Baseball sweeps NKU to push winning streak to nine

  With a weekend sweep of Northern Kentucky, the Miami baseball team (11-3) secured its best start to a season since Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” topped the Billboard charts. The RedHawks have to look back to 1983 for the last time they won 11 of their first 14 games. The sweep of the Norse (3-12) extends the ‘Hawks’ winning streak to nine. “Winning is better than losing,” MU head coach Danny Hayden said. “But like we tell these guys, we’ve got a lot of goals we want to accomplish every day. No matter what we’ve done the last two,...

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Men’s basketball accepts CBI bid, will play Campbell

The Miami men’s basketball team is headed to a postseason tournament for the first time since 2011. After what looked to be a season-ending loss to Toledo in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Thursday, the RedHawks announced Sunday that they’ve accepted a bid to play in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament. The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is an annual 16-team postseason tournament that has been played every year since 2008. It is a single-elimination tournament until the finals, which is a best-of-three series. The Wyoming Cowboys won last year’s CBI crown. The ‘Hawks are set to play the Campbell Fighting...

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Nike Sibande, two other RedHawks receive MAC Basketball awards

Freshman guard Nike Sibande was named the 2018 MAC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. Sibande and two other RedHawks were chosen for All-MAC teams on Monday. “To be MAC freshman of the year, it means a lot,” Sibande said in a statement. “It’s a blessing to me, my family, coaches, my teammates, everybody.” Miami’s leading and only double-digit scorer, the Indianapolis native averaged 14.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. He was the only RedHawk to start all 32 of Miami’s games this season. Sibande beat out Bowling Green’s Justin Turner and Ohio’s Teyvion Kirk for...

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Miami beats OU to advance to MAC Tournament quarterfinals

Video by Emily Brustoski Seventh-seeded Miami basketball is moving on in the Mid-American Conference Tournament after defeating the 10th-seeded Ohio Bobcats 68-55 at Millett Hall on Monday. The win marks the first time the RedHawks have advanced to the second round since 2013. “After [Friday’s game], I literally could not sleep at night,” junior guard Darrian Ringo said. “I felt like I could’ve done a lot more to help the seniors. I just wanted to win for them tonight and win for my coaches. So I think everybody realized that and came out and played hard. We wanted to...

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Miami Baseball sweeps Rider in first home series

The Miami baseball RedHawks (8-3) brought their brooms to Hayden Park last weekend as they swept Rider University (4-7) in their first home series of the season. MU’s starting pitchers Spencer Mraz, Zach Spears and Bailey Martin combined for 18 shutout innings and held opposing hitters to a minuscule .120 batting average over the course of the series. The ‘Hawks struck early Friday night, scoring one run in the first inning when Redshirt sophomore left fielder Kyle Winkler crossed home plate after Redshirt senior first baseman Ross Haffey grounded into a double play. Freshman right fielder Parker Massman drove...

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