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Savannah Jo Dorsey pitches the ball during Ohio University’s game against the University of Kentucky on March 29 at the Ohio University Women’s Softball Complex. 

Softball Sidebar: Savannah Jo Dorsey dominates Kent and the record book

Savannah Jo Dorsey passed Emily Wethington for most career wins all time in Ohio history on Tuesday with her two wins.

Savannah Jo Dorsey cemented her status as one of the university's greatest pitchers after earning two wins Tuesday against Kent State, her 55th and 56th career wins. Dorsey passed Emily Wethington for most career wins as a pitcher in Ohio softball history.  

Dorsey didn't have any idea she was approaching the record, though.

"It's kind of surprising," Dorsey said. "They always kind of spring this stuff on me. We don't ever have records in our minds, but it's exciting."

On a day when both coach Jodi Hermanek and Dorsey herself said Dorsey wasn't at her best, Dorsey pitched every inning of a doubleheader, struck out 23 batters, gave up just three runs on five hits and walked three batters.

"Honestly, she probably wasn't the sharpest with command today that she typically is," Hermanek said. "But, good enough to mix it around the zone, and keep them off balance."

Dorsey now holds the all-time records for wins, strikeouts and shutouts in just three years as a pitcher, despite pitching in just two games last season before missing the rest of the year with a back injury. 

"She's extremely impressive," Hermanek said. "If anybody knew the things that she has endured in her pitching career, they'd put her on a pedestal and be so elated by the things that she contributes. The team wants it for her."

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Other records Dorsey holds include the single-season records for wins, strikeouts and innings pitched, and she's tied for the record of single-season shutouts. 

On top of the many records Dorsey has broken, Hermanek said she is the best at putting spin on her pitches to make them cut across the strike zone.

Perhaps what is most impressive about Dorsey's record is how she broke it. Three runs on five hits allowed might be considered a strong outing for some pitchers in one game. 

Dorsey put up the same numbers in two games, and this was on a day that didn't stack up to her normal standards. 

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