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Ben Fisher Named Freshman All-American by the NCBWA

Posted on 10 June 2014 by admin

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Colonel Baseball player Ben Fisher was one of two Ohio Valley Conference baseball players have been named to the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman All-American team.  Austin Peay’s  utility player Alex Robles was the other.

Both Fisher and Robles were first-team selections; the two first-team selections for the OVC was second among all Conferences.

The 2014 NCBWA Freshman All-America team features players from 17 leagues and six conference championship teams. The two All-American squads also are made up of 12 conference “Rookie of the Year” winners. In addition, 22 all-conference honorees were named to the team.

Fisher started all of the team’s 55 games. He made only eight errors in his first season of college baseball and posted a 98.5 fielding percentage. Offensively he hit .286 with three home runs, 36 RBIs and 26 runs scored. As a freshman he was second on the team with 30 walks. He had a 16-game hitting streak from Feb. 28 to March 22. He was selected to the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference All-Freshman team at the end of the season.

Robles was the OVC’s Rookie of the Year, a second-team All-OVC pick as a pitcher, a member of the league’s All-Freshman team and was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team last week by Collegiate Baseball. He appeared in 55 games, including 35 infield starts and 14 starts as a pitcher. Robles led the Govs with a .349 batting average and his 39 RBI were second-most on the team. On the mound, Robles was equally dominant with a 6-2 record and 3.63 earned-run average while striking out 56 batters in 84.1 innings. In OVC play, Robles batted .328 with 10 doubles and 24 RBI. However, as the Govs No. 1 weekend pitcher each week of league play, he went 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA and struck out 48 in 63 innings.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association’s official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.

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Hagen named 1st team All-OVC; Colonels place 4 on all Freshman team

Posted on 21 May 2014 by admin

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Colonel catcher Sean Hagen was named to the 1st Team All-OVC team this season. Hagen was also named as an All-OVC member last season also. Hagen, a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, hit .313 with 37 runs, eight doubles, nine home runs, 36 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 53 total games for the Colonels this season.  Hagen ranks third in the OVC in stolen bases and is tied for 10th in home runs.  The senior had three or more hits in a game six times this year. On May 4, Hagen went 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs against Eastern Illinois.

DH  Bryan Soloman was also named to the 1st Team All-OVC team. Soloman ended the year with a .344 batting average and was 4th in the OVC in RBIs with 55 and 4th in HRs with 14.

The Colonels also placed 4 players on the All-Freshman team including first baseman Ben Fisher, outfielders Taylor Blair and Shea Sullivan and pitcher Caleb Johnson.

 

2014 All-OVC Baseball Teams
OVC Player of the Year: Matt Tellor, Southeast Missouri
OVC Co-Pitcher of the Year: Brock Downey, Murray State
OVC Co-Pitcher of the Year: Travis Hayes, Southeast Missouri
OVC Rookie of the Year: Alex Robles, Austin Peay
OVC Coach of the Year: Steve Bieser, Southeast Missouri

ALL-OVC FIRST TEAM
C – Sean Hagen, Eastern Kentucky
1B – Matt Tellor, Southeast Missouri
2B – Eddie Mora-Loera, Jacksonville State
2B – Anthony Bayus, Murray State
SS – Dylan Bosheers, Tennessee Tech
3B – Daniel Miles, Tennessee Tech
OF – Derek Gibson, Southeast Missouri
OF – Brandon Thomasson, Tennessee Tech
OF – Brandon Rawe, Morehead State
DH – Bryan Soloman, Eastern Kentucky
UT – Ridge Smith, Austin Peay
SP – Brock Downey, Murray State
SP – Ryan Daniels, SIUE
SP – Travis Hayes, Southeast Missouri
RP – Travis Stout, Jacksonville State

ALL-OVC SECOND TEAM
C – Chris Robinson, Morehead State
1B – Zach Stephens, Tennessee Tech
2B – Zach Zarzour, Tennessee Tech
SS – Andrew Bishop, Jacksonville State
3B – Brant Valach, Eastern Illinois
OF – Caleb Howell, Eastern Illinois
OF – Griff Gordon, Jacksonville State
OF – Devin Caldwell, SIUE
OF – Drew Ferguson, Belmont
DH – Paschal Petrongolo, Jacksonville State
UT – Tyler Schweigert, Eastern Illinois
SP – David Hess, Tennessee Tech
SP – Austin Coley, Belmont
SP – Alex Robles, Austin Peay
RP – Troy Barton, Eastern Illinois

