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Softball Inks Six for the 2017 class

Softball Inks Six for the 2017 class

Posted on 14 August 2017 by admin

Richmond, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University softball team and Head Coach Jane Worthington has announced the final six additions to the 2017 signing class. The class displays two true freshman and four transfers.

Samantha Reynoso is a 5’7″ pitcher that hails from Palmdale, California. She comes from William J. Pete Knight High School where she collected Player of the Year and First Team All-League accolades as a freshman, junior and senior and was a member of teams that went 14-0 in regular season her junior and senior seasons, that went on to make it to the state quarterfinals.

Mattira Morales is a 5’9″ catcher/infielder from Broomfield, Colorado and another true freshman addition to the roster. She comes to EKU from Broomfield High School where she was a four-year member of the Regional Championship Teams. Her freshman and sophomore year the squad made it to the Final Four in the state, her senior year the team captured the state title and went undefeated in conference play.

Melissa Jacobsen is a middle infield/outfielder from Liberty Township, Ohio. She comes to EKU as a sophomore from Cleveland State University. During her freshman campaign, she batted .319 overall, .333 in conference play, tallied 23 runs, 51 hits and stole safely nine times. She finished the season being named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team.

Emily Corbitt is a middle infielder transferring in from Pensacola State Junior College where she played for two years. During her freshman season the Thomasville, Georgia native batted .333 and knocked in 24 runs batted in. She finished the season being named Second Team All-Conference. During her sophomore campaign, Corbitt again batted .333, collected 18 RBIs and had a .410 on-base percentage.

Jacqueline Mercado is a utility player/infielder that is also a junior college transfer from Howard College. During both seasons the squad was the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) Champions and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region Five West Champions. The Rosamond, California native had a breakout season in 2017 where she was named to the WJCAC All-Conference Team, NFCA NJCAA Division I West Region First Team, NFCA NJCAA Division I Third Team All-American, collected accolades as the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the National Tournament and was nominated the WJCAC Player of the Week for March 12-18.

Destinee Lizzmore rounds out the signing class, coming to EKU from the College of Central Florida. She is a second baseman/outfielder native to Jacksonville, Florida. During her freshman campaign, Lizzmore was named Mid-Florida Conference Second Team All-Conference and garnered a spot on the MFC/FCSAA All-Academic Team. Her second year she was named Mid-Florida Conference First Team All-Conference, NFCA NJCAA Division I All-Region, NFCA NJCAA All-American, MFC/FCSAA All-Academic Team and led the state in homeruns (17) and RBIs (74). In the two seasons combined Lizzmore notched a .363 batting average, collected 111 RBIs, tallied 88 runs scored, 32 stolen bases and 25 round-trippers.

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Renovations Begin For EKU Baseball & Softball Stadiums

Renovations Begin For EKU Baseball & Softball Stadiums

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin


RICHMOND, Ky. – Construction and renovation on the Eastern Kentucky University baseball and softball facilities has begun.

The baseball and softball projects are expected to be completed in March. Athletic facility renovations and expansions are funded through agency bonds sold in 2015.

As part of a widespread improvement to athletic facilities across the Eastern Kentucky campus, the designs are intended to blend with the original campus architecture, while creating modern sports facilities, which will add to both the student-athlete and fan experience.

These newly renovated facilities will also serve the local and regional communities. Modern facilities like these will attract events such as high school tournaments, club tournaments and camps, bringing many prospective students to EKU’s campus each year.

The transforming renovations will include new team locker rooms, indoor hitting facilities and office space for coaches. In addition, new team dugouts and climate controlled press boxes, which will accommodate enhanced radio and video broadcasts, will be added. Both facilities will feature banners celebrating the accomplishment of former and current Colonel student-athletes.

The indoor hitting facilities will provide the teams with an area to practice during any weather conditions.

The baseball facility will add a new grandstand featuring a brick façade and more than 900 seats, including 429 chair back seats, along with handicap-accessible seating and a new concession area equipped with restrooms. Also being added is an entry plaza for pregame gatherings. A canopy will provide coverage for fans in the stands, and improve the pitcher’s view of home plate.

“We are thrilled with the upgrade of our baseball facilities,” EKU Head Baseball Coach Edwin Thompson said. “This is going to benefit the student-athlete experience for our current and future players. The development of players and the fan experience will be greatly impacted as well. We are grateful for the leadership from President Michael Benson and Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller to help enhance the vision of our baseball program.”

Meanwhile, the EKU softball facility will feature improved field drainage at the dugouts and enhanced outfield decks ideal for informal gatherings. The newly renovated grandstand will also feature a brick façade and accommodate more than 400 spectators.

