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Ohio Softball Looks to Clinch MAC Regular Season Title at Bowling Green 

Ohio Softball Looks to Clinch MAC Regular Season Title at Bowling Green 

ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio softball team (32-14, 18-2 MAC) wraps up the regular season May 4-5 when they head to Bowling Green, Ohio to take on Mid-American Conference East foe Bowling Green (25-24, 7-12). Game one of the three-game series will begin at 3 p.m. on May 4. Ohio and the Falcons will conclude the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 5 which is set to begin at 1 p.m.  

With a three-game lead in the division, the Bobcats only need to win one game this weekend to clinch the MAC Regular Season Championship and the number one seed in this year's MAC Tournament. It would only be the second time in program history that Ohio has won the regular season (1995).   

Bowling Green leads the all-time series with the Bobcats, 54-53 with Ohio winning nine out of 10 games and the last six in a row.    

Last season, Ohio and Bowling Green met on April 21 and 23rdat the Ohio Softball Field. The Bobcats defeated the Falcons, 7-1, 4-1 and 1-0.

Buffalo is 25-24 and 7-12 in MAC play, and are coming off of a 6-4 loss against Wright State on May 1.  

As a team, Bowling Green is batting .293 with 209 runs scored, 57 doubles, eight triples, 37 homeruns and a .434 slugging percentage. They've drawn 104 walks and have struck out 205 times while recording a .356 slugging percentage. They have also stolen 34 bases on the year and have a .963 fielding percentage. 

Leading the team is Aspen Searle who is batting .378 with 62 hits, 14 doubles, three triples and six homeruns, while driving in 23 and slugging .610. Next is Alex Sorgi who is batting .331 with 54 hits and 20 stolen bases. Sammy Dees adds a .313 average to go with her 46 hits, nine doubles and four homeruns. 

As a staff, Bowling Green has a 3.36 ERA with 188 runs allowed in 313.2 innings. They have allowed 291 hits, 56 doubles and 25 homeruns, while opponents are batting .242 against them. 

Meredith Miller is 13-14 with a 3.15 ERA. In 153.1 innings, she has allowed 83 runs on 138 hits and has allowed 16 homeruns while striking out 145 batters. Brooke Parker is 10-7 overall with a 3.22 ERA. She has allowed 66 runs in 117.1 innings and has registered 64 strikeouts.  

Ohio is coming off of an offensive explosion and a three-game sweep of Buffalo this past weekend. 

Overall, Ohio scored 34 runs on 34 hits while batting .436 over the weekend. The Bobcats hit six doubles, two triples, six homeruns and had a .795 slugging percentage. Ohio stole four bases on four attempts, drew seven walks and had a .488 on base percentage while recording a .961 fielding percentage.

Mikayla Cooper hit .667 with six hits, two doubles, one triple, one homerun, five RBI, scored nine runs and had a 1.444 slugging percentage. Taylor Saxton hit .625 with five hits in eight at bats. She scored five runs, had one triple, three RBI and a .875 slugging percentage. Morgan Geno also had a solid weekend, hitting .571 with four hits, one double, two homeruns, right RBI and five runs scored to go along with her 1.571 slugging percentage. 

In the circle, Danielle Stiene went 2-0 with two starts, allowing no earned runs on six hits in 10 innings. She walked four and struck out 21. Meanwhile, Madi McCrady went 1-0 and did not allow a run on one hit in five innings of work, while also recording 11 strikeouts. 

Ohio is currently 32-14 overall and 18-2 in the MAC after sweeping Buffalo April 27-28. The Bobcats defeated Buffalo, 9-1 in six-innings in game one, and then concluded the series with a 17-0 five-inning win in game two, and a 8-0 five-inning victory in game three.  

As a team, Ohio is batting .291 with 268 runs scored, 66 doubles, 14 triples, 51 homeruns and 241 RBI. The team has drawn 150 walks and has 31 stolen bases on the year.

Leading the Bobcats is senior Mikayla Cooper. Cooper registers a .375 average with 57 hits, nine doubles, four triples, 11 homeruns, 38 RBI and 26 walks. Alex Day is batting .348 with 56 hits, 12 homeruns, 42 runs scored and 41 RBI. Next is redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey who is batting .333 with 38 hits, 30 runs scored, six homeruns, 10 doubles and 30 RBI. 

