May 2, 2011

Last week two teams competed for Mid-American Conference championships and sadly saw their season come to a close while the remaining four squads still in action had successful weekends and look to continue their own push to a MAC title this coming week. Several RedHawk student-athletes will also earn their degree Saturday at Graduation.

Last Week: Miami (26-18, 13-5 MAC) stretched its win streak to eight games. On Tuesday, the RedHawks pounded out 13 hits en route to a 10-3 win over Indiana, their fifth straight over the Hoosiers. (Sam Dawes nailed down the save in both contests while senior Tyler Melling and sophomore Brooks Fiala each picked up wins on the mound. (RECAP)

Thoreson garnered MAC East Pitcher of the Week for his complete-game win over the Falcons. (RELEASE) Last Monday, Fiala earned the same honor after tossing 8.1 scoreless innings in a win over Akron.

This Week: Second-place Miami looks to extend its winning streak and take over the top of the MAC this weekend when it travels to first-place Kent State for a three-game set Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8. Game times are 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. the last two days.

Jessica Simpson became Miami's all-time wins leader.

Last week: Junior Jessica Simpson became Miami's all-time winningest pitcher as the RedHawk softball team (28-18, 11-7 MAC) swept a doubleheader against Bowling Green on Friday. Miami won game one, 5-1, and earned a 1-0 win in the nightcap. (RECAP) On Saturday, the `Hawks downed Toledo, 7-1, behind junior Daniela Torres' 3-for-4, four-RBI day. (RECAP) Miami finished the sweep of the Rockets Sunday, 8-2, as sophomore Taylor Rice went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. (RECAP) The RedHawks were scheduled to play a doubleheader against Dayton last Monday but it was cancelled due to rain. This week: Softball hosts Northern Illinois Friday for a double dip beginning at 1 p.m. while game two starts at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Western Michigan comes calling with the first meeting at 6 p.m. while Sunday's game is at 1 p.m.

Last Monday, Miami swept MAC softball weekly honors as senior Kathryn Russette was named MAC East Player of the Week while Simpson garnered MAC East Pitcher of the Week for the previous weekend. (RELEASE)

Last Week: The top-seeded and regular-season champion RedHawks (19-6) played in the MAC Tournament, hosted by Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich. last weekend, making their third straight trip to the MAC championship game before seeing their 32-match win streak against league opponents snapped in the final. Miami, the two-time defending tournament champions, rolled past No. 8 seed Ball State in the quarterfinals, 4-0 (RECAP) and downed fourth-seeded Bowling Green by the same score (RECAP) to reach the title match. The championship was a rematch with second-seeded Akron, who Miami had beaten a week earlier, but the Zips earned the doubles point and then pulled out the final and deciding singles match at No. 6 singles in three sets to win the title, 4-3. (RECAP) Junior Stephanie Danesis and freshman Nimisha Mohan were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts during the weekend.

The tennis team holds the regular season championship trophy at the awards banquet.

Last Thursday at the MAC Tennis Banquet senior Anastasia Dracheva made Miami Tennis history, becoming the school's first four-time all-conference selection. The Moscow, Russia, native joined Danesis on the first team, while senior Megan Martzolf was a second-team choice. First-year head coach Anca Dumitrescu was named the league's Coach of the Year as well, marking the third straight year that Miami's mentor has won the award. (RELEASE) Dracheva also earned MAC Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season. (RELEASE)

MAC Tennis Banquet Photo Gallery

Last week: Miami hosted the MAC Championships in Maineville, Ohio at the TPC River's Bend over the weekend and finished in fifth place among a nine-team field. After the first two rounds of the contest the `Hawks sat tied for sixth (Nathan Sutherland's two-under-par 70, which was the best individual round of the day, as the RedHawks charged to finish in fifth. (RECAP) Sutherland earned First-Team All-MAC honors for the second straight year at Sunday's closing banquet.

MAC Golf Championship Photo Gallery

Last week: The RedHawks split last weekend, as several RedHawk sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and pole vaulters traveled to Hillsdale, Mich. for the Gina Relays Friday and Saturday while the rest of the squad stayed home for Miami's own RedHawk Invitational. Junior Diona Graves highlighted the weekend, breaking the school record in the 100m dash with a time of 11.63 Saturday at the Gina Relays (RECAP) while she also won the long jump Friday (RECAP). Freshman Erin Riley won the 800m, classmate Tori Paterra took first in the javelin and junior Samantha Gable claimed the hammer throw Saturday at their own RedHawk Invitational. (RECAP) This week: The `Hawks compete in one final tune-up before the Mid-American Conference Championships as they head to Bloomington, Ind. for the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University, Friday, May 6. The MAC Championships are then May 12-14 in DeKalb, Ill. and hosted by Northern Illinois.

RedHawk Invitational Photo Gallery

Michael McCarty went 1-2 in the 110m hurdles Saturday.

Last week: Miami hosted its second and final home meet, the RedHawk Invitational Saturday at George Rider Track, as the `Hawks captured seven event wins. Sophomore Matt Losi was tops in the triple jump, sophomore Michael Perry squeaked out a win in the 1500m run while Miami also crossed first in the 4x400m relay. (RECAP) This week: The `Hawks compete in one final tune-up before the Mid-American Conference Championships as they head to Bloomington, Ind. for the Billy Hayes Invitational, hosted by Indiana University, Friday, May 6. The MAC Championships are then May 12-14 in DeKalb, Ill. and hosted by Northern Illinois.

RedHawk Invitational Photo Gallery

Will Felder has decided to transfer to Miami University, head men's basketball coach Charlie Coles announced last Wednesday. Felder recently completed his sophomore season at Saint Francis University (Pa.). (RELEASE)

Featuring at least 10 home games, the 2011 Miami University women's soccer team's schedule was released last Tuesday by head coach Bobby Kramig. The RedHawks will also host a four-team tournament in Oxford in September. (RELEASE) (SCHEDULE)

Miami Athletics sadly lost two members of its family in the last week as well as former Miami President Dr. Phillip Shriver passed away April 23 (TRIBUTE) and Corrine Osterberger, a program associate who was the secretary for the men's basketball staff for the past 26 years, passed away May 1. (RELEASE)

Congratulations to all Miami's senior student-athletes who will graduate on Saturday at Yager Stadium!