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
P/UT – Alex Robles, Austin Peay
OF – Cayce Bredlau, Austin Peay
UTIL – Ridge Smith, Austin Peay
1B – Ben Fisher, Eastern Kentucky
OF – Taylor Blair, Eastern Kentucky
OF – Shea Sullivan, Eastern Kentucky
RHP – Caleb Johnson, Eastern Kentucky
RHP – Luke Humphreys, Morehead State
C/DH – Tyler Lawrence, Murray State
DH/IF – Keaton Wright, SIUE
RHP – Kyle Keatts, Tennessee Tech
RHP – Evan Fraliex, Tennessee Tech
DH – Ben Upton, UT Martin

Note: There are two 2B’s on the first-team and four OF’s on the second-team due to ties in voting.

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Sean Hagen A Semifinalist For Johnny Bench Award

Posted on 20 May 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University senior Sean Hagen is one of 15 finalists for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award, the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced recently. The award is given annually to the top NCAA Division I catcher.

The initial watch list was released in March with 72 catchers from across the nation. He is the only player from the Ohio Valley Conference, and the only player from a team in Kentucky, to be chosen as a semifinalist.

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.

Ballots will 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 hit .313 with nine home runs, 36 RBIs, 37 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. The Reading, Pa., native also had 29 walks and eight doubles. He had a .516 slugging percentage and a .432 on-base percentage.

Hagen ranks third in the OVC in stolen bases and is tied for 10th in home runs.

The senior had three or more hits in a game six times this year. On May 4, Hagen went 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs against Eastern Illinois.

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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Historic Night for EKU Baseball

Posted on 04 April 2014 by Bret Shroats

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It was a cold, dark night for the first ever night home game in Eastern Kentucky baseball history. The cold weather would not stop the Colonels defense from stopping Morehead State. 550 Colonel fans came out to witness the historical event.

Morehead State (14-15) had four runs and 14  hits tonight as they beat Eastern Kentucky (13-16) 4-3. With the defeat the atmosphere was still electric as Eastern Kentucky hosted their first night game in program history.

Despite Morehead State dominating the game in hits, 14-4, the EKU defense would keep the game within reach.

Eastern Kentucky would take the first lead of the game in the third inning when Doug Teegarden singled up the middle scoring Kyle Nowlin for an 1-0 Colonels lead.

Morehead State would hit a solo home run to tie it in the top of the fourth inning. Morehead State  would hit another solo home run in the fifth inning to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.

An Eagles  error on a failed pick off play at third base scored Taylor Blair to tie it up 2-2. A sacrifice fly for Morehead State gave them a 3-2 lead. Morehead State would hit a triple in the seventh inning scoring giving MSU a 4-2 lead.

Eastern Kentucky would attempt a late game rally in the eighth when Kyle Nowlin scored on a fielder’s choice by Bryan Soloman that would be as close as EKU would get at 4-3.

 

 

 

 

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Eastern Kentucky Stampedes the Thundering Herd

Posted on 02 April 2014 by Bret Shroats

Kenny Hostrander went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs on Wednesday to help EKU beat Marshall 4-1.

Kenny Hostrander went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs on Wednesday to help EKU beat Marshall 4-1.

 

It was a perfect day for baseball and Eastern Kentucky (13-15) hosted the Marshall Thundering Herd (9-17) at Turkey Hughes Field on Wednesday in front of 200 fans.

It started out as a pitchers duel for the first four innings but the offense would show up in the fifth inning for the Colonels. The Colonels would get the first runs of the game in the fifth.

Doug Teegarden would drive in the first run of the game with a single to bring in Taylor Blair. Then Kenny Hostrander would hit a RBI triple scoring Teegarden. Hostrander would score on a Shea Sullivan RBI ground out to make it 3-0 Eastern Kentucky.

Marshall would come right back in sixth with a RBI ground out by to make it 3-1 in favor of Eastern Kentucky.

That would be as close as Marshall would get for the rest of the game.

Kenny Hostrander would add another RBI on to his count with a single in the seventh scoring Cole Warrenfeltz to bring it to the final score of 4-1.

Anthony Bazzani would then come on to pick up his third save on the season in the ninth inning striking out two batters.

Brian Mroz picked up the winning going five innings and giving up zero runs on four hits.

The Maroon Nation Play of the Game goes to Kenny Hostrander who went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Eastern Kentucky returns to action on Friday when they make history. Eastern Kentucky will host their first ever night game at 6:00 p.m. when they face rival Morehead State.

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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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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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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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