Games 4-6 at Mule Mix Classic (Nashville/Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Friday, Feb. 21 (at Belmont) • 5:00 p.m. | Audio
Saturday, Feb. 22 (at Middle Tennessee State) • 1:00 p.m. | Audio/Video
Sunday, Feb. 23 (at Lipscomb) • 2:00 p.m.
Miami (0-3) travels throughout the greater Nashville area for the Mule Mix Classic this weekend. The RedHawks play single games at Belmont (Friday at 5 p.m. ET), Middle Tennessee State (Saturday at 1 p.m.) and Lipscomb (Sunday at 2 p.m.).
THE FIELD: The Bruins have already gotten a taste of the MAC, taking two out of three against Bowling Green last weekend. BU has a 2.38 ERA through four games, which has it off to a 3-1 start. Middle Tennessee is 1-3 and holds an ERA of 8.47 while Lipscomb entered the week 0-3 with an upcoming game against Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
SERIES HISTORY: Miami is 3-0 all-time against Belmont, though the schools last met in 1983. MU has split its series (3-3) with MTSU, though that series was last played in 1984. Sunday will be Miami’s first meeting with Lipscomb.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Seth Varner (Sr., LHP), 0-1, 3.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Austin Coley (Jr., RHP), 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Nathan Williams (Jr., RHP), 0-1, 12.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Johnathan Frebis (Jr., LHP), 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Ryan Powers (Jr., RHP), 0-1, 12.27 ERA, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Denton Norman (So., RHP), 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
LAST WEEK: Miami opened its season with a three-game set at Arkansas State, though came away 0-3. In its first game, Seth Varner and Charles Zubrod combined to yield only three runs (two earned) in eight innings, but MU stranded nine runners in a 3-0 setback. The Red and White bats got going in the nightcap and clawed within 10-7 in the seventh inning, but eight unearned runs sent Miami to an 18-8 defeat before MU dropped a 13-3 decision on Sunday.
GETTING THEIR FEET WET: The Red and White had eight players make their MU debut on opening weekend, nearly a third of the players who saw the field at Arkansas State. Gary Russo cracked a double in his first at-bat as a RedHawk while Steve Sada started all three games at second base.
LIKE RIDING A BIKE: It happened infrequently last season, but it appears senior John Crummy is still comfortable catching games. Crummy started two games behind the dish at Arkansas State, going 4-for-7 with a double and a walk. His on-base percentage and slugging percentage topped all MU players who started at least twice. Last year, Crummy batted .317 in 180 at-bats, though he only caught twice. He did, however, log 27 games behind the plate in 2012 while batting .305.
SEDIO’S SWINGING: Sophomore Chad Sedio is looking to carry over his strong freshman season while adjusting to playing shortstop for the first time as a RedHawk. The early returns at the plate have been positive, with Sedio posting a team-best five RBI and went 4-for-12 at Arkansas State on opening weekend.