Friday, March 14 • 3:00 p.m. (Canisius) • 6:00 p.m.* (Dayton) -*or 30 minutes after game one
McKie Field at Hayden Park • Oxford, Ohio
Saturday, March 15 • 4:00 p.m. (vs. Canisius)
Sunday, March 16 • 4:00 p.m. (at Dayton)
Time Warner Cable Stadium • Dayton, Ohio
AROUND THE HORN
• Sophomore Gary Russo is on a nine-game hitting streak, during which he’s hitting .406 with a .513 on-base percentage and a .656 slugging percentage.
• In his last three starts, Seth Varner has a 2.75 ERA and struck out 23 batters in 19.2 innings.
• Scott Slappey has hit safely in eight of his nine starts, recording multiple hits on four occasions.
• Miami has an 8.40 ERA in games that have not been started by Seth Varner (3.63 team ERA in his four starts).
Probable Starting Pitchers (Miami Pitchers in Bold)
Seth Varner (Sr. LHP), 2-1, 2.81 ERA, 25.2 IP, 20 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 8 BB, 26 K
Nathan Williams (Jr. RHP), 0-2, 10.47 ERA, 16.1 IP, 27 H, 24 R, 19 ER, 12 BB, 12 K
Joe Wahl (Sr., RHP), 0-3, 9.82 ERA, 18.1 IP, 29 H, 23 R, 20 ER, 11 BB, 12 K
Ryan Powers (Jr. RHP), 1-2, 7.84 ERA, 20.2 IP, 23 H, 19 R, 18 ER, 11 BB, 13 K
Alex Godzak (So., LHP), 2-1, 2.25 ERA, 20.0 IP, 21 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 7 BB, 9 K
Charles Zubrod (Sr. RHP)*, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
The Miami baseball team plays four games in three days as part of the Flyer Classic. The RedHawks play both Canisius (3 p.m.) and Dayton (6 p.m.) at McKie Field on Friday before playing a single game against each team in Dayton on Saturday and Sunday. Both games in Dayton begin at 4 p.m.
ABOUT CANISIUS: The Golden Griffins are 10-3 and have won their last eight games, scoring nine or more runs in six of those wins. CC is batting .305 as a team and boasts five batters who are hitting .310 or higher. Jimmy Luppens leads Canisius with a .435 average and 19 RBI. CC’s staff has also pitched well to the tune of a 3.07 ERA. Pierce Rohn leads CC with a 0.93 ERA while Alex Godzak (2.25 ERA) also has a sub-three ERA.
ABOUT DAYTON: The Flyers are batting only .213 on the season and their staff has an 8.55 ERA thus far. Dayton has been outscored 87-26 over its eight-game losing streak. Among regular starters, Aaron Huesman leads Dayton with a .327 average and 14 RBI. Charlie Dant has been the team’s top pitcher, notching a 3.86 ERA over 28 innings.
SERIES HISTORY: Miami holds a 99-36-1 all-time lead in its series against Dayton and is a perfect 3-0 all-time against Canisius.
LAST TIME OUT: Scott Slappey’s second home run of the year gave Miami a 1-0 lead over Xavier in the bottom of the first inning, but the Musketeers scored six-straight runs to grab a 6-1 lead after five innings. Gary Russo’s two-run single capped a three-run eighth to make it 6-4 going into the final inning. A two-out Xavier error in the ninth plated another run and put the tying run into scoring position, but a close play at first base was ruled the final out of the game in a 6-5 loss.
GETTING IT STARTED: Sophomore outfielder Jake Romano is doing everything you expect a leadoff hitter to do so far. Romano is batting .288 with a .381 on-base percentage through 13 games and is a stellar 8-for-9 in stolen base attempts. He is also showing quite a bit more extra-base power this year, notching five (4 2B, 1 3B) in the first 12 games after finishing with only six extra-base hits (3 2B, 3 3B) in 34 games as a freshman.
FAST FRIDAYS: Senior lefty Seth Varner has provided the pitching staff a nice lift over his first four starts. Varner has allowed three earned runs or less in all four starts while logging at least five innings in each appearance. After holding Arkansas State to three runs (two earned) in six innings on opening day, the senior struck out a career-best 11 Belmont batters while handing a 4-3 lead over to the bullpen after five innings of work last on Feb. 21. He notched the best start of his career last Friday but tossing eight shutout innings while only allowing one hit to pick up his first win of the season at Davidson. On March 7, He then grinding through 6.2 innings allowing four runs (three earned) to defeat No. 10 Louisville on March 7. After posting a 5.13 ERA a year ago, Varner has a 2.81 mark in his first four starts this year. He has fanned 26 batters and walked only eight while allowing just 20 hits in his first 25.2 innings of work.
MIDDLE INNING STRUGGLES: An early trend Miami is looking to turn around is its tendency to get outscored in the middle innings, when opposing lineups are seeing a pitcher for the second time. The RedHawks are outscoring opponents 19-17 in the first two innings and 16-5 in innings eight and nine. However, opponents have outscored Miami 81-34 between the third and seventh innings this season.