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Marie Carpenter to Try Out for WNBA Scouts

Posted on 31 March 2014 by Bret Shroats

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Marie Carpenter will try out for WNBA scouts this weekend at ProHoops Combine in Nashville, Tenn.

The ProHoops combine allows  the top college seniors in the country the opportunity to be evaluated by WNBA coaches and personnel before the upcoming draft.

Carpenter is coming off her senior season in which she was named first team All-Ohio Valley Conference after averaging 21.1 points-per-game. She was also named to the OVC All-Tournament team.

The WNBA Draft is April 14.

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Colonels Avoid the Sweep at Evansville

Posted on 30 March 2014 by Bret Shroats

Eastern Kentucky (12-15) went into the Sunday afternoon looking to avoid a sweep on the road at Evansville (15-9).  Eastern Kentucky would use a freshman and senior combination to pick up the big road victory 3-2.

Senior Sean Hagan hit a home run and scored in the fifth inning after being hit by a pitch to lead the Colonels in the victory.

Sean Hagan would get the game started the right way in the first inning with a solo home run to left field.

Evansville would take the lead in the second inning when Eric McKibban grounded out scoring Boomer Snyek. Jarod Perry would then single into left field scoring Johnathan Ramon to make it 2-1.

 

Sean Hagan leads EKU to a 3-2 win over Evansville.

Sean Hagan leads EKU to a 3-2 win over Evansville.

 

It would take a few innings but the Colonels would respond and regain the lead for good in the fifth inning when Bryan Soloman would double down the right field line scoring Sean Hagan. Ben Fisher would then single down the left field line scoring Soloman to give the Colonels a 3-2 lead.

Senior Anthony Bazzani would pick up his second save of the season.

Sean Hagan would finish the game 1-3 with a home run and hit by a pitch, earning him the Maroon Nation Player of the Game.

Freshman Caleb Johnson pitched six innings giving up just two runs and striking out two, while picking up the win.

Eastern Kentucky returns to action on Wednesday when Marshall comes to Richmond for a mid-week game.

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Glenn Cosey Earns All-America Honors

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

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BOSTON – Eastern Kentucky University senior Glenn Cosey was named to the 2013-14 Lou Henson All-America team by CollegeInsider.com. Cosey is also a finalist for the 2014 Lou Henson Award.

The Lou Henson All-America team recognizes the top Mid-Major men’s basketball players. The Lou Henson Award will be given to one of the 30 All-Americans to signify the top player at the Mid-Major level. The winner will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the 2014 Final Four.

Cosey helped the Colonels (24-10) capture the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship and earn the program’s eighth NCAA Tournament bid.

The Flint, Mich., native was also chosen first team All-OVC and first team NABC All-District earlier this month.

Cosey averaged 18.7 points, 4.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 2013-14. He leads the conference in three-pointers made (3.4 per game), is second in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.3), third in free throw shooting (84.1 percent), fourth in scoring, sixth in three-point shooting (42.6 percent) and eighth in assists (4.2 apg).

Cosey hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, three assists and two rebounds in Eastern’s near upset of No. 2 seed Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.

On Jan. 2, Cosey broke the Eastern Kentucky record and tied the OVC mark with 10 three-pointers at Eastern Illinois. He went 11-of-14 from the field, including 10-of-12 from behind the arc, to finish with a career-best 34 points. Cosey dished out a career-high nine assists twice this season.

On Feb. 1, Cosey banked in a 35-footer with 0.4 seconds left to give EKU a 79-78 victory over Southeast Missouri. The shot completed a comeback from 10 points down with 3:57 left and earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays.

In his last regular season game, Cosey scored his 1,000th point in two seasons as a Colonel, becoming the school’s 32nd member of the 1,000-point club.

Against Murray State in the OVC Tournament semifinals on March 7, Cosey broke the single season EKU record for three-pointers (104). He finished with 115 treys this year.

The Flint, Mich., native scored in double figures 33 of the team’s 34 games and eclipsed the 20-point mark 14 times.

In three OVC Tournament games, Cosey averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals. He shot 49 percent from the field and 46 percent from three-point range. His three-pointer with 5:29 left in the championship game against Belmont broke a 54-54 tie, gave the Colonels the lead for good and began an 8-0 run.

Cosey has helped EKU to its winningest two-year stretch in program history. Last season the Colonels won a school-record 25 games. With 24 more wins this season, the team broke the previous mark of 42 wins combined in 1945-46 and 1946-47.

