The Ohio State baseball team will seek a successful final tuneup before opening conference play this weekend.
Ohio State (13-11) will try and continue its success at home when it faces off against Toledo (9-12) on Wednesday. The Buckeyes have won six of their eight home games this season.
The Buckeyes struggled in close games early in the season, dropping five games decided by two runs or fewer. At home, however, they responded by winning five consecutive games in close fashion.
After a disappointing series finale against Hawaii, losing to the Rainbow Warriors 15-3 on Sunday, the Buckeyes will face a Toledo squad that is also capable of producing big numbers.
The Rockets will come into the game averaging 6.52 runs a game. The team also boasts a .281 team batting average.
The offense is led by redshirt senior center fielder Brad Boss, who has a team-best .380 batting average to go along with 21 RBI. Boss has started every game this season for Toledo, and has an on-base percentage of .457.
The Rockets have received offensive help from freshman infielder Darryn Davis, who has a .354 average with 16 RBI.
On the base paths, Toledo’s greatest weapon is senior second baseman Riley Campbell. The senior has stolen nine bases in 11 attempts this season.
Despite dropping their past three games, the Rockets posted 17 runs during this stretch.
The weakness of the team has been the pitching staff. Toledo is allowing 7.29 runs a contest, and opponents are batting .298 against them.
Toledo’s closer, senior Nate Haugh, has three saves on the season, but has posted a 5.23 ERA with 16 hits and five walks allowed in 10.1 innings of work.
The bats for Ohio State have been especially hot lately, averaging seven runs per game at home this season.
The offense has been propelled by the outstanding play of senior left fielder Brady Cherry, who is leading the team with a .387 batting average and six home runs, which is tied for the team lead.
Junior right fielder Dominic Canzone also has tallied six home runs, two of which came against Hawaii on March 22.
Ohio State will complete its nine-game homestand at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday against Toledo at Bill Davis Stadium.