Archive | April, 2014

Three EKU Football Players Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Posted on 30 April 2014 by admin


RICHMOND, Ky. – Three former Eastern Kentucky University football players – Jordan Berry, Tyler Horn and Ichiro Vance – were named to the 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, as announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Tuesday afternoon.

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include: being a starter or a significant substitute in one’s last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university; achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.

Berry was a four-year starter at punter for the Colonels. This past season, the Australian was part of a punting unit that ranked first in the OVC and sixth nationally (FCS) in net punting at 39.08 yards per punt.

Horn was one of just five players to start every game for EKU this past fall. The linebacker piled up a career-high 11 tackles against Coastal Carolina on Sept. 14. Horn finished with 54 total tackles in 2013 which ranked second on the team.

Vance, a three-year starter at middle linebacker, picked up All-OVC honors for a third straight season after recording 52 tackles as a senior.

A total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the society’s eighth year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,927 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007.

Eastern Kentucky begins the 2014 fall season with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28.


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Jane Worthinginton Picks Up Number 600

Posted on 26 April 2014 by Bret Shroats

Christina Ciolek


With just two OVC series left in the regular season the EKU softball team finds itself in the middle of a tight race for the top spot. The Colonels currently sit in fourth but just three games out of the lead going into Saturday action. In front of EKU in the OVC standings is SIU-E, Jacksonville State, and Eastern Illinois.

To contend EKU would have to win their next six games. They would start that process today at Tennessee Tech. The Colonels would split with the Golden Eagles and now need some help to grab that top spot and host the OVC tournament.

Eastern Kentucky (27-18, 14-7 OVC) finds themselves in second place in the east division facing the third place in the east Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (19-33, 11-12 OVC).

Katie Tackett would start the scoring off for our Colonels with a RBI single in the fourth inning.

Christina Ciolek would add another run off a RBI single in the fifth.

The Colonels would win the first game of the doubleheader 2-0.

With the win EKU head coach Jane Worthington picked up her 600th career win.

Tennessee Tech would start the second game off putting up six runs in the first, two came off of walks and two more off errors.

Tennessee Tech would add two more in the third.

Tennessee Tech would go on  to win 9-1.

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Austin Peay Walks Off Against Colonels

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Bret Shroats

EKU Baseball TJ Alas


With under a month to go teams will start looking to position themselves in the OVC Tournament. The top six teams will compete in the playoffs for a bid into the NCAA tournament.

With Eastern Kentucky (20-22, 9-10 OVC) trying to stay in the top six for the OVC tournament every series becomes important. Austin Peay (17-25, 9-10 OVC) is in contention themselves sitting in ninth just a game out of sixth coming into today.

Winner of this series would position themselves nicely for the OVC tournament.

Eastern Kentucky would start the scoring off in the second inning when TJ Alas would hit a two run RBI single into right field. Next batter, Bryan Soloman would add one more with his infield single to make it 3-0 in favor of EKU.

TJ Alas would drive in another run in the third inning giving the Colonels a 4-0  lead.

Tanner Perkins would be lights out on the mound striking out seven Austin Peay batters through six innings.

Austin Peay would scored four runs in the seventh to tie the game up.

Eastern Kentucky would go ahead in the ninth with a Sean Hagan single into right field giving EKU a late 5-4 lead.

Austin Peay would rally right back in their half of the ninth. The Governors would draw a bases loaded game winning walk to give the Govs game one.

EKU and APSU will face off in game two tomorrow at 3 p.m.



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Sun Belt a no go for the Colonels

Posted on 24 April 2014 by admin



The Maroon Nation had learned that the Sun Belt had decided to expand by using current FBS teams which leaves the Colonels out. Sun Belt officials were scheduled to visit Eastern’s campus on May 5th but has since canceled. No word yet on what this means for the Colonels plans to move up to the FBS level.

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Eastern Kentucky Picks Up Road Victory at Miami (Ohio)

Posted on 23 April 2014 by Bret Shroats

EKU Baseball Kenny Hostrander

Exactly one week ago Miami (Ohio) Redhawks traveled to Richmond, Ky and knocked off the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. Today the Colonels beat the Redhawks 3-1.

Last Wednesday the Redhawks (18-22) beat the Colonels (20-21) 6-3.

Redhawks would get  a 1-0 lead.

Eastern Kentucky would rally back in the fifth inning. Doug Teegarden singled through the right side for a two run RBI. Kyle Nowlin would drive in Doug Teegarden to give Eastern Kentucky a 3-1 lead.

Miami (Ohio) would get those runs back in the seventh inning.

Sean Hagan would retake the lead for the Colonels with a RBI ground out in the eighth.

Miami would rally in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

Shea Sullivan would hit a go ahead single in the 13th inning.

Miami responded right back in their half of the 13th to continue the game.

