ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio softball team returns to Athens on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24 when the Bobcats open Mid-American Conference play against Central Michigan. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Ohio Softball Field. If you can't catch the game in person, Gabe Genovesi will have you covered on ohiobobcats.com.
Please note that the new times listed above are a change from the original schedule. Due to weather in the forecast this weekend, Saturday's game time can still be changed based on weather. Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com or on Twitter at @OhioBobcatSB.
New this year, along with the audio broadcasts on ohiobobcats.com, some of the Bobcats' home games this year will be streamed live via YouTube. Those who want to watch can click here to check it out.
ALL TIME AGAINST CENTRAL MICHIGAN
The Bobcats are 21-55 all-time against Central Michigan.
LAST TIME AGAINST CENTRAL MICHIGAN
The Bobcats last faced off with CMU in the 2015 season, fell to the Chippewas 14-3 at Ohio.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
CMU is currently 9-12 overall and is coming off of a 5-0 loss against Michigan on Wednesday.
As a team, CMU is batting .288 with 21 doubles, six triples and 10 homeruns.
Leading the Chippewas is Lacy Tolfree who is batting .437 with 31 hits and two triples with five RBI. Next is Erika Underwood who is batting .397 with 23 hits, six doubles, four homeruns and 16 RBI. Allison Curtis follows with a .297 batting average, 19 hits, four doubles, two triples, one homerun and eight RBI.
In the circle, CMU has a staff ERA of 3.05. In 133.1 innings pitched, the staff has allowed 74 runs on 141 hits and have walked 51 batters and struck out 54.
Leading the staff is Cloe Mallory who has an ERA of 2.70 in 23.1 innings. She is 2-2 overall and has allowed 10 runs and has struck out six. Next is Laura Vaccaro who is 2-1 overall with a 2.76 ERA. In nine appearances, she has allowed 12 runs while walking 12 and striking out 10. Hanna Warren is 3-4 overall with a 3.02 ERA and 32 strikeouts.
REWINDING LAST WEEK
The Bobcats are coming off of a 2-2 weekend at the JMU Invitational, hosted by James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. While there, the Bobcats defeated JMU, 9-7 in nine innings on March 17, and Stony Brook, 10-3 on March 18.
At the plate, the Bobcats were led by Katie Yun, who hit .600 on the weekend. She registered nine hits, one double, one triple, two homeruns, scored three runs and drove in five runs. She also had 18 total bases while producing a slugging percentage of 1.200 and a .563 on base percentage.
Allie Englant was also solid at the plate. Hitting .417 on the weekend with five hits, two triples, three runs scored and two RBI with a .750 slugging percentage. MacKenzie Brunswick also hit .417, with five hits, two runs scored and one RBI with a .500 on base percentage.
In the circle, Danielle Stiene with 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA, striking out 24 batters in 15 innings.
Ohio is currently 11-12 overall early in the 2018 season.
Leading the Bobcats is redshirt junior Michaela Dorsey who is batting .341 with 15 hits, two doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI. She has a .659 slugging percentage and a .420 on base percentage, while also drawing 5 walks.
Freshman Katie Yun is currently batting .333 with 25 hits, four doubles, one triple, three home runs and thirteen RBI. Senior Mikayla Cooper has been solid as well, clocking in with 23 hits, five doubles, two triples, two homeruns and 14 RBI while also drawing 16 walks.
Junior Alex Day has recorded 23 hits this season, with four doubles, one triple, four home runs and 12 RBI, and she has also drawn eight walks.
In the circle, senior Danielle Stiene has a 2.68 ERA and a 8-5 record in 16 appearances. Stiene has made 11 starts with six complete games and three shutouts, all while striking out 99 batters.
Sophomore Kendall Meeks is 1-1 with a 3.39 ERA in 12 appearances and two starts. In 20.2 innings, Meeks has allowed 10 earned runs and has struck out 12. Freshman Madi McCrady is 2-4 overall with a 4.80 ERA in 11 appearances with 53 strikeouts.
MAC WEEKLY HONORS
Danielle Stiene was named the MAC East Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 27.
OHIO IN THE MAC
Ohio is currently fifth overall in pitching with a 3.79 ERA. They are first in strikeouts with 170.
Individually, Danielle Stiene is ranked eighth in pitching with a 2.68 ERA and is second in strikeouts with 99.
The Bobcats are currently seventh in batting with a .250 average. They are fourth overall in homeruns with 16.
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 368 career wins, 261 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 stay in Athens when they play Pittsburgh, March 27 at the OSF. The Bobcats' single game against Pitt on Tuesday will begin at 5 p.m.