OXFORD, Ohio – Providing strong individual performances that led to team victory, the Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of April 1-7 are senior sprinter Layne Baggett on the women’s side and senior pitcher Mac Thoreson for the men.
Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) performed well on her home track as she helped Miami easily win its own Miami Invitational Saturday, earning 20 points for the RedHawks. She was the runner-up in the 100m hurdles in a season-best 13.50 seconds, which is the eighth-best time in school history and the second fastest of her career. She was the top collegiate finisher as an unattached runner won the race, giving Baggett 10 points towards team scoring. Her time is the top 100m hurdles time in the Mid-American Conference this year by 0.17 seconds and ranks 14th in the entire East Region, while it also qualified her for the MAC Championships. Baggett was over half a second ahead of the next collegiate finisher, who was third in 14.09, while competing in a field of 25. Baggett also ran the leadoff leg of Miami’s winning 4x100m relay team that clocked 46.13 to win by over a second in a field of nine. The RedHawks earned another 10 points for the relay win. The 4x100m relay time ranks sixth in school history and is Miami’s second-best time this season.
Baggett has now earned MAC Female Athlete of the Week twice this year and in her career, also earning it for the week of Feb. 4-10 when she broke the indoor 60m hurdles school record. She collected MAC Female Track Athlete of the Week honors for her efforts, as well.
Thoreson (Knoxville, Tenn.) pitched his first complete game of the season and sixth of his career on Saturday, leading Miami to a 2-1 win over Akron on the road. He allowed just five hits, while walking only two. The right-handed hurler struck out a career-best 11 batters, the second time in his career he has reached double digits. He faced just 33 batters in the game. Thoreson fired 115 pitches in the complete-game win, while the victory was his third straight since an 0-3 start. He lowered his season ERA from 6.61 to 5.40 as the Zips hit just .161 off Thoreson for the day. He is now 3-3 on the season with 41.2 innings pitched and 25 strikeouts.
The Miami Male Athlete of the Week honor is the first of Thoreson’s career while he is the fourth straight (and different) RedHawk baseball player to earn the award.
Baggett and the RedHawks are back on the track this weekend, as she will run at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. April 12-13 while the majority of the women’s track and field team will compete at the All-Ohio Championships in Athens, Ohio on Friday and Saturday. Thoreson and the baseball team face Xavier today (Wednesday) in the consolation game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic at 3 p.m. while Thoreson will be back on the hill this weekend when Miami hosts Kent State in a three-game MAC series April 12-14.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications will be announced Tuesday, April 16. For a list of previous winners, click here.
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