The Bulls, 3-1, are back home as they host Miami Ohio for 4 games. The Redhawks enter the series at 0-3. They will play on Friday at 6:30 PM, a double header on Saturday starting at 2 PM, followed by a finale on Sunday at 1 PM.
Miami went 27-29 last year and is off to a rough start to the year after getting swept by Arkansas to start the year. On the other side USF is coming off of a historic win over 3rd ranked FSU. USF as a team is batting .256 through the first week and have a staff ERA of 2.50 (batting .146 against them).
Miami is batting .149 as a team right now and are relying on a bunch of young players so far. Freshman catcher Cal Elvers (6’1″ 200 lbs.) is batting .500 (4 for 8) with a double and has driven in one run. Freshman infielder Landon Stephens (6’2″ 190 lbs.) is batting .333 (3 for 9) with a run scored. Again, its early in the year and they are relying on a lot of young players so its hard to get a full report on them with a new team on the field. On the other side, the starting and relief pitching for the Bulls has looked strong and will look to continue that trend.
Their pitching staff is off to a rough start with a combined 8.25 ERA and allowing .298 batting average against them. Freshman RHP Grant Hartwig (6’5″ 235 lbs.) is 0-1 after his first start, allowing 5 hits in 4.1 innings of work, allowing 4 runs, 2 walks while striking out 4 batters. We are likely to see him this weekend in this 4-game series. The USF offense on the other side has been productive, manufacturing runs however they can (we have not seen a lot of power yet). Kevin Merrell and company will get plenty of chances to shine this weekend.
This is a series the Bulls should take. One side is hot, the other is stumbling out of the block. If USF could take 3 games in this series, that would be huge.