Freshman Katie Yun and junior Natalie Alvarez are also registering solid offensive numbers. Yun is batting .309 with 47 hits, 10 doubles, two triples and seven homeruns, while driving in 26 runs. Alvarez is batting .289 with four homeruns and six doubles.

In the circle, the pitching staff has a combined 3.00 ERA. In 308.0 innings, they have allowed 132 earned runs, walked 127 batters and have struck out 333 while opponents are batting .233 against them.

Senior Danielle Stiene has a 1.80 ERA and a 21-5 record in 31 appearances. Stiene has made 24 starts with 18 complete games and nine shutouts, all while striking out 212 batters. Freshman Madi McCrady is 7-6 with 19 appearances and four complete games. In 79.1 innings pitched, she's struck out 92 walked 39 and allowed 44 earned runs. 

Since the start of conference play, Alex Day is batting .394 with 28 hits, seven homeruns, 28 RBI and a .761 slugging percentage. While Mikayla Cooper is batting .391 with 27 hits, three doubles, two triples, seven homeruns and 21 RBI. Morgan Geno is hitting .362 with seven homeruns, 22 RBI and a .894 slugging percentage. 

In the circle, Danielle Stiene is a perfect 10-0 and in 74.2 innings with an ERA of 1.12. Stiene has struck out 91, walked 20 and allowed 12 earned runs. Madi McCrady has a 2.84 ERA with a 5-2 record. She's struck out 39 and pitched two complete games.  

In MAC games, Ohio ranks first with a .326 batting average. They are also first slugging percentage (.581), runs scores (148), hits (186), RBI (139), doubles (37), homeruns (32), total bases (331) and have only struck out 59 times. 

In the circle, Ohio is first with a .199 opponent batting average, first in batters struck out (140), batters struck out looking (34), win (18), hits allowed (98), runs allowed (55) and doubles allowed (12).

Individually, Cooper and Day are first and second with runs scored, while Day is first in RBI. Geno, Cooper and Day are tied for first with seven homeruns each in MAC play. 

Stiene ranks first in ERA (1.12), batters struck out (91), batters struck out looking (26) and wins (10). 

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

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. 

Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on April 24. 

Mikayla Cooper was named the Co-MAC East Player of the Week on May 1

Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on May 1. 

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 an 18-2 record. Overall, the Bobcats are three games ahead of Toledo who is 15-5, while in the East, the Bobcats are ahead of Kent State (12-8) and Miami (11-9).   

Ohio is currently third overall in pitching with a 3.00 ERA, and first in strikeouts with 333.

Individually, Danielle Stiene is ranked second in pitching with a 1.70 ERA and is first in strikeouts with 212.

The Bobcats are currently third in batting with a .291 average. They are tied for first in homeruns with 51. 

Individually, Alex Day is fourth in runs scored and fourth in homeruns with 12. 

Cooper is second in runs scored, fourth in triples, fifth in homeruns and second in total bases.

The Bobcats rank in the top-50 in a few individual statistical categories. Danielle Stiene ranks eighth in shutouts, 16thin strikeouts, 29thin strikeout-to-walk-ratio, 50thin hits allowed per seven innings, 19thin victories and 30thin strikeouts per seven innings. 

Madi McCrady ranks 41stin strikeouts per seven innings and Kendall Meeks ranks 45thin saves. 

Mikayla Cooper ranks 41stin total bases and 44thin runs per game, while Morgan Geno ranks 48thin walks. 

As a team, Ohio is ranked 324thin scoring, 38thin win/loss percentage, 15thin home runs oer game, 45thin doubles per game, 21stin triples per game, 20thin slugging percentage and 40thin strikeout-to-walk ratio.  

The Bobcats are currently 64th in this week's RPI ranking and are the highest ranked MAC school.

The Bobcats have played 10 teams that are ranked in the top-100 and 13 teams in the top-150.

This weekend's opponent, Bowling Green, is ranked 195th.  

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 387 career wins, 282 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 Akron, Ohio to begin the match to the 2018 MAC Tournament Title. Games will begin Wednesday, May 9 and conclude with the championship series on Saturday, May 12. Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com and on Twitter at @OhioBobcatSB for seeding, opponents and game times.