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Hagen On Johnny Bench Award Watch List

Posted on 25 March 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University senior #Sean Hagen# is on the initial 2014 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced recently.  The award is given annually to the top NCAA Division I catcher.

Hagen is one of 72 catchers from across the nation on the list.  He is one of only two players from the Ohio Valley Conference to make the initial watch list.

The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission started the Johnny Bench Award in 2000.  The criteria for the award include athletic ability, sportsmanship, team leadership and character.

The list will be narrowed down to the semi-finalists on May 15.  Ballots will then be sent to the national voting panel to determine the three finalists.  The finalists will be announced June 3.  A final vote by the national committee will occur during the College World Series with the winner announced on June 26.

Hagen is batting .333 with five home runs, 21 RBIs, 18 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.  The Reading, Pa., native also has 12 walks and four doubles.  He has a .568 slugging percentage and a .455 on-base percentage.

Hagen ranks second in the OVC in stolen bases, tied for sixth in home runs, eighth in slugging and 10th in on-base percentage.

The senior has had three hits in a game five times this year, including twice this past weekend as the Colonels (11-13, 4-5 OVC) swept Belmont.  On March 14, Hagen went 3-for-3 with two home runs, two runs scored and three RBIs against Southeast Missouri.

While Johnny Bench is remembered for his offense, he may have had the greatest impact behind the plate.  He was the first receiver to use a protective helmet in the field, popularized catching one-handed and kept his throwing hand behind his back to protect it from foul tips.

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Colonels give Kansas a scare but fall short

Posted on 21 March 2014 by admin

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The No. 15 seed Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team gave No. 2 seed Kansas all it could handle before falling to the heavily-favored Jayhawks, 80-69, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at the Scottrade Center.

EKU (24-10) pulled to within three points of KU (25-9), 64-61, on a jumper in the lane by junior Corey Walden with 3:39 to play. However, a three-point play by Jamari Traylor on the opposite end sparked a decisive 12-0 Jayhawks run that was capped by a thunderous Andrew Wiggins dunk that made it 76-64 with 44 seconds on the clock.

Senior Glenn Cosey led EKU in the near-upset with 17 points, 14 of which came in a dazzling first-half performance. Senior Tarius Johnson and junior Eric Stutz contributed 15 points apiece. Walden, the MVP of the OVC Tournament and EKU’s defensive stopper, was saddled with foul trouble the entire game and scored only four points before fouling out with 3:19 remaining.

The Colonels knocked down 12 three-pointers in the loss.

Wiggins paced five Jayhawks in double figures with 19 points. Kansas shot 60 percent (32-of-53) from the field and out-rebounded EKU, 43-19.

EKU led for most of the first half, as Cosey knocked down his first three three-point attempts to give the Colonels a quick 13-6 advantage.

After Kansas pulled to within two, 14-12, an offensive put-back by Johnson sparked a 9-2 run by EKU that ended when Cosey buried his fourth three-pointer to give the Colonels their largest lead of the first half, 23-14, with 8:45 on the clock.

Eastern led 27-20 with 4:22 remaining in the half, but Kansas used an 8-0 run to take the lead, 28-27, on a pair of free throws by Wiggins with 1:22 to play.

KU held that lead until senior Orlando Williams was fouled shooting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of the half. Williams converted two free throws to make it a tie game, 32-32, at the break.

EKU forced Kansas into 14 turnovers in the first half.

Kansas took a seven-point lead, 45-38, on a dunk by Tarik Black just over four minutes into the second half, but EKU did not back down. The Colonels responded with a 10-0 run and retook the lead, 48-45, when Johnson buried a three-pointer from the wing with 12:55 on the clock.

EKU’s final lead came when senior Jeff Johnson connected on a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 56-53 in favor of the Colonels with 9:13 to play. Traylor tied it with a three-point play on KU’s next possession and the Jayhawks led the rest of the way.

Kansas turned the ball over only three times in the second half. The Jayhawks will advance to play No. 10 Stanford on Sunday.

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NCAA ticket information is now available

Posted on 14 March 2014 by admin

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The Eastern Kentucky Athletic Department has released ticket information for the Colonels first game in the NCAA Tournament. Although the date and location is not known yet, you can still get pricing information and order your tickets.All orders must be received by 6:00 PM, Monday, March 17  You can download the order form here.