“Our new facility is going to be a game changer,” EKU Softball Head Coach Jane Worthington said. “Not only will it positively impact our recruiting process, but it will also allow us to have more efficient and effective practices. We are fortunate to have the support from President Benson, Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller, as well as other administrators. I am excited to watch the building proceed and eventually see the final project.”

The projects were designed by Murphy, Graves, Trimble, PLLC (Lexington, Kentucky) and Rosser International, Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia). The Codell Construction Company of Winchester will oversee the project.

The new baseball stadium will be named in honor of Hall of Famer Earle Combs. While a student at Eastern Kentucky, through persuasion of his friends and the students who saw him hit two home runs against the faculty in a practice game, he decided to go out for the Eastern team. He immediately became a member of the team and a hero to the students, slamming at least one home run in every game he played and compiling a .596 batting average that first year.

Combs played for the New York Yankees from 1924-35, compiling a lifetime batting average of .325. He was the leadoff hitter for the great “Murderer’s Row” Yankee teams. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York, July 26, 1970.

Combs also served as Chairman of EKU’s Board of Regents.

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No. 12 UK Edges Colonels, 2-1

No. 12 UK Edges Colonels, 2-1

Posted on 13 April 2016 by admin

Colonel shortstop Krislyn Campos just misses a base hit by Christian Stokes in the 6th inning. Stoke would eventually be the tying run when Abbey Cheek homered later in the inning to win the game for the Wildcats.

Colonel shortstop Krislyn Campos just misses a base hit by Christian Stokes in the 6th inning. Stoke would eventually be the tying run when Abbey Cheek homered later in the inning to win the game for the Wildcats.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A two-run homer in the home half of the sixth lifted the 12th ranked University of Kentucky Wildcats to a 2-1 win over the EKU softball team Wednesday at John Cropp Stadium.

Following a leadoff single from Christian Stokes in the bottom of the sixth, Abbey Cheek’s two-run long ball gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game on their way to the win.

EKU (27-9, 11-2 OVC) senior pitcher Hayley Flynn held the Wildcats hitless through the first two innings and limited UK to five hits on the day. Flynn finished with five strikeouts in six innings of work. The senior has tallied 39 strikeouts in her last three appearances.

The Colonels took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on freshman Hannah Clark’s sixth homer of the season. With two outs, Clark belted the 3-1 count over the wall in left center for the contest’s first run of the game. Clark leads the Colonels in homeruns and is now tied for fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference.

EKU thwarted the UK offense in the bottom of the third. Flynn and the Colonels retired the first two batters of the inning. Back-to-back hits from Kentucky followed by a base on balls from UK’s Maisie Steed loaded the bases for the Wildcats. However, Flynn rang up her third strikeout of the game on a full count with the bases loaded to get out of the jam.

UK threatened once more in the home half of the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs. Flynn and the Colonel defense yet again displayed their composure, forcing a fly out at the wall on a 3-2 count that was tracked down by Paige Murphy to end the inning, ending the scoring threat.

Clark finished 1-for-3 and one RBI on the day for EKU.

EKU continues OVC play with a three-game series against Belmont University at Gertrude Hood Field.

The Colonels will host the Bruins in a doubleheader on Saturday which is scheduled for a noon first pitch. The series finale is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Haley Flynn Wins OVC Pitcher of the Week


Haley Flynn Wins OVC Pitcher of the Week

Posted on 04 April 2016 by Bret Shroats


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – EKU senior Hayley Flynn has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

Monday’s selection marks the second time this season Flynn has received the honor.

Flynn was the instrumental for the Colonels over the week, logging a complete game shutout against Northern Kentucky University last week, allowing just two hits from the Norse while striking out nine.

The senior kept her momentum into the weekend, logging her second straight shutout in EKU’s 2-0 victory in game one at Morehead State. She finished with 14 strikeouts in 11 and one-third innings on the mound, while giving up just eight hits for the three-game series at MSU.

Flynn, a native of Chandlersville, Ohio, entered the weekend ranked 12th in the nation in wins. She is ranked 26th nationally and leads the OVC in strikeouts (131).

The Colonels (26-6, 10-0 OVC) will look to continue their undefeated record in the conference on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University.

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Eastern Kentucky Softball Sweeps Morehead State

Eastern Kentucky Softball Sweeps Morehead State

Posted on 03 April 2016 by Bret Shroats


MOREHEAD, Ky – Eastern Kentucky finished off another OVC series with another sweep. This time the Colonels swept rivals Morehead State with a 2-0 win on Sunday.

