ATHENS, Ohio – Ten members of the 2016-17 Ohio softball team were named 2016-17 Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division I Scholar-Athletes, the organization announced.
Overall, Division I had a total of 1,843 student athletes earn a 3.5 or higher GPA.
Claytor (Alpharetta, Ga.) played in 59 and started 58 of Ohio's 60 games this year, helping lead the Bobcats to a 42-18 record and helping set a program record in wins in a season. During the season, Claytor hit .253 with 41 hits and 23 runs scored. Claytor hit 11 doubles and a career-high nine home runs. She registered 36 RBI and had a .488 slugging percentage while drawing 18 walks. She also recorded five sacrifice flies and one sacrifice hit. Behind the plate, Claytor was a brick wall, registering a .994 fielding percentage with only three errors all season. In conference play, Claytor helped Ohio to a 17-7 record and a MAC East Division Title. She batted .278 with 20 hits, five doubles and five home runs to go along with 16 RBI. She also had a .556 slugging percentage and only one error in conference play.
Cole, (Akron, Ohio) played in 36 of Ohio's 60 games this season, starting 21. The sophomore batted .254 with 15 hits, one double, one RBI and 12 runs scored. She stole 15 bases in 17 attempts and started 21 games in centerfield and did not register an error with 31 putouts before suffering a season-ending injury. In conference season, Cole hit .194 in 36 at bats, registering seven hits with three runs scored and going 10-for-11 in stolen bases.
Day (Hilliard, Ohio) started all 60 games for the Bobcats at third base. She finished the season with a .318 batting average, which was second on the team. She had a team-high 63 hits while registering 12 doubles, one triple, two home runs and scored a team-high 43 runs. She had 26 RBI and a .419 slugging percentage. She drew 16 walks and had four sacrifice flies. She also was a perfect 4-for-4 on stolen bases. In the field, she had a .952 fielding percentage with only seven errors at third base. She also registered 53 putouts and 86 assists. In conference play, Day hit .308 with 24 hits and 19 runs scored. She has seven doubles, one triple and one home run. She also had 12 RBI while slugging .462. She drew nine walks and in the field she had a .982 fielding percentage while only committing one error. She also recorded 23 putouts and 31 assists.
Savanna Jo Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) wrapped up the regular season with a 1.13 ERA and an overall record of 25-9, which has helped the Bobcats to a 42-18 season which helped the Bobcats win a program high 42 wins and help them get off to their best start since 1995 while winning the Mid-American Conference East Division title. Dorsey allowed only 40 earned runs in 247.0 innings and struck out 360 batters, which is second in the nation. Her 360 strikeouts broke her own record for strikeouts in a season.
Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) played in 13 games for the Bobcats and had three hits in 21 at bats, with one triple, four runs scored and drew two walks.
Hutchinson (Lebanon, Ohio) played in 35 games last season for the Bobcats. Hutchinson hit .221 with a .333 on base percentage and a .337 slugging percentage. She registered 10 hits with 13 runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI.
Holland (Rochester, Ind.) played in 56 games for Ohio during the season, batting .222 with a .324 on base percentage and a .286 slugging percentage. In 126 at bats, Holland registered 28 hits, scored 20 runs and hit six doubles and one triple. She had 12 RBI and had five sacrifice hits. She also recorded four stolen bases for the Bobcats.
Keen (Perth, Western Australia) appeared in 26 games for Ohio during the season, primarily as a pinch runner. In those games, she scored five runs and had two stolen bases. In her five at bats on the season, Keen had one RBI and one hit. Keen also played in the outfield, registering a 1.000 fielding percentage while registering four put outs.
Milesky (Plain City, Ohio) appeared in 20 games for the Bobcats, primarily as a pinch runner as well. In those games, Milesky scored 10 runs and had one stolen base.
Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) played in all 60 games for the Bobcats this season, starting all of them at second base. Saxton was third on the team in batting with a .317 average with 53 hits, 27 runs scored, two doubles and one triple. She registered 10 RBI and a .341 slugging percentage. The slapper drew 16 walks and had a .377 on base percentage. Saxton was also 19-of-28 in stolen bases and she is now second all-time in program history in career stolen bases.