Games 30-31 - Miami (12-17) in the Joe Nuxhall Classic
Tuesday, April 8 vs. Xavier (16-13) • 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9 vs. Wright State (15-14)/Cincinnati (11-18) • 6:30 p.m.
McKie Field at Hayden Park • Oxford, Ohio
AROUND THE HORN
• Miami is 1-4 in midweek games this season, having played Tuesday games against Xavier (0-1) and at Cincinnati (0-1).
• The RedHawks’ starting pitchers have thrown at least five innings in each of their last seven games.
• Senior infielder Dan Walsh hit a team-best .529 with three multi-hit games last week.
• Freshman infielder Steve Sada is batting .520/.571/.560 during his current eight-game hitting streak.
• After going without an extra base hit over his first 18 games, Chad Sedio has tripled in consecutive games.
• The RedHawks’ last nine games have all taken under three hours, with six of them lasting less than two and a half hours.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday vs. Xavier
Christian Bokich (Fr. RHP), 0-0, 5.79 ERA, 4.2 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Eric Stiene (So. RHP), 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 24.2 IP, 11 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 12 K
Wednesday vs. Cincinnati/Wright State
Miami hosts the Sixth Annual Joe Nuxhall Classic, welcoming regional foes Cincinnati, Wright State and Xavier to McKie Field at Hayden Park on Tuesday and Wednesday. Miami faces Xavier on Tuesday at approximately 6:30 p.m. (following Cincinnati and Wright State’s contest). Depending on the results, MU will face either UC or WSU on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
JOE NUXHALL CLASSIC
• Named after former MLB pitcher Joe Nuxhall, who won 135 games in 16 seasons (15 with the Cincinnati Reds), the tournament began in 2009 with the goal of promoting amateur baseball in southwest Ohio.
ABOUT XAVIER (16-13)
• The Musketeers have been fairly balanced this season, averaging 6.1 runs per game with a 3.99 team ERA.
• Xavier enters the week on a three-game winning streak.
• Three regulars are batting over .300, led by Derek Hasenbeck’s .319 clip.
• Miami dropped a 6-5 decision to Xavier on March 11, falling to 84-46-2 all-time against the Musketeers.
ABOUT CINCINNATI (11-18)
• The Bearcats are 3-3 in their last six games.
• UC’s Matt Williams (.356), Ian Happ (.351) and Will Drake (.345) are all batting over .300.
• Cincinnati is one of the more aggressive teams on the base paths, swiping 49 bags in 64 tries (76.6 percent successful).
• After dropping an 8-7 decision to the Bearcats on April 1, the RedHawks are now 102-64-1 all-time vs. UC.
ABOUT WRIGHT STATE (15-14)
• The Raiders are 3-3 in their last six games.
• The bulk of WSU’s success has come thanks to its 9-2 mark in the Horizon League.
• Every pitcher to start a game for Wright State has an ERA of 4.23 or better, led by Darion Nunn’s 2.75 mark.
• The RedHawks are 45-32 all-time against the Raiders.
LAST TIME OUT: Miami dropped a heartbreaking 8-7 decision in walk-off fashion at Cincinnati last Tuesday after grabbing a 7-0 lead in the sixth inning. Friday’s series opener against Akron didn’t help matters as the Zips outlasted the RedHawks by a 7-5 score. Undeterred, Nathan Williams pitched eigh tscoreless innings and Dan Walsh went 4-for-5 in a 6-0 victory on Saturday which evened the series. Ryan Powers tossed 7.1 innings to pick up his second win of the season, with Charles Zubrod saving a 5-3 series clinching win by retiring the last five batters of the game. That series win put the RedHawks right in the thick of the race to make next months’ MAC Tournament.
COMING AROUND: Freshman second baseman Steve Sada is starting to find his own after a slow start to the season. After beginning the year 1-for-18 in the first four games, Sada is batting a team-high .385 with a .494 on-base percentage and a .477 slugging percentage in his last 24 games (20 starts). He has drawn 14 walks while striking out only six times in 65 at-bats during that span.
NATE’S GREAT!: While the beginning of his season was a bit rocky, Nathan Williams has been extremely effective taking the ball on Saturday’s over the past month.
First 4 starts: 0-2, 16.1 IP, 10.47 ERA, 12 BB, 12 K
Last 4 starts: 2-2, 31.1 IP, 2.30 ERA, 7 BB, 22 K
• In the last 12 games, Miami’s starting pitchers have a 3.29 ERA.
• RedHawks’ starters have tossed 82 innings, averaging nearly seven innings per start in that span.
• Seth Varner, Nathan Williams and Ryan Powers started nine of those games with a 2.03 ERA in 66.2 innings.
• Junior catcher/outfielder Max Andresen has helped balance out the middle of the batting order with eight multi-hit games in 21 starts.
• Andresen boasts nine extra-base hits and 17 RBI while batting .329 (.241, 6 XBH and 18 RBI in 2013).
• Senior infielder Dan Walsh has been a constant spark for MU, notching a team-high 11 multi-hit games while batting a team-best .333.
• Walsh’s 22 runs scored match last year’s total while his 14 walks already tie a career high.
• Senior lefty Seth Varner has been a cut above the RedHawks’ starters since day one, notching a team-best 3.31 ERA in eight starts.
• Varner has pitched at least five innings in all eight starts, tossing six innings seven times.
• On Feb. 28, the senior carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, eventually throwing eight shutout innings to post his first win at Davidson.
• Varner has struck out seven or more batters in six of his last seven starts.