CLEVELAND, Ohio –Six members of the Ohio softball team were named Academic All-Mid-American Conference, the league announced today (June 11). Deanna Cole, Alex Day, Morgan Geno, Alexa Holland, Madi McCrady and Katie Yun all earned the honor.
This is the second time that Cole (Akron, Ohio), an Exercise Physiology major, has been named Academic All-MAC. Cole played in 48 games for the Bobcats during the 2019 season, helping Ohio to a 34-21 season. In 140 plate appearances and 106 at bats, Cole registered 25 hits with a .236 batting average, scored 28 runs, with one double, three triples and a career-high six homeruns. She registered a career-high 25 RBI, while drawing 23 walks and recording 50 total bases. She swiped nine bases and had a .413 on base percentage and a .472 slugging percentage. During MAC play, Cole played in 18 games with 40 at bats, scoring 10 runs on seven hits, with one double. One triple and three homeruns. She recorded 12 RBI, 19 total bases and a .175 batting average. She had a .389 on base percentage and a .475 slugging percentage.
Cole hit her first career homerun on Feb. 24 against Southern Illinois, while also recording seven multi-hit games.
Day (Hilliard, Ohio), and Exercise Physiology major, has earned a spot on the Academic All-MAC team for the third time in her career. Day played in all 55 games for Ohio at third base and finished the season hitting .344 with 56 hits, seven doubles, one triple, 10 homeruns and 37 RBI. She also had a .583 slugging percentage and drew 27 walks. She registered five stolen bases and had a .942 fielding percentage at the hot corner.
Day also earned a spot on the All-MAC Second Team, MAC All-Tournament Team and was named to the NFCA All-Mideast Region Second Team.
On March 10 against Liberty, Day hit the game-winning homerun in the 1-0 victory over the Flames, then on March 15 against St. Francis, Day registered one homerun and five RBI. She also saw a three-hit, two-double day on march 19 at Pittsburgh. Then on April 16 at Ohio State, Day hit the game-tying three-run homerun in the top of the sixth inning to, at the time, tie the game at 3-3.
In MAC play, Day played and started all 20 games for Ohio at third base. She finished the conference season with a .379 batting average, 22 hits, two doubles, one triple, five homeruns and 13 RBI, 41 total bases, while recording a .707 slugging percentage. Day finished the MAC season by drawing 11 walks, stealing one base and registering a .478 on base percentage. At the hot corner, Day only registered four errors and put together a .937 fielding percentage, recorded 26 putouts and 33 assists. Day finished sixth in the conference in slugging percentage, on base percentage and walks, second in runs scored, fifth in homeruns
Day's biggest games of the season came on April 2 at Kent State, in the first game of the doubleheader, Day went 1-for-1 with a homerun, run scored and one RBI, before she was walked the remainder of the game. In the second game, Day picked up where she left off in game one, going 3-of-3 with two homeruns, three runs scored and four RBI. Day also recorded a three-RBI game at Akron on April 13, hitting a three-run homerun in the second game of the series
This is the first time that Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio), a Communication Science and Disorders major, has been named Academic All-MAC. Geno played in all 55 games for Ohio, primarily as the designated player. Geno hit .351 with a team-leading 19 homeruns, which is second all-time in program history. She also registered 53 hits, 34 runs scored, 60 RBI, which ties her for the single season RBI mark, and six doubles. She led Ohio with a .768 slugging percentage and drew 44 walks, which is an Ohio single season record. She also led Ohio with a .507 on base percentage. In her few games at first base, Geno recorded 66 putouts and a .985 fielding percentage. Geno was named MAC Player of the Week three times and was named to the All-MAC Second Team and NFCA All-Mideast Region First Team.
Geno finished her season 11th in the nation in RBI, 15th in homeruns per game, 17th in walks and 13th in homeruns.
On March 1 against Mississippi St., Geno hit a walkoff homerun to seal Ohio's 5-4 victory. She also had a two-homerun game on March 17 against then-No. 19 Indiana. She recorded 16 multi-RBI games, including a five RBI affair on March 15 against St. Francis.
