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Four Ohio Softball Student-Athletes Earn 2014 Academic All-MAC Honors

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Senior Erin Lashley earned Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention for a third straight season for Ohio softball in 2014.
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Senior Erin Lashley earned Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention for a third straight season for Ohio softball in 2014.
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June 23, 2014

2014 Academic All-MAC Release

CLEVELAND - Ohio University softball junior outfielders Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) and Dakota Pyles (Galloway, Ohio) and senior outfielder Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) earned spots on the 2014 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team while senior outfielder Erin Lashley (Pickerington, Ohio) garnered Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention, as announced by the conference office on Monday (June 23).

Wolfe earned a spot on the Academic All-MAC squad for a second straight season after receiving Honorable Mention in 2012. Gebele and Pyles garnered Academic All-MAC Team selection for the first time after earning Honorable Mention in 2013. Lashley earned her third straight Honorable Mention nod.

The foursome guided the Bobcats to their first MAC Tournament title and second NCAA Championship appearance in program history and first since 1995.

An Applied Nutrition major with a 3.816 grade point average, Gebele started all 58 games in 2014 and enjoyed a career season for Ohio, tallying a career-high 53 hits, which ranked second on the team. She smacked a career and team-high 12 doubles in addition to nine home runs, which ranked second on the team. Her career-high 23 runs scored ranked second on the team, as did her 27 RBIs. Her .514 slugging percentage led the team. Gebele delivered a two-out, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel Ohio to a 5-4 triumph over Troy on Feb. 15 in the Fourth Annual Osprey Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. She crushed a one-out, two-run, walk-off home run to elevate Ohio to a 6-4 triumph over MAC West Division foe Western Michigan in the opening game of a May 2 doubleheader in Athens, clinching a MAC Tournament berth for the Bobcats. Gebele's 24 career home runs are tied for the third-most in school history.

An Integrated Mathematics major with a 3.427 GPA, Pyles started 37 of the 39 games she played in. She saved her best for the biggest moments of the season, earning a place on the All-MAC Tournament Team after hitting a team-best .538 with a team-high seven hits. Pyles emerged as the hero in Ohio's 2-0 13-inning triumph over Buffalo in the MAC Tournament winner's bracket final, belting a two-out, two-run home run over the left field fence at Firestone Stadium to break a scoreless tie in the top of the 13th. She finished the contest by going a career-best 4-for-5 with a double and a home run. Pyles plated Ohio's first-ever run in NCAA Championship play, scoring Lashley from third on a one-out infield single on May 17 against DePaul in a 5-1 NCAA Championship Lexington Regional elimination game loss. Pyles hit a career-best .297 with a career-high 30 hits -- including a career-high six doubles and three homers -- to go along with a career-high 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored in 2014.

An Early Childhood Education major with a 4.000 GPA, Wolfe started all 58 games in 2014. She batted a career-best .248 with a career-high 37 hits -- including a career-high eight doubles, which tied for third on the team. Developing from freshman walk-on to team leader, Wolfe garnered All-MAC Tournament Team honors after hitting .400 with four hits and making several huge catches in center -- including a perfect game-saving snag while falling back into the collapsible outfield fence at Firestone Stadium to preserve sophomore pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey's (Grove City, Ohio) 3-0 gem against top-seeded Ball State on May 8. She also received Ohio Strength & Conditioning's Ultimate Elite Athlete Award. Wolfe became the first Ohio softball player to earn the award after her outstanding weight room performance testing in the fall of 2013 in which she back squatted 318 pounds, bench pressed 175 pounds, dead lifted 300 pounds, completed 26 body weight pull-ups and jumped a vertical leap of 24.5 inches.

A Sports Management major with a 3.696 GPA, Lashley goes down in Ohio lore as being the student-athlete to score the program's first-ever run in NCAA Championship play. She appeared in 32 games, scored 14 runs and tallied one stolen base in 2014.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments for the current season are only considered.

Ohio recently earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for finishing in the top 10 percent of all Division I softball squads in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) in 2012-13. The Bobcats posted a perfect APR score of 1,000 to pace the MAC and have achieved combined team GPAs of 3.2 or higher every year under sixth-year head coach Jodi Hermanek.

2014 Softball Academic All-MAC (22 Members):
Kellie Roundabush, Akron
Jessica Schneider, Akron
Erin Seiler, Akron
Audrey Bickel, Ball State
Sammi Cowger, Ball State
Kelsey Schifferdecker, Ball State
Katie Yoho, Bowling Green
Alexis Curtiss, Buffalo
Sammi Gallardo, Buffalo
Trista Cox, Central Michigan
Cory DeLamielleure, Central Michigan
CarolAnn Sexauer, Central Michigan
Jessacca Gironda, Kent State
Emma Johnson, Kent State
Kim Kirkpatrick, Kent State
Dani Ramos, Kent State
Kristy Arbour, Miami
Shelby Miller, Northern Illinois
Adrienne Gebele, Ohio
Dakota Pyles, Ohio
Alyssa Wolfe, Ohio
Lani Ernst, Toledo

Honorable Mention:
Shawna Mailloux, Akron
Loren Cihlar, Ball State
Emily Dabkowski, Ball State
Braiden Dillow, Bowling Green
Shelby Fink, Bowling Green
Chloe Giordano, Bowling Green
Emily McClelland, Bowling  Green
Marisa Shook, Bowling Green
Erika Stratton, Bowling Green
Heather Ryder, Buffalo
Kristen Kuhlman, Central Michigan
Evelyn Lorimer, Central Michigan
Chelsea Sundberg, Central Michigan
Raechel Zahrn, Central Michigan
Myranda Barnes, Eastern Michigan
Abby Davidson, Eastern Michigan
Aoife Duffy, Eastern Michigan
Lindsay Rich, Eastern Michigan
Amanda Stanton, Eastern Michigan
Lauren Wells, Eastern Michigan
Michele Duffy, Kent State
Chloe Kesterson, Kent State
Lauren Kesterson, Kent State
Caitie Kilbane, Kent State
Abbey Ledford, Kent State
Lauren McNeil, Kent State
Kim Morgason, Kent State
Ariele Patterson, Kent State
Shelbi Tilton, Kent State
Erika Warren, Kent State
Nicole Gremillion, Northern Illinois
Ashley Kopp, Northern Illinois
Bryanna Phelan, Northern Illinois
Erin Lashley, Ohio
Leigh Nebendahl, Toledo
Alyssa Smith, Toledo
Jenny Rohn, Western Michigan
Melissa Palmer, Western Michigan
Christina Pigozzi, Western Michigan
Caity Pixley, Western Michigan

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