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Ohio's Madi McCrady pitches during Ohio's game against Central Michigan on March 23, 2018. The Bobcats beat the Chippewas 4-3 in the first game of a double header. (BLAKE NISSEN | FILE)

Softball: Ohio wins MAC regular season title for the first time since 1995

Ohio won the Mid-American Conference regular season title Friday for the first time since 1995. 

The Bobcats clinched the title despite their 3-2 loss to Bowling Green because of Toledo’s loss to Ball State.

The 1995 title was the only other time the Bobcats won the MAC outright. 

With the regular season crown, Ohio earns the top seed in the MAC Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Akron.

The title comes after an 18-3 conference record as of Friday’s loss. Both the Bobcats’ pitching and defense have excelled in conference play. 

Ohio's hitting .323 with 32 home runs in 21 conference games. Mikayla Cooper, the senior leadoff hitter, has led the way, with seven homers and 22 RBIs in conference play. She has been named MAC East Player of the Week three times.

In the circle, the Bobcats' pitching staff currently owns a 2.34 ERA while striking out 147 batters in MAC play. Danielle Stiene, a senior, has been dominant with a 1.12 ERA and 98 strikeouts. Stiene has won six MAC East Pitcher of the Week awards, including the last five. 

Friday’s loss was Stiene’s first in conference. 

Ohio concludes its regular season Saturday in a doubleheader against Bowling Green. 


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