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A mammoth grand slam by sophomore leftfielder Niko Hulsizer, coupled with masterful pitching from junior right-hander Seth Boyle and production throughout the lineup, led to a 12-6 victory for Morehead State over Murray State in the OVC Tournament Thursday night.

The second-seeded Eagles (36-21) moved on to the winner's bracket final where they'll face top-seed Tennessee Tech Friday at 4 p.m. ET. MSU won two of three at Tech just last weekend.

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The nation's most potent offense was in full force, and pitchers Aaron Leasher and Curtis Wilson teamed up for 13 strikeouts, as the Morehead State baseball team opened the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament with a 9-4 win over No. 7 Austin Peay late Wednesday at Choccolocco Park.

The Eagles, seeded No. 2, improved to 35-21 as the hitters slammed three home runs and had 10 total hits. The win kept Morehead State in the winner's bracket as it will face No. 6 Murray State at 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

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In student-athlete terms, the 2017 baseball season might be likened to study, homework and doing well on quizzes.

Now, it' time for the Morehead State Eagles to take their final exam. That would be the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, which opened Tuesday at Oxford, Ala.

As the No. 2 seed, MSU earned a first-round bye. The winner of Tuesday night's game between seventh-seeded Austin Peay and No. 8 UT Martin will face MSU, Wednesday at 8 p.m.

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Morehead State sophomore outfielder Niko Hulsizer was named the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Co-Player of the Year and to the all-conference first team, while five others earned spots on the league's all-conference teams.

Hulsizer is the ninth player in program history to earn the conference's highest honor, this year sharing the accolade with Eastern Kentucky's Ben Fisher. He is also the second MSU athlete to earn the honor in the last three seasons, joining Chris Robinson in 2015.

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Morehead State has finalized its 2017 volleyball schedule, which includes 15 home matches.

The 29-match regular season slate begins on Friday, Aug. 25 when the Eagles host Delaware State in the Eagle Challenge. They will also face Youngstown State and Winthrop in the Eagle Challenge.

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The Morehead State baseball team grabbed an early 8-0 lead, then watched as visiting Ohio scored 14 of the next 15 runs in the game, before rallying itself for six scores in the final two at-bats as the Eagles pulled out a 15-14 victory over the Bobcats Tuesday at Allen Field.

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Morehead State women's basketball has added to its incoming class of 2017, inking junior college transfer Tierra McGowan to a National Letter of Intent.

"We are thrilled to have Tierra join our family," said Eagles head coach Greg Todd. "She will bring a competitive nature every day that our fans will be excited to watch."

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Morehead State women's basketball has officially welcomed its newest member, Erin Blaine, to its program for the 2017-18 season.

"Our staff is very excited to have Erin join our family," said Eagles head coach Greg Todd. "She brings a wealth of experience with her."

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Freshman Cooper Collins opened with back-to-back rounds of 71 and closed with a 74 to finish even-par and tied for fourth to lead the Morehead State men's golf team at the 2017 OVC Championship at Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals.

Overall, the Eagles shot 26-over and tied for seventh. Morehead State posted 293-297-300 in the three round event.

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Junior Chelsea McManaway threw her fourth no-hitter of the year and struck out 13 as Morehead State softball downed East Tennessee State 1-0 in game one on Wednesday afternoon.

The Eagles fell 6-2 in game two.

With the split, Morehead State's record moves to 25-19 on the year, while ETSU moves to 22-21.

After not recording a strikeout in the first inning, McManaway (15-8, 1.67) proceeded to strike out 12 of the next 13 batters en route to striking out 13. The lone base runner was a walk to lead off the game.

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Adrian "A.J." Hicks, a 6-foot-1 guard from Columbia State Community College has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program.

Hicks will be a junior during the 2017-18 school year.

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Londell King Jr., a 6-foot-7 forward from Gulf Coast State College (Fla.) has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program.

King will be a sophomore during the 2017-18 school year.

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Junior Chelsea McManaway threw a no-hitter in game one and senior Megan Tymorek followed with a shutout in game two as Morehead State softball swept Wright State, 9-0 and 2-0, on Wednesday afternoon at University Field.

With the sweep, the Eagles improve their record to 22-16 overall and put an end to a five-game losing streak.

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Led by a school single-game record-tying six hits from junior third baseman Eli Boggess, the Morehead State baseball team belted Massachusetts 22-0 at Allen Field Sunday and completed a three-game sweep of the Minutemen.

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One thing is certain - the Morehead State baseball team will be in either second place in the OVC or could even be in first place after this weekend's action. That's because MSU is on its league bye weekend, and at 8-1, its conference record will stay put as the Eagles host Atlantic 10 foe Massachusetts for a three-game set at Allen Field.