The 14th inning would be the stopping point for the fighting Redhawks. Kenny Hostrander would hit a RBI single and Doug Teegarden would hit a sacrifice fly to give the Colonels a 7-5 win.

Our Maroon Nation Player of the Game is Kenny Hostrander for his game winning hit.

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Colonels Come Up Short In Bid To Repeat As OVC Women’s Golf Champions

Posted on 23 April 2014 by admin


MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – In its bid for back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference Championships, the Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s golf team came up just short during the final round on Wednesday. The Colonels led after the first two rounds, but Murray State came from behind to win by two shots.

Anna Gleixner placed second overall. The sophomore had a 36-hole total of 225 and finished 13 shots behind individual medalist Delaney Howson (212) of Murray State.

Eastern began the day with a six shot lead over the Racers. However, the Colonels shot a final round 318 while MSU concluded with a 310. Eastern Kentucky’s three-day total of 917 was two shots behind Murray State’s 915.

Jacksonville State (923) placed third, six shots behind EKU.

Gleixner birdied two of the first three holes and was 2-over at the turn. A three-hole stretch early on the back nine, including a bogey and two doubles, pushed her to 7-over. She wrapped up the round with two bogeys and another birdie on the final three holes to finish 8-over.

Sofie Levin was putting together a solid final round before finding trouble on the final three holes. She made the turn at 3-over but had two birdies and four pars on the next six holes to get to 1-over. A bogey on the par-4 No. 16 and a double on the par-3 No. 18 dropped her to 4-over for the day. Her 36-hole total of 229 tied for fifth overall.

Gleixner and Levin earned OVC All-Tournament honors.

Rachel Welker concluded play with an 81 and a three-round total of 233. She finished tied for 11th. Emilie Simmons shot a final round 82 to complete her first OVC Championship with a total of 234 and in 15th place. Becky Sharpe closed play with an 81 as well and finished tied for 16th with a three-day total of 235.

Morehead State (927) placed fourth. Tennessee Tech (934)) and Austin Peay (949) finished in fifth and sixth respectively. Belmont (971) and SIU Edwardsville (988) were seventh and eighth. Eastern Illinois (1026) and Tennessee State (1066) rounded out the 11-team event.

The 2014 OVC Championship was played at The Fighting Joe course at The Shoals. The course had a par of 72 and played 6,203 yards.

2. Eastern Kentucky 295-304-318 – 917 +53

2. Anna Gleixner 72-73-80 – 225 +9
T5. Sofie Levin 77-76-76 – 229 +13
T11. Rachel Welker 73-79-81 – 233 +17
15. Emilie Simmons 76-76-82 – 234 +18
T16. Becky Sharpe 74-80-81 – 235 +19

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Eastern Kentucky Splits with Northern Kentucky

Posted on 22 April 2014 by Bret Shroats

Krislyn Campos


The Eastern Kentucky Colonels softball team kept on winning today as they defeated the Northern Kentucky Norse 7-4 in the first game of a double header but lost 2-1 in the second game today.

With the victory EKU head coach Jane Worthington picked up her 599th career win. She will go for number 600 Saturday in Cookeville, Tenn.

These two teams met on February 23 at the Cardinal Classic in Louisville, KY. Unfortunately, the game was called in the second inning due to snow. NKU (4-38, 1-13 A-SUN) was leading 5-3 over EKU (26-17, 13-6 OVC) at the time.

The Colonels were quick to action in game one as the Colonels would load up the bases in the first inning with two outs. Katie Tackett would then be hit by a pitch to keep the bases loaded and bring in the first run of the game.

Leanna Pittsenbarger would sit down the Norse in order while striking out two in the bottom of the first.

In the second inning the Krislyn Campos would hit a one out RBI single. Kayla Joyce would be thrown out at third and Campos would advance to second. Christina Ciolek would hit a double scoring Campos to give EKU a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

Haley Schenasi would score in the third on a error to make it 4-0 Colonels.

Norse would threaten in the fourth with a lead off triple but a double play at the plate would eliminate the scoring chance for Northern Kentucky.

Shannon McQueen would get a RBI groundout in the sixth to make it 5-0 EKU. McQueen then would steal second base causing a NKU error which brought in Christina Ciolek. Another error would bring in McQueen giving EKU a 7-0 lead in the sixth.

NKU would rally in the sixth after a EKU took out Leanna Pittsenbarger by scoring four runs making it 7-4 but that would be as close as it would get as EKU beats NKU in the first game 7-4.

The Norse would get game two started up 1-0 after a RBI triple in the second inning.

EKU would respond back in the fourth inning with a RBI double by Shannon McQueen to tie the game up at 1-1.

NKU would shock the Colonels with two outs in the sixth with a game winning RBI single to upset Eastern Kentucky 2-1.

