April 25, 2014

Softball hosts MAC East leader Ohio for pivotal weekend series

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AKRON, Ohio -- The University of Akron softball team will look to climb the league standings this weekend when it hosts Mid-American Conference East Division leader Ohio for a two-game series beginning on Saturday at Lee R. Jackson Field. 

The Zips and the Bobcats will square off in a pair of single games on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Akron (22-13, 7-5 MAC) currently sits in third place in the MAC East standings and is tied for fourth in the conference overall with a .583 winning percentage in league games. Ohio (26-20, 10-4 MAC) leads the East Division and the league with six regular season games left to play. 

With the help of Jessica Reiman and Jessica Schneider, the Zips fine tuned their offense in a non-conference doubleheader at St. Francis on Wednesday. Reiman, who has been seeing time as Akron's designated player, went a combined 5-for-8 with three runs scored and her second home run of the season against the Red Flash. Schneider tallied four hits and a longball of her own. The lone senior leads the team with 10 doubles and 18 RBI this season.

Kellie Roudabush has been big at the plate as well for UA, as she is currently riding a 12-game hitting streak, and has reached base safely in the last 23-straight games. 

Sophomore ace Erin Seiler is just two victories away from tying her win total from last season, carrying a 15-6 overall mark. The Bowling Green, Ohio native holds a 1.63 ERA in conference play, and seven of her 10 appearances have been complete-game efforts. She has struck out 42 batters in conference action against 24 walks.

Ohio is coming off a doubleheader split with Marshall on Wednesday, picking up a 4-3 win before dropping an 8-7 decision. Last weekend, the Bobcats were shut out by Ball State after sweeping Miami (Ohio). Amanda Dalton leads Ohio's offense with a .409 batting average against MAC teams, with 18 hits and nine walks. Freshman Casie Hutchinson is hitting .378 in league games, with a .489 slugging percentage. Savannah Jo Dorsey is Ohio's ace in the circle, posting a 7-3 record in MAC play and a 2.14 ERA. Opposing teams are hitting .222 against the sophomore.