May 14, 2012

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2012 MAC Tournament Champions!

SOFTBALL
Last Week: Winning five games on the final two days of the MAC Tournament—including three on Saturday—Miami (40-18) completed an impressive run en route to the MAC Tournament title and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. After being edged 1-0 by Central Michigan on Thursday evening (RECAP), Miami kept its season alive with a 5-1 victory to eliminate No. 7 seed Kent State and battled No. 1 seed Ball State to a 4-2 triumph to eliminate the Cardinals. (RECAP) Needing three wins on Saturday to seize the title, the RedHawks eliminated Western Michigan, 3-1, before pounding out 2-0 and 4-0 wins against Central Michigan to capture the championship. (RECAP) Senior pitcher Jessica Simpson was named Tournament MVP. She pitched all 42 innings of the tournament, including all 21 innings Saturday with one unearned run. On Saturday, Simpson gave up just 14 hits while striking out 23 batters and earned her 100th career win in Saturday’s second victory and also surpassed the 1,000 career strikeout mark. Shanyn McIntyre and Kayla Ledbetter joined Simpson on the All-Tournament Team. Earlier in the week, Simpson was named the MAC Pitcher of the Year for the second time in her career and earned her fourth spot on an All-MAC team, garnering first-team distinction for the second straight year. Jordan McElroy was awarded the Nan Harvey Sportsmanship Award, while Ledbetter and McIntyre earned Second-Team All-MAC plaudits. (RELEASE) This Week: The RedHawks head to the NCAA Tournament’s Knoxville Regional hosted by the seventh seeded University of Tennessee. Miami opens the double-elimination regional against the host Lady Vols on Friday at 6 p.m. Virginia Tech and UAB have also been selected to this regional and will open up play at 3:30 p.m. (RELEASE) (NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKET)

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Last Week: Senior Kelley Miller and junior Layne Baggett each won individual Mid-American Conference titles Saturday to lead Miami to a fourth-place finish at the MAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Central Michigan. The RedHawks ended with 82 points at the three-day meet while Kent State took home the title with 134.33 points. Miller captured the 1500m title for the second time in her career as she clocked 4:24.08, which is the second-fastest time in school history behind her own school record. Baggett won her individual title by repeating in the 100m hurdles in a personal-best 13.56, which is the ninth-best time in school history and ranks her second at Miami. By winning an event, Baggett and Miller each received First-Team All-MAC honors, Baggett for the second straight year in the 100m hurdles and Miller for the third time in her career, winning the 1500m run in 2010 and the mile run indoors in 2010. Senior Alexandra Roberts and sophomore Ashley Zaper each garnered Second-Team All-MAC honors as Roberts was the runner-up in the shot put, earning the accolade for the fourth time in her career (indoor and outdoor shot put each of last two years), while Zaper was second in the heptathlon. (DAY 1 RECAP) (DAY 2 RECAP) (DAY 3 RECAP) This Week: The MAC Championships is Miami's final meet as a team this year, however, several individual RedHawks are in contention to earn a spot in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. To qualify, an athlete must be in the top 48 in their respective event in the East Region. The field for the East Prelims will be announced Thursday, May 17.

Jahquil Hargrove was named the MAC's 2012 Outstanding Track Performer

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Last Week: Sophomore Jahquil Hargrove and freshman JaShawn Combs each won individual Mid-American Conference titles Saturday at the Outdoor MAC Track & Field Championships, held at Central Michigan, while Miami finished sixth. Hargrove, who was named the men's Outstanding Track Performer at the meet, won his MAC title in the 400m dash in a school-record time of 46.62, breaking Sam Miranda's mark of 46.67 set in 1988. Combs captured his crown in the 110m hurdles at his first MAC Championship in a personal-best 14.40, which ranks him ninth in school history. By winning a MAC title, Combs and Hargrove each earned First-Team All-MAC honors after Hargrove landed on the Second Team last year. Sophomore Kevin Brown and senior Jordan Goffena were both tabbed to the All-MAC Second Team after Brown's runner-up showing in the 800m while Goffena took second in the decathlon on Friday. (DAY 1 RECAP) (DAY 2 RECAP) (DAY 3 RECAP) This Week: The MAC Championships is Miami's final meet as a team this year, however, several individual RedHawks are in contention to earn a spot in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. To qualify, an athlete must be in the top 48 in their respective event in the East Region. The field for the East Prelims will be announced Thursday, May 17.

BASEBALL
Last Week: Junior Nate Bowles drove in two runs with three hits and freshman Scott Slappey delivered a career-best three hits as Miami (26-26; 10-14 MAC) grabbed an early lead and hung on for a 7-5 win over rival Cincinnati last Wednesday at McKie Field. (RECAP) A first-inning home run was all Kent State needed in a 3-0 victory over Miami Friday afternoon at Schoonover Stadium. (RECAP) A pair of two-run home runs in the sixth inning, both with two outs, lifted the Golden Flashes to a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Miami Saturday afternoon. (RECAP) KSU completed the weekend with a 10-4 win over the RedHawks on Sunday. (RECAP) This Week: The RedHawks conclude the regular season with a three-game series at Ohio beginning Thursday, May 17.

On Tuesday, May 8, the Miami University collegiate synchronized skating team was honored by the state of Ohio with a Senate Resolution and a House Resolution congratulating the RedHawks on seizing their 14th overall and eighth consecutive national title in March at the U.S. National Synchronized Skating Championships in Worcester, Mass. (RELEASE)

Volleyball continues its trip to three European countries May 8-17. Click HERE to follow along with updates, photo galleries and video journals.

Two men’s basketball alumni will be inducted into Halls of Fame this week as Wayne Embry will be inducted into the MAC Hall of Fame on Thursday (RELEASE) and Darrell Hedric will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. (RELEASE) Wally Szczerbiak was recently inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame. (ARTICLE)

Head men's basketball coach John Cooper signed his first two players at the helm of the RedHawk program. Guards Reggie Johnson, Jr. (Chicago, Ill./St. Joseph) and Geovonie McKnight (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) will join the RedHawk program in the fall. (RELEASE)

Miami University Athletics and the Miami University Alumni Association begin the 2012 Miami Athletics’ Coaches Caravan event schedule this week in Cincinnati and Dayton. (RELEASE) The caravan will make seven stop (six in Ohio and one in Chicago) throughout the spring. To register for a caravan event click HERE or contact the Red & White Club at 513-529-8097 or RWClub@muohio.edu.

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