Bats stay hot as RedHawks down Chips 7-2.
By MIKE SMITH
OXFORD, OH -- As fans left the Miami Softball Complex Sunday, an announcer reminded all that the RedHawks had just played their last regular season home game of 2023. While such an event might be cause for some extra sentimentality and/or motivation for many teams, Miami head coach Kirin Kumar soon after observed it was “just another day at the office” for her squad.
Given the way MU has played for most of the last month, “another day at the office” could be bad news for opponents. And so it was for Central Michigan.
As it had in Saturday’s second game (an 8-0 MU win), Miami pounded out 10 hits again Sunday. Three of the knocks were homers.
Allie Cummins and Jenna Golembiewski combined . . .
RedHawks sweep CMU, move into first place
The Miami RedHawks shook off an ugly midweek loss to knock off MAC-leader Central Michigan twice Saturday at the Miami Softball Complex. Miami came from behind to take the first game 4-2, and the RedHawks followed with a 8-0 shutout.
With the victories, MU broke the Chippewas' 11-game winnning streak and replaced CMU atop the Mid-American Conference standings. Those two teams will close out their series with a Sunday game starting at noon.
The visiting Chippewas struck first Saturday, plating two first inning runs in the opener. However, those turned out to be CMU's only runs on the day.
"Bad things are going to happen," Miami head coach Kirin Kumar said of the Chippewas early damage. It's how you respond to it. . . . (We) did it offensively and defensively."
Miami scored single runs in . . .
RedHawks take 2-of-3 at Ball State
Host Chippewas in big series this weekend
MUNCIE, IN -- After shutting out Ball State 6-0 Tuesday, the Miami RedHawks split a twin-bill with BSU Wednesday.
Miami took the first game 4-3 as Brianna Pratt picked up her 22nd win against 10 losses. Ball State then came back with a vengance, scoring seven first inning runs and going on to register a 10-0, five-inning victory.
With the series win, Miami moved to 16-7 in conference play. Ball State dropped to 15-11.
The RedHawks are now tied with Ohio (16-7) for second place. Miami will meet first place Central Michigan (17-6) in a big series, starting with two games (1 p.m., 3 p.m.) Saturday, April 29. The Chippewas are currently riding an 11-game win streak.
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Ragland returns to talented QB room - as coach
Former RedHawk was part of MU rebuild
By MIKE SMITH
When Gus Ragland signed on as an assistant coach for Miami University football in February, he knew he was returning to a much different program than he first joined as a freshman player back in 2014.
Miami had failed to win a game in 2013, and head coach Don Treadwell was replaced by Chuck Martin, who recently acknowledged he inherited one of the weakest teams in Division I football.
Especially in the days before quick transfers, quick fixes were . . .
Two RedHawk gridders enter portal
April showers bring May flowers.
Likewise in 2023, April spring practices are typically followed by spring transfers.
It has been going on across the country, with one of the more extreme cases being in Colorado (23 transferring out at last count).
The Miami RedHawks wrapped up their spring work Saturday and the latest count in the On3.com transfer portal watch shows two MU players recently adding their names to list. Safety Rowan Zolman (2022 S0) appears headed to Minnesota. Redshirt freshman tight end Jeffrey Simmons entered the portal, but as of yet does not have a destination.
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RedHawks blast Zips as offense regains form
OXFORD, OH -- It was a cold weekend in Oxford, but the Miami RedHawks bats were hot.
Miami softball finished a sweep of Akron Sunday, run-ruling the Zips 11-0 behind a 12-hit attack that included three home runs. Holly Blaska, Riley Coyne (2) and Jenna Golembiewski all hit round-trippers as MU chased Akron starter Alexa Difeo (9-8) with 10 earned runs on 10 hits in 1.2 innings.
Brianna Pratt (20-10) picked up the . . .
Martin calls Spring Practice 'awesome'
OXFORD, OH -- Spring has been good for the Miami RedHawks football team -- good enough to bring back a little more contact at the annual Spring Showcase event, which closes spring practice.
In recent years, the showcase has featured a variety of drills, with some scrimmage plays thrown into the mix. Head coach Chuck Martin, however, elected to divide this year's spring squad into two units and have a little competition. Bragging rights for the day went to Team Schembechler, as it defeated Team Parseghian 19-0. More importantly, the event capped off what Martin considers a productive spring.
One of the best parts was coming out healthy. While a few starters missed the final, the injuries weren't all that serious. In fact, even more should be ready for fall camp and/or the season opener at Miami (Fla).
"We're in really good . . .
Miami will add McVea statue to plaza
OXFORD, Ohio — Sean McVay (’08) is set to become the 10th coach immortalized with a bronze statue on the south end of Miami University’s Yager Stadium.
He will join Ara Parseghian, Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank, John Harbaugh, John Pont, Carm Cozza, Bo Schembechler, Red Blaik, and Paul Dietzel. The statue unveiling/McVay’s Cradle of Coaches induction, which is open to the public, will take place at noon Saturday, May 6, in Yager Stadium’s Cradle of Coaches Plaza.
The Miami University graduate led . . .
RedHawk hitters to be challenged by Akron pitching
By MIKE SMITH
After going 1-2 in last weekend's Miami Invitational, the RedHawks get back to Mid-American Conference play this weekend when they host Akron for three games.
The series kicks off a serious stretch for MU as the RedHawks battle to finish among the MAC's top four. That would give them a spot in the MAC's post-season tournament May 11-13.
Akron is one of two MU opponents remaining on the schedule who . . .
Kumar, RedHawks enjoyed hosting elite Sooners
By MIKE SMITH
The state of Oklahoma has an extensive history with softball in general. If anything, the connection has grown over the years. For example:
-- The National Softball Hall of Fame Museum is located in Oklahoma City.
-- So is Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, a 13,000-seat stadium that hosts the annual College World Series.
-- The Oklahoma Sooners softball team has won six national titles since 2000, with five coming since 2013.
Ranked No. 1 and riding a 29-game winning streak coming into last weekend, the Sooners might have seemed like an unlikely participant in the Miami Invitational. But there they were, led by legendary coach Patty Gasso and . . .
Editor-Publisher Mike Smith
Mike grew up in Mid-American Conference football and basketball territory and returned there after military service. He has been covering MAC football and men's basketball for much of the last several decades.