CLEVELAND, Ohio – A big week for the Miami University baseball team led to the RedHawks sweeping this week’s Mid-American Conference East Division awards.
Freshman reliever Jacob Banks (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) was tabbed the MAC East Pitcher of the Week while senior first baseman John Crummy (Butler, Pa./Butler) earned MAC East Player of the Week honors.
Banks saved three of the RedHawks’ four victories to earn his first three collegiate saves. The freshman right-hander tossed three scoreless innings with three strikeouts to secure a 3-1 win at Ohio State to start the week on a high note on Tuesday. After seeing Buffalo rally to force extra innings in last Friday’s series opener, Banks came on the mound with a 9-8 lead in the 11th and tossed a scoreless frame to salt away a win. He helped secure a series sweep by earning the save in Sunday’s 5-4 victory. In five innings, Banks allowed just one run for a 1.80 ERA while striking out five batters in the process.
After going 1-for-4 and scoring the game’s first run at Ohio State, Crummy was nearly impossible to get out at Buffalo. The senior went 7-for-8 in the series with three doubles, one home run and three RBI. Crummy batted .667 with five runs scored and slugged a robust 1.167 for the week. He blew up over the last two games, going 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles and two RBI in Saturday’s 9-7 win and going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI with two runs scored in Sunday’s 5-4 triumph.
The awards represent the first weekly MAC honors in either player’s career.
Miami opens its final regular season series, a three-game set at Ohio on Thursday.