Miami continues its nine-game road trip Wednesday when it travels to Columbus to face in-state rival Ohio State in a mid-week clash. The contest marks the fourth and final game against a Big Ten member this year.
Miami moved above .500 for the first time this season when it took two of three from Toledo. After dropping Friday’s opener, the RedHawks improved to 12-11 overall with wins on Saturday and Sunday.
Ohio State improved to 17-8 with a 3-0 victory over Youngstown State on Tuesday night.
Freshman Jake Romano leads the team in hitting with a .381 average in six appearances. Sophomore Matt Honchel is the top regular in the lineup, batting .365 with 10 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Named MAC East Player of the Week on Monday, he batted .462 against Toledo, scoring six runs and stealing two bases. He enters Wednesday’s play on an eight-game hitting streak, including seven in a row with multiple hits.
Miami is expected to use several pitchers on Wednesday, beginning with sophomore left-hander Brian Thene. The San Diego, Calif., native is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA this season. He will be making this third start and fifth appearance of 2013.
Thene is seeing his first action since a March 19 start against Indiana. He went allowed three hits and four runs (three earned) in 4.1 innings that day, striking out a career-best five. In his previous outing, he limited North Dakota State to five hits and a single run in six innings of an 18-1 victory.
Ohio State will counter with freshman Jake Post on the mound. The right-hander has three appearances (two starts) and an 11.32 ERA. He does not have any decisions.