Games 39-41 Miami RedHawks (15-23, 2-7 MAC) at Ohio Bobcats (17-19, 3-6 MAC) Friday, Apr. 21 • 6 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 22 • 6 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 23 • 1 p.m. Bob Wren Stadium • Athens, Ohio Series vs. Ohio: Bobcats lead, 127-108-1 Last Meeting: Mar. 19-20, 2016 (MU won series, 2-1) Live Stats:Friday | Saturday | Sunday
ON TAP The RedHawks take their seven-game winning streak to Athens this weekend as the team gets set to battle Ohio in what will be Miami's first MAC East series of the season. The action kicks off on Friday with a 6 p.m. first pitch and is followed by a 6 p.m. start on Saturday. The two sides will then close the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. For game updates be sure to follow along with live stats, which can be found at the links above or on the team's schedule page. As always, fans can also tune in via Twitter (@MiamiOHBaseball) for all of the latest info and in-game updates.
RISING REDHAWKS Miami has gotten hot at the right time as the team re-enters conference play this weekend. The RedHawks will look to parlay a seven-game unbeaten streak, all of which have been in non-conference action, into some more MAC wins. Over the recent seven-game stretch, MU has gotten more than just a few guys contributing and the success seems to be permeating a huge chunk of the lineup. Four Red & White hitters are batting .400 or better over the stretch with Landon Stephens' .533 average spearheading the charge. The lineup also boasts three more guys hitting .316 or better. The offense is scoring at a clip of 9.1 runs per game and as a whole the team is hitting .361. Miami has been stout defensively too with opponents batting just .231 in that time frame.
SCOUTING REPORT ABOUT OHIO: The Bobcats come in at 17-19 (3-6 MAC) on the year and have struggled of late, however they were winners their last time out, posting a walk-off win over Marshall in a neutral site game on Wednesday. Ohio has won just two its last nine contests and has been swept in its last two conference series. The Bobcats had opened MAC play on a strong note with a road sweep of a tough Ball State team but have gone 3-7 overall since and have dropped all three games in series against Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Senior Spencer Ibarra leads the team in batting average with a .322 clip. He also ranks first on the team in runs scored (29) and home runs (9). Sophomore Rudy Rott leads the way in RBI with 29 driven in to go with nine doubles and seven home runs. Asa team, the Bobcats are hitting .267 and score 5.3 runs per game.
SERIES WITH THE BOBCATS: Miami and Ohio have met a total of 236 times dating back to 1915. The RedHawks have played the Bobcats more than any other team in program history. Ohio leads the all-time series 127-108-1 but Miami got the bragging rights after the last meeting, which was the final regular-season weekend of 2016. The Red & White won the first two games of the series before the Bobcats salvaged a victory in the finale.
LOOKING AHEAD The 'Hawks have just one midweek contest on the slate for next week as they host Morehead State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The team then heads right back on the road for another important divisional series at Bowling Green.