AKRON, Ohio –Four members of the Ohio softball team earned Mid-American Conference postseason awards, the league announced today (May 7). All awards were voted on by the league's 11 head coaches and are based off of conference statistics only. Senior Alex Day and sophomore Katie Yun were named First Team All-MAC, senior Morgan Geno was named Second Team All-MAC, while redshirt senior Michaela Dorsey was named the 2019 recipient of the Nan Harvey Award.
This is the third time that Day (Hilliard, Ohio) has been named to an All-MAC squad. Day played and started all 20 games for Ohio at third base. She finished the conference season with a .379 batting average, 22 hits, two doubles, one triple, five homeruns and 13 RBI, 41 total bases, while recording a .707 slugging percentage. Day finished the MAC season by drawing 11 walks, stealing one base and registering a .478 on base percentage. At the hot corner, Day only registered four errors and put together a .937 fielding percentage, recorded 26 putouts and 33 assists. Day finished sixth in the conference in slugging percentage, on base percentage and walks, second in runs scored, fifth in homeruns
Day's biggest games of the season came on April 2 at Kent State, in the first game of the doubleheader, Day went 1-for-1 with a homerun, run scored and one RBI, before she was walked the remainder of the game. In the second game, Day picked up where she left off in game one, going 3-of-3 with two homeruns, three runs scored and four RBI. Day also recorded a three-RBI game at Akron on April 13, hitting a three-run homerun in the second game of the series.
This is the first time Yun (North Canton, Ohio) has been named to an All-MAC squad after earning a spot on the MAC All-Freshman team in 2018. Yun started all 20 games for Ohio at shortstop in 2019. Yun finished the MAC season with a .414 batting average, finishing the conference season with 29 hits, 20 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple and six homeruns. She also registered 15 RBI, 57 total bases, an .814 slugging percentage, while drawing two walks and stealing three bases. In the field, she recorded 22 putouts, 28 assists and had an .820 fielding percentage.
Yun also hit safely in 16 out of 20 conference games, and on May 4 at Buffalo, Yun became the new Ohio single season hits leader, registering her 74thon the season. Yun also led the MAC in hits, runs scored, was third in slugging percentage, batting average and homeruns and fifth in doubles. She was also named the MAC Player of the Week for her performance the week of March 18.
Yun started conference play on fire and did not cool off. In the MAC opener against Bowling Green, Yun went 2-for-4 with two homeruns, three RBI and three runs scored. In the final game of the three-game series, Yun added another homerun, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. On April 13 at Akron, Yun had a 4-for-4 day, hitting two homeruns, scoring three times and recorded two doubles and six RBI.
This is the fourth time in her career that Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) has been named to an All-MAC team. Geno played on all 20 games for the Bobcats, primarily as the designated player, but did see some action at first base. Geno finished the MAC season with a .373 batting average, with 19 hits, two doubles, eight homeruns, 18 RBI, a .882 slugging percentage, 13 runs scored and 45 total bases. Geno also drew 18 walks and had a .549 on base percentage. In her games at first base, Geno has a perfect fielding percentage, while also recording 41 putouts.
Geno was a three-time MAC Player of the Week honoree and led the conference in homeruns, slugging percentage and walks. She was second in on base percentage and fourth in RBI.
Geno hit safely in 16 MAC games, hitting two homeruns on March 30 against NIU, while she also recorded four RBI. On March 23 against Bowling Green, Geno hit a grand slam. On April 6 at CMU, Geno went 2-of-3 with a homerun, run scored and three RBI, while also adding a homerun at Akron and two homeruns last weekend at Buffalo.
Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) was named the 2019 recipient of the Nan Harvey Award. Nan Harvey's dedication and passion for women's sports and the game of softball were shown through her everyday commitment to excellence. She was a part of the University at Buffalo family for over two decades where she helped shape the women's softball, basketball and volleyball programs.
Throughout her five years with the Bobcats, Dorsey has never once lost her spirit for the game, or her love of Ohio Softball. After redshirting her freshman year due to injury, Dorsey came back the following year and would contribute over the next three seasons, even while learning to navigate being a Division I athlete with Diabetes. While able to get her Diabetes under control, and dealing with minor bumps and bruises along the way, Dorsey was a major contributor to the Bobcats 2018 MAC Championship season, hitting the game-winning two-run homerun in the MAC Championship game, helping Ohio head back to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2014. That season, Dorsey played in 51 games, batting .329 with eight homeruns and 33 RBI, even becoming the first Bobcat outfielder to be named NFCA All-Region, earning a spot on the Mideast Third Team, while also being named to the MAC All-Tournament Team.
However, as her final season approached, Dorsey biggest battle was to come. Over the summer she re-herniated her L4-L5 and L5-S1 discs in her back and had a free-floating disc fragment in her spin that needed surgery to fix it and regain normal nerve function. However, in September of 2018, Dorsey was hospitalized in the ICU for kidney failure due to complications from her Diabetes. Dorsey recovered from the kidney failure, however, because of this, the surgeon refused to operate on her back because at the time, it was too much of a risk. As the season approached, it looked as if Dorsey's final season in the Green and White might not happen.
But in February, just in time for the start of the season, Dorsey was medically cleared to dress once again. While unable to play a full game, Dorsey has been an integral part of the Bobcats 2019 season. She saw game action for the first time on Feb. 22 against Southern Illinois, and got her first hit of the season on March 1 against Mississippi State. Her biggest hit of the season came on April 16 in the top of the seventh inning. Dorsey was called on to pinch it at Ohio State, while the Bobcats down by one. Dorsey would crush a pitch down the left field line for her first double of the season, setting the dugout and the Bobcat faithful into a frenzy. It was a hit that, just six months prior, no one thought night happen.
While her stats on the field during 2019 aren't what they were in 2018, Dorsey is the glue that holds the Bobcats together. Her willingness to practice every day, no matter the amount of pain that she is in, inspires her teammates daily. She is always ready to be called on and cheers on her teammates the loudest when she can't get into the game. Dorsey is a solid example of what you can overcome, when you just keep working and believe in what you want to accomplish.
Dorsey graduated on May 4 with a degree in Child and Family Studies and was a member of the 2018 Academic All-MAC team.
Day, Dorsey, Geno, Yun and the rest of the Ohio softball team open play at the 2019 MAC Tournament on Wednesday, May 8 when the No. 3 Bobcats take on No. 6 Ball State. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio.