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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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Women's golf senior Anna Magnusson finished nine-over at the River Landing Classic, tying for 17th place on the overall leaderboard.

As a team, the Eagles landed in ninth at 65-over.

Magnusson began the event shooting 78, but closed out strong with 74 and 73 respective scores in the final two rounds. She ended the tournament with a final tally of 225, nine-over par.

Sophomore Anna Dieguez finished the first round shooting 71, ultimately coming away at 16-over after three rounds of play. She ended the contest in 41st place.

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The top four hitters in the Morehead State baseball lineup combined for 13 hits and a pair of pitchers only walked one Southeast Missouri batter as the Eagles opened Ohio Valley Conference play with a 12-9 win over the Redhawks at Allen Field Thursday.

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The Morehead State baseball team pounded a season-best 23 hits and scored in every inning in a 23-9 win over Youngstown State in a game that was suspended Tuesday night due to heavy rain and completed Wednesday at Allen Field.

The Eagles, who moved to 3-1 at home, upped their overall 2017 mark to 8-5. The game was suspended in the top of the second Tuesday with the Eagles ahead 3-2. MSU had multiple-run outbursts in the first (3), fourth (4), fifth (5), sixth (2), seventh (7) and eighth frames (2) as the Penguins (1-9) used eight different pitchers.

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Despite leading by as many as 14 midway through the first half, Morehead State dropped a 75-69 heartbreaker to Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

"First off, great game by Murray State," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "But, this team is so special. They mean so much to me, to each other, to our university, to our community, and to their families. At the end of the day, that's what this is all about."

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If baseball lasted just four-and-a-half innings, then the Morehead State baseball team would be looking pretty good and tied with No. 6 Louisville 2-2, but unfortunately the game goes nine frames and the Cardinals scored 18 times in the fifth through eighth innings for a 20-2 win over the Eagles at Jim Patterson Stadium Wednesday.

The Eagles fell to 5-4 and will now look forward to their home-opening weekend against Bowling Green.

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Something - no, make that someone - was missing from Morehead State's game plan Wednesday.

Brianna McQueen could only watch as the second-seeded Eagles fell 73-67 to seven-seed Eastern Kentucky in the Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

McQueen, a 5-foot-3 fifth-year senior and MSU's first-team all-conference pick, suffered a torn ACL in her right knee two weeks earlier, prematurely ending her collegiate career.

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Morehead State women's basketball guards Brianna McQueen and Miranda Crockett were named 2016-17 All-Ohio Valley Conference

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In the last regular season game of 2016-17, Morehead State women's basketball (20-8, 10-5 Ohio Valley Conference) battles Jacksonville State (13-14, 6-9 OVC) on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.

Four seniors - Shay Steele, Aaliyah Wells, Brianna McQueen, and KayK Tate - will be competing in their final contest at Johnson Arena.

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In the penultimate game of the regular season, Morehead State men's basketball (14-14, 10-5 Ohio Valley Conference) knocked off Tennessee Tech (12-18, 8-7 OVC) 73-68 on Thursday night at Johnson Arena.

The game was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

"It was a great, unbelievable team win for us," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "I thought we defended well, we shared the ball very well, and we really executed down the stretch."

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Behind seven strong innings from starting pitcher Aaron Leasher and home runs by sophomores Hunter Fain and Niko Hulsizer, the Morehead State baseball team opened the 2017 season with a 5-2 neutral-site victory over Jacksonville at Jackson State's Bob Braddy Field.

"We played well in all three phases of the game," said head coach Mike McGuire. "I was really proud of our effort tonight."

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The Morehead State rifle team wrapped up its 2016-17 season Saturday at an NCAA qualifier match against the No. 6-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Air rifle highlighted the day as eight Eagle shooters hit the 580-or-better mark.

Morehead State finished with a 4,600 aggregate total. MSU shot 4,600 or higher in 10 of its 11 events this season after only registering that milestone three times in 2015-16.

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Morehead State women's basketball (19-7, 9-4 Ohio Valley Conference) faces a tough road test at Belmont (22-5, 14-0 OVC) on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

The red-hot Bruins are winners of 16 straight, including a perfect 14-0 conference slate. With Morehead State's historic nine-game winning streak ending with a 69-66 loss to Tennessee State in Nashville on Jan. 11, the Eagles hope Belmont's run comes to a similar close on Saturday night in Music City.

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Morehead State men's basketball's four-game winning streak came to a close as they fell 64-52 at Tennessee State on Thursday night.

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 13-13 on the year and 9-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play, while TSU improves to 16-11 and 7-7 in the league.

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Sophomore guard Miranda Crockett led the way as Morehead State women's basketball (19-7, 9-4 Ohio Valley Conference) cruised past Tennessee State, 87-74, on Wednesday night at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, extending the gap to 21 points at the half after a strong second quarter. They led by as many as 29 in the closing minute of the third.

"It feels great," said head coach Greg Todd. "We knew it would be a battle. I thought our girls came out and played great for the first three quarters."

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Morehead State men's basketball (13-12, 9-3 Ohio Valley Conference) earned its ninth win in the past 11 games, defeating in-state rival Eastern Kentucky (10-17, 3-9 OVC) 67-62 on Saturday night in front of a boisterous crowd at Alumni Coliseum.

"You've got to take care of big games," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "Certainly, (winning) on the road helps you."

Xavier Moon once again led the way for the Eagles, notching 16 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in a full 40 minutes of action.

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On the heels of a late-game comeback effort that came up just short, Morehead State women's basketball (18-7, 8-4 Ohio Valley Conference) fell at Eastern Kentucky (9-16, 6-6 OVC) by a final score of 65-58.

The Eagles ended the first quarter shooting just 3-of-15 (.200) from the field, managing only eight points in the process. The second period continued in a similar fashion, as Morehead State found itself down 36-21 at halftime. Eastern Kentucky led by as many as 17 before the break.

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In the first overtime game at Johnson Arena in 2016-17, Morehead State men's basketball (12-12, 8-3 Ohio Valley Conference) defeated Murray State (12-13, 6-5 OVC) by a final score of 101-100.

"This win means a lot," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "We played really well, especially in the first half. Our bench was absolutely terrific tonight."

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In a back-and-forth contest in which the lead changed 15 different times, Morehead State men's basketball (11-12, 7-3 Ohio Valley Conference) defeated Southeast Missouri (11-15, 6-5 OVC) 89-81 on Saturday evening at the Show Me Center.

"We're having fun, and we just don't look at the score," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "We just play, we just execute. We don't care if we're up or if we're down. We're going to fight, we're going to scrap, and we locked in and played extremely well down the stretch to secure the win."

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Morehead State women's basketball (18-6, 8-3 Ohio Valley Conference) charged back from a deficit as large as 12 to defeat Southeast Missouri (10-14, 4-7 OVC) Saturday evening on the road.

Shay Steele fronted the come-from-behind win for the Eagles with a season-high 21 points on 8-of-15 (.533) shooting, as well as seven rebounds and four steals.

"Shay battled hard," said head coach Greg Todd. "We received an excellent effort from her today."

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Sophomore guard Miranda Crockett led the way with 18 points as Morehead State women's basketball downed Murray State 73-59 at Johnson Arena on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while the Racers fall to 12-10, 4-5 OVC.

"Tonight was an all-around good showing," said head coach Greg Todd. "We're happy to bounce back after a tough loss and close out a solid victory."