Strikeout Cancer this Weekend with Miami Softball
April 22, 2010
OXFORD, Ohio - The RedHawks are looking forward to four home games this weekend to help get back on the winning track. Miami will host Toledo on Friday for a doubleheader that starts at 11 a.m. (note the time change due to the weather). The RedHawks will then welcome Bowling Green to town for single games on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
STRIKEOUT CANCER WEEKEND: This entire weekend is dedicated to cancer awareness and to raise money to fight this deadly disease. There will be special Miami pink t-shirts for sale at all games, as well as two balloon releases after Friday and Sunday’s games. For donations, fans can place messages of hope or remembrance inside those balloons. All money raised this weekend will be donated to three of the softball team’s favorite charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
SCHOENLY REACHES 100: The 10-1 win over Eastern Michigan in the second game of a doubleheader on April 9 was the 100th win in Head Coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly’s time at Miami. She is the fifth coach in Miami softball history to reach the 100 win plateau. The RedHawks have steadily improved under Coach Schoenly, culminating in a 33-24 record last season, a MAC Tournament Championship and the first NCAA Tournament victory in school history. In three and a half seasons, Coach Schoenly has amassed a 102-105-1 record.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: The latest NCAA rankings were released on Apr. 18. Miami ranks 20th in the nation in triples per game at 0.28. It is also 22nd in fielding percentage at .972 and 36 in earned run average at 2.05
Individually, Meghan Mawn is the 23rd toughest player to strikeout in the country, fanning an average of once every 20.7 at-bats. Daniela Torres is tied for 22nd in the nation with four triples, while Sarah Billstrom and Mawn are tied for 58th with three apiece. Sophomore pitcher Jessica Simpson is 36th in the nation with a 1.54 ERA and 42nd with five shutouts. Senior outfielder Alicia Hogl is 86th in the nation with an average of 0.28 doubles per game. Senior pitcher Meredith Linch is 103rd in the nation with a 2.15 ERA and is tied for 53rd with two saves.
MAC STARS: Several RedHawks have stepped up their game in conference play. Meghan Mawn has been the top hitter with a .344 batting average. She also leads the team with seven RBI. Daniela Torres has also been strong with a .313 batting average and a team leading three doubles. Senior pitcher Meredith Linch has been nearly unhittable during MAC games so far. In five appearances (four starts), she is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA. Opponents are only batting .196 against her in those games.
THROWING OUT RUNNERS: Junior catcher Jenna McGivney (Canyon Country, Calif.) has single-handedly shutdown the opponents’ running game this season. Teams have attempted to steal only 39 times in 39 games in 2010. The reason so few have tried is that McGivney has thrown out 25 of the runners, a success rate of 64.1 percent. She also has recorded five pickoffs this year.
ABOUT TOLEDO: The Rockets are 8-29 overall and 2-8 in the MAC. Last week they split with Northern Illinois in a doubleheader, winning game one 3-2, before falling 8-6 in the nightcap. They followed that up with two single game losses to Western Michigan, falling 4-3 on Saturday and 4-1 on Sunday. Toledo is led by freshman outfielder Erinn Wright. She is hitting .354 with one home run and eight RBI. Its top pitcher is senior Hannah Rockhold. She has a 6-14 record with a 4.01 ERA in 32 appearances (22 starts).
SERIES WITH ROCKETS: Toledo holds a 42-30 all-time record against Miami. The teams have already met once this year in a non-conference match at the Miami Softball Invitational on March 21. In that game, the RedHawks exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to help lead them to an 8-0 five inning victory. Miami has shutout the Rockets in their last three meetings.
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons are 10-16 overall and 6-4 in the MAC. On Friday of last week, they split a doubleheader with Western Michigan. They lost the first game, 3-1, before taking the nightcap, 5-1. Over the weekend they defeated Northern Illinois, 3-1, on Saturday and dropped a 5-1 decision on Sunday.
SERIES WITH FALCONS: Bowling Green leads what has been a competitive all-time series, 43-39. Last year, Miami swept both games up in Bowling Green, Ohio. On Apr. 11, 2009, the RedHawks earned a 1-0 victory. They followed it up with a 7-1 win the next day. Jessica Simpson pitched complete game victories in both contests, giving up only one run. She struck out a career-high 14 batters in the win on Saturday.