Eastern Kentucky (26-6, 10-0 OVC) would get some help from their rivals to light up the scoreboard first. An error by Morehead State would allow Johnkyria Alston to score the first run. Alston would later on drive in the second run of the inning to give the Colonels a 2-0 lead in the second.

Sarah Jackson would get on base by a fielders choice however, once again, Alston would score making it 3-0 in the fourth.

Morehead would cut the lead to 3-1 in the fifth.

However, the Colonels would get that run back in the sixth after a Krislyn Campos RBI single.

Alston would strike again in the seventh to give Eastern a 5-2 win after Morehead State tried to mount a seventh inning rally.

EKU returns to the field next Saturday for a doubleheader vs Eastern Illinois.

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Softball Takes 2 Against Morehead State

Softball Takes 2 Against Morehead State

Posted on 02 April 2016 by Bret Shroats

Hannah Clark

MOREHEAD, Ky – Eastern Kentucky swept the host Morehead State Eagles on Saturday winning both games in a double header.

A 2 run blast in the seventh inning from freshman Hannah Clark led the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (25-6, 9-0 OVC) past the hosts Morehead State Eagles 2-0.

The game had been dominated by great defense all game until the home run shot from Clark.

Hannah Clark went 6.1 innings striking out five Eagles (17-15 6-3 OVC) and only giving up six hits and two walks. Alex Sallberg would come on and pitch .2 innings in the seventh striking out one Eagle to get her fifth save of the season.

In game two, the EKU bats wasted little time to come alive. EKU would take a 1-0 lead in the second after a Rachel Minogue single scored Johnkyria Alston.

Krislyn Campos hit a 2 run shot to extend the Colonels lead to 3-0 in the third. Alston would continue the scoring with a double to scoring Murphy.

Hannah Clark would keep her hot streak going with a single to score Murphy. Rachel Minogue would score two on a double to give Eastern a 7-0 lead.

Morehead State would score their only run of the day in the sixth.

Fobbs would score the final run to give the Colonels the 8-1 win.

EKU will go for the sweep Sunday at 1 P.M.

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Eastern Kentucky Finished Sweeping Up the Tigers

Eastern Kentucky Finished Sweeping Up the Tigers

Posted on 19 March 2016 by Bret Shroats


NASHVILLE, Tenn – Eastern Kentucky started Ohio Valley Conference play in a perfect way beating Tennessee State 10-2.

It would take a few innings for the Colonels (18-6, 3-0 OVC) bats to come alive but when they did they exploded once again.

The scoring started with a double from Rachel Minogue scoring Hannah Clark. Amber Murray would one up Minogue by hitting a triple making it 3-0. Kayla Joyce would hit out a single scoring Murray making it 4-0. Sarah Fobbs would score Joyce too make it 5-0.

Tennessee State (7-20, 0-3 OVC) would rally with two runs of their own in the fourth. That would be all of the scoring for the Tigers.

Sarah Jackson would hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 6-2 EKU.

Eastern would get the bases loaded in the sixth so Rachel Minogue cloud draw a RBI walk.

In the seventh, Paige Murphy would hit a single bringing in 2 runs and Sarah Fobbs would triple bringing Murphy in and giving EKU a 10-2 win.

The EKU pitching rotation shut down any offensive attempt for TSU. EKU allowed just four hits in the win with four strikeouts.

The Colonels outscored the Tigers 32-5 in the three-game series to open OVC play.

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Softball Sweeps Tennessee State on Friday

Softball Sweeps Tennessee State on Friday

Posted on 19 March 2016 by Bret Shroats


NASHVILLE, Tenn – Eastern Kentucky Colonels exploded into OVC play with a sweep of the Tennessee State Tigers winning 11-3 and 11-0.

The Colonels wasted no time in getting the runs flowing against Tennessee State. Sarah Fobbs scored the first run on a groundout RBI allowing Krislynn Campos to score.

Tennessee State would also score a run in the first to keep it tied.

However, the next two and a half innings would be all EKU. Krisslyn Campos would single to drive in Johnkyria Alston and Rachel Minogue. Campos would come around and score when Kayla Joyce stole 2nd base giving the Colonels a 4-1 lead.

In the third, Alston woulod drive in Fobbs and Sarah Jackson drove in Minogue giving the Colonels a 6-1 lead. Minogue scored Kayla Joyce give EKU a 7-1 lead in the fourh.

Tennessee State would add a run in the home half of the fourth.

Rachel Minogue scored Paige Murphy in the 6th giving the Colonels a 8-2 lead. Sharah Fobbs hit a 3run bomb to give the Colonels the 11-3 win.

