After three straight weekends of play to open the season, Miami plays its first midweek of 2013 Tuesday when it travels to local rival Xavier. The game is schedule for 3 p.m. on campus, but could be moved to Prasco Park due to conditions.
With unfavorable weather predicted for the area, fans are encouraged to follow MURedHawks.com or the baseball twitter feed on Tuesday. Notice of any cancellations or delays will be posted both places.
The RedHawks (2-6) are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of Mercer last weekend in Macon, Ga. Miami never led during the series and managed just one hit in the Saturday afternoon finale.
Senior Kevin Bower and sophomore Matt Packer share the team lead for batting, each hitting .286. Bower shares the team lead for hits with Matt Honchel at eight, while Scott Slappey has seven. Max Andresen has a club best five RBIs with four other players registering four.
Alex Johnson has homered twice to top the team in that category.
As a team, Miami is hitting just .205 with 56 hits in 273 at-bats. Only 12 of those have gone for extra bases.
Junior right-hander Charles Zubrod draws the starting assignment for Tuesday's game. Has has made two appearances this season, standing 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA. His lone decision came against Furman on Feb. 22, when he gave up a pair of hits in the 11th inning. In 2012, Zubrod worked his way from the bullpen to midweek starter to conference starter. He opened Sunday games the final three weekends of the year.
Sophomore Ryan Powers and senior Brandon Adkins has established themselves as the leaders out of the bullpen. Powers has made three appearances, holding a 1-0 record and 3.68 ERA. Adkins has pitched in five games, earning saves in both Miami wins. He is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA.
As a staff, Miami is averaging seven strikeouts per game, while walking only 5.3 per contest. Opponents are hitting .314 against the RedHawks.
On the defensive side, Miami has a .966 fielding percentage and a team ERA of 6.24.
Xavier enters its first midweek game with a 3-6 record, having taken one win each of their three three-game series. Over the past weekend, the Musketeers defeated Georgia Southern 11-4 on Friday. They also have wins against College of Charleston and UAB.