAC East Pitcher of the Week again on March 13, following a week where she registered a 0.32 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

Junior pitcher Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week the league announced March 20.

Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) led the Bobcats in the circle during competition March 17-19, helping lead Ohio to a perfect 5-0 weekend and was apart of a pitching staff that only allowed three total runs over five games. Overall, Stiene started in two games, both complete game shut outs, once of which was a five inning perfect game. She did not allow a run over 19.0 innings and only allowed three total hits. Stiene struck out 20 batters and did not walk a single one. Opponents only hit .077 against Stiene and at one point she pitched 9.2 consecutive perfect innings of softball.

On April 24, Dorsey earned her fourth MAC East Pitcher of the Week award for the performance the week of April 17. Dorsey led the Bobcats in the circle this past week, helping lead Ohio to a 3-1 week and sweep of Bowling Green. Overall, Dorsey made two appearances, both complete games, including a complete game nine-inning shut out in which she took a no-hitter into the ninth inning. Dorsey went 2-0, pitching 16.0 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits. She walked eight and struck out 29. Dorsey's opponents only hit 0.75 against her and she did not allow an extra base hit.

On Feb. 17, Claytor was named the Mid-American Conference East Player of the Week for her performance last week.

Claytor led the Bobcats with a .364 batting average in 13 at-bats. Claytor recorded four hits, three of which were homeruns, including a grand slam and a game tying two-run shot to tie up the game. She also registered a double, a 1.273 slugging percentage, eight RBI, 14 total bases, scored four runs and walked twice and struck out once and helped the Bobcats to a perfect 4-0 weekend. In the field, she also recorded 22 putouts and three assists.

Alex Day earned the MAC East Player of the Week honor for her performance during competition March 17-19, the league announced on March 20.

Day led Ohio this weekend at the plate. Overall, the sophomore registered a .600 batting average while registering nine hits in 15 at bats. She scored four runs, had a double and her first career home run. She also had five RBI, was hit by two pitches and registered a sacrifice fly while snagging 13 total bases and only striking out once in helping the Bobcats go 5-0 on the weekend. On the field, the third baseman only registered one error all weekend and recorded a .917 fielding percentage with 12 catches, six putouts and five assists.

On April 24, Morgan Geno was named the MAC East Player of the Week for her performance the week of April 17.

Overall, Geno batted .385, with five hits in 13 at bats. She scored three runs, hit two doubles, three home runs and walked twice. Geno registered five RBI, nabbed 16 total bases while slugging 1.231 and registered a .467 on base percentage. All five of Geno's hits were for extra bases.

On May 1, sophomore Natalie Alvarez was named the MAC East Player of the Week for her performance the week of April, 24.

Alvarez hit .571 with four hits in seven at bats. She had one double, three home runs, walked three times and was hit by a pitch once. She scored four runs and registered seven RBI while also registering 14 total bases. Alvarez also registered a staggering 2.000 slugging percentage and had a .727 on base percentage.

Junior Mikayla Cooper was named the MAC East Player of the Week on May 9 for her performance the week of May 1.

Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) led the Bobcats at the plate this past weekend, helping the Bobcats go 3-0 and complete their third-straight series sweep while clinching the MAC East Division Title and the second seed in this year’s MAC Tournament. Overall, Copper hit .417 with five hits in 12 at bats. She had one double; two triples and scored five runs. She drew one walk and registered one RBI while slugging .833. Cooper also recorded a .462 on base percentage.

Ohio will return eight starters from last season, including starting pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey who set a program record for strikeouts in a single season with 336, the most in the nation. Dorsey also served as the starting pitcher in 29 games, recording a season ERA of 1.72, earning 24 wins and charged 12 losses. Dorsey also added 20 complete games and six shutouts last season.

Other starters returning for Ohio include, Casie Hutchinson, Madison Claytor, Mikayla Cooper, Deanna Cole, Michaela Dorsey, Danielle Stiene, Jamie Wren and Taylor Saxton.

The Bobcats will welcome four newcomers to the 2017 team. Alexa Holland and Desirae Villanueva will look to contribute to this year's team. Ohio will also welcome familiar faces to the squad; Brittany Keen joins the Bobcats after playing for the Ohio field hockey team in the fall and Alexis Milesky. Milesky recently concluded her senior season as starting forward for the Ohio women's soccer team.

The Bobcats were picked to finish second in the MAC East Division behind Kent State and ahead of Miami. The Bobcats were selected as Mid-American Conference Tournament Champions, in a poll of the leagues' coaches.

Dorsey and Stiene were both named Fastpitch News (FPN) 2017 Preseason Top 50 NCAA Softball Pitchers, the outlet announced Jan. 25th. The ranking was derived from several statistics and factors, including strength of schedule. Dorsey came in at number 22 while Stiene took the 26 spot on the list.

After the Bobcats’ game on Tuesday, Ohio will continue play on May 17. Opponent and time will be determined following all games on Tuesday.