Miami Travels to Louisville Tuesday, Hosts Butler Wednesday

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May 1, 2017

Games 46-47
Miami RedHawks (19-26, 5-10 MAC)
Tuesday, May 2 • at No. 2 Louisville (38-6, 17-4 ACC) • 6 p.m. • Jim Patterson Stadium • Louisville, Ky.
Wednesday, May 3 • vs. Butler (24-16, 2-7 BIG EAST) • 6 p.m. • McKie Field • Oxford, Ohio
Live Stats: Tuesday | Wednesday
Watch Live: Tuesday | Wednesday

ON TAP
Miami closes out regular-season midweek action with two games this week, the first being a tough test at No. 2 Louisville on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The contest will air live on ESPN3/WatchESPN. On Wednesday, the RedHawks return home to play Butler in what will be the team's final non-conference game of the regular season. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. while a live stream is set to be aired on MiamiRedHawks.com with a subscription to CBS College Sports Live. It will be Walter “Smokey” Alston Day at McKie Field.

SCOUTING REPORT
ABOUT LOUISVILLE: The Cardinals, the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, come in at 38-6 on the year, including a 17-4 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. They have won seven-straight games, most recently a three-game sweep of Toledo at home this past weekend. Louisville is hitting .298 as a team with Drew Ellis’ .403 clip leading the club. The junior infielder also leads the team in runs scored (43), doubles (13), home runs (13) and runs batted in (44). Tuesday’s scheduled starting pitcher for the Cardinals is freshman Shay Smiddy, who has an ERA of 4.61 in 10 appearances (one start) and 13.2 innings pitched.

SERIES AGAINST THE CARDINALS: Miami and Louisville have met 20 times previously with the Red & White owning a 12-8 all-time series lead. The two sides last met on Mar. 31, 2016, in Louisville. The Cardinals topped the ‘Hawks, 16-5.

ABOUT BUTLER: The Bulldogs, sitting at 24-16 on the year, are in the midst of a bounce back season after going 14-40 in 2016. The team was off this past weekend and last played at home against Dayton on Mar. 25, defeating the Flyers in a 4-0 decision. Butler’s last weekend series was at Xavier (Mar. 21-23), where they were swept by the Musketeers. The Bulldogs are batting .260 as a team with junior infielder Michael Hartnagel leading the charge with a .362 average in 40 games played.

SERIES AGAINST THE BULLDOGS: Miami and Butler have faced one another 23 times with the RedHawks carrying a 16-7 all-time series lead. The two teams saw each other just last season (Apr. 20) as Miami earned a 10-3 victory on the road.

LOOKING AHEAD
The Red & White host Buffalo this weekend for a very important three-game divisional series. The action kicks off on Friday with a 6 p.m. first pitch.