Miami Baseball begins its 2013 home schedule this week when it welcomes 24th-ranked Indiana to McKie Field for a Tuesday afternoon contest. The teams will turn around and play in Bloomington on Wednesday, the opening game at the Hoosiers' new Bart Kaufman Field.
Please note the start time of Tuesday's game has been moved up to 4 p.m. to accommodate potential weather issues.
Miami (7-8) is coming off a solid Spring Break road trip to Florida. The RedHawks won the first four contests and finished 5-2 overall, climbing to the .500 mark twice during the week.
During the last week, freshman Jake Romano led the team with seven hits in 13 at-bats (.563), while Matt Honchel hit .400 with 12 hits and five runs batted in. Nate Bowles hit .364, while Alex Johnson drove in a nine runs.
On the mound, Miami recorded a 3.98 team ERA during spring break, allowing 29 earned runs in 61.0 innings. The staff walked 22 and struck out 47. Brooks Fiala, the only starter to toe the rubber twice, won both outings, holding Illinois State and Navy scoreless over 16.2 innings. He fanned 13 Midshipmen, the highest total by a RedHawk since John Ely struck out 14 against Bowling Green on April 27, 2007, and 18 overall.
Overall, Romano is batting .381 in his six appearances, registering eight hits in 21 at-bats. Honchel is the top regular, raising his average from .205 to .323 over the last seven games.
Johnson leads the RedHawks in both home runs (tied with two) and RBIs (13), while Bower and Bowles have each driven in 12 runs.
As a team, Miami is batting .258 with a .337 on-base percentage. It has six home runs and is averaging 6.27 runs per game. The team ERA is 5.19 and has 103 strikeout.
Sophomore Brian Thene (1-0, 2.86 ERA) draws the starting assignment for Tuesday. He defeated North Dakota State last Wednesday. He allowed five hits and a run, in six innings in an 18-1 run-rule victory. Miami's starter for Wednesday has not been announced.