OXFORD — The Miami University football team will hold its annual Spring Football Showcase on Saturday, April 23 at Yager Stadium to conclude the spring football season. Fans are invited to this free event as they get a jump start on the 2016 season.
Prior to the team taking the field, fans are encouraged to gear up for a remarkable season by purchasing season tickets, picking out a seat in Yager Stadium, signing up for the newly formed Swoops Kids Club, joining the Red & White Club and much much more. The 2016 season has a chance to be an incredible year for Miami football and it starts today!
A gameday checklist will be provided on the 23rd to help prepare you to show your support for what is expected to be an exciting campaign. A timeline of events and additional information can be found below.
Equipment Sale: 7 a.m., One Stop Shop: 11 a.m., Brandon Brooks Presentation: 12:30, Spring Football Scrimmage: 1-3 p.m., Alumni Flag Football Game: 3 p.m.
Equipment Sale (7 a.m.)
Miami’s annual yard sale will begin at 7 a.m. on the west side of Yager Stadium. Items for sale will be from Miami football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, track, ice hockey and golf. This sale will have items that are no longer used by the Miami Athletic teams. Items that are included in the sale are as follows: athletic apparel and equipment such as jerseys, t-shirts, shorts, sweats, jackets, sport-specific competition equipment and various sport-specific competition shoes and various training shoes.
All items are priced and will be sold as is and all sales are final. Miami University reserves the right to reject any and all offers if the minimum price is not met. The accepted method of payment will be cash, check or credit card only.
Additional information concerning this sale may be obtained by contacting Darrell Hallberg, Miami’s Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Services, at DHallberg@miamioh.edu.
One Stop Shop (11 a.m.)
Excited for the 2016 football season? Use April 23 to get geared up! Fans have the opportunity to purchase season tickets, pick out a seat location inside Yager, sign up for the newly formed Kid’s Club and get updated rosters … all located on the west side of the stadium. Use this opportunity to prepare for an exciting 2016 football season.
Brandon Brooks Presentation (12:30 p.m.)
Brandon Brooks, a member of the Miami football team from 2008-11, and current offensive lineman with the Philadelphia Eagles will present a gift to Miami Athletics beginning at 12:30 p.m. Fans are invited to come on the field for the special presentation. At the conclusion of football practice Brooks and former Miami quarterback Zac Dysert (and current member of the Miami Dolphins) will be available on the field for autographs.
Football Practice (1 p.m.)
Football will begin activities immediately following the Brandon Brooks presentation. Fans can expect a two hour practice, split evenly between 11-on-11 competitions and position drills.
Alumni Flag Football Game (3 p.m.)
Immediately after football practice an alumni flag football game will take place at Yager Stadium. Fans are welcome to stick around and watch.
Red & White Club
There is still time to join the Red & White Club for the 2016 season to receive several extended benefits. More information will be available at a table on the west side of the stadium on the 23rd.
Parking is free for the event. Fans are asked to park in the West Millett Parking lot and walk down the hill. Golf carts will also be available before and after the event for those in need. The ability to purchase parking for the upcoming 2016 season will also be available at a table on the west side of Yager Stadium.
Miami Athletics – April 11-17
The Miami University baseball team had a solid week, going 4-1 in five games. The RedHawks started the week off by downing Xavier, 3-2, in their Joe Nuxhall Classic opener. Miami pitcher Brad Schwartz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but a late surge by Wright State helped the Raiders defeat Miami, 4-0, in Wednesday’s Nuxhall Classic title game.
In a big MAC East Division battle at Buffalo last weekend, the Red & White began the series with a 6-0 triumph behind a combined shutout from pitchers Gus Graham and Shane Smith. The RedHawks’ pitching was solid once again on Saturday as Miami gritted out a 3-0 victory to grab the series win. (Recap) The ‘Hawks capped off the week by earning their second consecutive MAC sweep as they slid by the Bulls, 7-6, in 12 innings on Sunday.
Miami finished 10th at the Boilermaker Invitational among a field that featured several top-50 teams. The RedHawks’ top individual finisher was Patrick Flavin, who tied for 23rd. (Saturday Recap) (Sunday Recap) This Week: The RedHawks are idle this week. They return to action at the MAC Championship April 28-30 at the Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio.
Miami finished off a pair of series victories in going 3-1 this week. The RedHawks completed a season-sweep of their series with Bowling Green, knocking off the Falcons, 6-0, on Wednesday.
Senior outfielder Taylor Shuey went 2-for-4 in the contest with four RBIs and three runs scored to lead Miami to a 10-5 win over Kent State on Friday. She now has 107 RBIs to pass Leslie Macedo’s (‘07) 105 and become Miami’s all-time leader in that category.
Miami earned a series win over Kent State with a doubleheader split on Saturday. The RedHawks took the opener, 7-5. They then made a valiant comeback attempt, but fell, 9-6, in the nightcap.
The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly softball awards on Monday. For Miami, Shuey was named the MAC East Division Player of the Week. It is her first weekly MAC honor this season and second of her career. She previously won the honor on Feb. 17, 2015.
Track and Field
The RedHawks traveled to Muncie, Ind. for the Ball State Challenge. The weekend saw Miami pick-up wins in 13 events across the two days of competition.
The RedHawks returned to a winning record for the first time since February as they closed out their home regular-season slate with a pair of wins. On Friday, Miami used a quick doubles point and decisive straight-sets victories from its back-court players to secure a 6-1 victory over Bowling Green. At the last three positions, RedHawk players only surrendered four games in the entire singles competition.
On Sunday, senior Ana Rajkovic was recognized prior to the match for her terrific four-year career with the RedHawks. Eastern Michigan dominated the doubles portion, grabbing wins at the top two positions, as well as holding a 5-3 lead at the remaining match. The RedHawks would rebound with a singles sweep that earned them a 6-1 result over the Eagles.