May 9, 2011
As the school year comes to a close, several spring sports are winding down their seasons and heading into conference postseason action. Last weekend Miami University celebrated its 172nd commencement ceremony, awarding 3,967 degrees. Prior to the Saturday ceremony at Yager Stadium, Miami Athletics honored its graduates of the Class of 2011 with a reception for the student-athletes’ family and friends. PHOTO GALLERY
Last Week: A walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh by Daniela Torres led Miami to a 2-1 victory over Western Michigan in the regular-season finale on Sunday. Jessica Simpson earned her 25th win of the season, pitching a complete game against the Broncos, and tied the Miami single-season wins record. (RECAP) The RedHawks dropped a 5-2 decision to WMU on Saturday. (RECAP) Simpson threw the first no-hitter of her career, leading Miami to 1-0 win over Northern Illinois in the first game of a doubleheader Friday afternoon. The Huskies captured the second game, 4-1. (RECAP) SOFTBALL VS. NIU PHOTO GALLERY Simpson also set a MAC record last week, earning her seventh MAC East Division Player of the Week honor. (RELEASE) This Week: Miami (30-20; 13-9 MAC) was edged by Ohio for the East Division title and will be the No. 7 seed in the MAC Tournament. The RedHawks face the second-seeded Bobcats at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the double-elimination tournament at Firestone Stadium in Akron. (MAC Softball Tournament Information)
Last Week: On Sunday, Brad Gschwind drove home the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and Brooks Fiala struck out seven over eight innings, lifting Miami to a 3-2 win at 28th-ranked Kent State. The win clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the RedHawks (27-20; 14-7 MAC). (RECAP) Despite compiling 13 hits, Miami dropped an 8-6 decision to the Golden Flashes on Friday (RECAP) before suffering a 14-1 loss on Saturday. (RECAP) Earlier in the week sophomore Mac Thoreson was tabbed the MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week after pitching a complete game in a 1-0 shutout of Bowling Green on Friday, May 29. (RELEASE) This Week: The RedHawks play a home-and-home series with Cincinnati, traveling to face the Bearcats on Tuesday before hosting UC at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Miami then hosts Buffalo in a three-game weekend series. Game times are slated for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Last Week: Miami posted two first-place finishes at the Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday. Freshman Ariel Johnson, sophomore Layne Baggett, sophomore Katie Scannell and junior Diona Graves combined to clock 46.58. (RECAP) After setting a school record in the 100m dash in a time of 11.68 at the Gina Relays two weekends agi, the fastest by a MAC runner in the event this season, Graves was tabbed the MAC Female Track Athlete of the Week last week. (RELEASE) This Week: Miami heads to the Mid-American Conference Championships, hosted by Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill., May 12-14.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Last Week: Senior Michael McCarty was victorious in the long jump while a pair of RedHawks logged all-time top-10 marks in school history Friday to lead the Miami University men’s track and field team at the Billy Hayes Invitational. McCarty won the long jump with a season-best leap of 7.33m/24-0.75. Junior Matt Rudin was the runner-up in the pole vault, clearing a personal-best 5.10m/16-8.75, which ranks him seventh in school history and is the second-best mark in the conference this year. Freshman Rob Stein placed fifth in the discus with a personal-best toss of 51.98m/170-6, which ranks him ninth in school history and is nearly 30 feet better than his previous best throw. (RECAP) This Week: Miami heads to the Mid-American Conference Championships, hosted by Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill., May 12-14.
Senior Kelsey Vehr was named a 2011 Mid-Major All-American by CollegeSwimming.com last week, (RELEASE) Chip Rogers was hired as an assistant field hockey coach, (RELEASE) and volleyball announced their 2011 schedule. (RELEASE)
Miami is hosting several sports camps throughout the summer. Check out MiamiSportsCamps.com to register for a camp today.