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Morehead State baseball upended No. 18 Tennessee Tech Sunday for the second consecutive day to win the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship.

Junior left-fielder Niko Hulsizer hit a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth inning off the OVC Pitcher of the Year, Tech's Travis Moths, as the Eagles held on to win 4-3. The Eagles topped TTU 11-6 on Saturday to force the league's "if necessary" game and won it to mark the fourth time since 2005 a team has come back from the consolation bracket to win the event by knocking off the other team twice.

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Morehead State Baseball is headed to Clemson, S.C. for the 2018 NCAA Regional. The Eagles learned their spot at a watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday afternoon.

Morehead State (four seed, 37-24) will face No. 10 national seed and fifth-ranked Clemson (45-14) at 6 p.m. ET on Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Vanderbilt (two seed, 31-25) and St. John's (three-seed, 39-25) are also at the Clemson Regional and will square off at Noon on Friday. The winners will play each other Saturday at 6 p.m. while the losers play Saturday at Noon in the double elimination format.

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It all comes down to this.

Morehead State baseball knocked off Eastern Kentucky 5-2 to reach the 2018 OVC Tournament Championship game and then ousted No. 18 Tennessee Tech 11-6 Saturday to force a winner-take-all game on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

MSU is now 36-24 overall and is the only league team to hand the nationally-ranked Golden Eagles two losses this season.

MSU 5, EKU 2

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Morehead State sophomore slugger Niko Hulsizer and New York Yankees and Major League home run leader Aaron Judge now have something in common, and hey, make that two things in common to be exact.

Hulsizer smacked 49 actual home runs and also connected on the money balls (worth 2 homers) Saturday night to win the 2017 College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

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After putting together one of the most prolific seasons in program history, Morehead State sophomore outfielder Niko Hulsizer has been named First-Team All-America as selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Hulsizer, from Mohnton, Pa., is the second Eagle in the last three seasons to be chosen as a First-Team All-American, joining catcher Chris Robinson in 2015.

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Sophomore leftfielder Niko Hulsizer drilled his Ohio Valley Conference and Morehead State record 27th home run of the year Saturday as the Eagle baseball team saw its season conclude with an 11-6 setback to Belmont in the OVC Tournament.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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."

Baseball Making Positive Strides During Fall Ball

Oct 25, 2016
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After nearly a month, fall practice for the Morehead State Baseball team will begin winding down soon. Fall practice will conclude with the "Banana Split" World Series that is set to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

"We've had a good fall," said head coach Mike McGuire. "I like what I've seen from our (16) newcomers thus far this fall. We've added a lot of good, young arms to the pitching staff, and their development has me excited for things to come this season."

Conner, Johnson, Unger formally Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Oct 17, 2016
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Three former Eagles were formally inducted into the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night. The 2016 class includes Paul Conner, Shawn Johnson, and Craig Unger.

Conner, one of the best offensive tackles to play for the Eagles, Johnson, the 1985 OVC Baseball Player of the Year, and Unger, a two-time Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Year, were also recognized on Saturday during Morehead State's Homecoming game against Pioneer Football League foe Marist.

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The Morehead State baseball team was held off the scoreboard Friday and bowed out of the 2016 OVC Tournament with a 3-0 setback to top-seeded Southeast Missouri in the afternoon and an 8-0 decision to sixth-seeded Belmont in the nightcap.

The Eagles end their season at 32-27, but despite the losses, the program still finished with 70 wins in the last two seasons.

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Freshman Reid Leonard's single in the bottom of the 12th inning brought home pinch runner Jake Hammon, and the Morehead State baseball team survived two rain delays and more than eight hours of action Wednesday night to defeat Tennessee Tech 3-2 in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

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Morehead State senior right-hander Matt Anderson has been named to the watch list for National Pitcher of the Year. The award is presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Anderson hails from McDonough, Ga. The award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the annual Night of Champions event.

Anderson ranks in the top 10 nationally in strikeouts (78) and strikeouts per nine innings (14). He ranks second in the OVC in Ks, only one behind Southeast Missouri's Joey Lucchesi, who is also on the watch list.

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Another strong pitching performance, coupled with just the right amount of offense, led the Morehead State baseball team to a 3-2 series-clinching win at Xavier Sunday.

MSU, which won 3-1 in the second contest Saturday, improved to 19-13. The Musketeers fell to 11-21. The teams were meeting for the first time since the 1995 season.

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Sophomore lefthander Aaron Leasher and senior righty Tyler Keele combined for 17 strikeouts, including each fanning six straight at different points of the game Saturday, as the Morehead State baseball team evened its series with Xavier with a 3-1 victory. The Musketeers claimed the opener 7-1 in a game resumed from Friday.

Morehead State moved to 18-13 on the year, while Xavier sits at 11-20.

"We couldn't have pitched it better than we did with Aaron and Tyler," said Head Coach Mike McGuire.

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Sophomore lefty Aaron Leasher fired his first career complete-game shutout Saturday, and the Morehead State offense came to life in the late innings as the Eagle baseball team won the series over Belmont with a 9-0 victory at Allen Field.

MSU moved to 14-9 overall and 5-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while Belmont slid down to 13-10 overall and 3-3 in the conference.

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Kentucky scored seven of its 10 runs in the first three innings, and the Morehead State baseball team fought back but could not fully recover in a 10-5 setback to the Wildcats at Cliff Hagan Stadium Tuesday night.

UK moved to 15-5 in 2016, while MSU fell to 12-8. The Wildcats scored four times off six singles in the first inning and led 7-1 after three frames.