Baseball splits season-opening series against ASU

Miami baseball kicked off its season with a 2-2 series split at Arizona State this weekend. After travel complications pushed Friday night’s game to Saturday, the RedHawks played back-to-back doubleheaders and won the first and last games of the series 4-2 and 16-8, respectively. This season is the first time Miami has won two of its first four games since 2012. Miami struck first in game one Saturday, when a one-out double by junior catcher Hayden Senger drove in sophomore outfielder Cal Elvers to give MU a 1-0 second-inning lead. The Red and White tacked on two more on an RBI single by designated hitter Grant Hartwig in the top of the fifth. Arizona State finally cracked the scoreboard on a throwing error in the bottom of the fifth. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Sun Devils inched closer on a sacrifice fly. The ‘Hawks responded in the top of the eighth when junior outfielder Dallas Hall doubled in a run to push the score to 4-2. It would stay that way as Miami junior pitcher Jack Corbell pitched a scoreless final 1.1 innings and slammed the door on Arizona State. Junior starter Nick Ernst (W, 1-0) was stellar in his 2018 debut, allowing only one run on four hits in six innings of work. He tallied six strikeouts to secure the victory. The victory marked...

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“Wally Night” shines light on past, gives hope for future

A smile constantly spanned the face of Wally Szczerbiak last Friday as the Miami men’s basketball legend made a triumphant return to Oxford. Over 3,500 fans — the second largest crowd of the season — filed into Millett Hall to celebrate “Wally Night,” a tribute to Szczerbiak and the most successful era in the history of MU basketball. Past his playing days, Szczerbiak returned as a CBS analyst to the place once deemed “Wally’s World.” “I got real emotional getting off the plane in Cincinnati and taking that drive on 27 into campus,” Szczerbiak said. “This place has truly...

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Miami to host “Wally Night”

Millett Hall is set to become “Wally’s World” once again. Miami athletics has deemed Friday Feb. 9 “Wally Night” to celebrate the return of basketball legend Wally Szczerbiak to campus. Szczerbiak returns as a member of the CBS Sports Network broadcast team and will call the action when the men’s basketball team hosts Toledo. “I am looking forward to returning to Oxford to call the game on Feb. 9 on CBS Sports Network,” Szczerbiak said in a statement. “Miami has always held a special place in my heart and it will be fun to be back on campus.” Szczerbiak joined the RedHawks (then Redskins) in 1995 and etched his name into the MU history books over the next four years. He played in two NCAA tournaments and led Miami to the Sweet Sixteen in 1999 — the team’s only appearance in school history. He also helped the RedHawks to a MAC tournament title in 1997. He won MAC player of the year in 1999 and is one of just three All-Americans in program history. He was also a finalist for the Naismith, Robertson and Wooden player of the year awards. His 1,847 career points ranks second on Miami’s all-time scoring list. Upon graduating from Miami, Szczerbiak was drafted sixth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1999 NBA Draft and went on to play for three other teams during...

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Miami bests Akron 79-64, surpasses last season’s win total

The Miami men’s basketball team (12-10, 5-4 MAC) overcame an early double-digit deficit to beat the Akron Zips 79-64 at Millett Hall on Tuesday. With the victory, the RedHawks have surpassed their overall and Mid-American Conference win totals from last season. MU head coach Jack Owens was hesitant to dwell on the success of his new regime, instead focusing on the goals his team has yet to achieve. “To be honest, we don’t even talk about last year,” Owens said. “We’re a new team. We’re just trying to move forward and position ourselves the best we can for the...

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Offensive woes plague RedHawks in 58-48 loss to Eastern Michigan

  The Miami men’s basketball team fell to Eastern Michigan 58-48 in a defensive struggle at Millett Hall on Saturday. Miami’s offense couldn’t buy a basket for large stretches of the contest, including an excruciating 1-for-26 shooting spurt that lasted over sixteen minutes. “I thought we started the game out okay defensively,” MU head coach Jack Owens said. “Offensively, the entire game, we just couldn’t get in the flow. Of the things that we worked on in practice, we didn’t have a lot of carry-over there.” Miami shot a season-low 30.4 percent from the field and scored only 18...

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