ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio softball team (15-12, 3-0 MAC) returns to Mid-American Conference play this weekend, March 30-31, when they head to Ypsilanti, Mich. to take on Eastern Michigan (4-22, 0-3 MAC). On Friday, March 30, the Bobcats and EMU will battle it out in a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. Ohio and the Eagles will wrap up play on Saturday, March 31 with a single game at 1 p.m.
Please note that due to weather, the schedule has changed for this weekend. Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com or on Twitter at @OhioBobcatSB for any more changes.
ALL-TIME AGAINST EASTERN MICHIGAN
Eastern Michigan leads the all-time series against Ohio, 50-35, but the Bobcats have won the last four against EMU.
LAST TIME AGAINST EASTERN MICHIGAN
The Bobcats and EMU last met in April 2015, when Ohio swept the two-game series against the Eagles.
The Bobcats won the first game of the series, 12-2 and then wrapped up the series with a 7-2 win at the OSF.
Eastern Michigan is currently 4-22 overall, 0-3 in the MAC and are coming off of a 6-1 loss at the hands of Notre Dame on March 27.
As a team, EMU is batting .235 with 77 runs scored, 32 doubles, four triple and four homeruns. They are slugging .313 as a team and have a .308 on base percentage. They have also drawn 61 walks and have a team fielding percentage of .928.
Leading the team at the plate is Amanda Akles who is batting .353 with 30 hits, 10 doubles, two homruns and 15 RBI. Next is Arielle Anderson who holds a .294 batting average with two runs scored. Olivia Logan adds a .284 batting average, registering six doubles, three triples, 12 RBI and a .412 slugging percentage.
In the circle, EMU has a team ERA of 5.05. They have allowed 173 runs on 232 hits. They have recorded 93 strikes outs and have walked 90 batters in 169.0 innings.
Leading EMU in the circle is Nicole Miranda with a 4.32 ERA. She holds a 2-12 record and has allowed 59 earned runs in 92.2 innings of works. She has registered 54 strikeouts and has walked 43 batters. Next is Trisha Trujillo who has an overall record of 2-6 with a 4.89 ERA. She has allowed 37 earned runs and has walked 30 batters while striking out 31.
REWINDING LAST WEEK
The Bobcats last played on Wednesday, March 27 when the Bobcats defeated Pitt, 6-1, at the Ohio Softball Field.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene pitched a complete game. She struck out 10, walked two and allowed one hit in her seven innings of work.
At the plate, Mikayla Cooper and Alex Day each went deep, going 2-for-4 and 2-for-3, respectively. Yun went 2-for-3 and Michaela Dorsey went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Alexa Holland, Natalie Alvarez and Morgan Geno all added hits for Ohio.
Prior to the victory against Pitt, the Bobcats completed a three-game sweep of Central Michigan to open Mid-American Conference play. The Bobcats defeated CMU, 4-3 and 8-5 in a doubleheader on March 23 and followed that up with a 5-1 victory on March 24 to complete the sweep.
Natalie Alvarez hit .667 with four hits in six at bats, scoring four runs, two doubles and three RBI. She was also hit by a pitch twice and drew a walk. Next was Michaela Dorsey who hit .600 with six hits in 10 at bats. She registered three doubles, scored two runs and had three RBI and had a .900 slugging percentage. Mikayla Cooper also had a strong weekend, hitting .444 with four hits in nine at bats. She drew one walk, had three homeruns, four runs scored, five RBI and 13 total bases, while registering a 1.444 slugging percentage.
In the circle, all three Bobcat pitchers were stellar. Madi McCrady picked up two wins in two starts for Ohio, registering a 2.55 ERA. She allowed four runs on 10 hits in 11.0 innings and struck out eight while walking three. Danielle Stiene earned a win in her one start, throwing seven innings and allowing five runs on eight hits and registering a 3.00 ERA, while also adding seven strikeouts. Kendall Meeks did not allow a run on one hit in three innings of action. She struck out two and walked one while earned two saves.
Ohio is currently 15-12 overall and 3-0 in the MAC and are coming off of a 6-1 nonconference victory over Pitt on March 27.
As a team, Ohio is batting .267 with 120 runs scored, 31 doubles, eight triples, 22 homeruns and 104 RBI. The team has drawn 81 walks and has 18 stolen bases on the year.
Leading the Bobcats is redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey who is batting .386 with 22 hits, five doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI. She has a .684 slugging percentage and a .444 on base percentage, while also drawing five walks. Senior Mikayla Cooper has been solid as well, clocking in with 29 hits, a .341 average, five doubles, two triples, six homeruns and a team-leading 21 RBI and 17 walks.
Freshman Katie Yun is currently batting .326 with 29 hits, four doubles, two triples, three homeruns and 14 RBI. Junior Alex Day has recorded 29 hits this season, with four doubles, one triple, six home runs and 14 RBI, and she has also drawn nine walks.
In the circle, the pitching staff has a combined 3.49 ERA. In 182.1 innings, they have allowed 91 earned runs, walked 83 batters and have struck out 197 while opponents are batting .260 against them.
In the circle, senior Danielle Stiene has a 2.58 ERA and a 10-5 record in 18 appearances. Stiene has made 13 starts with eight complete games and three shutouts, all while striking out 116 batters.
Sophomore Kendall Meeks is 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 12 appearances and two starts. In 20.2 innings, Meeks has allowed 10 earned runs and has struck out 14 while also registering two saves. Freshman Madi McCrady is 4-4 overall with a 4.33 ERA in 13 appearances with 61 strikeouts.
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.
OHIO IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are currently at the top of the MAC East leader board after opening up MAC play 3-0.
Ohio is currently fifth overall in pitching with a 3.59 ERA, and first in strikeouts with 187.
Individually, Danielle Stiene is ranked ninth in pitching with a 2.71 ERA and is second in strikeouts with 106.
The Bobcats are currently sixth in batting with a .263 average. They are fourth overall in homeruns with 20.
OHIO IN THE NCAA
The Bobcats rank in the top-50 in a few individual statistical categories. Danielle Stiene ranks 32nd in strikeouts per seven innings. Stiene also ranks 39th in strikeout-to-walk ratio and is 34th in total strikeouts. Kendall Meeks is 38th in saves with two.
OHIO AND RPI
The Bobcats are currently 75th 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.
This weekend's opponent, EMU is ranked 280th.
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 372 career wins, 265 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 Athens for some midweek MAC play on Wednesday, April 3 when the Bobcats host Kent State in a doubleheader. First pitch for game one it set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field.