Ticket Purchase Priority:
1. Colonel Club member and season basketball ticket holder
2. Season basketball ticket holder
3. Colonel Club member
4. General public

 

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Glenn Cosey Named First Team All-District By Coaches

Posted on 12 March 2014 by admin

 

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eastern Kentucky University senior Glenn Cosey was selected first team All-District 19 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The Flint, Mich., native helped the Colonels (24-9) capture the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship on Saturday.  EKU secured the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Cosey was a second team all-district honoree last year.  District 19 includes teams from the Ohio Valley Conference.  He earned first team All-OVC recognition and was chosen to the OVC All-Tournament team this season.

Cosey averaged 18.8 points, 4.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in 2013-14.  He leads the conference in three-pointers made (3.3 per game), is third in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.2), third in free throw shooting (84.1 percent), fourth in scoring, fourth in three-point shooting (42.5 percent), eighth in assists (4.2 apg) and 15th in steals.

On Jan. 2, Cosey broke the Eastern Kentucky record and tied the OVC mark with 10 three-pointers at Eastern Illinois.  He went 11-of-14 from the field, including 10-of-12 from behind the arc, to finish with a career-best 34 points.  Cosey dished out a career-high nine assists twice this season.

On Feb. 1, Cosey banked in a 35-footer with 0.4 seconds left to give EKU a 79-78 victory over Southeast Missouri.  The shot completed a comeback from 10 points down with 3:57 left and earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays.

In his last regular season game, Cosey scored his 1,000th point in two seasons as a Colonel, becoming the school’s 32nd member of the 1,000-point club.

Against Murray State in the OVC Tournament semifinals on March 7, Cosey broke the single season EKU record for three-pointers (104).  He has now hit 110 treys this year.

The Flint, Mich., native scored in double figures 32 of the team’s 33 games and eclipsed the 20-point mark 14 times.

In three OVC Tournament games, Cosey averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals.  He shot 49 percent from the field and 46 percent from three-point range.  His three-pointer with 5:29 left in the championship game against Belmont broke a 54-54 tie, gave the Colonels the lead for good and began an 8-0 run.

Cosey has helped EKU to its winningest two-year stretch in program history.  Last season the Colonels won a school-record 25 games.  With 24 more wins this season, the team broke the previous mark of 42 wins combined in 1945-46 and 1946-47.

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How Sweep It Is.

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Bret Shroats

Doug Teegarden hits a big Grand Slam to help EKU beat Youngstown State 18-9.

Doug Teegarden hits a big Grand Slam to help EKU beat Youngstown State 18-9.

 

It was a cold, windy, dreary day for baseball but the weather was not about to stop Eastern Kentucky delaying the home opener any longer.

Josh White hit a pop-up that was carried over the wall by the strong wind gusts to make it 2-0.

Eastern Kentucky would respond in the bottom half of the first when Sean Hagan singled to score Kyle Nowlin to make it 2-1.

In the second inning EKU would load the bases up with no outs before Kenny Hostrander would score two on a single to center field. Kyle Nowlin would get hit by a pitch and loads the bases again for EKU. Sean Hagan would come to bat with one out and bases loaded and clear the bases on a double. Luke Wurzelbacher drove in Sean Hagan to cap the six run 2nd inning making it 7-2 after two innings.

Youngstown State would fight right back with a four run 3rd inning. It started when Matt Sullivan scored Alex Larivee on a sac fly. Kris Moules would then single through right field Lorenzo Arcuri. Josh WHite would score on a ground out. Then the Penguins would end their 3rd inning scoring spree when Kevin Hix scored Kris Moules. Youngstown State would end their half of the inning down 7-6.

EKU would fight right back in their half of the third by scoring two on a Shea Sullivan singled into center field.

Doug Teegarden would drill a grand slam in the 4th inning to make it 13-6 Eastern.

Youngstown State would get a run back in the 5th on a passed ball that scored Kris Moules.

Eastern Kentucky would also get that run back in the 5th when Bryan Soloman doubled scoring Ben Fisher to make the score 14-7.

Josh White sac fly in the top of the 6th makes it 14-8 in favor of EKU.

Eastern Kentucky would put two on the board in the 6th to increase the lead to 18-6.

Youngstown State would put one on the board with a passed ball in the 7th but that would be all the damage the Penguins could cause.

Luke Wurzelbacher homers in the 7th to make it 17-9 in favor of EKU.

Ben Fisher brought in Taylor Blair in the 8th to make it 18-9 in favor of Eastern Kentucky.

