ATHENS, Ohio– Seven members of the 2018 Mid-American Conference Champion Ohio Softball team were named Academic All-MAC, the league announced today. Redshirt senior Taylor Saxton, senior Danielle Stiene, redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey, juniors Deanna Cole, Alex Day and Morgan Geno and sophomore Alexa Holland all earned the honor.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.
This is the third time that Saxton (Circleville, Ohio) has earned the honor. The Sport Management, Strategic Leadership, and Marketing and Business Administration major sports a 3.803 GPA and played and started in 56 games for the Bobcats at second base this season. Saxton registered a .269 batting average with 36 hits, three doubles, two triples, 33 runs scored, 10 RBI and a .347 on base percentage. She drew 15 walks, stole 10 bases and registered a .956 fielding percentage. Saxton was also named Second Team All-MAC for her performance during the year.
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-for-3 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. Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored against James Madison in Ohio's 7-3 win in the NCAA Regional
This is the second time that Stiene (Loveland, Ohio) has earned a spot on the Academic All-MAC Team. The Bios/Cells and Molecular Biology major registers a 3.303 GPA while making 42 appearances and 33 starts for the Bobcats in the circle the season. Stiene went 29-8 overall and 12-1 in MAC play, setting a new single season wins record for the Bobcats. She registered a 1.45 ERA, with 26 complete games and a program-high 13 shutouts. In 232.1 innings, Stiene allowed 64 runs, 48 of them earned, walked 58 and struck out 281, while opponents only hit .185 against her.
Stiene was also named the MAC Pitcher of the Year, named First Team All-MAC, was a six-time MAC East Pitcher of the Week, MAC Tournament MVP, named to the MAC All-Tournament Team and was named to the NCFA All-Mideast Region First Team.
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.
In the MAC Tournament, Stiene went 4-0 with a 0.26 ERA, making all four starts and registering three shutouts, while striking out 31 and allowing only one run in 27.0 innings of work. On May 11 in the MAC Tournament semifinals against Northern Illinois, Stiene pitched a six-inning no hitter.
In the NCAA Knoxville Regional, she pitched 19.2 innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out 24 in four appearances.
Individually, Stiene moved into second-all time in program history in strikeouts with 603. She moved into second all-time in shutouts (20) and wins (55) and third all-time in complete games (51). Stiene also set the single season record in wins (29) and shutouts (13).
The is the first time that Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) has been named Academic All-MAC. The Child and Family Studies and Recreation Management major registers a 3.296 GPA and played in 51 games for the Bobcats, starting 47 of them. Dorsey registered a .329 batting average with 46 hits, 10 doubles, a career-high eight homeruns, 33 runs scored, 33 RBI and a .571 slugging percentage. She also drew 13 walks, has a .390 on base percentage and was a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases. Dorsey is also the first Bobcat outfielder to be named NFCA All-Mideast Region Third Team and also earned a spot on the 2018 MAC All-Tournament Team.
Dorsey hit her second homerun of the season against Baylor, which at the time, gave Ohio a 3-1 lead. She went 2-for-4 with a double, homerun, run scored and four RBI against Delaware. She also went 3-for-5 with a homerun, run scored and two walks against James Madison on March 17. On March 23, she went 4-for-4 against CMU with two doubles and two runs scored. Against Ohio State she registered a double and a run scored. Then against Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game, Dorsey hit the game-winning two-run homerun in the second inning. Dorsey also registered five hits in the NCAA Knoxville Regional.
This is the second time that Cole (Akron, Ohio) has been named Academic All-MAC. The Exercise Physiology, Biological Studies and Psychology major sports a 3.552 GPA and played in 35 games for the Bobcats, starting 18 of them. Cole registered a .209 batting average, with nine hits, one double, one triple, 12 runs scored and two RBI. She registered a .393 on base percentage, drew 10 walks and was 6-of-8 on stolen base attempts.
Cole registered a double in Ohio's opening game of the season against Virginia. Then she recorded a triple against Jacksonville State on Feb. 18. She went 3-for-4 with a run scored against Wagner. Scored runs in Ohio's MAC semifinal game against NIU, and in the championship game as well. She also scored the Bobcats' only run against Tennessee on May 10.
This is the second time that Day (Hilliard, Ohio) has earned the Academic All-MAC honor. The Exercise Physiology, Biological Studies and Applied Nutrition major sports a 3.302 GPA and played and started all 57 games for Ohio at third base this season. Day hit .333 with 65 hits, eight doubles, three triples and a team-leading 12 homeruns. Day also scored 42 runs, recorded 44 RBI and had a .590 slugging percentage. She drew 16 walks, had a .397 on base percentage and a .915 fielding percentage.
Day was also named to the All-MAC First Team, NFCA All-Mideast Region First Team, on the MAC All-Tournament Team and was named the MAC East Player of the Week and the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week once during the season.
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 first time that Geno (Chillicothe, Ohio) has been named Academic All-MAC. The Communication Science and Disorders major sports a 3.210 GPA and played in 53 games, starting 49 of them for the Bobcats. The designated play for Ohio registered a .254 batting average, with 34 hits, eight doubles, nine homeruns, 17 runs scored and 28 RBI. She registered a .515 slugging percentage, while drawing 35 walks and recording a .415 on base percentage. Geno's play throughout the year earned her a spot on the All-MAC Second Team.
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. Against James Madison at the NCAA Regional, Geno hit a three-run homerun to give Ohio a 3-2 lead at the time.
This is the first time that Holland (Rochester, Ind.), a Sport Management major with a 3.203 GPA has been named Academic All-MAC. Holland played in 45 games for the Bobcats, starting seven of them. She registered a .222 batting average, with six hits, one double, one homeruns, 13 runs scored and five RBI.
On April 11 against Kent State, Holland went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, one double and her first career homerun. Scored a run against NIU in the MAC semifinal game.