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Miami vs. Western Michigan Brief

Miami University baseball will play host to Western Michigan University this weekend. The RedHawks enter the match-up having lost six of their last seven contests. Of those losses, four were to non-conference opponents. However, snapping this skid will be no cakewalk, as WMU enters the three-game series with a 4-3 record in its last seven games. Miami will look to senior designated hitter Gary Russo and redshirt sophomore infielder Ross Haffey for big performances this weekend. If those two impact players perform well, Miami has a chance in this series. An important matchup to watch will be between MU's Ross Haffey and Western Michigan's junior infielder Grant Miller, who currently leads the Broncos in RBI's with 24. As the MAC tournament gets steadily closer, each conference game becomes more crucial. The series kicks off 6 p.m. Friday and will wrap up Sunday, which is senior day for the eldest Miami players.

Softball drops doubleheader to EKU

The Miami University softball team travels to Buffalo to conclude its regular season this weekend with a three-game series against the Bulls. The RedHawks enter the series in second-place in the MAC with a 12-7 conference record, and are 27-21 overall. Miami has already clinched a spot in next week's MAC Tournament. Senior outfielder Taylor Shuey leads Miami with 8 home runs, 41 RBIs, and a .409 batting average.

Buffalo is 17-34 overall and 9-11 in the MAC. This will be a critical series for the Bulls, as they are currently in a three-way tie for the eighth and final spot in the MAC Tournament. First-year catcher Katie Weimer leads Buffalo with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs, and a .329 batting average.

The teams play 3 p.m. Friday and begin their Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m.