Miami drops two of three to Kent State
By Coburn Gillies, Assistant Sports Editor
Miami University baseball -- in what was possibly their biggest series of the season to this point -- surrendered two of three games to Kent State University this weekend.
The scores against the Golden Flashes were a 10-3 loss, a 5-2 RedHawks victory and a nail-biting 4-3 loss.
In game one, the 'Hawks fell behind early, to the tune of an 8-1 deficit by the top of the 4th inning. While MU tried its best to come from behind, it appeared to be knocked out of the bout and possibly even the series.
The tables were turned in the middle game of the set, as the RedHawks pulled ahead to a 3-0 lead and never looked back, knotting the series up at one game a piece.
The finale of the series saw the 'Hawks take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 6th. Unfortunately for Miami, Golden Flashes sophomore third baseman Dylan Rosa sent a pitch by freshman Zach Spears into the leftfield bleachers for a 2-run home run, and KSU never looked back from there.
Losing this series for Miami will certainly be a blow in the MAC East division standings, as they find themselves still stuck in 2nd place behind the Flashes. Luckily, it wasn't all bad for the RedHawks.
Senior Gary Russo and redshirt sophomore Ross Haffey each performed offensively. The duo combined to go 9 for 24 with 3 homers, 2 doubles and 4 RBI's, which was half of MU's run output during the series.
The 'Hawks look to redeem themselves when they take the field 6 p.m Wednesday against Morehead State University.
Albright signs free agent deal with Buffalo
Bryson Albright, former standout of the Miami University football team, has signed a free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills. Albright, a defensive end, earned second-team All-MAC recognition last season after recording 51 tackles, seven sacks, and 12.5 tackles for loss.
Albright played in 48 career games as a RedHawk, with 35 starts at defensive end. Albright finished his career with 180 tackles, 19 sacks, and 33.5 tackles for loss.
In his last game as a RedHawk, Albright lead Miami to victory over UMass with seven tackles, 2.0 sacks and an interception on the final play of the his career.
Softball splits doubleheader against Akron
The Miami University softball team defeated the Akron Zips 4-1 Saturday afternoon, before falling 8-7 in the nightcap. Junior catcher Lauren Anderson powered the RedHawks to victory in the opener with a solo home run in the top of the second inning, followed by a two-run blast in the top of the seventh.
Senior pitcher Amber Logemann earned her 17th victory of the season with the win. Miami is now 27-21 overall and 12-7 in the Mid-American Conference.