Ohio Softball Set for Liberty Softball Classic

Ohio Softball Set for Liberty Softball Classic

ATHENS,Ohio – The Ohio softball team (8-6) will travel to Lynchburg, Va. for the Liberty Softball Classic hosted by Liberty, March 9-11. While there, the Bobcats will face Baylor, Liberty and Delaware. Fans will be about to catch Ohio's games against Liberty on ESPN3. 

Ohio will play Baylor at 10 a.m. and Liberty at 2 p.m. on Friday. They will continue the weekend by playing Delaware at 2:30 p.m. and Liberty at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the Bobcats will play Delaware at 12 p.m.

No. 9 Baylor is coming off of a 2-3 weekend in Fulleton, Calif. at the Judi Garman Classic (March 2-4).

The Bears are 11-3 overall. As a team, Baylor has a .337 batting average with seven homeruns, 15 doubles and 66 RBIs.

Leading Baylor with a .489 batting average is Jessie Scroggins. Scroggins started in all 14 games this season and has a .553 slugging percentage. In 47 at bats, she has eight RBI and three doubles. Goose McGlaun leads the team in homeruns with three. McGlaun has scored seven times, has 21 RBI and a .389 batting average.

In the circle, junior Gia Rodoni currently holds a 1.47 ERA with seven games started and a 6-2 record. In 43 innings pitched, she'd given up nine earned runs and struck out 54 opponents. Joining the Bears from Mississippi State is junior Regan Green. Green currently has a 3-0 record with an ERA of 1.86. In seven appearances, she struck out 24 batters and pitched one complete game.

The Flames are coming off of a successful weekend at the Carolina Classic (March 2-4), finishing 4-1.

Liberty is 14-5 overall. As a team, they've scored 85 runs, hit seven homeruns and have a .421 slugging percentage.

Tori Zavodny holds a .362 batting average and started in 18 of the Flames' games this season. She's hit 12 RBI, one homerun and scored 11 times in 58 at bats. Sarah Robertson has a .381 OBP with six stolen bases. She also has 12 RBIs and one homerun so far this season.

In the circle, Julia DiMartino leads the team with a 2.39 ERA. DiMartino pitched seven complete games so far this season and struck out 70 batters. Elizabeth Engler as a 1-0 record with four starts. She holds a 2.55 ERA and struck out 16 in 22 innings pitched.

UD is coming off of a 2-2 weekend at the Citrus Classic, March 2-4.

Overall, the Blue Hens are 3-10. As a team, they have 39 RBI and five homeruns.

Mariah Kondravy currently has a .324 batting average. In 37 at bats, she's hit two homeruns and five RBIs. Anna Steinmetz hit two doubles and three homeruns so far this season. She has the highest slugging percentage on the team at .636.

In the circle, Jordan Cargile currently has a 3.75 ERA. She's struck out 15 batters and given up 15 earned runs in 28 innings pitched. Maddi Marsh enters the weekend with a 1-0 record with three game appearances and no starts for the Blue Hens. In nine innings pitched, she's struck out four and has an ERA of 3.89.

The Bobcats finished the John Cropp Classic in Lexington, Ky. 1-3 overall (March 3-4).

On Saturday, Ohio started the weekend with a 2-1 loss against SEMO. SEMO scored first in the bottom of the third and the score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth when SEMO scored again. The Bobcats struck in the top of the seventh when they loaded the bases with one out. A pitch hit Mikayla Cooper, forcing in Alexa Holland and bringing the score to 2-1.

In the second game, the Bobcats fell to Kentucky 5-3. The Wildcats lead 2-0 after the first, but Ohio held them until the top of the fifth, when the Wildcats tacked on three more runs. Katie Yun and Cooper scored in the bottom of the sixth off of a single hit by Michaela Dorsey.

On Sunday, the Bobcats defeated SEMO 5-1. After a scoreless two innings, Ohio struck in the bottom of the third. Yun scored both Alex Day and Cooper, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead going into the fourth. Ohio tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth when Day cleared the bases with a hit to right center. SEMO attempted to fight back, but only managed to score one in the top of the seventh.

Kentucky defeated the Bobcats in five innings in game two, winning 11-1. The Wildcats pulled ahead quickly, scoring six times in the first three innings. In the fourth, Kentucky tacked on five more runs, bringing their lead to 11-0. The Bobcats battled back in the top of the fifth when Dorsey scored off of a fielder's choice hit by Taylor Saxton. Cooper drew a walk with one out, but the game ended on a double play by Kentucky.

Leading the team is Mikayla Cooper with a .385 batting average. She has 11 RBI off of 15 hits, two of which were homeruns. Katie Yun has 13 hits, two doubles and one homerun and is batting .283 with a .391 slugging percentage.

Alex Day is batting .313 with 15 hits, four doubles, one triple and four homeruns.

In the circle, Danielle Stiene has a 2.36 ERA in 50.1 innings pitched. She is 5-3 with nine appearances and seven starts. Stiene has registered 55 strike outs and has pitched four complete games.

Madi McCrady has a 2-2 record in five games started. She's registered 34 strike outs and has an ERA of 4.34.

Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 27. 

Ohio is currently fifth overall in pitching with a 3.06 ERA. They are second in strikeouts with 94.

Individually, Danielle Stiene is ranked tenth in pitching. She is second in strikeouts, behind Bowling Green's Meredith Miller.

Overall, Ohio is ranked fourth in the MAC East division with their 8-6 record.

Ohio will return with four seniors, including Taylor Saxton and Mikayla Cooper. Both started in all 60 games. Saxton finished the season with a .317 batting average, a .377 OBP and led the team with 19 stolen bases. Cooper led the team with 18 doubles and 25 walks. She finished the season with a .337 batting average and a .425 OBP. Cooper was named the MAC player of the week once and made the All-MAC First Team.

Starting in the circle for the Bobcats is Senior Danielle Stiene. She finished the 2017 season with an ERA of 2.37 and was named Distinguished Scholar Athlete. Highlights from the previous season include her five-inning no-hitter against Lafayette and her seven-inning no-hitter against UNC Wilmington.

Also returning are infielder MacKenzie Brunswick and outfielder Deanna Cole. Brunswick finished the 2017 season with 28 hits and RBIs and five stolen bases. Cole was named Academic All-MAC and held the second-most stolen bases on the team.

Other starters returning for Ohio include Natalie AlvarezMorgan Geno and Alex Day.

The Bobcats will welcome four newcomers to the 2018 team. Madi McCrady will look to contribute in the circle. She recorded an ERA under 1.3 all three years of high school. Allie Englant will look to contribute in the outfield; she was ranked first in the state during her 2017 season.

Katie Yun will look to join the infield after leading her team to the Regional Championship and Brooke Rice will look for time behind the plate after her high school team reigned supreme four years in a row.

Mercy College transfer Kendall Meeks also joins Ohio this year. At Mercy, she was named ECAC Rookie of the Week four times and ECC Rookie of the week three times. Prior to college, Meeks played softball for Alexander High School.

The Bobcats finished second in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll behind Kent State, who received six out of the possible 12 votes. They finished ahead of Miami.

The 2018 season marks head coach Jodi Hermanek's tenth season with Ohio. Out of her 357 career wins, 250 of them are with the Bobcats. Under her coaching, the 2017 squad recorded a program record of 42 wins and a MAC East Championship. For the first time, the Bobcats won the conference tournament and then went on the national post-season tournament for the first time in 19 years. 

The Bobcats head to Harrisonburg, Va. to compete in the JMU Invitational, March 16-18, hosted by James Madison. While there, Ohio will face East Carolina, James Madison and Stony Brook.