Joyaux, Morris sign pro contracts
Kevin Morris signed an ATO with the Manchester Monarchs, the Los Angeles Kings' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, on March 18. He has family ties to the team, as his father, Mark Morris, is the winningest head coach in Monarchs history. Morris scored his first professional goal in his first professional game March 19 in Elmira. The forward suited up for 153 games in four seasons for Miami, collecting 48 points on 22 goals and 26 assists and totaling 36 blocked shots in the 2015-16 season.
Chris Joyaux signed a 25-game amateur tryout contract with the St. John's IceCaps, the Montreal Canadiens' American Hockey League affiliate, on March 16. The defenseman played in 148 games for the RedHawks, blocking 156 shots and finishing +4 on the ice. He recorded 21 career points on five goals and 16 assists with a career-high four goals and six points in the 2015-16 season.
Lin places second at NCAA meet
Junior diver Pei Lin finished as the NCAA-runner up in the three-meter dive March 18. She placed third in the one-meter dive March 17. Lin, who is a four-time All-American for the RedHawks, was named to the All-American first team in every event this season.
She scored a 399.40 in the three-meter dive, missing first place by 5.30 points. Nevada's Sharae Zheng (404.70), won both the three- and one-meter events.
Lin also placed second in the NCAA three-meter last season. The second-place finishes are the best finishes at an NCAA meet by a RedHawk women's swimmer or diver in program history.
Darling qualifies for MAC champ
By Ben Blanchard, For The Miami Student
The Miami University men's and women's track and field team returned to action at the first outdoor competition of 2016 in the Vanderbilt Black and White Invitational last weekend in Nashville, Tenn. after a month-long break.
Junior Arionna Darling won the shot put with a throw of 50-4 feet, giving her the top mark in the Mid-American Conference and an automatic qualification to the MAC championship. Though her throw missed her personal best by one foot, it ranks 37th in the country.
Freshman pole vaulter Matt Owens won his event with a personal best of 16-0.75 feet. Junior Vinnie Minosky finished first in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.5 seconds. Tying his personal record, senior Peter Stefanski finished second in the high jump with a leap of 6-8.75 feet.
In the women's 4x400 meter relay, Miami finished in 3:47.37, good enough for second out of 29 teams.
Flavin wins second title of season
Flavin won his second individual title of the season after shooting a 70-66-69 to finish at 8-under par at the FAU Slomin Autism Invitational to earn co-medalist honors with two other golfers. His 5-under 66 in the second round set a new career low. He was also Miami's top finisher at the Lone Star Invitational on March 21. He shot rounds of 72-76-73 and finished at 5-over par, tied for 11th at the tournament.
Baseball goes 2-2 during break
Five RedHawks had multi-hit performances in the Miami's 5-4 win and home opener against Northwestern University on March 23. Freshman right-handed pitcher Michael Hendricks picked up the win for the 'Hawks (9-12, 2-2 Mid-American Conference), working two innings in relief, and his fellow freshman righty Nick Ernst recorded the first save of his collegiate career. Miami beat Ball State University, 4-2, in its MAC opener Friday. Ernst and redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Ryan Marske combined to pitch the final five innings and held the Cardinals scoreless over that period. MU fell 9-0 Saturday and 9-6 Sunday.
'Hawks on seven-game win streak
Miami (17-11, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) extends its winning streak to seven games after sweeping Ball State University in a three-game series last weekend. In the first game on March 25, MU used a three-run bottom of the fifth inning to come from behind and win 4-3. Miami won both games of the doubleheader Saturday, 5-3 and 5-2, respectively. Senior outfielder Taylor Shuey led the series with five RBI and two runs on five hits, and freshman infielder Michaela Schlattman totaled three RBI and three runs on seven hits.
Tennis drops two away matches
By Scott Sutton, For The Miami Student
The Miami University tennis team (5-8) lost to South Alabama University, 5-2, and No. 61 Old Dominion University, 4-3. South Alabama (16-4), ranked No. 45 in the country, is on a 14-match win streak after defeating Miami. MU's sophomore duo of Nelli Ponomareva and AnastasiIa Vasiukhina won their doubles match, 6-3. Junior Andreea Badileanu beat against Monica Mitta 6-1, 6-2 in singles play, and freshman Emily Struble beat Clinta Maria Papke 7-6, 6-2.
The RedHawks faced off against No. 61 Old Dominion University, which is on a three-match winning streak. Miami began the day with an almost perfect doubles display from each set of players. The Ponomareva and Vasiukhina duo won 6-2, while Badileanu and freshman Anzhelika Shapovalova won 6-0. Sophomore Hannah Shteyn and Struble's match went unfinished. Old Dominion overcame their deficit by taking the majority of the singles matches, but Miami had two singles wins. Badileanu won her match against Nataliya Vlasova 6-4, 6-4 and Ponomareva won her match against Nikol Hristova 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
Miami takes on Ball State University (13-2) at 1 p.m. Friday. The 'Hawks defeated the Cardinals in the Mid-American Conference championship last year, 4-0.