OXFORD, Ohio – For their performances last week ice hockey sophomore forward Riley Barber and softball junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb are Miami’s Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of March 10-March 16.
Barber broke out of a minor slump at the most crucial time of year for Miami last weekend. The sophomore tied for the team lead with five points (1g, 4a) in a two-game sweep over regular season NCHC Champion St. Cloud State (ranked fourth in both major polls). Barber assisted on two of the Red and White's four goals in regulation and netted the game-winning goal 10:10 into overtime in last Friday's series-opening 5-4 win. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native came through again on Saturday with two more assists, including the primary helper on the game-tying goal in the third period. Barber leads Miami with 19 goals this season while his 43 points ranks second on the team.
This is the second time this season and sixth time in his career that Barber has been named Miami’s Male Athlete of the Week. He previously earned the honor for the week of Oct. 7-13, 2013.
Lipscomb had a torrid week for the RedHawks, batting .438 with eight RBI. She also had two home runs and three doubles for a slugging percentage of 1.000. Lipscomb hit her first career grand slam home run in the victory over Maine on Friday. She also drove in a run on a single for a career-high five RBI. She also had multiple hits against Connecticut and Saint Joseph’s, driving in runs in both games. Lipscomb had her second home run of the weekend against the Hawks on Sunday. She had a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base on the weekend, finishing with an on-base percentage of .471.
This is the first time in her career that Lipscomb has been named Miami’s Female Athlete of the Week.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications will be announced Tuesday, March 25. For a list of this year’s winner’s, click here.
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