In game two, it was all about the Colonels. Paige Murphy started the game off with a single scoring Campos in the first.

A Sarah Jackson single gave the Colonels a 2-0 lead and Kayla Joyce had a RBI foul out giving EKU a 3-0 lead in the second. The third inning would be the only inning that EKU did not score.

Eastern would blow the game open in the fourth. Amber Murray started the scoring with a RBI single. Kayla Joyce would follow suit to give the Colonels a 5-0 lead. A bad throw on a pick-off at second scored Amber Murray. Paige Murphy would clear the bases with a double. Then Sarah Fobbs ended the scoring in the fourth with a RBI single give the Colonels a 8-0 lead.

A TSU error in the 5th would allow another Colonels run. A Campos sacrifice fly made it 10-0. Kayla Joyce made it 11-0 with a triple. The game would be called after 5 innings.

EKU cranked out 30 hits and 20 RBIs, outscoring the home Tigers 22-3 in Friday’s double header.

The Colonels posted a season-high 10 RBIs in both games. Its 16 hits in Friday’s first game marked a season-high for the Colonels and ranks fourth in the program’s record book.

Meanwhile, the Colonel pitching staff limited the Tigers to a combined 10 hits on the day. Senior Hayley Flynn logged her third complete game of the season, scattering six hits and striking out eight to pick up her 10th win of the year.

Junior Alex Sallberg and freshman Peyton Hutchens curbed the Tennessee State offense to a mere four hits, as the Colonels cruised to an 11-run win in game two.

The series finale is Saturday at 1 pm.

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Missed Opportunities Hurt as Colonels fall to Louisville

Missed Opportunities Hurt as Colonels fall to Louisville

Posted on 12 March 2016 by Bret Shroats


Missed opportunities hurt EKU vs Louisville as they fall to the Cardinals 6-1 in the Cardinal Classic.

EKU (15-6) threatened early in the first but couldn’t get the runners home. That would become a theme for the Colonels throughout the game.

Louisville(16-6) would threaten as well and capitalize grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first.

EKU would threaten again in the second but didn’t get the runner from 3rd in. Then EKU almost got out of the second unharmed but a 2 out solo homerun made it 2-0 Louisville.

Eastern again would get runners at second and third but unable to bring them home in the third.

Just like in the first and third innings, EKU stands runners at 2nd and 3rd base. Through 4 innings, EKU stranded 7 runners in scoring position.

Louisville had a big 4th inning adding 4 runs giving Louisville a 6-0 lead.

Eastern Kentucky would start the 5th off with a Paige Murphy double and a Hannah Clark single and stolen base gets runners at 2nd and 3rd again, but this time they would finally drive in a run with a Rachel Minogue RBI ground out cutting the lead to the final score of 6-1.

EKU will play #2 Michigan and Dayton tomorrow to conclude the Cardinal Classic.

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Softball Jets Past the Flyers

Softball Jets Past the Flyers

Posted on 08 March 2016 by Bret Shroats

RICHMOND, Ky – Eastern Kentucky University softball team picked up two wins vs the Dayton Flyers in the EKU home opener on Tuesday afternoon. EKU shut out the Flyers 4-0 and rallied to win game two 5-2 for the sweep.

Eastern Kentucky was led by a stellar pitching performance throughout both games.
Senior right hander Hayley Flynn and junior Alex Sallberg combined for 10 strikeouts and only 8 hits on the day allowing only two earned runs in two games.

In game 1, EKU (14-5) would jump out to a 2-0 lead due to two Dayton (7-8) errors that scored Krislyn Campos from second and on the other error Kayla Joyce from third, after Joyce had already stolen two bases.

Sarah Fobbs would drive in Hannah Clark on a sacrifice bunt to extend it to 3-0. Fobbs would then score after a RBI groundout from Rachel Minogue.

Hayley Flynn and Alex Sallberg would keep up their dominance for the shutout.

In game two, Dayton would take a 2-0 lead but that lead would not last. Kayla Joyce would answere on a two-run double to left center in the bottom of the third that knotted the score at two.

EKU would never look back in the game. In the fourth inning Eastern would add two more runs. The first run came off of a Johnkyria Alston sacrifice bunt and the second run come off a Campos RBI.

EKU would add one more insurance run in the fifth as Minogue scored off a Dayton error.

This will not be the last time EKU and Dayton face off this week. The Colonels travel to Louisville on Friday for the first of four games this weekend at the Louisville Softball Classic at Ulmer Stadium.

EKU will take on Illinois State in Friday’s lone game, before squaring off against Louisville, #2 Michigan and Dayton over the next two days. Friday’s game is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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