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Ohio Softball Hosts Pitt in Mid-Week Matchup on Tuesday

Ohio Softball Hosts Pitt in Mid-Week Matchup on Tuesday

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio softball team returns to the field on Tuesday, March 27 when the Bobcats host the University of Pittsburgh for a single nonconference game. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field. If you can't catch the game in person, Jake Hromada and Gabe Genovesi will have you covered on ohiobobcats.com.

New this year, along with the audio broadcasts on ohiobobcats.com, some of the Bobcats' home games this year will be streamed live via YouTube. Those who want to watch can click here to check it out.

The Bobcats are 3-3 all time against Pitt, falling in the last three matchups to the Panthers.

Ohio and Pitt have not faced each other since March 11, 2006. In the game, the Bobcats fell by the final of 15-2.

Pitt is currently 17-11-1 overall and 6-2 in ACC Play. The Panthers are coming off of a two-game series win against Virginia Tech last Friday. Pitt won the first game of the doubleheader 4-1 and the second game 4-0 before the last game of the series was cancelled.

As a team, the Panthers are batting .263, with 33 doubles, one triple, 31 homeruns and 133 runs scored. The team has a .426 slugging percentage and a .354 on base percentage. The Panthers have drawn 84 walks and have stolen a total of 20 bases in 26 attempts.

Giorgiana Zeremenko leads the team with a 3.70 batting average. She had 34 hits in 92 at bats, while hitting 10 homeruns, nine doubles and registering 18 RBI. She has drawn 13 walks and has a .793 slugging percentage and a .453 on base percentage. Alexis Solak is batting .290 with 27 hits, two doubles and 11 RBI, while McKayla Taylor is batting .287 with five doubles, four homeruns, 13 RBI and has drawn 22 walks.

In the circle, the Pitt pitching staff has a team ERA of 2.85. In 196.2 innings, the staff has allowed 80 earned runs and has struck out 87 batters, while opponents are batting .254 against the staff.

Leading the Panthers in the circle is Kayla Harris, who is 6-1 with a 1.98 ERA. In 16 appearances, she has made 12 starts, allowing 23 runs, walked eight and struck out 21. Sarah Dawson is next with a 9-7 record and a 2.53 ERA. In 20 appearances, she had pitched 77.1 innings and has allowed 41 runs, walked 24 and stuck out 41 batters that she's faced.

The Bobcats are coming off of a 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan to open Mid-American Conference play. The Bobcats defeated CMU, 4-3 and 8-5 in a doubleheader on March 23 and followed that up with a 5-1 victory on March 24 to complete the sweep.

Natalie Alvarez hit .667 with four hits in six at bats, scoring four runs, two doubles and three RBI. She was also hit by a pitch twice and drew a walk. Next was Michaela Dorsey who hit .600 with six hits in 10 at bats. She registered three doubles, scored two runs and had three RBI and had a .900 slugging percentage. Mikayla Cooper also had a strong weekend, hitting .444 with four hits in nine at bats. She drew one walk, had three homeruns, four runs scored, five RBI and 13 total bases, while registering a 1.444 slugging percentage.

In the circle, all three Bobcat pitchers were stellar. Madi McCrady picked up two wins in two starts for Ohio, registering a 2.55 ERA. She allowed four runs on 10 hits in 11.0 innings and struck out eight while walking three. Danielle Stiene earned a win in her one start, throwing seven innings and allowing five runs on eight hits and registering a 3.00 ERA, while also adding seven strikeouts. Kendall Meeks did not allow a run on one hit in three innings of action. She struck out two and walked one while earned two saves.

Ohio is currently 14-12 overall and are 3-0 to open MAC play and are coming off of a sweep of Central Michigan. The Bobcats defeated CMU, 4-3 and 8-5 in a doubleheader on March 23 and followed that up with a 5-1 victory on March 24 to complete the sweep.

As a team, Ohio is batting .263 with 114 runs scored, 30 doubles, eight triples, 20 homeruns and 98 RBI. The team has drawn 78 walks and has 17 stolen bases on the year.

Leading the Bobcats is redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey who is batting .389 with 21 hits, five doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI. She has a .704 slugging percentage and a .450 on base percentage, while also drawing five walks. Senior Mikayla Cooper has been solid as well, clocking in with 27 hits, five doubles, two triples, five homeruns and 19 RBI while also drawing 17 walks.

Freshman Katie Yun is currently batting .314 with 27 hits, four doubles, two triples, three homeruns and 14 RBI. Junior Alex Day has recorded 27 hits this season, with four doubles, one triple, five home runs and 13 RBI, and she has also drawn nine walks.

In the circle, the pitching staff has a combined 3.59 ERA. In 175.1 innings, they have allowed 90 earned runs, walked 81 batters and have struck out 187 while opponents are batting .267 against them.

In the circle, senior Danielle Stiene has a 2.71 ERA and a 9-5 record in 17 appearances. Stiene has made 12 starts with seven complete games and three shutouts, all while striking out 106 batters.

Sophomore Kendall Meeks is 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 12 appearances and two starts. In 20.2 innings, Meeks has allowed 10 earned runs and has struck out 14 while also registering two saves. Freshman Madi McCrady is 4-4 overall with a 4.33 ERA in 13 appearances with 61 strikeouts.

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

The Bobcats are currently at the top of the MAC East leader board after opening up MAC play 3-0.

Ohio is currently fifth overall in pitching with a 3.59 ERA, and first in strikeouts with 187.

Individually, Danielle Stiene is ranked ninth in pitching with a 2.71 ERA and is second in strikeouts with 106.

The Bobcats are currently sixth in batting with a .263 average. They are fourth overall in homeruns with 20.

The Bobcats rank in the top-50 in a few individual statistical categories. Danielle Stiene and Madi McCrady ranked 32nd and 35th in strikeouts per seven innings. Stiene also ranks 38th in strikeout-to-walk ratio and is 48th in total strikeouts.

At the plate, Mikayla Cooper is ranked 32nd in walks.

The Bobcats are currently 75th in this week's RPI ranking and are the highest ranked MAC school.

The Bobcats have played seven teams that are ranked in the top-100 and 10 teams in the top-150.

Tuesday's opponent, Pitt is ranked 72nd.

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 371 career wins, 264 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 to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 19 years.

The Bobcats will head to Ypsilanti, Mich. to continue MAC play March 30-31 when the Bobcats take on Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats will face off against the Eagles on Friday, March 30 at 3 p.m. and will conclude the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 31 that is set to being at 1 p.m.