AKRON, Ohio– Ohio softball senior pitcher Danielle Stiene was named the 2018 Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year, while six members of the Bobcats earned spots on All-MAC Teams, the conference announced today. Stiene, Mikayla Cooper and Alex Day earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team, Taylor Saxton and Morgan Geno earned All-MAC Second Team honors, while Katie Yun was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team. Specialty awards and MAC Teams are decided based on a vote by the league's coaches and are based on conference stats only.
To go along with being named MAC Pitcher of the Year, this is the first time Stiene has been named the All-MAC First Team, after being named to the second team the past two seasons.
Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) wrapped up a stellar conference season for the Bobcats, going 12-1 on the year and registering a 1.02 ERA. In 89.1 innings of work, Stiene allowed 18 runs, with 13 of them earned. In 15 appearances, she made 12 starts, registered 12 complete games and six shutouts. Overall, she walked 23 batters and struck out 105 batters that she faced, while only allowing opponents to hit .161 against her.
On March 30 at Eastern Michigan, Stiene pitched all seven innings in the 6-1 win, allowing one run and striking out 12, while at one point recording nine strikeouts in a row. A week later at NIU on April 7, Stiene pitched all seven innings of Ohio's 2-0 victory and did not allow a run on one hit while striking out 11. Stiene was also stellar in Ohio's 1-0 victory at Miami on April 21. Stiene pitched all 11 innings of the win, allowing no runs on six hits and striking out eight. Then on April 28 on her Senior Day, Stiene pitched all five innings of the 8-0 victory, allowing no runs on two hits and striking out 11.
Stiene wrapped up the MAC regular season by pitching a gem at Bowling Green. Stiene pitched seven innings of the 4-0 victory, losing her no-hit bid with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the game, she walked one, allowed one hit and struck out seven.
Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) was named to the All-MAC First Team for the second-straight year.
Overall, Cooper hit .346 with 28 hits in 81 at bats, while scoring 26 runs with three doubles, two triples and seven homeruns. She has driven in 22 runs while recording a .691 slugging percentage. She has drawn eight walks and has a .415 on base percentage. In the field, Cooper played her first full season at first base. In MAC play she has a .978 fielding percentage with only three errors, 131 putouts and five assists, while helping turn three double plays.
Cooper opened up conference play by hitting homeruns in three-straight games against Central Michigan in the three-game sweep. Cooper was a force on April 8 at NIU, going 4-for-4 with four runs scored, three RBI, a triple and a leadoff homerun in Ohio's 7-6 victory in DeKalb. On April 21 in Ohio's 1-0, 11-inning victory, Cooper recorded the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 11th to help the Bobcats' to the victory. Against Buffalo, Cooper had a stellar weekend, in game one of the series, she went 3-for-3 with a homerun, double and triple with three runs scored and three RBI in the 9-1 victory. She then went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI and a double in the Bobcats' 17-0 victory.
Cooper has been named the MAC East Player of the Week three times over the course of this season.
Day (Hilliard, Ohio) earned her first spot on the All-MAC First Team, after earning a Second Team nod last season. She was also named the MAC East Player of the Week on April 17.
This season, Day hit .378 with 31 hits, four doubles, one triple and seven homeruns. She scored 21 runs and registered 30 RBI, while registering a .707 slugging percentage. She drew five walks and registered a .411 on base percentage. In 23 starts at third base, Day recorded a .938 fielding percentage with 21 putouts, 39 assists and helped turn two double plays.
Day's best offensive week came the week of April 11. On April 11 at Kent State in the second game of the doubleheader, Day was a force, going 5-for-5 with five runs scored, eight RBI and two home runs in Ohio's historic 22-7 victory over the Flashes. Day's eight RBI in the game is was the second most in MAC history in a single game.
On April 13 against Akron, Day continued her solid play, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBI and a home run in Ohio's 8-0 win. Day's home run in the bottom of the sixth inning was of the walk off fashion, helping end the game in the sixth inning. In the second game of the doubleheader, Day went 3-for-4 with two RBI with a double in the Bobcats' 5-2 victory. Day wrapped up her weekend on April 14 with a 1-for-4 effort in Ohio's, 12-0, five inning victory. Day hit a home run in the bottom of the first inning, helping give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead at the time. She also scored one run and had one RBI in the victory as well.
This is the second time that Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) has been named to the All-MAC Second Team.
This season, Saxton has hit .351 with two doubles and two triples. She's scored 16 runs and registered seven RBI while slugging .456. She drew nine walks and registered a .439 on base percentage. She has also registered a .959 fielding percentage
On April 11 against Kent State, Saxton went 1-for-1 with a double and scored four runs in Ohio's 22-7 victory. Then on April 28 against Buffalo, Saxton went 2-for3 with a triple and two runs scored in Ohio's 8-0 win. Then on May 5 against Bowling Green, Saxton registered her second triple of the MAC season and scored a run in the Bobcats 4-0 victory.
This is the second time Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) has been named to the All-MAC Second Team.
During the conference season, Geno hit .321 with 17 hits, four doubles, seven homeruns, 11 runs scored and 22 RBI, while registering a .792 slugging percentage. She drew 11 walks and registered a .446 on base percentage.
On April 11 in two games at Kent State, Geno recorded two hits, both of them homeruns, while recording three RBI. Then on April 13 against Akron, Geno recorded two doubles and three RBI. Then on April 20 at Miami, Geno went 2-for-4 with two homeruns, two runs scored and four RBI in Ohio's 10-4 win. Geno also recorded eight RBI in the three-game series against Buffalo, April 27-28.
Yun (North Canton, Ohio) earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team.
In her first full season in a Bobcat uniform, Yun has been stellar. Yun has started all 23 games for Ohio at shortstop. She hit .275 with 22 hits in 80 at bats. She registered six doubles, one triple and five homeruns, while scoring 17 runs and driving in 15. She has registered 45 total bases and has a .563 slugging percentage. She drew five walks and struck out only once. In the field, Yun has handled the shortstop position like a veteran. She has a .903 fielding percentage while recording 30 putouts and 35 assists while helping turn two double plays.
One of her best games of the season came on April 11 at Kent State. In the 22-7 victory, Yun went 3-for-4 with a double, homerun, two runs scored and four RBI. Later in that same week against Akron, Yun went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a homerun and three RBI. Then during the weekend series against Buffalo, April 27-28, Yun hit .429 in three games with three runs scored, one double and drew three walks for a .571 slugging percentage and a .556 on base percentage.
Stiene and all of the Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, May 9 for the first game of the 2018 MAC Tournament. The top-seeded Bobcats will face off against No. 8 Miami at 1 p.m. at Firestone Stadium.