ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio softball team swept this week's Mid-American Conference Weekly Softball Awards, the league announced today. Senior first baseman Mikayla Cooper was named the MAC East Player of the Week, and for the second-straight week, senior pitcher Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week.
This is the third time this season Stiene has been named Pitcher of the Week, while it is the second time this season that Cooper has earned the Player of the Week honor.
Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) led Ohio in the circle once again for the Bobcats. Over the weekend, Stiene went 2-0 in one start with one complete game. She recorded a 0.00 ERA in 9.2 innings by not allowing a run on two hits, walking three and striking out 13. Opponents hit .067 against her and she recorded a complete game shutout, helping Ohio to win the weekend series against NIU and improve to 8-1 overall in MAC play.
In her first game of the weekend, Stiene got the start, pitching all seven innings, and did not allow a run on one hit while walking one and striking out 11 of the 24 batters she faced in Ohio's 2-0 victory.
Stiene returned to the circle on April 8 in the final game of the series, entering the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with Ohio trailing by one, Stiene would go on to pitch 2.2 innings and did not allow a run on one hit, while walking two and striking out two in Ohio's 7-6 come-from-behind victory, helping her earn her 13th win of the season.
Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) continued her dominance of the MAC this past weekend. Overall, Cooper hit .500 in 10 at bats, recording five hits with one double, one triple and one homerun. She scored five runs while recording five RBI and drawing one walk. Cooper also recorded a 1.100 slugging percentage and a 5.45 on base percentage. She stole one base on one attempt and had a perfect fielding percentage with 16 putouts.
On April 7 in the first game of the series, Cooper went 1-for-2 with a double, two RBI and a run scored, while also drawing a walk. Later in the day in the second game of the series, Cooper did not record a hit, however she did reach base on an error and stole second for her lone stolen base of the weekend in Ohio's 2-0 victory.
In the final game of the three-game series, Cooper saved her best performance for last. Going 4-for-4 with a homerun, triple, two singles, three RBI and a run scored. Cooper started off the scoring in Ohio's victory, hitting a leadoff homerun in the top of the first. She then gave Ohio the lead back in the top of the fifth inning with a two-RBI triple. Then in the top of the seventh, with the Bobcats trailing by one, Cooper led the inning off with her fourth hit of the day, a single. She would then move to second on a sacrifice bunt and then score the then tying run on a double from Katie Yun. The Bobcats would go on to score one more in the inning to win 7-6 and take the three-game series.
The Bobcats are back in action on Wednesday, April 11 when Ohio heads to Kent State to take on the Flashes in a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m.