Todays player of the game is Doug Teegarden who went 1-2 with a grand slam and two walks.

Eastern Kentucky returns to action this weekend at Turkey Hughes Field when they welcome OVC foe SEMO to the Richmond. SEMO is 10-6 on the year and 3-0 in OVC play. The Redhawks swept Belmont last weekend in Nashville.

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Eastern Kentucky vs Youngstown State

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Bret Shroats

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Pitchers? Who needs pitchers? Clearly not Eastern Kentucky or Youngstown State as the two teams combined for 33 runs on 36 hits as the Eastern Kentucky Colonels beat the Penguins of Youngstown State 19-14 in game 1 of a 2 game series.

Today was supposed to be the home opener for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels but construction at Turkey Hughes Field made the game be moved to Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.

EKU would start the game up 10-0 after 2 innings but YSU would chip away and score 6 in the third. EKU would battle back to get a 19-7 lead after the 7th inning. Again though the Penguins would put 7 more on the board in the 8th. Youngstown State would get a Penguin to third in the 9th but he would be stranded there.

Kyle Nowlin would lead the way for the Colonels going 3 for 5 with 3 home runs, tying the school record for most home runs in a single game.

With the win EKU is now 6-9 on the year and they will take on Youngstown State again tomorrow at 3 pm hopefully at Turkey Hughes field.

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Walden OVC Defensive Player Of The Year, Cosey 1st Team All-OVC

Posted on 05 March 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky junior Corey Walden was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and senior Glenn Cosey was selected first team All-OVC, the league announced today.

Walden is the first Colonel to earn the Defensive Player of the Year honor which was first awarded in 2008-09. Cosey is the 55th first team all-conference selection in program history.

The duo has helped lead EKU to its winningest two-year stretch in program history. Last season the Colonels won a school-record 25 games. With 20 more wins this season, the team broke the previous mark of 42 wins combined in 1945-46 and 1946-47.

Walden was a key factor in Eastern Kentucky leading the OVC in scoring defense (70.0 ppg) and scoring margin (+8.7 points/game). The junior, who is often given the task of defending the other team’s best guard, finished second in the conference with 62 steals (2.1 spg), just three behind the leader. Overall, Walden had at least one steal in 26 of EKU’s 30 games on the year and had 20 total steals over the team’s last eight contests. As a team Eastern Kentucky ranks fifth nationally with 262 steals, 62 of which belong to Walden.

The Daytona Beach, Fla., native averaged 13.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

Cosey, a member of the OVC All-Newcomer team last season, averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 2013-14. He leads the conference in three-pointers made (3.3 per game), is second in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.4), third in free throw shooting (85.1 percent), fourth in scoring, fourth in three-point shooting (42.2 percent) and eighth in assists (4.3 apg).

On Jan. 2, Cosey broke the Eastern Kentucky record and tied the OVC mark with 10 three-pointers at Eastern Illinois. He went 11-of-14 from the field, including 10-of-12 from behind the arc, to finish with a career-best 34 points. Cosey dished out a career-high nine assists twice this season.

On Feb. 1, Cosey banked in a 35-footer with 0.4 seconds left to give EKU a 79-78 victory over Southeast Missouri. The shot completed a comeback from 10 points down with 3:57 left and earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays.

In his last regular season home game, Cosey scored his 1,000th point in two seasons as a Colonel, becoming the school’s 32nd member of the 1,000-point club.

The Flint, Mich., native scored in double figures 29 of the team’s 30 games and eclipsed the 20-point mark 13 times.

Eastern Kentucky is the No. 3 seed in the OVC Tournament. The Colonels (21-9, 11-5 OVC) will play the winner of the No. 6 Southeast Missouri/No. 7 Eastern Illinois contest on Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn. Tip time for the quarterfinal game is set for 9 p.m. ET.

2013-14 All-OVC Teams and Award Winners
Player of the Year: J.J. Mann, Belmont
Freshman of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State
Defensive Player of the Year: Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd, Belmont

First Team All-OVC
J.J. Mann, Belmont
Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri
Cameron Payne, Murray State
Patrick Miller, Tennessee State

Second Team All-OVC
Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri
Craig Bradshaw, Belmont
Jarvis Williams, Murray State
Angelo Warner, Morehead State
Sherman Blanford, Eastern Illinois

OVC All-Newcomer Team
Cameron Payne, Murray State
Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri
Jarvis Williams, Murray State
Donivine Stewart, SIUE
Reggie Smith, Eastern Illinois

 

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