Important weekend for WKU as Ohio State comes to town

John Reecer

This weekend, the Hilltoppers will play a series against Ohio State at Nick Denes Field with the first game of the three-game series slated to start at 3:00 p.m. on Friday. 

The Hilltoppers (6-5) are coming off a four-game winning streak highlighted by a series sweep of Southern Illinois. The Buckeyes (5-4) recently dropped games against Conference USA foes Florida Atlantic and UAB. 

“They play hard, and they are going to do some little things to get some runs,” Head Coach Matt Myers said. “However, it’s stuff that we are familiar with seeing.” 

For the Hilltoppers, the play of junior outfielder Anderson Miller has been solid on the season, earning last week’s Conference-USA Co-hitter of the Week Award. Miller is currently batting .343 with 10 runs, eight RBI, 25 total bases, two triples and two home runs through eleven games. 

“It’s a big name opponent coming in to play us, and we are going to take pride in protecting our home field,” Miller said. “It will be a lot like when Illinois came in here last year and we were able to get the sweep, so we will be ready to go.” 

One of the core strengths for the Buckeyes will be the team’s experience as most of the starting lineup for the Buckeyes are returners. 

Myers said that this Buckeye team reminds him of WKU because they return so many players that saw significant action last year. 

Ohio State will field an impressive pitching staff this weekend as the current team ERA sits at 3.62. 

However, the Buckeyes weakness is at the plate as junior infielder Craig Nennig is the only starter on the team that is currently batting over .300. 

There are seven players doing so for the Hilltoppers. 

“It’s going to be a great series with a good Big-10 team coming down,” Myers said. “I married into an Ohio State family, so I really do want to win this series.”