OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami steps out of conference play this week when it resumes a rivalry series with a pair of games against Eastern Kentucky. The teams meet in Richmond on Tuesday (3 p.m.) before returning to Oxford on Wednesday (6 p.m.).
The RedHawks (14-18) are looking to break a six-game losing skid, their longest slide since the same in 2008. In the last eight days, Miami dropped the series finale at Akron, lost games to Wright State and Xavier in the Joe Nuxhall Classic and was swept at home by Kent State.
Eastern Kentucky (11-21) has been on the upswing lately, winningsix of its last eight contests after a 5-19 beginning to the season.
Sophomore Matt Honchel leads the team in hitting with a .333 average (team-best 44 hits in 132 at-bats) and is second with a .414 on-base percentage. He had a 15-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday, but returned to the hit column the next day. He has also reached base in 23 of the last 24 contests.
Freshman Jake Romano, who returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing 14 games with a knee contusion, stands second with a .313 average, but has a team-best .421 on-base percentage.
They are the only hitters above the .300 mark as three others fell below the line over the weekend.
Miami will send sophomore left-hander Brian Thene to the mound on Tuesday against freshman Chris Cervantes of the Colonels.
Thene has started four times this year with the last three coming during true mid-week games (vs. Wright State April 9, at Ohio State April 1 and vs. Indiana on March 19). He also opened against North Dakota State during the spring trip to Florida.
Thene is 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA in six appearances. He has 10 walks and 31 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched.
Cervantes is 0-1 with an 8.68 ERA. He has 11 appearances, but only three starts, allowing 20 runs (18 earned) over 18.2 innings. The righty has allowed 28 hits and five walks, while registering four Ks.
Neither team has announced a Wednesday starter.