Miami Baseball (20-23, 10-8 MAC): Games 44-47
Wednesday, April 30 vs. Indiana • 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 2 vs. Bowling Green • 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 3 vs. Bowling Green • 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 vs. Bowling Green • 1:00 p.m.
McKie Field at Hayden Park • Oxford, Ohio
AROUND THE HORN
• Miami has won three of its last four MAC series, but is 3-7 in midweek games this season.
• Senior lefty Seth Varner has logged six-straight quality starts and has pitched 16.2 scoreless innings over his last two starts.
• In 18 MAC games, the RedHawks’ starting pitchers have pitched at least 6 innings 16 times and posted 14 quality starts.
• Ryan Powers has pitched seven or more innings in each of his last six starts with MU going 5-1 in that span, including four-straight wins.
Probable Starting Pitchers
Wynston McMartin (So. RHP), 0-1, 5.76 ERA, 25.0 IP, 27 H, 16 R, 16 ER, 16 BB, 17 K
Sullivan Stadler (So. LHP), 1-1, 4.15 ERA, 17.1 IP, 16 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 7 BB, 13 K
Seth Varner (Sr. LHP), 6-2, 2.51 ERA, 75.1 IP, 64 H, 26 R, 21 ER, 21 BB, 82 K
Mike Frank (Sr. RHP), 3-5, 4.55 ERA, 65.1 IP, 61 H, 40 R, 33 ER, 19 BB, 43 K
Nathan Williams (Jr. RHP), 3-6, 6.68 ERA, 60.2 IP, 73 H, 52 R, 45 ER, 25 BB, 38 K
Brett Fitzwater (So. LHP), 1-1, 5.66 ERA, 20.2 IP, 16 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 16 BB, 12 K
Andrew Lacinak (Fr. LHP), 4-3, 4.13 ERA, 52.1 IP, 50 H, 29 R, 24 ER, 19 BB, 23 K
Miami plays its final home games of the season when it hosts No. 15 Indiana on Wednesday and starts a three-game set with Bowling Green on Friday.
ABOUT INDIANA (28-12)
• The Hoosiers enter play this week ranked 15th in Baseball America’s Top 25.
• IU has won 16 of its last 18 games, holding its opponents to four runs or less 17 times in that stretch.
• Indiana boasts three batters hitting .321 or higher in Dustin DuMuth (.362), Sam Travis (.360) and Kyle Schwarber (.321).
• The Hoosiers have won three straight in the series and are 40-36 all-time against the RedHawks.
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN (19-20, 10-8 MAC)
• The Falcons are tied for the second in the conference with a .285 team average whiel their .307 batting average in MAC play leads all teams.
• BGSU’s staff ERA of 4.78 ranks eighth in the league while its 176 strikeouts are the fewest in the MAC.
• Brian Bien (.360), T.J. Losby (.346), Jeremy Shay (.328), Brandon Howard (.319) and Patrick Lancaster are all hitting above .300 this season.
• The RedHawks lead the Falcons 90-62 in the all-time series.
LAST TIME OUT: Miami had a tough go in a pair of midweek games at home, falling to Dayton 10-2 before dropping a 14-inning decision to Eastern Kentucky 7-5. MU picked things up over the weekend, taking two of three against Toledo. Seth Varner fanned a career-high 12 batters and tossed a two-hit complete game shutout to give the RedHawks a 1-0 win on Friday. After dropping a 13-5 decision on Saturday, Ryan Powers logged seven strong innings and MU took the rubber game from UT, 5-3 on Sunday.
• In 18 MAC games, Miami’s starting pitchers have a 3.10 ERA.
• RedHawks’ starters have tossed 1251 innings, averaging nearly seven innings per start in league play.
• Seth Varner, Nathan Williams and Ryan Powers pitched at least six innings in 16 of Miami’s 18 MAC games.
GRAB A PEN
• Despite the emergence of the weekend rotation, the MU bullpen has been a bit of a concern. Relievers have compiled a 6.08 ERA with a 7.64 mark in MAC play.
• Senior infielder Dan Walsh has been a constant spark for MU, notching a team-high 20 multi-hit games while batting a team-best .359 (fifth in the MAC).
• Walsh’s 60 hits are the third most in the league.
• The senior has reached base at least once in 37 of 42 games this season.
• In MAC play, Walsh sits fourth in the league with a .429 average.
• Senior lefty Seth Varner has been a cut above the RedHawks’ starters since day one, notching a team-best 2.51 ERA in 11 starts (third in the MAC).
• Varner has pitched at least five innings in all 11 starts, tossing six innings 10 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 eight of his last nine starts.
• The lefty tossed his first-career complete game on April 25, allowing only two hits while striking out a career-high 12 batters in a 1-0 win over Toledo.