Games 32-34: Miami (13-18: 4-5 MAC) at Kent State (20-11: 7-2 MAC)
Friday, April 11 • 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 • 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 • 1:00 p.m.
Olga Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium • Kent, Ohio

AROUND THE HORN

• Miami’s starters have a 2.03 ERA in nine MAC games, tossing 66.1 innings (over seven innings per start) in that span.

Nathan Williams has a 2.30 ERA in his past four starts (10.47 in his first four).

Gary Russo has four extra-base hits (2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR) in his last three games.

• Freshman infielder Steve Sada has reached base at least once in 13-straight games, posting a .366 average and .480 on-base percentage in that span.

Chad Sedio has started the last four games, hitting .385 with a .500 on-base percentage and .692 slugging percentage in that time frame.

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday
Seth Varner (Sr. LHP), 4-1, 3.31 ERA, 51.2 IP, 47 H, 23 R, 19 ER, 18 BB, 57 K
Eric Lauer (Fr. LHP), 7-1, 1.90 ERA, 42.2 IP, 21 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 14 BB, 34 K
Saturday
Nathan Williams (Jr. RHP), 2-4, 5.10 ERA, 47.2 IP, 50 H, 33 R, 27 ER, 19 BB, 34 K
Nick Jensen-Clagg (So. RHP), 2-1, 4.15 ERA, 34.2 IP, 36 H, 16 R, 16 ER, 8 BB, 32 K
Sunday
TBA
Brian Clark (Jr. LHP), 3-5, 4.67 ERA, 44.1 IP, 39 H, 29 R, 23 ER, 17 BB, 24 K

ON TAP
Miami resumes Mid-American Conference play with a road series against perenial power Kent State. The games on Friday and Saturday begin at 6 p.m. while Sunday’s finale is at 1 p.m.

ABOUT KENT STATE (20-11; 7-2 MAC)
• The Golden Flashes are holding opponents to a .192 average in MAC play while batting .319 themselves.
• KSU has outscored MAC opponents 65-19 in league play.
• Freshman Eric Lauer leads the MAC with seven wins while his 1.90 ERA ranks third in the league.
• Freshman Eric Lauer leads the MAC with seven wins while his 1.90 ERA ranks third in the league.
• Kent State leads the all-time series with Miami 102-76-1.

LAST TIME OUT: Miami advanced to the championship game of the Sixth Annual Joe Nuxhall Classic by outslugging Xavier 14-9 on Tuesday. Gary Russo (4-for-5) was one of six RedHawks to post a multi-hit game, finishing a home run shy of the cycle. The sophomore homered to help MU erase a 4-0 deficit in Wednesday’s title game against Cincinnati, but UC scored two in the fifth to go back ahead and downed Miami 7-4.

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 .368 with a .488 on-base percentage and a .456 slugging percentage in his last 25 games (21 starts). He has drawn 16 walks while striking out only seven times in 68 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

ROTATION STRIDES
• While their 5.60 overall ERA ranks 11th in the conference, the RedHawks sit fourth in the league with a 3.42 ERA since conference play began.
Seth Varner, Nathan Williams and Ryan Powers started all nine MAC games with a 2.03 ERA in 66.2 innings.

GARY’S GONE
• Sophomore Gary Russo has been a constant threat in the lineup, posting a line of .319/.408/.575.
• Russo is tied for the MAC lead with five home runs while his 26 RBI are tied for sixth among league sluggers. His 65 total bases rank third in the MAC.

MAX POWERS
• Junior catcher/outfielder Max Andresen has helped balance out the middle of the batting order with eight multi-hit games in 22 starts.
• Andresen boasts nine extra-base hits and 19 RBI while batting .318 (.241, 6 XBH and 18 RBI in 2013).

WONDROUS WALSH
• Senior infielder Dan Walsh has been a constant spark for MU, notching a team-high 11 multi-hit games while batting .331.
• Walsh’s 24 runs scored are more than last year’s total while his 14 walks already tie a career high.

FAST FRIDAYS
• 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.