ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio softball team (26-13, 13-1 MAC) continues Mid-American Conference play this weekend when they head to Oxford, Ohio to take on MAC East foe Miami (19-19, 6-8 MAC) for a three game series. The first game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on Friday, with the two teams concluding the series on Saturday with a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m.
ALL-TIME AGAINST MIAMI
The Bobcats lead the all-time series against the RedHawks, 56-48-1, winning five out of the last eight games they've played against Miami.
LAST TIME AGAINST MIAMI
Ohio and Miami last met in April 2017, with the Bobcats sweeping the series in Athens.
Miami is currently 19-19 overall and are 6-8 in MAC play. The RedHawks are coming off of a two-game series with Wright State on Tuesday, where Miami left with two victories.
As a team, Miami is batting .251, scoring 147 runs with 43 doubles, five triples and 19 homeruns. The RedHawks also have a .367 slugging percentage, .338 on base percentage and have drawn 112 walks.
Megan Wurts leads the team with a .336 batting average, with 40 hits, eight doubles, three triple and six homeruns, while driving in 21 runs and scoring 27. She also has a .605 slugging percentage.
Ashton Slone is next with a .304 batting average with 31 hits and 20 RBI. Haeley Tran registers a .279 average, with 31 hits, six doubles and 11 RBI.
In the circle, Miami has a staff ERA of 4.21. They have allowed 173 runs in 249.1 innings, while walking 87 batters and striking out 201.
Courtney Vierstra is 14-10 overall with a 2.27 ERA. In 31 appearances, she has made 19 starts with 10 complete games. She has allowed 45 earned runs, walked 39 and struck out 127. Shannon Hohman is 4-7 with a 4.93 ERA. She has allowed 38 earned runs in 54 innings, while walking 19 and striking out 37.
A QUICK REWIND
Ohio is coming off of a 7-0 victory against Ohio State on Wednesday. The win was the first against the Buckeyes since 2014 and the first time winning in Columbus since 1997.
At the plate, the Bobcats scored seven runs on nine hits. The Bobcats were led by Mikayla Cooper who went 3-for-4 with a double, homerun, RBI and two runs scored. Allie Englant went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while MacKenzie Brunswick had a triple and three RBI. Michaela Dorsey added a double, RBI and a run scored, while Natalie Alvarez and Alex Day both added hits for the Bobcats.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene got the start, going seven innings, allowing no runs on five hits, walked one and struck out eight on the way to her 16thwin of the season.
Prior to the win at Ohio State, the Bobcats completed a series sweep of Akron April 13-14. On Friday, Ohio defeated Akron 8-0 in six innings for the first win of the weekend, going on to win the next game 5-2. On Saturday, the Bobcats won 12-0 in six innings.
Overall, the Bobcats hit .371, scoring 25 runs on 25 hits with nine doubles, one triple, six homeruns and 24 RBI.
On the weekend, Day hit .545 with six hits in 11 at bats, scoring three runs, recording six RBI and hitting one double and two homeruns. Dorsey also had a strong weekend, batting .6.25 with five hits, one double and one homerun.
In the circle, Stiene was solid, getting two starts and two wins while pitching 11 scoreless innings. She allowed no runs on four hits and struck out 12 batters. Madi McCrady pitched 4.1 innings, striking out three and allowing two earned runs on four hits. Kendall Meeks pitched 2.2 innings, giving up no hits or runs.
Ohio is currently 26-13 overall and 13-1 in the MAC and are coming off of a 7-0 victory against Ohio State on Wednesday.
As a team, Ohio is batting .284 with 210 runs scored, 54 doubles, 11 triples, 41 homeruns and 188 RBI. The team has drawn 121 walks and has 23 stolen bases on the year.
Leading the Bobcats is senior Mikayla Cooper. Cooper registeres a .357 average with 46 hits, seven doubles, three triples, 10 homeruns, 32 RBI and a team-leading 20 walks. Next is redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey who is batting .356 with 32 hits, 24 runs scored, five homeruns, eight doubles, 24 RBI and a .611 slugging percentage. Alex Day is batting .353 with 47 hits, 11 homeruns, 33 runs scored and 35 RBI.
Freshman Katie Yun and junior Natalie Alvarez are also registering solid offensive numbers. Yun is batting .315 with 41 hits, nine doubles, two triples and seven homeruns, while driving in 24 runs. Alvarez is batting .300 with three homeruns, five doubles and a .500 slugging percentage.
In the circle, the pitching staff has a combined 3.29 ERA. In 257.1 innings, they have allowed 121 earned runs, walked 114 batters and have struck out 268 while opponents are batting .240 against them.
Senior Danielle Stiene has a 1.96 ERA and a 16-5 record in 26 appearances. Stiene has made 19 starts with 14 complete games and seven shutouts, all while striking out 171 batters. Freshman Madi McCrady is 6-5 with 17 appearances and three complete games. In 68 innings pitched, she's struck out 71, walked 37 and allowed 42 earned runs.
Sophomore Kendall Meeks is 3-2 overall with a 3.40 ERA in 17 appearances with 16 strikeouts and three saves.
BOBCATS IN MAC PLAY
Since the start of conference play, Alex Day is batting .447 with 21 hits, six homeruns, 22 RBI and a .915 slugging percentage. Michaela Dorsey is batting .385 with one homerun and seven RBI.
Taylor Saxton is batting .375 in MAC play, registering 12 hits with two RBI and scoring 10 runs.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene registered 46.2 innings with an ERA of 1.20. Stiene struck out 54, walked 11 and allowed eight earned runs. Madi McCrady has a 3.55 ERA with a 4-1 record. She's struck out 18 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.
Mikayla Cooper was named the MAC East Player of the Week on April 10.
Danielle Stiene was named MAC East Pitcher of the Week on April 10.
Alex Day was named the MAC East Player of the Week on April 17.
Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on April 17.
MAC FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE
Alex Day was named the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the week on April 18. The junior Exercise Physiology major sports a 3.336 GPA and came off a week where she batted .579 with four homeruns and 14 RBI.
OHIO IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are currently at the top of the MAC after finishing this past weekend with a 13-1 record. Ohio is ahead of Kent State and Miami who are both 6-8.
Ohio is currently fourth overall in pitching with a 3.38 ERA, and first in strikeouts with 260.
Individually, Danielle Stiene is ranked second in pitching with a 2.07 ERA and is first in strikeouts with 163.
The Bobcats are currently sixth in batting with a .284 average. They are second overall in homeruns with 46.
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 36thin strikeout-to-walk ratio and is 28thin total strikeouts.
As a team, Ohio is ranked 29thin triples per game (0.30).
OHIO AND RPI
The Bobcats are currently 81st in this week's RPI ranking and are the highest ranked MAC school.
The Bobcats have played nine teams that are ranked in the top-100 and 12 teams in the top-150.
This weekend's opponent, Miami, is ranked 189th.
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 381 career wins, 276 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 return to the OSF on Tuesday to play Marshall at 5 p.m. They will return to conference play April 27-28 in a three game series against Buffalo with a single game on Friday at 3 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday set to start at 1 p.m.