Updated Thu, Feb 20, 2014 4:37 pm
Chattanooga, Tenn., will welcome the undefeated Ohio Bobcats over the weekend of Feb. 21-23, as the ‘Cats are set to play five games in three days.
The Bobcats’ chances are high to continue their hot start, as they take on five opponents, all of whom have losing records thus far into the season.
The Bobcats take on Austin Peay, who comes in at 2-6, on Friday at 11 a.m. The Governors have only one player hitting .300 or above, and have only one player with more than six RBIs.
Austin Peay’s pitching staff is sporting a bit less than a healthy 7.12 ERA.
In the afternoon at 1:30 p.m., Ohio will try its hand at taking on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. TTU is hitting at a .221 clip while allowing a .336 average to opposing batters. The Golden Eagles have scored only 26 runs compared to opponents’ 58 runs.
On Saturday, the Bobcats are slated for the same times as Friday, but are scheduled to play Middle Tennessee State (4-6) and Butler (2-6).
The MTSU Blue Raiders have several players in their lineup posting impressive seasons. Kayla Toney is hitting for an average of .394, while also having hit two home runs. Another Blue Raider, LaRi Mitchell, is averaging .333 with four RBIS. The team’s pitching has kept them in several low-scoring games and has given up 3.66 earned runs a game.
With Butler in the afternoon game, Ohio gets a shot at a Bulldogs squad that has struggled to score runs. The Bulldogs have only scored more than three runs in a game once this year, (with only 21 total on the season) and have lost five straight ball games.
In Ohio’s lone Sunday game, the ‘Cats take on the 4-5 Northwestern State Lady Demons. On the mound, the Lady Demons are led by Shelby Sells who is 2-0 and maintains a 1.65 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 17 innings. Players like Cassandra Barefield, Brittney Jones and Kellye Kincannon lead the way offensively for Northwestern State.
Ohio comes into the weekend still feeling it offensively as three Bobcats players, shortstop Amanda Dalton, outfielder Adrienne Gebele and third baseman Casie Hutchinson are all hitting .400 or above.
Savannah Jo Dorsey has been dominant and is undoubtedly one of the NCAA’s best pitchers early on this season. Dorsey has pitched in each of the team’s first eight games, winning seven of them, pitching four complete games, and striking out 41 batters over 35 innings.
If the Bobcats start the weekend off on a winning note, they will start off 9-0 for the first time in the school’s history.