HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Miami University softball team is ready to begin Mid-American Conference play this weekend. Before doing so, the RedHawks will take a quick trip to Marshall for a single game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Miami then heads to Kent State for a MAC opening doubleheader Friday at 1 p.m. The RedHawks will take on Buffalo in single games on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
LOGEMANN HONORED: Sophomore pitcher Amber Logemann has started to come into her own at Miami. She was recognized for her recent hot streak by being named MAC East Division Co-Pitcher of the Week last weekend. She led Miami to a pair of victories, finishing with a 1.17 ERA in 12.0 innings pitched with 11 strikeouts. Against Wright State on Thursday, she pitched a complete game, allowing only one run on four hits, while striking out seven. She followed that up with five strong innings against Robert Morris on Saturday, allowing only one run on five hits, while striking out four. Logemann had a .200 opponent batting average last week and a WHIP of 0.92.
LIPSCOMB ON A ROLL: Junior outfielder Bree Lipscomb has 14 RBI and five home runs in her past nine games. Her seven home runs on the season already is tied for the fifth best single-season mark in Miami history. She has 25 RBI in 25 games, and is only four RBI from joining the single-season top 10 list in that category as well.
ABOUT MARSHALL: Marshall is 9-20 on the season. The Thundering Herd are 3-6 in Conference USA, including taking two out of three against East Carolina this past weekend. Miami will be the first MAC school that Marshall has faced this season. The Herd are led offensively by sophomore utility player Shaelynn Braxton. She is hitting .356 with nine home runs and 26 RBI this season. Their top pitcher is freshman Jordan Dixon. She is 6-12 with a 6.14 ERA in 26 appearances (19 starts).
SERIES WITH MARSHALL: Marshall holds a 20-13 lead in the all-time series with Miami. The teams split a pair of games at the Georgia Tech Classic last season. On Feb. 16, 2013, Shanyn McIntyre drove in three runs as the RedHawks took an 8-2 victory. The Thundering Herd was able to get revenge the next day when they won, 11-6.
ABOUT KENT STATE: Kent State is 14-12 on the season. The Golden Flashes were the preseason pick to win the MAC East regular season title. Last weekend, they went 2-3 at Kentucky’s tournament. They dropped two games to the Wildcats and one to Kansas, but defeated Saint Francis (Pa.) and Fairfield. Kent State is led offensively by freshman infielder Maddy Grimm. She is hitting .354 with nine home runs and 32 RBI. Its top pitcher is junior Emma Johnson. She is 7-6 with a 1.98 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts).
SERIES WITH KENT STATE: Kent State has a 49-48 lead in the all-time series with Miami. The Golden Flashes took the lead in the series with two victories last season in Oxford. On May 3, 2013, KSU took the opener of a doubleheader, 2-0. It then scored two runs in the top of the seventh to earn a come-from-behind, 3-2, win in the nightcap.
ABOUT BUFFALO: Buffalo is 14-13 on the season. The Bulls are coming off spending a week and a half in Florida, where they went 5-6. They split a doubleheader with Florida A&M in their last action last Friday, winning the opener in nine innings, 3-2, before falling in the nightcap, 2-1. Buffalo is led offensively by senior outfielder Holly Luciano. She is hitting .359 with two home runs and 20 RBI. Its top pitcher is senior Tori Speckman. She is 10-7 with a 1.90 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts).
SERIES WITH BUFFALO: Miami leads the all-time series with Buffalo, 18-13. The teams split their two meetings in Oxford last season. On May 4, 2013, the RedHawks scored seven runs in the bottom of the second on their way to a 7-5 win. The next day, the Bulls shutout Miami in a 2-0 victory.
UP NEXT FOR MIAMI: Miami returns home for six games next week. It starts on Wednesday, April 2, when the RedHawks welcome Northern Kentucky to Oxford for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. Miami then hosts Toledo for a MAC doubleheader on Friday, April 4 beginning at 1 p.m. The RedHawks take on Bowling Green in single games on Saturday, April 5 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m.