Games 49-51 Miami (23-25, 12-9 MAC) at Buffalo (23-19, 12-8 MAC)
Friday, May 9 • 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 10 • 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 11 • 1:00 p.m.
Amherst Audubon Field • Buffalo, N.Y.
AROUND THE HORN
• Miami has won four of its last five MAC series (three straight) and has claimed eight of its last 10 league games.
• Senior lefty Seth Varner has logged seven-straight quality starts and has a league-best 1.57 ERA in MAC play.
• In 21 MAC games, the RedHawks’ starting pitchers have pitched at least six innings 19 times and posted 17 quality starts.
• Miami has scored five runs or less in 10-straight games, averaging 3.0 runs per game during that stretch.
• In those 10 games, the RedHawks are batting a collective .232 with a .302 on-base percentage and .286 slugging percentage (.288/.364/.398 in first 38 games).
Probable Starting Pitchers
Seth Varner (Sr. LHP), 6-2, 2.38 ERA, 83.1 IP, 70 H, 28 R, 22 ER, 22 BB, 90 K
Kevin Hughes (Sr. RHP), 3-5, 2.75 ERA, 59.0 IP, 57 H, 26 R, 18 ER, 17 BB, 34 K
Nathan Williams (Jr. RHP), 4-6, 5.97 ERA, 69.1 IP, 77 H, 53 R, 46 ER, 28 BB, 45 K
Anthony Magovney (Jr. RHP), 6-1, 3.09 ERA, 67.0 IP, 51 H, 31 R, 23 ER, 28 BB, 38 K
Mike Burke (Sr. RHP), 5-4, 3.51 ERA, 77.0 IP, 74 H, 41 R, 30 ER, 20 BB, 69 K
Miami travels to Buffalo for a three-game series in a battle for positioning in the Mid-American Conference standings.
ABOUT BUFFALO (23-19, 12-8 MAC)
• The Bulls have dropped three of their last five conference series, but both series wins came at home in sweeps of Akron and Western Michigan. UB is 7-1 at home in MAC play.
• Friday starter Kevin Hughes sits ninth in the MAC with a 2.75 ERA. In MAC play, he sits third with a 2.27 clip.
• Buffalo entered the week with a league-best .378 team on-base percentage.
• Tyler Mautner tops the Bulls with a .359 average and 43 RBI this season. Both rank in the top 10 among MAC players.
LAST TIME OUT: Miami enjoyed six strong innings from Charlie Suich along with a three-inning save out of Jacob Banks to shut down in-state rival Ohio State 3-1. Chad Sedio (3-for-4) and Matt Honchel (2-for-3) both posted multiple hits as the Red and White scored runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings of play. Banks got the RedHawks out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh and retired the last seven batters he faced to pick up his first collegiate save.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE RUNS GONE
• Miami’s bats have gone into a bit of a funk, scoring just 30 runs in its last 10 games while posting a line of .232/.302/.286.
• In this stretch, the Red and White have not scored more than five runs in a single game.
• Prior to that, the RedHawks averaged 5.8 runs per game while hitting .288/.364/.398.
• MU scored six or more runs 20 times in its first 38 games.
• In 21 MAC games, Miami’s starting pitchers have a 2.85 ERA.
• RedHawks’ starters have tossed 148.1 innings, averaging over seven innings per start in league play.
• MU’s starters have logged at least six innings in 19 of 21 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 6.14 ERA with a 7.41 mark in MAC play.
• Ryan Haynes (2.57 ERA) is the only reliever that has posted an ERA under four out of the bullpen.
• Four players have combined for MU’s nine saves, led by Charles Zubrod’s four.
• Senior infielder Dan Walsh has been a constant spark for MU, notching a team-high 20 multi-hit games while batting a team-best .330.
• Walsh’s 61 hits are the fifth most in the league.
• The senior has reached base at least once in 39 of 47 games this season.
• In MAC play, Walsh sits fifth in the league with a .383 average.
• Senior lefty Seth Varner has been a cut above the RedHawks’ starters since day one, notching a team-best 2.38 ERA in 12 starts (second in the MAC).
• In MAC play, Varner tops all MAC starters with a 1.57 ERA, over half a run lower than Northern Illinois’ Alex Klonowski (2.13).
• Varner has pitched at least five innings in all 12 starts, tossing six innings 11 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 nine of his last 10 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.
• Sophomore Gary Russo has provided thunder in the middle of the RedHawks’ lineup with a .291 average, 23 extra-base hits and 30 RBI in his first year on campus.
• Russo recorded a team-best 14-game hitting streak from Feb. 21-March 21, batting .414 with a .508 on-base percentage and a .792 slugging percentage during that streak.
• Russo’s six home runs rank second in the MAC while his 88 total bases sit fourth among MAC batters.
JEKYLL AND HYDE
• Junior right-hander Nathan Williams has put together an odd season on the mound, which has a surface of a 4-6 record and a 5.97 ERA.
• A closer look however reveals a pitcher who has flashed ace potential, as evidenced by his MAC East Pitcher of the Week award on May 5.
• In his first four starts, Williams posted a 10.47 ERA in 16.1 innings. He followed with a brilliant four-start stretch where he compiled a 2.30 ERA in 31.1 innings.
• Over his most recent four starts, he has two outings where he pitched 3.1 innings or less and given up a combined 19 runs (18 earned) and two more that he combined to pitch 15 innings and allow only five hits and one run.