Softball Hits Road for Important Week

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April 12, 2011

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DAYTON, Ohio - The RedHawk softball team has five road games to look forward to this week. First up is a quick trip to Wright State on Wednesday for a non-conference single game at 5 p.m. Miami will then resume Mid-American Conference play on Friday with a doubleheader at Central Michigan beginning at 1 p.m. Over the weekend, the RedHawks will travel to Ypsilanti, Mich. for single games against Eastern Michigan on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

MAWN LOOKING FOR HIT 200: Senior shortstop Meghan Mawn (Long Beach, Calif.) looks to join an elite list with her 200th career hit this weekend. She is currently at 198 hits. Only three RedHawks have previously reached the 200-hit barrier, Halle Popson (2005-08) with 245, Monique Abbitt (1988-91) with 216 and Jennifer Abramson (1995-98) with 211.

SIMPSON IS DOMINANT: Junior pitcher Jessica Simpson (North Canton, Ohio) is a four-time winner of the MAC East Division Pitcher of the Week award this season. Including Paige Myers’ win on Mar. 29, Miami pitchers have won the award five times this year. Currently Simpson is 14-10 with a 1.64 ERA. Simpson leads the MAC in wins, strikeouts (159), innings pitched (166.1), shutouts (8) and complete games (21).

SIMPSON CAREER WINS RECORD TRACK: Junior Jessica Simpson is now up to 57 career victories in a Miami uniform. She is only six wins away from tying the RedHawk career record of 63 victories held by Jackie Poggendorf (2002-05).

MAWN MOVING UP RECORD BOOKS: Senior Meghan Mawn (Long Beach, Calif.) has the opportunity to be on or near the top of several Miami career hitting categories before her career has concluded. Her career batting average of .334 ranks third all-time behind Halle Popson (.351) and Daria Germond (.335). She is currently tied for sixth all-time with 92 career runs scored (Popson holds record at 138). She is fourth with 198 career hits (Popson leads at 245), tied for fifth with 31 career doubles (Miami Hall-of-Famer Monique Abbitt leads with 36) and seventh with 81 career RBIs (Leslie Macedo leads with 105).

Opponent Previews

ABOUT WRIGHT STATE: The Raiders are 18-16 overall and 7-2 in the Horizon League. Last weekend they swept their series with Green Bay. Wright State won Saturday’s game, 5-2, and then took Sunday’s doubleheader by 5-2 and 8-1 scores. The Raiders’ top hitter is junior Chelsea Archer. She has a .429 average with nine RBI. Their top pitcher is freshman Kristian DeWitt. She is 12-10 with a 2.83 ERA in 27 appearances (24 starts).

SERIES WITH THE RAIDERS: Miami leads the all-time series with Wright State, 39-9-1. The two teams have already met this season, clashing on Feb. 25 at the Louisville Red and Black Tournament. The RedHawks defeated the Raiders, 8-0, in six innings in that encounter. Jessica Simpson struck out nine to earn the shutout, while Taylor Rice was 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored.

ABOUT CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas are 20-12 on the season and 5-3 in the MAC. They were perfect in conference play last weekend, sweeping Toledo on Friday by 9-1 and 8-0 scores, and then winning 7-3 on Saturday and 10-2 on Sunday against Bowling Green. CMU is led by junior infielder Molly Coldren. She is hitting .361 with eight home runs and 22 RBI. A strong pitching staff is led by sophomore Kara Dornbos. She is 8-4 with a 1.22 ERA in 17 appearances (14 starts).

SERIES WITH THE CHIPPEWAS: Central Michigan leads the all-time series with Miami, 57-24. The two teams split their series last season in Oxford. On Apr. 10, the Chippewas won a pitcher’s duel with a 1-0 victory. The RedHawks came back the next day to earn an 8-4 win.

ABOUT EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles currently have the best overall record in the MAC at 19-7. That includes a 6-2 record in league games. Like Central Michigan, EMU swept its games against Bowling Green and Toledo last weekend. The Eagles beat the Falcons 1-0 and 4-1 on Friday, and then took out the Rockets 7-0 and 13-1 on Saturday. Eastern Michigan’s top hitter is junior McKenna Russ. She is hitting .484 with five home runs and 20 RBI this season. It’s top pitcher is sophomore Jenna Ignowski. She is 11-3 with a 1.20 ERA in 18 appearances (10 starts).

SERIES WITH THE EAGLES: Eastern Michigan leads the all-time series with the RedHawks, 41-30. Miami swept last year’s meeting in a doubleheader in Oxford on Apr. 9. After winning the opener, 3-1, the RedHawks blasted the Eagles, 10-1 in five innings in the nightcap.

UP NEXT FOR MIAMI: A long homestand awaits Miami after it returns from the road. The RedHawks will host Butler under the lights on Tuesday Apr. 19 for a non-conference doubleheader that begins at 4 p.m. Conference play resumes Friday, Apr. 22 when Buffalo visits the Miami Softball Stadium for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. MAC rival Kent State comes to town over the weekend for single games on Saturday, Apr. 23 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 24 at 1 p.m.