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Ohio Softball Opens Final Home Stand on Tuesday with Marshall

Ohio Softball Opens Final Home Stand on Tuesday with Marshall

ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio softball team (28-14, 15-2 MAC) wraps up nonconference play this week when they take on Marshall (23-24-1, 11-9-1 CUSA) on Tuesday, April 24. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field. If you can't make it to the game, you can check out the audio stream on OhioBobcats.com.    

Marshall leads the all-time series against the Bobcats, 37-23. 

Ohio and Marshall last met on April 18, 2017 in Huntington, W. Va., where Marshall defeated the Bobcats, 3-2.  

Miami is 23-24-1 and 11-9-1 in Conference USA and are coming off of a series loss against Western Kentucky over the weekend. 

As a team, Marshall is batting .276 with 350 hits, 63 doubles, eight triples, 20 homeruns 158 RBI. They have a team slugging percentage of .385 and a .350 on base percentage. 

Leading the Herd is Aly Harrell who is batting .365 with 38 hits in 104 at bats. She registered nine doubles and a team-leading nine homeruns while driving in a team-leading 38 RBI. She also has a .712 slugging percentage and has drawn 19 walks. 

Next is Jordan Colliflower who is batting .358 with 44 hits in 123 at bats. She has scored 18 runs and has stolen 14 bates. Elicia D'Orazio is hitting .354 with 37 runs scored and 40 stolen bases. 

In the circle, the team has an overall ERA of 3.52 with 191 runs allowed in 324.1 innings. The staff has allowed 31 homeruns and has walked 156 batters while striking out 186. 

Abigail Tolbert is 12-10 overall with a 2.99 ERA. In 34 appearances, she has allowed 68 runs on 139 hits. In 143.0 innings, she has walked 64 and struck out 79 while opponents are hitting .256 against her.  Kailee Williamson is 7-9 overall with a 3.59 ERA. In 91.2 innings, she has allowed 62 runs, walked 56 and struck out 59. 

Ohio is coming off of a 2-1 weekend at Miami. While there, Ohio downed the RedHawks, 10-4 in game one. The Bobcats came back the next day and defeated Miami, 1-0 in 11 innings before falling in game three, 5-3 in 12 innings. 

Morgan Geno hit .417 in the series, with three homeruns, five RBI and three runs scored with a 1.250 slugging percentage. MacKenzie Brunswick hit .333 with four hits, one double and a .417 slugging percentage.  

In the circle, Danielle Stiene went 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA, in 18.0 innings she allowed four runs on 11 hits and struck out 16. 

Ohio is currently 28-14 overall and 15-2 in the MAC and are coming off of a 72-1 weekend at Miami 

As a team, Ohio is batting .278 with 224 runs scored, 58 doubles, 12 triples, 45 homeruns and 202 RBI. The team has drawn 138 walks and has 26 stolen bases on the year.

Leading the Bobcats is senior Mikayla Cooper. Cooper registers a .350 average with 49 hits, seven doubles, three triples, 10 homeruns, 33 RBI and a team-leading 24 walks. Alex Day is batting .338 with 50 hits, 11 homeruns, 35 runs scored and 37 RBI. Next is redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey who is batting .324 with 33 hits, 26 runs scored, six homeruns, eight doubles and 27 RBI. 

Freshman Katie Yun and junior Natalie Alvarez are also registering solid offensive numbers. Yun is batting .303 with 44 hits, nine doubles, two triples and seven homeruns, while driving in 25 runs. Alvarez is batting .291 with three homeruns and six doubles.

In the circle, the pitching staff has a combined 3.17 ERA. In 287.0 innings, they have allowed 130 earned runs, walked 119 batters and have struck out 296 while opponents are batting .238 against them.

Senior Danielle Stiene has a 1.92 ERA and a 18-5 record in 28 appearances. Stiene has made 21 starts with 16 complete games and eight shutouts, all while striking out 187 batters. Freshman Madi McCrady is 6-6 with 18 appearances and three complete games. In 74.1 innings pitched, she's struck out 81, walked 37 and allowed 44 earned runs.  

Since the start of conference play, Alex Day is batting .387 with 24 hits, six homeruns, 24 RBI and a .758 slugging percentage. Mikaya Cooper is batting .350 with 21 hits, one double, one triple and six homeruns and 16 RBI and Morgan Geno is hitting .325 with five homeruns, 14 RBI and a .775 slugging percentage. 

In the circle, Danielle Stiene is a perfect 8-0 and in 64.2 innings with an ERA of 1.30. Stiene has struck out 70, walked 16 and allowed 12 earned runs. Madi McCrady has a 3.28 ERA with a 4-2 record. She's struck out 28 and pitched one complete game.  

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. 

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.

The Bobcats are currently at the top of the MAC after finishing this past weekend with a 15-2 record. Overall, the Bobcats are just a head of Toledo who is 14-3, while in the East, the Bobcats are ahead of Kent State (9-8) and Bowling Green (7-9).   

Ohio is currently fourth overall in pitching with a 3.17 ERA, and first in strikeouts with 296.

Individually, Danielle Stiene is ranked second in pitching with a 1.92 ERA and is first in strikeouts with 187.

The Bobcats are currently seventh in batting with a .278 average. They are second overall in homeruns with 45.

Individually, Alex Day is fifth in runs scored and fourth in homeruns with 11. 

The Bobcats rank in the top-50 in a few individual statistical categories. Danielle Stiene ranks 39thin strikeouts per seven innings. Stiene also ranks 30thin strikeout-to-walk ratio and is 21st total strikeouts. Stiene is also 11thin the nation in shutouts and Kendall Meeks is 40thin saves.

As a team, Ohio is ranked 31stin triples per game, 17thin homeruns per game, 40thin slugging percentage and 50thin strikeout-to-walk ratio. 

The Bobcats are currently 72nd 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 week's opponent, Marshall, is ranked 85th.  

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 Alvarez, Morgan 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 383 career wins, 278 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 wrap up the home portion of the 2018 schedule when they host MAC East foe Buffalo April 27-28 at the Ohio Softball Field.