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  Morehead State freshman Mackenzie Grossmann has been named the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 6-12. She becomes the first Eagle to collect the accolade since Alex Gjevre on April 19, 2010.

"Congratulations to Mackenzie to this honor," Head Coach David Williams said. "She pitched well over the weekend. Mackenzie has been a consistent performer for us this season. She has done a nice job of scattering hits and getting ground-ball outs."

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On the strength of four home runs Sunday, the Morehead State baseball team established a program-record with its 10th straight win. The Eagles handed host UT Martin a 17-7 defeat at Skyhawk Park.

Morehead State, which has scored double-digit runs in eight of the 10 wins in the streak, improved to 21-13 overall, 8-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 12-0 against UTM in the last four seasons. The 1985 and 1991 teams previously held the school standard with nine consecutive wins. The Skyhawks, who have dropped seven of their last nine games, fell to 10-23 and 5-13 in the league.

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The Morehead State football program concluded a month of workouts with its annual Spring Game on Saturday at Jayne Stadium.

The game format featured offense versus defense with the offense winning 24-16. The defense earned points via turnovers, three-and-outs and safeties. The squad played three 15-minute quarters.

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Freshman right-hander Mackenzie Grossmann fired her first collegiate shutout to propel the Morehead State softball team to a 1-0 victory and three-game weekend sweep of Ohio Valley Conference opponent Belmont on Sunday afternoon at University Field.

The Eagles improve to 16-18 overall, 7-7 in league play and 7-4 at home. The Bruins, who have dropped five straight contests, fall to 9-27 overall, 4-12 in conference action and 2-10 on the road. MSU also closes out the three-game weekend set with a 9-3 scoring advantage.

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The Morehead State softball doubleheader against Atlantic 10 Conference opponent Dayton, originally scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m., has been canceled due to anticipated weather.  The twin-bill will not be made up.

The Eagles continue their home-stand on Wednesday when Atlantic Sun Conference foe Northern Kentucky visits for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.  Morehead State wraps up its week with a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series against Belmont on Saturday and Sunday.

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Morehead State will host its annual Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 11 at Jayne Stadium. Tailgating will begin at 3 p.m. ET. An alumni flag football game is slated to follow at 4:30, with current players and coaches hitting the field at 6.

Admission is free. The stadium will open at 4 p.m.

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For the second consecutive week, Morehead State sophomore Ritchie Kruunenberg has been named Ohio Valley Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week.

A native of Nieuw-Vennep, Netherlands, he shares this week's accolade with Dimitar Ristoviski of Austin Peay.

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Morehead State and Cleveland State split a softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at University Field. MSU rallied for two runs in the seventh inning of the opener to post a 5-4 walk-off win, while CSU built an early lead and hung on for a 3-2 victory in game two.

The Eagles, who compete in the Ohio Valley Conference, move to 12-15 overall and 4-4 at home. The Vikings, who play in the Horizon League, are now 16-11 overall and 5-6 on the road.

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Senior right fielder Brandon Rawe homered twice, including a grand slam, and the Morehead State baseball offense produced its second straight 20-hit game as the Eagles defeated East Tennessee State 16-9 at Thomas Field Tuesday night.

Morehead State improved to 14-13 overall, 8-7 on the road and evened the two-game season series with the Buccaneers, who slipped to 12-15 overall. The Eagles had 23 hits last Sunday vs. Eastern Kentucky and had 20 tonight, marking the first back-to-back 20-hit outbursts since a doubleheader on April 17, 2010.

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The Morehead State baseball team erupted for season highs in runs and hits en route to a 20-6 victory over Eastern Kentucky in the finale of an Ohio Valley Conference series Sunday at Allen Field.

Morehead State (13-13, 5-7 OVC) pounded out 23 hits, including eight of the nine batters in the lineup registering multi-hit days. It was the highest run total since notching 22 in the season finale at Jacksonville State in 2013.

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Senior utility man Chris Robinson hit a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning Saturday as the Morehead State baseball team put the skids on a six-game losing streak with an 11-10 triumph against Eastern Kentucky at Allen Field.

Robinson, who was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple, lifted a one-out line drive that dropped into right centerfield to score sophomore centerfielder Ryan Kent. Kent led off the last frame with a double off the wall in deep left center.

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Freshman right-hander Mackenzie Grossmann picked up the victory in game one and save in game two as the Morehead State softball team registered a 7-4, 6-5 doubleheader sweep of Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at Hood Field.

The Eagles improve to 11-13 overall, 3-3 in league play and 3-4 on the road with their seventh win in 10 contests. The Colonels slip to 13-18 overall, 4-4 in conference action and 2-4 at home. MSU will aim for its first three-game OVC sweep since April 26-27, 2014, on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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Ranging from tweeting contests to free ice cream, Morehead State has announced special promotions for the remainder of the 2015 baseball and softball seasons.

A special baseball ticket package is available for five Friday games. Families can purchase four tickets and receive four $4 concession stand vouchers for only $25. The family pack is available March 27, April 3, April 17, May 1 and May 15.

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Junior Taylor Johnson, senior Jumell Wilson and freshman Joe Fischer from the Morehead State rifle program have been tabbed as Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Scholastic All-Americans after posting 3.2-or-better grade point averages during the fall semester.

"Taylor, Jumell and Joe are well-rounded student-athletes," Head Coach Alan Joseph said. "They are the type of people we want in our program. We want individuals who can compete at a high level, but also young men and women who have good character and take their academics seriously."

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Morehead State sophomore Ritchie Kruunenberg (Nieuw-Vennep, Netherlands) has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week. Kruunenberg is in his first season at MSU after transferring from Ohio Dominican.

