ATHENS, Ohio –The Ohio softball team (28-19, 9-8 MAC) warps up the regular season this weekend, when they head to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on Buffalo (10-29-1, 6-7-1 MAC) May 3-4. The Bobcats and the Bulls will square off on Friday, May 3 at 3 p.m., and will conclude the three-game series on Saturday, May 4 with a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. All of the Bobcats' games against Buffalo will take place at Dobson Field on the campus of D'Youville College.
The Bulls are currently 10-29-1 overall and 6-7-1 in MAC play. As a team, they are batting .249 with 57 doubles, four triples and 33 homeruns. They have scored 163 times off of 1,035 hits with 150 RBI.
Leading Buffalo is Anna Aguon. In 129 at-bats, Aguon has a .395 batting average with 51 hits, 13 doubles, five homeruns and 18 RBI. A .628 slugging percentage and has a .451 on base percentage. Also contributing at the plate is Jenelle Martinez. Martinez is batting .325 with five doubles. Four homeruns and 20 RBI, while Gabby Keller is batting .318 with 38 hits, five doubles and 12 runs scored.
In the circle, the Bulls have a team ERA of 6.64 and have allowed 252 runs, while walking 84 and striking out 120. Individually, Ally Power is 5-16 with a 5.40 ERA. In 135.0 innings, she has allowed 122 runs, walked 36 and struck out 86. Lace Smith is 5-12 with a 7.94 ERA, allowing 108 runs, 34 walks, while striking out 21.
The Bobcats are 28-19 overall and 9-8 in the MAC entering the final weekend of play.
Offensively, the Bobcats are hitting .302 as a team, scoring a total of 266 runs with 399 hits, 55 doubles, 11 triples and 64 homeruns. They've also registered 240 RBI and have a team slugging percentage of .506. The Bobcats have a .384 on base percentage, while drawing 146 walks.
Individually, sophomore Katie Yun is leading the Bobcats with a .413 batting average, 71 hits in 172 at bats, scoring 44 runs with 18 doubles, 14 homeruns and 35 RBI. Senior Morgan Geno has a .363 batting average with 49 hits, six doubles, 17 homeruns and a team-leading .500 on-base percentage and holds the all-time record in runs batted in. Meanwhile, senior Alex Day is batting .341 with 47 hits, three doubles, one triple and 10 homeruns and sophomore Allie Englant is batting .333 with 50 hits and 35 runs scored.
In the circle, the Bobcats have a 3.60 team ERA. In 309.1 innings pitched, Ohio has allowed 159 earned runs on 306 hits and has struck out 246 batters, while opponents are hitting .250 against them.
Individually, freshman Mackensie Kohl has a 9-4 record and one save, while recording a 3.50 ERA in 20 appearances with 15 starts and seven complete games. She's allowed 47 earned runs on 102 hits in 94.0 innings, while striking out 55. Sophomore Madi McCrady is next with a 3.53 ERA in 182.2 innings, allowing 92 earned runs and striking out 174 batters.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bobcats dropped two games to Miami last Saturday, before the final game of the three-game series was cancelled due to weather.
LAST TIME VS. BUFFALO
The Bobcats and Ohio State last met Wednesday, May 9, 2018 during the 2018 MAC Tournament, where the Bobcats won 1-0.
GENO + HR = RBI
Senior Morgan Geno's offensive numbers this season have her moving up in the record book.
This season, Geno has already surpassed her single season homerun high at 16. She also already has 57 RBI, which is four away from matching Lauren Gellerman's 60 in 2013.
On Tuesday, March 26, Geno became the Ohio record holder in RBI, notching her 139th in the 3-1 victory.
Homerun wise, Geno is now second all-time in program history in career homeruns with 39. Geno needs nine homeruns to tie and 10 to pass Gellerman's career mark of 48. Geno also needs nine to tie and 10 to pass Gellerman's single season mark of 26.
OHIO IN THE NCAA
Ohio ranks in the top-100 in a number of offensive categories in the NCAA. The Bobcats are 42nd in batting average (.302), 41st in scoring (5.66), 10th in homeruns per game (1.36), 61st in triples per game (0.23), and 25th in slugging percentage (.506).
Individually, Morgan Geno is 10th in the nation in RBI, 16th in homeruns, 37th in slugging percentage, 26th walks, and 15th in homeruns per game (0.36). Geno is also tied for 54th in total bases and 53rd in on base percentage.
Katie Yun ranks in the top-100 in a number of categories as well. Yun is fifth in hits, 45th in homeruns per game (0.30), 16th in doubles per game (0.38), 50th in slugging percentage, seventh in total bases (131) and 37th in homeruns. Yun is also 11th in doubles and 48th in batting average.
OHIO IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are leading the MAC in batting average (.302) and fourth in ERA (3.60). Ohio is also leading the MAC in hits (399), slugging percentage (.506), triples (11), homeruns (64), total bases (688) and at bats (1,320).
Katie Yun is second in the conference in batting average (.413), first in hits (71), runs scored (44) at bats (172), second in homeruns (14), third in doubles (18), and second in slugging percentage (.762). Morgan Geno is first in slugging percentage (.785), second in on base percentage (.500), 10th in hits (49), first in RBI (57) and first in homeruns (17).
