RedHawks Set to Battle First-Place Golden Flashes

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May 16, 2018

Games 49-51
Miami RedHawks (31-17, 15-9 MAC) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (21-26-1, 18-6 MAC)
Thursday, May 17 • 5 p.m.
Friday, May 18 • 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 19 • 11:05 a.m.
McKie Field at Hayden Park • Oxford, Ohio
Live Stats:  Thursday | Friday | Saturday
Watch Live ($):  Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Miami concludes the regular season with a big series against Kent State, starting Thursday with a 5 p.m. first pitch. The action continues on Friday at 4 p.m. and concludes with a 11:05 a.m. start on Saturday. Prior to Saturday’s series finale, several seniors will be recognized on the field prior to the their final game at McKie Field at Hayden Park. To follow along with this weekend, live stats will be available, as well as a paid live stream through Miami College Sports Live. Links to both the live stats and live stream can be found above and on the baseball schedule page. As always, fans can also follow along via Twitter (@MiamiOHBaseball).

After another series win this past weekend against Central Michigan, the RedHawks still sit in a tie for second place in the conference with Ball State at 15-9. Kent State currently resides in first at 18-6 and need just a single win this weekend to clinch the regular season title outright. If Miami were to sweep the Golden Flashes this weekend, the Red & White would receive the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament and a share of the regular season crown. This would be the case if Ball State were to sweep as well, due to the 'Hawks having the head-to-head series win. Any other combination of results would hand MU a different seed in the tournament, but the RedHawks have already clinched their spot in Avon. A one or two seed would give MU a bye in Wednesday's first round and have it playing its first game on Thursday.

The Golden Flashes are strong on both sides of the ball as they hit .292 as a team and their pitching staff holds opposing hitters to a .220 average. KSU is led on the mound by junior ace Joey Murray, who is 8-1 with a 1.37 ERA in 13 starts. He’s struck out 125 hitters, allowed just 14 runs all season and is holding the opposition to a .148 batting average. Offensively, Nick Kanavas paces the attack with a .372 average to go with 45 runs scored and 31 runs driven in. Tim DalPorto leads the Flashes in home runs (7) and runs batted in (46). KSU comes into the weekend having won eight of its last nine conference games after dropping two out of three at home to Ohio back in mid-April. Most recently, the Flashes took down Eastern Michigan by winning the final two games of the series after dropping the opener.

In 192 total meetings, Kent State leads the all-time series, 110-81-1, over the RedHawks. The two sides last met just last season in the penultimate weekend of the regular season in Kent. The Flashes took games one and two before Miami rallied to salvage a victory in the series finale.