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Dorsey Wins Third MAC East Pitcher of the Week Award

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It wasn’t until the fifth of last season that a Bobcat was honored as the Mid-American Conference East Pitcher/Player of the Week for the Ohio softball team. Now, as Week 4 comes to its end the team will be celebrating their fourth award this season, with Savannah Jo Dorsey snatching her third MAC East Pitcher of the Week award this year.

The senior was honored for her performance on the mound this past week, when she and the Bobcats traveled to Kentucky as part of the Louisville Invitational. Dorsey started three of the four games and made an appearance in the fourth. All three of her starts were complete games. For the weekend, the pitcher went 2-2 with an ERA of only 0.32 in 22 innings. She allowed a total of six runs, only one of them earned, while also striking out 35.

Dorsey got her first look on the mound last Wednesday when the team faced off against Dayton two days prior to traveling to Louisville. The Bobcats beat the Flyers in five innings after run-ruling them, 10-2. It was this game where Dorsey gave up her only earned run in her four appearances, while also giving up four hits and striking out 10.

On Friday, Dorsey took the mound against the Louisville Cardinals, who were 12-7 going into this matchup. The game was a close one from start to finish thanks to phenomenal pitching and defense on both sides. It took extra innings to decide this one but in the end the Cardinals won in the bottom of the eighth, handing Ohio their third straight loss that week. Despite this, Dorsey still had herself a day, striking out 11 and giving up two runs, none earned, on four hits. Because cold weather, Ohio’s matchup with IUPUI was cancelled Saturday, leaving the team with only one more day to secure their first win.

Dorsey took the mound twice on Sunday, starting in the team’s first game Sunday afternoon against Northern Iowa. In seven innings, the senior gave up two runs, none earned, on four hits. She also struck out 11. Unfortunately for Dorsey, Ohio’s offense was not able to get anything going, which as a result led to the 2-0 defeat, their fourth straight loss. The Bobcats were able to secure their first and only win of the tournament a few hours later when the team run-ruled Wright State, 14-6, in the sixth inning. Dorsey came in later in the game, pitched 2.1 innings without allowing a hit or a run and struck out three.

With this award, Dorsey has now earned a total of nine MAC East Pitcher of the Week awards since joining the team in 2014.

The team will look to bounce back and go back to their winning ways once again when they travel to South Carolina to take on USC Upstate (23-4).