Xavier Prepares For A Home-And-Home Series With Miami (Ohio) Tuesday And Wednesday

Jones takes his five-game hitting streak into Miami on Tuesday.

Jones takes his five-game hitting streak into Miami on Tuesday.

March 10, 2014

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CINCINNATI - The Xavier Musketeers will play a midweek home-and-home series with Miami (Ohio) Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's game is set to start at 6:00 p.m., at Miami, followed by a 3:00 p.m., start for Wednesday's game at Hayden Field.

Wednesday's game marks the home opener for XU. The Musketeers, 7-5 on the year, hold a 4-4 record in away contests and a 3-1 neutral field record.

The Musketeers traveled to Georgia State for a weekend series and took two of three games from the Panthers. The bats came alive in the two Musketeer wins, combining for 29 hits and 27 runs.

Michael Moore started the past three games for the Musketeers and carries a slash line of .417/.611/.750 after recording five hits, seven RBIs and a pair of walks this weekend. Patrick Jones, currently holding a five-game hitting streak, finished the week with three RBIs and seven hits to raise his batting average to .333 on the year. Andre Jernigan closed out the weekend with nine RBIs and leads the team with 11 on the season.

Freshman Trent Astle (0-0) and redshirt sophomore Eric Stiene (0-0) are set as the probable starters for XU Tuesday and Wednesday. Astle started his first career game against nationally-ranked Indiana and held the Hoosiers to just two hits and a walk over five innings of work in the no decision. Stiene has two appearances on the year and holds opponents to a team-low .158 batting average.

The Redhawks are 4-8 on the year and Tuesday's game marks the first home game for Miami's season. MU travelled to No. 10 Louisville for the weekend and dropped two of three games against the Cardinals. After claiming the first game, 6-4, Miami lost back-to-back games, 10-1 and 9-0.

Scott Slappey leads the Redhawks with a .364 batting average and eight RBIs. Dan Walsh holds a .349 batting average and has a team-high nine runs. Jake Romano is the speedster for MU, stealing eight bases on nine attempts.

Clay Cinnamon (0-0) is slated as the probable starter for Tuesday's matchup. The junior righty has just one appearance on the year, giving up four hits and four runs. Wednesday's starter for Miami is to be determined.

Live statistics will be provided by MURedhawks.com for Tuesday' game and GoXavier.com for Wednesday's game.