Geno played on all 20 games for the Bobcats in MAC Play primarily as the designated player, but did see some action at first base. Geno finished the MAC season with a .373 batting average, with 19 hits, two doubles, eight homeruns, 18 RBI, a .882 slugging percentage, 13 runs scored and 45 total bases. Geno also drew 18 walks and had a .549 on base percentage. In her games at first base, Geno has a perfect fielding percentage, while also recording 41 putouts. Geno also led the conference in homeruns, slugging percentage and walks. She was second in on base percentage and fourth in RBI.
Geno hit safely in 16 MAC games, hitting two homeruns on March 30 against NIU, while she also recorded four RBI. On March 23 against Bowling Green, Geno hit a grand slam. On April 6 at CMU, Geno went 2-of-3 with a homerun, run scored and three RBI, while also adding a homerun at Akron and two homeruns last weekend at Buffalo.
This is the second time that Holland (Rochester, Ind.), a Sport Management major, has been named Academic All-MAC. This season, Holland played in 45 games, while starting 38 of them. Overall, Holland hit .266 with 29 hits in 109 at bats. She scored 18 runs, hit one triple and registered six RBI while hitting primarily in the nine-spot. She recorded 31 total bases, a .284 slugging percentage, while drawing four walks and only striking out six times. Holland recorded two stolen bases and had a .958 fielding percentage, only committing two errors.
Holland recorded 10 multi-hit games, including going 2-for-4 with a triple, RBI and a run scored against St. Francis on March 16.
This is the first time that McCrady (Brimfield, Ohio), a Pre Early Childhood Education major, has been named Academic All-MAC. McCrady made 41 appearances for the Bobcats in 2019, making 37 starts and putting together a 23-13 record. She recorded an ERA of 3.21 in 229.1 innings of work. She allowed 192 hits, 118 runs, 105 earned runs, while walking 100 and striking out 207. She also registered 28 complete games with one save. In conference play, McCrady pitched 81 innings, making 13 starts in 16 appearances. She put together a 9-5 record, allowing 38 earned runs while walking 33 and striking out 89 with a 3.28 ERA.
McCrady recorded three 10-strikeout games and earned a victory on March 15 against 19th-ranked Indiana where she struck out nine.
This is also the first time that Yun (North Canton, Ohio), an Early Childhood Education major, has earned a spot on the Academic All-MAC squad. Yun played and started all 55 games for Ohio at shortstop during the 2019 season. She led the Bobcats with a .396 batting average with a team-high 78 his in 197 at bats. She also scored a team-leading 52 runs and hit a team-high 18 doubles to go along with one triple and 14 homeruns. She added 35 RBI and a .711 slugging percentage. The sophomore drew eight walks and was hit by a pitch four times and registered a .429 on base percentage. Yun's 78 hits set the Ohio single season mark in hits in a single season, while her 52 runs scored set the new Bobcat mark for runs scored in a single season. She also recorded a 17-game hitting streak to open the 2019 season and had a three-homerun day at Pittsburgh on March 19.
Yun was named MAC Player of the Week once this season, was named to the All-MAC First Team, NFCA All-Mideast Region First Team and was a named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Team.
In MAC play, Yun finished the conference season with a .414 batting average, finishing the conference season with 29 hits, 20 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple and six homeruns. She also registered 15 RBI, 57 total bases, an .814 slugging percentage, while drawing two walks and stealing three bases. In the field, she recorded 22 putouts, 28 assists and had an .820 fielding percentage.
Yun also hit safely in 16 out of 20 conference games, and on May 4 at Buffalo, Yun became the new Ohio single season hits leader, registering her 74th on the season. Yun also led the MAC in hits, runs scored, was third in slugging percentage, batting average and homeruns and fifth in doubles. She was also named the MAC Player of the Week for her performance the week of March 18.
Yun started conference play on fire and did not cool off. In the MAC opener against Bowling Green, Yun went 2-for-4 with two homeruns, three RBI and three runs scored. In the final game of the three-game series, Yun added another homerun, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. On April 13 at Akron, Yun had a 4-for-4 day, hitting two homeruns, scoring three times and recorded two doubles and six RBI.
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.