Game one is set for Friday at 5 p.m. ET, with Saturday's action at 2 p.m. and Sunday's series finale at 1 p.m. All three games can be viewed live on the OVC Digital Network.

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Trailing 2-0 in the seventh inning, Morehead State softball rallied for four runs in the top of the inning to down Murray State, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon.

In the first game, the Eagles fell, 5-1.

With the split, Morehead State's record moves to 18-9 overall and 2-2 in OVC play.

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Morehead State sophomore Farah Abdulkarim set a school 5K record (14:24.12) at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday afternoon.

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Sophomore Niko Hulsizer and senior Michael Patrick each homered twice and drove in six runs apiece to help the Mo

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It took until the eighth inning Tuesday, but the Morehead State baseball team's offense came through and backed up what turned into a masterful pitching performance as the Eagles rallied to defeat the host Ohio Bobcats 3-1 at Bob Wren Stadium.

Three Eagle pitchers held the Bobcats to no earned runs, and sophomore right-fielder Niko Hulsizer erased a 1-0 deficit in the eighth with a two-out, two-run homer well over the wall in left field to move MSU's record to 14-6 overall. The Eagles have now won nine of their last 10. Ohio fell to 11-8.

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After throwing shutouts against Akron and Oakland, junior Chelsea McManaway has been named OVC Pitcher of the Week.

It marks the second time this season that she has received the honor.

"Chelsea threw really solid all weekend long, she was really in the zone. She didn't allow a walk until her final inning of the weekend, so she went 14 innings with only walking one batter. That's probably the most impressive stat," said head coach David Williams. "When you get pitching performances like the ones she gave us this weekend, you can be successful."

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Three Morehead State pitchers combined to shut out host Belmont for its final five at-bats Sunday, but the Eagle offense was also held in check as MSU fell 4-2 to Belmont at Rose Park.

The Eagles, who still won the series, moved to 13-6 overall and 5-1 in the OVC. Belmont is now 8-10 overall and 3-3 in the conference race.

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Morehead State softball swept Oakland on Sunday afternoon for their sixth and seventh straight wins.

Win the wins, their record improves to 14-7 and their seven-game winning streak marks their longest since they won 11 straight in 2009.

"I'm just glad that we are playing well right now and our players are finding a way to win. They're competitive and they're staying in ball games, but most importantly, they are playing for each other," said head coach David Williams.

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The last time the Morehead State baseball program started Ohio Valley Conference play 5-0, Jimmy Carter was President of the United States. That was 1980, but now the 2017 team can make that claim as the Eagles defeated Belmont 6-5 at Rose Park Saturday.

The Eagles won their eighth consecutive game to improve to 13-5 overall and clinched their second straight league series. Belmont slipped to 7-10 and 2-3 in the league.

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Senior Karly Thompson's sacrifice fly scored sophomore Allison Rager in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Morehead State softball a 1-0 win over Akron on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Eagles extend their winning streak to five games and move their record to 12-7.

"We left a lot of people on base today, but our defense and our pitching allowed us to stay in the game. It was really clutch for Karly to come up with that sacrifice fly to win us the game," said head coach David Williams.

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Preston Spradlin, who spent the majority of the 2016-17 season as interim head coach and just concluded his third season with the program, has been named the 14th head men's basketball coach at Morehead State.

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The Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association has awarded its 2016-17 Scholastic All-American honors, and nine Morehead State rifle students are on the prestigious list.

MSU's total on this list has increased from three in 2015 to five in 2016 and now nine in 2017.

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The Morehead State beach volleyball team has a unique opportunity coming up this month.

Unique, because the opportunity will never repeat.

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Morehead State sophomore Hunter Fain has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, honoring the nation's best catcher. The award, administered by the Greater Wichita (Kan.) Area Sports Commission, is sponsored by BaseballSavings.com.

The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 17, 2017. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 5, 2017.

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With a pair of victories Friday over three-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Southeast Missouri, the Morehead State baseball team completed a three-game sweep of the Redhawks to open league play.

The Eagles defeated SEMO 17-5 in game one and held on a 3-2 triumph in the nightcap.

Morehead State, which has won six straight games now, improved to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in the league. The Redhawks were swept by a conference team for the first time since 2013, and MSU claimed its first sweep over SEMO since 2009. SEMO is now 6-7 overall.

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Morehead State softball swept Radford in back-to-back contests on Friday at University Field.

"Good home wins against a really solid team, they are playing really well this year. It's a couple quality wins for us and it's nice to come out and play as well as we did in our home opener," said head coach David Williams.

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