ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio softball team (20-13, 8-1 MAC) heads back on the road this week when they head to Kent, Ohio to take on Kent State (19-14, 5-4 MAC) in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 11. The doubleheader, which is a makeup from the rainout in Athens last week, will begin at 1 p.m. at the Diamond at Dix.
ALL-TIME AGAINST KENT STATE
Kent State leads the all-time series against the Bobcats, 67-49-1 and have won four out of the last six against Ohio.
LAST TIME AGAINST KENT STATE
The Bobcats and Kent State met six times last season, with the Flashes winning the regular season series.
Ohio and Kent last met in the 2017 Mid-American Conference Tournament, where Ohio would defeat Kent State, 2-0 in the semi-final game. Unfortunately, the Bobcats would fall to Kent in the tournament championship series.
SCOUTING KENT STATE
Kent State is currently 19-14 overall and are 5-4 in MAC play. The Flashes are coming off of a three-game series with Ball State this past weekend, where Kent State left with two wins and one six-inning defeat.
As a team, Kent State is batting .309, scoring 185 runs with 48 doubles, nine triples and 23 homeruns. The Flashes also have a .454 slugging percentage, .388 on base percentage and have drawn 107 walks.
Holly Speers leads the team with a .506 batting average, with 41 hits, nine doubles, one triple and nine homeruns, while driving in 36 runs and scoring 30. She also has a .975 slugging percentage. Speers has drawn 40 walks and has a .667 on base percentage.
Kennadie Goth is next with a .459 batting average with 39 hits. Kaitlyn Miller registers a .337 average, with 29 hits, three doubles and nine RBI.
In the circle, Kent State has a staff ERA of 5.07. They have allowed 173 runs in 212.2 innings, while walking 137 batters and striking out 86.
Madi Huck is 9-4 overall with a 3.29 ERA. In 19 appearances, she has made 14 starts with nine complete games and four shutouts. She has allowed 42 earned runs, walked 39 and struck out 54. Brenna Brownfield is 6-5 with a 4.53 ERA. She has allowed 41 earned runs in 63.1 innings, while walking 27 and striking out 94.
REWINDING LAST WEEK
The Bobcats are coming off of a 2-1 weekend at Northern Illinois. The Bobcats dropped their first game against the Huskies, 15-5 in five innings, but came back to win the final two games, 2-0 and 7-6.
Overall, the Bobcats hit .211, scoring 14 runs on 16 hits with two doubles, two triples, a homerun and 13 RBI.
On the weekend, Mikayla Cooper hit .500 with five hits in 10 at bats, scoring five runs, recording five RBI and hitting one double, one triple, 11 total bases and a 1.100 slugging percentage. Alex Day also had a strong weekend, batting .375 with three hits, one triple, two RBI and a .625 slugging percentage.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene was solid, getting two starts and two wins while pitching 9.2 scoreless innings. She allowed no runs on two hits and struck out 13 batters while also registering a shutout.
Ohio is currently 20-13 overall and 8-1 in the MAC and are coming off of a series win at Northern Illinois this past weekend. The Bobcats are now 8-1 in conference play.
As a team, Ohio is batting .266 with 152 runs scored, 38 doubles, eight triples, 26 homeruns and 134 RBI. The team has drawn 98 walks and has 20 stolen bases on the year.
Leading the Bobcats is senior Mikayla Cooper. Cooper is batting .377 with 40 hits, 24 runs sacred, eight homeruns, six doubles and 29 RBI. She also has a .717 slugging percentage and has drawn a team-leading 19 walks. Next is redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey who is batting .338 with 25 hits, four homeruns, 15 runs scored and 23 RBI. Junior Alex Day has a .318 average with seven homeruns and a .591 slugging percentage.
Freshman Katie Yun and junior Natalie Alvarez are also registering solid offensive numbers. Yun is batting .303 with 33 hits, six doubles, two triples and four homeruns, while driving in 16 runs. Alvarez is batting .288 with one homerun, four doubles and a .423 slugging percentage.
In the circle, the pitching staff has a combined 3.62 ERA. In 220.1 innings, they have allowed 114 earned runs, walked 105 batters and have struck out 237 while opponents are batting .249 against them.
In the circle, senior Danielle Stiene has a 2.27 ERA and a 13-5 record in 22 appearances. Stiene has made 15 starts with 10 complete games and four shutouts, all while striking out 145 batters.
Sophomore Kendall Meeks is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA in 15 appearances and two starts. In 25.1 innings, Meeks has allowed 18 earned runs and has struck out 15 while also registering two saves.
Freshman Madi McCrady is 5-5 overall with a 3.40 ERA in 16 appearances with 68 strikeouts.
BOBCATS IN MAC PLAY
Natalie Alvarez is batting .348 in MAC play, registering eight hits with six RBI and scoring two runs.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene registered 28.2 innings with an ERA of 1.47. Stiene struck out 36, walked seven and allowed six earned runs. Madi McCrady has a 3.61 ERA with a 5-3 record. She's struck out 15 and pitched one complete game.
MAC WEEKLY HONORS
Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 27.
Senior Mikayla Cooper earned the MAC East Player of the Week award on March 27.
Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on April 3.
OHIO IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are currently at the top of the MAC East after finishing this past weekend with 8-1. Ohio is ahead of Kent State and Buffalo who are 5-4 and 5-6, respectively. The Bobcats are currently second overall in the MAC, sitting just behing Toledo who is currently 9-1.
Ohio is currently fifth overall in pitching with a 3.62 ERA, and first in strikeouts with 220.
Individually, Danielle Stiene is ranked fifth in pitching with a 2.48 ERA and is first in strikeouts with 237.
The Bobcats are currently seventh in batting with a .266 average. They are fifth overall in homeruns with 26.
OHIO IN THE NCAA
The Bobcats rank in the top-50 in a few individual statistical categories. Danielle Stiene ranks 31stin strikeouts per seven innings. Stiene also ranks 30thin strikeout-to-walk ratio, 46thin total victories and is 29th in total strikeouts.
As a team, Ohio is ranked 26thin triples per game (0.30).
OHIO AND RPI
The Bobcats are currently 74th in this week's RPI ranking and are the highest ranked MAC school.
The Bobcats have played eight teams that are ranked in the top-100 and 11 teams in the top-150.
Tuesday's opponent, Kent State, is ranked 169th.
THE 2017 SQUAD
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.
NEW TO THE SQUAD
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 377 career wins, 272 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 continue MAC play this weekend when they return to the OSF for a three-game set against Akron. The series is set to begin with one game 4 p.m. on April 13 and will conclude with a doubleheader on April 14 starting at 1 p.m.