March 14, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio - Post-season play for two RedHawk teams and NCAA Championship competition for swimming ace Kelsey Vehr highlight this week's action for Miami University.
Coach Charlie Coles' squad will play at Rhode Island on Wednesday night in the College Basketball Invitational. The ice hockey team, fresh off a sweep of Alaska in the second round of the CCHA Playoffs, heads north to the Motor City for the league's championship series. Vehr aims for an NCAA breaststroke titles later this week in Austin, Tex.
This Week: Sunday night, Miami's men's basketball team accepted a bid to participate in the 2011 College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen and will play at Rhode Island (19-13) on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. This is Miami's second appearance in the CBI, also earning a bid in the inaugural tournament in 2008 when the RedHawks faced eventual CBI champion Tulsa. Miami, who boasts the nation's toughest non-conference schedule, enters the postseason with a 16-16 mark.
Last Week: Miami's valiant comeback fell just short last Thursday against eventual champion Akron, losing in double overtime by a score of 82-75. The RedHawks overcame a 20-point second-half deficit, exploding for a record-tying 53 points. Julian Mavunga recorded a double-double with 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, while Orlando Williams and Allen Roberts chipped in with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
This Week: Coach RICO BLASI'S RedHawks (21-9-6) are paired against Notre Dame in Friday's 4:35 p.m. CCHA semifinal at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. Friday's nightcap has top-seeded Michigan against Western Michigan. A victory against the Fighting Irish would send Miami to Saturday night's championship contest, while a loss vs. Notre Dame would put the RedHawks in the third-place game (3:35 p.m.).
Last Week: Miami swept past Alaska by identical 4-1 scores last Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the seventh-ranked RedHawks scored four unanswered goals, including three in the third period, to erase an early deficit. Junior Patrick Tiesling lit the lamp for the eventual game winner at 3:15 of the third period with his second career goal. Cody Reichard finished with 17 saves on 18 shots for his 13th win of the season.
On Saturday, Alaska again scored the game's first goal, but Miami quickly answered in the first period and scored three times in the second period to secure the win. Senior Andy Miele, the nation's leading scorer, led the way for Miami with three points, while sophomore Reilly Smith added a goal and an assist.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING
This Week: All-America breaststroker Kelsey Vehr aims for national titles in both the 100 breaststroke (Friday, preliminaries at 12 p.m. ET, finals at 8 p.m.) and the 200 breaststroke (Saturday, prelims at 12 p.m., finals at 8 p.m.) at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Last year, Vehr placed seventh in the 100. She currently has the nation's 19th-best time at 1:00.33. In the 200 breaststroke, she has the 14th-best time at 2:10.37. Last year, Vehr finished 18th in the 200. A first-through-eighth-place finish earns swimmers All-America honors, while ninth-through-16th-place efforts earn honorable mention All-American laurels.
This Week: The RedHawks (5-9) are scheduled to play in Cincinnati on Tuesday vs. Xavier (3 p.m.), then travel to Morehead State on Saturday (doubleheader, 1 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.). Miami's first action at home is scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 23, against Eastern Kentucky (6 p.m.).
Last Week: Though Coach Dan Simonds' baseball team didn't fare as well as it had hoped in Florida last week, finishing with two wins in eight games. The Mid-American Conference named Miami's Bryce Redeker as its Player of the Week. He paced Miami with a .615 average over the first four games of the spring break trip, accounting for multiple hits in three of the contests after having two hits in just one of the first six outings. Redeker was perfect on 10 fielding chances, including throwing a runner out at second.
This Week: Having spent the spring break week practicing at some of the best golf courses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, the Miami men's golf team is ready to compete in the 2011 Rio Pinar Invitational hosted by the University of Central Florida. The RedHawks will play 36 holes on Monday and a final round of 18 holes on Tuesday. Representing Miami at this tournament will be seniors Nathan Sutherland and Michael Drobnick, sophomores Ben Peacock and Brett Tomfohrde and freshman Austin Kelly. Waiting for them will be a strong field that features MAC rivals Akron, Ball State, Northern Illinois and Toledo, and top 50 opponents North Carolina State (21st), UCF (31st) and Liberty (33rd).
Last Week: Miami's softball team went 4-2 last weekend, finishing as the runner-up Sunday at the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament. The RedHawks won their bracket game by a score of 1-0 over Longwood in the morning and held a 2-0 lead against 14th-ranked Hawaii in the fourth inning before the high-powered Rainbow Wahine offense erupted for eight runs to win 8-2. Miami is now 11-8 on the season. Kayla Ledbetter leads the RedHawks in 10 hitting categories, including average (.458), slugging percentage (.688) and RBI (12). Pitcher Jessica Simpson is 10-4 with a 1.54 ERA, including 112 strikeouts and only 19 walks.
Upcoming: The RedHawks are idle until 11 days from now when it debuts at home for five games in three days. On Thursday, Mar. 24th, it plays 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. games against Morehead State. The annual Miami Invitational begins on Friday, Mar. 25th, with a 2 p.m. game against Toledo and a 4 p.m. contest vs. Marshall. On Saturday (Mar. 26), Purdue plays the RedHawks in Oxford.
Upcoming: Miami's tennis team is idle until Mar. 25 when it hosts Toledo (1 p.m.). Eastern Michigan plays in Oxford on Mar. 26 (1 p.m.).