Eastern Kentucky will return to action Saturday when they travel to Tennessee Tech.

Krislyn Campos is our Maroon Nation Player of the Game. Campos went 2-4  with three runs scored and a RBI in game one.


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Softball Races Past Murray State

Posted on 18 April 2014 by Bret Shroats

Leanna Pittsenbarger would combine for 10.1 innings pitched and 15 strikeouts on Friday against Murray State.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels beat Murray State Racers twice on Good Friday.

Eastern Kentucky (24-15, 12-5 OVC) was led by Leanna Pittsenbarger in both games, although she would come in for relief in game two.

In game one, Leanna Pittsenbarger would hold the Racers (24-20, 11-7  OVC) to just three hits while striking out 13 Racers.

Eastern Kentucky would do all of their scoring in the third and sixth innings. The Colonels would score three runs in the third and add four insurance runs in the sixth inning.

Eastern Kentucky would go on to win 7-0.

In game two Murray State would take a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning but Eastern Kentucky would bring in water to put out the Racers fire and Pittsenbarger would come on to close out the inning.

The Colonels quickly responded when Katie Tackett puts down a RBI single to bring it to 2-1. Shannon McQueen would make the last out of the fourth when she was just inches away from stealing home plate to tie the game up.

In the fifth inning the Colonels would bring in the game tying run with a Nicole Heitz RBI single.

The sixth inning would be when the Colonels take the lead for good. Lauren Mitchell would hit a ball to deep center field and would score two runs on the double giving the Colonels a 4-2 lead.

The Colonels would finish the sweep in the seventh inning and take game two 4-2.

Leanna Pittsenbarger is our Maroon Nation Player of the Game going 10.1 IPs with 15 Ks on just four hits.

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Colonels Fall to Miami (Ohio)

Posted on 16 April 2014 by Bret Shroats

Taylor Blair


Eastern Kentucky and Miami (Ohio) stepped out of their respected conferences for a midweek showdown.

The game between was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but was pushed back to Wednesday night due to weather.

After an explosive weekend offensively for Eastern Kentucky (17-19, 7-8 OVC) it took awhile for the bats to come alive against the Redhawks (13-19, 5-7 MAC).

Miami would score the first three runs in the game. Miami would start scoring in the first with a double.

Redhawks would continue the scoring in the second inning with a two run double to give the Redhawks a 3-0 lead.

Eastern Kentucky would chip away though in the third when a Redhawk error would give the Colonels their first run. The next batter, Ben Fisher, would single to drive in TJ Alas to pull the Colonels within one at 3-2.

Another Redhawk double would make it 4-2 in the fourth inning. A Miami single would push the Redhawk lead put to 5-2.

Redhawks added a RBI single in the ninth to give the Redhawks a 6-2 lead.

Luke Wurzelbacer would start the Colonels ninth off with a single. Two batters later Kyle Nowlin would also add an one out single, Then Bryan Soloman with two outs would hit a RBI double to bring the tying run to bat.  Colonels would not be able to get any other runs and Redhawks beat the Colonels 6-3.

Eastern Kentucky will return to action tomorrow against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville at 6 p.m. in Richmond.


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Eastern Kentucky Wins Twice on Historical Night.

Posted on 12 April 2014 by Bret Shroats

President Benson threw the first pitch at the ELU-Belmont night game.

President Benson threw the first pitch at the EKU-Belmont night game.


Eastern Kentucky Colonels softball team beat Belmont 4-3 in game one before hosting their first night game in program history. Eastern Kentucky (22-14, 10-4 OVC) beat Belmont (11-25, 5-10 OVC)  in the historical game 4-1.

Christina Ciolek would start the scoring off in the first inning with a RBI single. Krislyn Campos would then score on a error to make it 2-0 EKU. Ciolek would score on a Sarah Fobbs single to make it 3-0 Colonels in the first inning. Fobbs would score the fourth and final run of the inning on another Belmont error.

Belmont wouldn’t go down without a fight though.Belmont would try and rally with a run in the second, fourth and sixth innings of play but would not be able to get the tying run across. Leanna Pittsenbarger would come on in the sixth to slam the door shut on the rally.

Eastern Kentucky would hold on for the win in game one 4-3.

In game two Eastern wouldn’t score a run into their third inning when they plated across three runs. The first run would come off a Kayla Joyce double and the second and third runs would come from a Christina Ciolek single.

Jessica Gregg would bring in a fourth run in the fourth inning to give the Colonels a 4-0 lead.

Belmont would hit a home run in the seventh but would still fall 4-1 in game two.

EKU will go for the sweep tomorrow at 2 p.m.

The Maroon-Nation Player of the Game Award goes to Christina Ciolek for going 2-6 with 3 RBIs and a run scored.



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