The 2013 regular season comes to a close this weekend when Miami welcomes its biggest rival, Ohio, to McKie Field. The three-game series runs Thursday to Saturday with games starting at 6 p.m. the first two days and at 1 p.m. for the finale.
Miami (23-27, 12-12) dropped into the No. 6 position in the MAC standings after losing two of three to Buffalo last weekend. The RedHawks need just two wins in the series to guarantee a spot, but it is also possible for the RedHawks to earn a berth without another victory.
Ohio (13-37. 8-16) has lost nine of its last 12 games, including two of three to Bowling Green last weekend. The Bobcats have been mathmatically eliminated from tournament contention.
Freshman Jake Romano leads Miami’s offensive attack with a .375 batting average. He has hit safely in 12 straight games, posting a .431 average during that span. Junior John Crummy stands second overall at .336, while sophomore Matt Honchel ranks third at .330.
Alex Johnson leads the club in home runs (four) and runs batted in (37).
Miami is returning to the rotation it used during the first nine weeks of the season. Senior right-hander Brooks Fiala (5-5, 2.78 ERA) makes his usual trek to the mound for the opener, while another senior righty, Mac Thoreson draws the assignment for Friday night. He is also 5-5, holding a 5.30 ERA.
The series finale will feature a third right-hander in Nathan Williams. The sophomore returned to the starting rotation last weekend after three straight Sundays in the bullpen. He has a 4-3 record and 4.78 ERA in 10 starts.