Madi McCrady is second in innings pitched (182.2), fourth in strikeouts (174) and second in wins (18).
MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Morgan Geno has earned the MAC Player of the week honor twice this season: once on Feb. 12 and again on March 19.
On March 26, sophomore Katie Yun was named the MAC Player of the Week for the first time in her career for her performance the week of March 18.
Geno earned her third MAC Player of the Week honor on April 2.
THE KENZIE ROARK ERA BEGINS
The 2019 season marks new head coach Kenzie Roark's first season with the Bobcats. Before coming to Ohio, Roark spent four years with South Carolina Upstate as their pitching coach. Under her coaching, the Spartans won two Atlantic Sun Conference Regular Reason Championships and three ASUN Tournament Championships. Multiple of Roark's pitchers were recognized, including two ASUN Pitchers of the Year.
Before Upstate, Roark was the pitching coach at East Tennessee State from 2012-14 where she helped the Lady Bucs accumulate their most wins since 2010. Roark's career began at Virginia Tech as a student assistant in 2011; this coaching staff was named the 2012 NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Before working for the Hokies, Roark played for Virginia Tech. She was named an Atlantic Coast Conference All-Tournament and Player of the Week during her career. As a freshman, she made an appearance in the 2008 College World Series. She ranks second all-time with 155 career appearances and fourth with 510 strikeouts, solidifying Roark as one of Virginia Tech's greatest pitchers of all time.
NEW STAFF FACES
Along with Roark, Ashley Taylor and Garrett Furnal were also added to the Bobcats staff to round out the 2019 coaching staff.
Taylor comes to Ohio after one year as the assistant softball coach at Tennessee Tech., after a successful collegiate career at Austin Peay.
Furnal spent last season at UNC Wilmington. In 2018, UNCW advanced to the CAA tournament for the second consecutive year. The CAA head softball coaches in the conference identified UNCW sophomore Dominique Travers and freshman Emily Langkamp as top athletes in the conference. Langkamp was also named All-Rookie Team after starting all 49 games recording the fewest strikeouts on the team. Two other girls joined the 100-Hit Club and multiple athletes received spots on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State Second Team.
2018 BOBCAT REWIND
Ohio finished the 2018 season 40-17, 20-3 in-conference, clinching the Mid-American Conference Regular season crown for the first time since 1995 and earning their first ever number one seed in the MAC Tournament. The Bobcats would go on to win the 2018 MAC Tournament crown for the first time since 2014. After downing Northern Illinois 2-0, the Bobcats continued on to the NCAA Tournament Regionals in Knoxville, Tenn. While there, the Bobcats earned their first two NCAA victories, defeating Monmouth and James Madison, helping them advance to the Regional Finals for the first time in program history.
Overall, the team finished with a collective on-base percentage of .365, a .462 slugging percentage and a .283 batting average. The Bobcats scored 304 runs, had 274 RBI, hit 72 doubles and 57 homeruns, stole 37 bases and had 16 shutouts.
The Bobcats have six returning seniors, including Alex Day and redshirt senior Michaela Dorsey. Day finished the 2018 season with the highest batting average of the returners, .333. In 195 at-bats, she knocked 12 homeruns and 44 RBI. Dorsey falls not far behind with a .329 batting average, 46 hits, 10 doubles and eight homeruns. Last Season, Day and Dorsey both earned NFCA All-Mideast Region honors, while Day was also named to the All-MAC first team.
Morgan Geno also returns for the Bobcats, last season the designated hitter finished the season hitting .254 with a .571 slugging percentage, nine homeruns and eight doubles. Geno also earned All-MAC second team honors.
Other returners include sophomores Katie Yun, who was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team, Allie Englant, Brooke Rice and Madi McCrady, juniors Desirae Villanueva, Alexa Holland, and Kendall Meeks, and seniors MacKenzie Brunswick, Deanna Cole and Natalie Alvarez.
NEW TO THE SQUAD
Ohio is welcoming five newcomers to the team. Charlee Pond looks to add depth to the Bobcats' infield along with Caroline Spacek. Pond was named the Coastal League's Offensive Player of the Year and named All-State First Team twice while Spacek was named Newcomer of the year in 2014 as well as the Offensive "MVP" the following year. Mackensie Kohl looks to contribute in the circle; she lettered three times and helped lead her team to a Division I Championship in 2016. Taytum Hargrave brings additional speed to the outfield; she led her high school team in both batting average and stolen bases for three years and was named All-Conference three times as well. Justice Ruggles will be contributing in the outfield; she was named All-Conference, All-District, All-Regional and First Team All-State multiple years in a row.
The Bobcats were picked to finish third in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll. Both Ball State, who received six first place votes, and Kent State, who received two first place votes, finished ahead of Ohio in first and second place, respectively. Western Michigan finished fourth.
With the end of the regular season, the Bobcats will begin the defense of their 2018 Mid-American Conference Tournament title on Wednesday, May 8 at the 2019 MAC Tournament held at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio.