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EKU Softball Among Preseason Favorites to Win OVC Title

Posted on 21 January 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University softball team was predicted to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference for the 2015 season. The order of finish was voted upon by the league’s head softball coaches and sports information directors, excluding the option to vote for their own team.

The Colonels return seven position starters and three starting pitchers. The returning squad helped record 29 wins in the 2014 season, 15 in conference play. One returnee, senior pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger, received not only All-OVC honors last year, but also NFCA All-Region honors. EKU has also added seven new student-athletes to this year’s roster.

SIUE won the conference title in 2014, and is again deemed to finish first, tallying 238 points. Jacksonville State was tabbed second with 215 points. EKU came in right behind with 191.

The 2015 OVC championship tournament will feature the top eight teams. The tournament will be held May 6-9 on the home turf of the number one seed.

Eastern will begin its season at the Sand Dollar Classic on February 5 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Action on Gertrude Hood field will come early this year, beginning with the Colonels hosting the EKU Invitational with two games on Feb. 21 and two on the 22nd against Kent State, Western Michigan, and Louisville. The conference slate begins March 14.

2015 OVC SOFTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
(as voted on by the league’s head softball coaches and sports information directors)

1. SIUE (18 first-place votes) – 238
2. Jacksonville State (Five first-place votes) – 215
3. Eastern Kentucky (One first-place vote) – 191
4. Murray State – 185
5. UT Martin – 156
6. Tennessee Tech – 142
7. Eastern Illinois – 141
8. Morehead State – 88
t9. Austin Peay – 73
t9. Belmont – 73
11. Southeast Missouri – 48
12. Tennessee State – 34

(*Schools were not allowed to rank their own team. 11 points awarded for a first-place vote, 10 for second, etc.)

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Softball Rolls to Four Victories Over The Weekend

Posted on 06 October 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University softball team played a set of four games this weekend, hosting Asbury and St. Catharine on Saturday, and Georgetown in a doubleheader on Sunday. EKU easily won all four games to improve to 5-1 overall this fall.

In Saturday’s opener, the Colonels were hot at the plate on the way to a 16-0 win over the Eagles. Offensive standouts during the game were freshman Sarah Jackson, freshman Johnkyria Alston and redshirt season Shannon McQueen, who produced seven of the nine RBIs. Pitchers Hayley Flynn, Tory Stewart and Alex Sallberg combined for a five-inning no-hitter.

Eastern rolled to a 9-1 victory over St. Catharine in game two Saturday. Jackson piled up three more hits and another RBI while junior Sarah Fobbs blasted a first-inning, two-run home run.

On Sunday, the Colonels trumped Georgetown in a two-game series, winning game one, 12-2, and game two, 8-2.

Senior pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger struck out seven of the 13 batters she faced in game one. Fellow senior Katie Tackett finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run, double and three RBIs. Fobbs was the key batter in the second game, going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

The Colonels conclude their fall schedule this Sunday, Oct. 12 with a home doubleheader against Kentucky. First pitch is slated for noon.

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Leanna Pittsenbarger Named to NFCA All-Region Team

Posted on 16 May 2014 by admin

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University softball pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) all-region second team the organization announced today.

The junior from Urbana, Ohio set three program single-season records this year – strikeouts (297), shutouts (12) and opponent batting average (.139). Pittsenbarger currently ranks among the top-20 nationally in ERA (1.35 – 16th), strikeouts (fourth), shutouts (fifth) and hits allowed per seven innings (3.29 – third).

Earlier this month, Pittsenbarger became the first Eastern Kentucky pitcher to notch first team All-OVC honors since 2004. The righty tossed her second career no-hitter on April 1 in 5-0 win over East Tennessee State. Pittsenbarger also set a new program record for strikeouts in a game when she fanned 18 Eastern Illinois batters in a 2-1 nine-inning triumph on April 5.

For their impressive performances on the field of play this season, 392 players from 158 different programs have been chosen to the 2014 NFCA Division I all-region squads. Pittsenbarger was one of five OVC softball players to earn NFCA all-region honors.

The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each respective region, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to one of three 2014 NFCA Division I All-America teams.

The 2014 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced on Wednesday, May 28 via NFCA.org at approximately 5 p.m. ET.

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Two EKU Softball Players Named to All-OVC Team

Posted on 06 May 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Two Eastern Kentucky University softball players were named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference team the league announced Tuesday morning – first baseman Christina Ciolek and pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger. Meanwhile, shortstop Krislyn Campos earned a spot on the all-newcomer squad.

This is the second time in the past three years that at least two Colonels have come away with first team all-league accolades.

Ciolek entered her senior season as a career .238 hitter. However, the native of Richmond, Kentucky, stepped up to lead EKU in just about every major offensive category – batting average (.335), hits (52), runs (24), doubles (nine), RBIs (28) and on-base percentage (.383). Ciolek put together a team-best 13-game hitting streak midway through the season and also homered in three consecutive games in February.

Pittsenbarger is the first Eastern Kentucky pitcher to notch first team All-OVC honors since 2004. The righty from Urbana, Ohio, ranks among the top-10 pitchers nationally in ERA (1.22 – 10th), shutouts (11 – 4th), strikeouts (282 – 4th) and hits allowed per seven innings (3.07 – 2nd). Pittsenbarger has set a new EKU single-season strikeout record (282), surpassing the old mark of 273 set by EKU Athletics Hall of Famer Jonelle Csora in 2002. The junior also tossed her second career no-hitter on April 1 in 5-0 win over East Tennessee State.

Campos, a true freshman from Las Vegas, Nevada, has been a steady performer all year long at shortstop. Campos has made just three errors in 131 chances for a .977 fielding percentage. The newcomer ranks second on the team in hits (42) and third in batting average (.276). One of Campos’ two homers was the game-winner in a 2-1 nine-inning victory at Eastern Illinois on April 5.

The Colonels (28-21, 15-10 OVC) are the No. 5 seed in the upcoming OVC tournament at Jacksonville State. EKU opens play against Murray State (30-22, 16-9) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.

 

2014 All-Ohio Valley Conference Softball Teams
FIRST TEAM
P – Leanna Pittsenbarger (Eastern Kentucky) – Jr., Urbana, Ohio
P – Tiffany Harbin (Jacksonville State) – Sr., Hazel Green, Ala.
C – Savannah Sloan (Jacksonville State) – Jr., Reynolds, Ga.
IF – Sara Borders (Jacksonville State) – Jr., Alexandria, Ala.
IF – Christina Ciolek (Eastern Kentucky) – Sr., Richmond, Ky.
IF – Reynae Hutchinson (Eastern Illinois) – Sr., Mattoon, Ill.
IF – Amanda Maldonado (Jacksonville State) – Sr., Tucson, Ariz.
OF – Mo Ramsey (Murray State) – Jr., Pinckneyville, Ill.
OF – Kat Hollingsworth (Belmont) – Jr., Carrollton, Texas
OF – Ella Denes (Jacksonville State) – So., Pisgah, Ala.
OF – Jennette Isaac (Eastern Illinois) – So., Salem, Ore.
UTIL/DP – Lauren de Castro (Austin Peay) – Sr., Torrance, Calif.
UTIL/DP – Savannah Carpenter (Southeast Missouri) – So., Newbury Park, Calif.
(13 appear on the fi rst team due to ties)
2014 OVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sara Borders, Jacksonville State
2014 OVC PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Tiffany Harbin, Jacksonville State
2014 OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Carly Gonzales, UT Martin
2014 OVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Jana McGinnis, Jacksonville State
SECOND TEAM
P – Haley Chambers (SIUE) – So., Coatesville, Ind.
P – Stephanie Maday (Eastern Illinois) – Sr., Elk Grove Village, Ill.
P – Hanna Mennenga (Eastern Illinois) – Sr., Gifford, Ill.
C – Hannah Cole (Eastern Illinois) – Jr., Windsor, Ill.
IF – Shelbey Miller (Murray State) – So., Goreville, Ill.
IF – Chelsea Yankolovich (SIUE) – Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.
IF – Kendall Hooper (Tennessee Tech) – Sr., Hermitage, Tenn.
IF – Allison Smiley (SIUE) – Fr., Johnson City, Ill.
OF – Angi Sakamoto (Tennessee Tech) – Jr., Waipahu, Hawaii
OF – Carly Gonzales (UT Martin) – Fr., Anaheim, Calif.
OF – Whitney Lanphier (SIUE) – Fr., Plainfi eld, Ill.
UTIL/DP – Taylor Sloan (Jacksonville State) – Fr., Warrior, Ala.
ALL-NEWCOMER
Taylor Sloan (Jacksonville State) – DP , Fr., Warrior, Ala.
Logan Green (Jacksonville State) – P, Fr., Hebron, Md.
Krislyn Campos (Eastern Kentucky) – IF, Fr., Las Vegas, Nev.
Carly Gonzales (UT Martin) – OF, Fr. Anaheim, Calif.
Allison Smiley (SIUE) – IF, Fr. Johnson City, Ill.
Jessica Twaddle (Murray State) – UT/DP, Fr., Franklin, Tenn.
Danielle Liberatore (Tennessee Tech) – P, Fr., Peotone, Ill.
Haylee Krack (Southeast Missouri) – IF, Jr., Moline, Ill.
Mason Robinson (Murray State) – P, Fr., Lewis Center, Ohio
Whitney Lanphier (SIUE) – OF, Fr., Plainfi eld, Ill.
Melanie Steer (Jacksonville State) – OF, Jr., Scarborough, Ontario
Stephanie Lewis (Jacksonville State) – OF, Fr., Fort Meade, Fla.

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Leanna Pittsenbarger Throws a No-Hitter in a Sweep of East Tennessee State.

Posted on 01 April 2014 by Bret Shroats

Leanna Pittsenbarger throws a no-hitter vs ETSU.

Leanna Pittsenbarger throws a no-hitter vs ETSU.

 

Eastern Kentucky (16-12) and East Tennessee State (14-17) battled during a non-conference mid week showdown today at Gertrude Hood Field.

In game one, EKU would see their pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger  throw her first no-hitter of the season while striking out 12 ETSU batters and allowing just one walk in a 5-0 win!

The scoring would begin for EKU in the second inning when Lauren Mitchell would hit a double down the left field line scoring Shannon McQueen to make it 1-0 EKU. Lauren would be thrown out trying to advance to third.

In the bottom of the fifth EKU would score two, giving them a 3-0 lead over ETSU.

Shannon McQueen would hit a home run in the sixth to give EKU a 4-0 lead. EKU would tack on one more off an ETSU error to make it 5-0.

Leanna Pittsenbarger would get her 12th strike out on the final batter putting a nail in her no-hitter.

Scoring would take a break in game two as the first run of the game would not come until the sixth inning when Danielle Knoetze from ETSU hit a solo home run to make it 1-0. A couple of batters later and Casey Horner would hit  a two run home run to make it 3-0 ETSU after six innings.

Eastern Kentucky would put on their rally hats though in the seventh inning. Eastern Kentucky would load the bases for Shannon McQueen who would hit a single into left field scoring Christina Ciolek to make it 3-1. Amber Murray would follow up with another single scoring Sarah Fobbs to make it 3-2. The game tying run would come on a Lauren Mitchell infield fielder’s choice.

Nicole Heitz would also hit into a fielder’s choice to give ETSU their second out. Then Kayla Joyce would hit a ball up the middle and Lauren Mitchell would score the game winning run off an error giving the EKU Colonels a 4-3 win.

Eastern Kentucky is now 11-0 all-time against East Tennessee State.

Eastern Kentucky returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Eastern Illinois for an OVC doubleheader.

 

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