Tuesday, March 18 • 6:00 p.m. (Northern Kentucky)
Friday-Sunday, March 21-23 • 6:00/3:00/1:00 p.m. (Western Michigan)
McKie Field at Hayden Park • Oxford, Ohio
AROUND THE HORN
• Sophomore Gary Russo is on a 12-game hitting streak, during which he’s hitting .413 with a .491 on-base percentage and a .761 slugging percentage.
• Max Andresen has recorded three-straight multi-hit games, going 9-for-13 with seven RBI and four extra-base hits (two doubles, two triples) in that stretch.
• Scott Slappey has hit safely in 11 of his 12 starts, recording multiple hits on six occasions.
• Nathan Williams notched his first quality start of the season against Dayton on March 14, holding the Flyers to three runs in 6 2/3 innings.
• Wynston McMartin has recorded five or more outs in all three of his saves.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Charles Zubrod (Sr. RHP), 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
Adam Jafine (Fr. LHP), 0-3, 10.59 ERA, 17.0 IP, 27 H, 22 R, 20 ER, 12 BB, 10 K
Seth Varner (Sr. LHP), 3-1, 3.69 ERA, 31.2 IP, 28 H, 15 R, 13 ER, 11 BB, 33 K
Steve Laudicina (Sr. LHP), 2-1, 2.43 ERA, 33.1 IP, 24 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 14 BB, 27 K
Nathan Williams (Jr. RHP), 1-2, 8.61 ERA, 23.0 IP, 33 H, 27 R, 22 ER, 14 BB, 18 K
Chad Mayle (Jr. RHP), 1-2, 3.97 ERA, 22.2 IP, 29 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 12 BB, 19 K
Ryan Powers (Jr. RHP), 1-2, 7.66 ERA, 24.2 IP, 31 H, 22 R, 21 ER, 15 BB, 18 K
Keegan Akin (Fr. LHP), 2-0, 2.84 ERA, 25.1, 30 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 12 BB, 18 K
Miami begins a four-game home stand when it hosts Northern Kentucky (Tuesday) and opens MAC play against Western Michigan (Friday-Sunday) this week. All four games will feature live video courtesy of Miami All-Access.
ABOUT NORTHERN KENTUCKY: The Norse are 3-13 and have dropped their last six games, getting outscored 64-22 in that stretch. NKU is only batting .253 as a team and its pitching staff has a 9.34 ERA. Even with those struggles, the Norse have four batters hitting over .300, led by Logan Spurlin’s .368 clip. NKU’s top ERA is held by Evan Korson, who has a 4.32 mark in four appearances (8.1 innings).
ABOUT WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos have held their own in non-conference play, entering the MAC slate with a 9-8 overall record. Kurt Hoekstra paces WMU with a .421 average and a .561 slugging percentage. Western’s staff has posted a solid 3.85 team ERA with starters Steve Laudicina (2.43), Keegan Akin (2.84) and Chad Mayle (3.97) all posting ERAs below four.
SERIES HISTORY: Miami is 14-1 in 15 all-time meetings with Northern Kentucky. In 150 meetings, MU holds a 63-87 record against Western Michigan.
LAST TIME OUT: Miami posted a perfect 3-0 record in last weekend’s Flyer Classic, sandwiching two wins over Canisius (20-11 and 7-4) around an 8-4 triumph over Dayton. Max Andresen went 9-for-13 with two doubles, two triples and seven RBI during the tournament while Gary Russo notched an impressive six RBI while finishing a triple shy of the cycle in a 20-11 win over Canisius. The RedHawks’ current three-game winning streak matches their season high.
MAX POWERS: Junior catcher/outfielder Max Andresen is on an absolute tear, posting three-straight multi-hit games to raise his season average to a team-best .415. After posting seven RBI in the Flyer Classic, Andresen has driven in a team-high 13 runs. His production is a welcome sight to an already potent lineup as his eight extra-base hits already dwarfs his 2013 total of six while his 13 RBI is only five away from last spring’s total.
HITTING DISPLAY: Miami had high expectations for sophomore Gary Russo’s bat and he has thus far delivered. After finishing with one hit on opening weekend, Russo enters play this week on a 12-game hitting streak, posting a .413/.491/.761 batting line in that stretch. Russo is second on the RedHawks with a .443 on-base percentage while batting .370 and slugging .685. His 10 extra-base hits (including three home runs) also leads the team.
SLAP ON: Junior utility player Scott Slappey has been a sparkplug wherever his name ends up in the lineup. The junior is batting .367 and has hit safely in 11 of his 12 starts. He is also showing a great deal more power than he has in the past, belting two home runs after totaling only one during his first two campaigns. Slappey has earned starts at three different positions (first base, second base and left field) and has posted six multi-hit games.
POWER SURGE: Miami is showing a great deal more power than it did in 2013. The RedHawks have cracked 48 extra base hits (three per game) including eight home runs through their first 16 games after blasting just 16 homers and 138 extra base hits (under 2.5 per game) last spring.