May 16, 2012

OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami wraps up the 2012 regular season this weekend with a trip to rival Ohio for a three-game series. In addition to bragging rights, the RedHawks are fighting for a spot in Mid-American Conference Tournament, likely needing at least one win. Games are slated for 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The RedHawks (26-26, 10-14) were cooled off by Kent State last weekend, losing all three contests to the Golden Flashes after a five-game winning streak. Miami is still in driver's seat for a berth in the Mid-American Conference Tournament and can guarantee a slot with a series win. Other scenarios, including being swept, also exists.

Ohio (27-25, 15-9) has won four straight after a 7-2 non-conference victory over Dayton on Tuesday. The Bobcats, who are currently tied for third in the standings, swept Akron last weekend.

Freshman Matt Honchel is currently in the midst of his fourth hitting streak of eight games or more this season at nine. He is the nation's leading freshman hitter and tops the MAC in both overall and league stats with a .404 average. The outfielder/designated hitter has a team-best 29 multiple-high games.

Junior Kevin Bower is batting .351 and leads the team with 47 runs batted in, while John Crummy is next at .323. Bryce Redeker has a team-best four homers and 37 RBIs.

As a team, Miami is hitting .294 with five players holding an average of .300 or better.

Senior lefty Shawn Marquardt (5-5, 3.65) will take the mound for Thursday's opener, followed by junior right-hander Mac Thoreson (6-3, 5.57) on Saturday.

Sophomore Charles Zubrod will make his third straight conference start, having moved from mid-week assignments in late April. He is 3-4 this season with a 3.65 ERA in 2012 after pitching just one inning as a true freshman.