|Ball State (16-17, 5-7 MAC) at Miami (16-18, 7-5 MAC)|
|Game 1||Friday, April 19, 6 p.m.|
|Game 2||Saturday, April 20, 3 p.m.|
|Game 3||Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m.|
|Location||Oxford, Ohio | McKie Field at Hayden Park|
|Promotions||Alumni Weekend; Smokey Alston Day on Sunday|
|Additional Info||Twitter | Game Notes (PDF)|
Miami looks to continue its winning ways this weekend when it hosts MAC West rival Ball State in a Mid-American Conference series.
The Alumni Weekend games are slated for 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. The finale has been deemed Walter “Smokey” Alston Day.
The RedHawks (16-18, 7-5) swept a pair of mid-week games with Eastern Kentucky to break a six-game losing streak. On Tuesday, Miami established season highs for hits (23) and runs in a 19-2 win in Richmond. The next night, the RedHawks posted a 6-5 victory at home. John Crummy was 8-for-8 in the series with five runs scored and seven runs driven in.
Ball State (16-17, 5-7) is coming off a 5-3 upset win over 19th-ranked Indiana on Wednesday. The Cardinals are tied for second in the MAC West.
Freshman Jake Romano leads the team in hitting with a .366 average. He had his first extra-base hit on Wednesday, a triple to the wall in left. Crummy has raised his average 52 points this week to .344 and is now third in runs batted in with 20.
Senior right-handers Brooks Fiala and Mac Thoreson head to the mound in their usual Friday and Saturday spots, but Miami is making a change on Sunday. Sophomore lefty Seth Varner will make his first start of 2013 in place of classmate Nathan Williams.
Fiala is 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA. He was a hard-luck 2-1 loser to Kent State last weekend, his second straight setback. Thoreson (3-4, 6.41) has won three of his last four decisions, but struggled against the Golden Flashes.
Varner has made 13 appearances this season, all in relief. He has not recorded a decision, holding a 4.50 ERA over 14.0 innings pitched.