Kruunenberg went 2-0 last week at No. 1 with straight set wins over Belmont and Tennessee State to improve to 4-0 in OVC singles this season. He defeated the reigning OVC Player of the Year Mauricio Antun of Belmont, 6-4, 6-2. Antun was previously 10-0 in league singles matches since last season after transferring from Virginia Tech.

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The 2015 Morehead State soccer team will play 20 regular-season matches prior to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Eagles have 10 home contests, plus 10 road tilts in the states of Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wyoming.

"We are looking forward to the upcoming season," Head Coach Warren Lipka said. "We have put together another very challenging non-conference schedule, which should prepare us for conference play. Our league seems to get better every year, and I would expect that to continue in 2015."

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Senior utility player Chris Robinson and senior right-fielder Brandon Rawe collected three RBI apiece, and the Morehead State baseball team used a pair of four-run outbursts to defeat the Tennessee Vols 11-8 Wednesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Morehead State (9-4), which improved to 6-2 on the road this year, knocked off Tennessee (7-6) for just the third time since 1987 and first time since 2008. UT leads the series 32-3. Eleven of MSU's 13 contests in 2015 have been decided by three runs or less.

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Morehead State soccer standout Jade Flory has signed a professional contract to compete for Prottur Reykjavik in the Icelandic Women's Premier Division.

The Premier Division is the highest level of professional soccer on the island, in conjunction with the Futbol Association of Iceland. The club is also known as Throttur FC.

"I am so excited, it's hard to even put it into words right now," Flory said. "I get to live out my childhood dream playing the sport I love, and I couldn't be more grateful for this opportunity."

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The Morehead State football program opens spring practices this week. The Eagles are scheduled for 14 on-field sessions in the next two months, leading up to the spring game at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 11. Workouts begin Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Jayne Stadium.

The program returns 16 starters from 2014, including nine of defense and seven on offense. Three special teams' players also return. Morehead State also added five assistants to its coaching staff in the offseason.

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The Toledo men's tennis team won a trio of three-set singles matches over Morehead State Sunday as the Rockets handed MSU a 6-1 defeat the EAGLE Center.

Toledo improved to 9-10 overall, while Morehead State slipped to 2-7.

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Morehead State's 2-6 batters in the lineup combined for nine hits and seven RBI as the Eagle baseball team opened Ohio Valley Conference play with a 7-5 victory at Tennessee Tech's Bush Stadium Saturday night.

Morehead State, which hasn't played a home game yet in 2015, improved to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The victory marks MSU's fastest ascent to seven wins to open a season since 1994. Five of the wins have come by margins of two or less runs. TTU slipped to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in the league. It was the program's first victory at Tech since May 4, 2012.

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No. 25/24 Murray State made eight of its last nine field-goal attempts and erased an 11-point deficit with 6:31 remaining to post an 80-77 victory over Morehead State in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament on Friday night at Municipal Auditorium. The top-seeded Racers were playing their first game after receiving a double-bye. The fifth-seeded Eagles were playing their third contest in as many days.

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Seniors Angelo Warner and Karam Mashour combined for 52 points and 15 rebounds on Thursday night to power the Morehead State men's basketball team to a 76-65 victory over UT Martin in the second round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

The Eagles, who have won five straight contests and 10 of their last 13, improve to 17-16 overall and 3-1 on a neutral floor. The Skyhawks fall to 18-12 overall. Both teams finished with 10-6 league records this season. MSU is in the OVC's East Division, while UTM plays in the West Division.

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The sixth-seeded Morehead State women's basketball team led by as many as 10 points over third-seeded Tennessee State in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals Thursday, but the Tigers outscored the Eagles 30-8 in the final 11 minutes to rally for an 81-66 victory at Municipal Auditorium.

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The fifth-seeded Morehead State men's basketball team gets a rematch with fourth-seeded UT Martin in the second round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. All seven tournament games are being played at Municipal Auditorium during a four-day span this week.

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The Morehead State men's basketball team knocked down its final six free-throw attempts on Wednesday evening and hung on for a 79-74 win over Southeast Missouri in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

The fifth-seeded Eagles, who have won nine of their last 12 games, improve to 16-16 overall and 2-1 on a neutral floor. The eighth-seeded Redhawks end their campaign 13-17 overall. MSU also moves to 27-17 in the all-time series with its third consecutive victory over SEMO.

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Construction has begun on a new state-of-the-art facility for Morehead State volleyball. The facility will be created inside the Academic-Athletic Center in the space formerly occupied by the McClure Pool and Mack Diving Well.

"We are extremely excited to get this project going," Head Coach Jaime Gordon said. "We think we're going to have one of the best volleyball-only facilities in the country, and we've taken an important step forward by getting construction underway."

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Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried has been named an Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Legend in a newly-created program by the league office. The OVC will recognize legends from each of its member institutions during its 2015 conference tournaments.

Faried, who played at Morehead State from 2007-11, is in his fourth season with the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets. He signed a five-year contract extension in October, which Yahoo! Sports, ESPN and several other national media outlets reported being worth $60 million.

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The Morehead State men's basketball team posted advantages of 46-4 in paint points, 23-3 in fast-break points, 30-5 in bench points, 55-33 in rebounds and 22-3 in offensive boards en route to a 87-55 rout of Jacksonville State on Saturday evening at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who enter the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament with eight wins in 11 games, improve to 15-16 overall, 10-6 in league action and 7-6 at home. The Gamecocks, who finish the campaign losing seven of their last 10, close out 12-19 overall, 5-11 in OVC play and 1-16 on the road.

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The brackets for the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference basketball tournaments are set. The Morehead State men are the fifth seed, while the Eagle women are seeded sixth.

All games will be played at Nashville's Municipal Auditrorium. For ticket information, call 606-783-2386 or e-mail at: p.rhodes@moreheadstate.edu

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