OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University's softball team returns home this weekend for a three-game series against the University at Buffalo at the Miami Softball Stadium.
The RedHawks (23-17, 9-6 MAC) and Bulls (8-37, 3-12 MAC) will begin play on Friday, April 21 with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The series is set to close on Saturday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m., but there may be scheduling changes due to inclement weather.
For Friday's games, spectators should be aware of parking restrictions in the West Millett Lot. Due to the Winter Guard International Percussion Championships, the west side of the lot will be closed, but softball guests can still park in the lot's east side, closest to the stadium.
Prior to Friday's second matchup, Miami football head coach Chuck Martin will throw the honorary first pitch as his team heads into the Spring Showcase on Saturday at 1 p.m.
This series will also serve as Alumnae Weekend as former RedHawks return home to celebrate Miami softball. Former Miami standout Shuey will be recognized for her receipt of the Collegiate Softball Player of the Year by the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association. Shuey will be honored, along with six other collegiate athletes from the region, in a banquet on Monday, April 22.
Miami moved into a tie for first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division with three comeback victories last week. In Wednesday's return home matchup against BGSU, Miami faced an early deficit as the Falcons used three hits and a two-out error to pull out to a 3-0 lead in the second. In the bottom of the third, sophomore shortstop Michaela Schlattman put the RedHawks on the board with a RBI single. The Red and White pulled ahead for good in the next frame as junior pinch-hitter Rylee Whispel brought home two with a RBI single to right, followed by freshman outfielder Haeley Tran scoring on an error to make it 5-3. Following a BGSU homer in the fifth, senior reliever Kelsey Fredericks sealed the game with 2.2 perfect innings, earning her league-leading fourth save of the year.
On Friday, the RedHawks again used some late inning heroics to sweep a road doubleheader at Kent State. In the opener, sophomore first baseman Johniann Wahl had a terrific outing, homering in the second and tying the game with a RBI double in the third. After Kent State tied the game at 4 in the bottom of the fifth, Miami rebounded with an eight-run burst that wrapped up a run-rule victory. Senior outfielder Jenna Jones led off the top of the sixth with a homer to left, followed by a series of walks that helped Miami build an 8-4 lead. In her second at-bat of the inning, Jones returned to the plate and smacked a grand slam to clinch a 12-4 win. In the second matchup, the RedHawks' offense cooled down as they trailed 2-1 in the seventh with bases loaded and two outs. Whispel continued her clutch week with a two-run double that gave Miami a 3-2 win.
In Saturday's series finale, the RedHawks were felled by three leadoff home runs from the Golden Flashes, although senior catcher Lauren Anderson gave them a chance with a late home run that cut the deficit to 3-2. However, Kent State proceeded to strike out the final two Miami batters to lock up a 3-2 result.
Coming into the weekend, Schlattman ranks second in the conference in doubles (13) and third in runs (34), while Wahl sits at third in home runs with nine.
Buffalo brings a six-game losing streak into this weekend's set, following a doubleheader sweep at Binghamton on Tuesday. In their last conference outing, the Bulls were swept at Bowling Green, propelling the Falcons into a first-place tie with Miami. UB is led on offense by sophomore catcher/infielder Catrell Robertson, who is batting .315 with 28 hits and 10 RBIs. On the mound, junior righthander Charlotte Miller carries a 1.54 ERA in 14 appearances, while sophomore righthander Ally Power anchors the staff with 80 strikeouts and nine complete games over 102 innings of work.
GameTracker updates of all three games will be available on MiamiRedHawks.com. Live video streams of each game will also be accessible to subscribers to Miami College Sports Live.
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