HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Miami University softball team will take on its newest local rival, Northern Kentucky, on Tuesday for the first time since the Norse joined Division I. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in Highland Heights.
Miami is coming off a 3-1 weekend in which it swept a doubleheader at Ohio (1-0 and 11-5) and split single games with Akron, falling on Saturday (8-1) and winning on Sunday (7-6). The RedHawks are now 9-3 in the Mid-American Conference and tied for the East Division lead with Kent State.
Northern Kentucky is 10-30 overall and 4-14 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Norse swept a three-game weekend series with conference rival East Tennessee State in their last action. NKU is led offensively by junior infielder Dee Dee Davis. She is hitting .288 with three home runs and 16 RBI. Its top pitcher is senior Emily Schwaeble. She is 4-16 with a 3.43 ERA in 26 appearances (21 starts).
Miami holds a 7-6 lead in the all-time series with Northern Kentucky. All 13 meetings came in the 1970s before the NCAA took over management of women’s sports and established divisions. The two teams last met in 1979, with the Norse sweeping a doubleheader by the scores of 7-2 and 1-0.
The RedHawks will next be in action this weekend when they take on Ball State for a two-game series in Muncie. The Cardinals currently lead the MAC with a perfect 12-0 record. The first game is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. and the series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m.