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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.

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For the second straight day, the Morehead State baseball team found itself on the wrong end of an extra-innings decision. Southeast Missouri got a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning Sunday to top the Eagles 6-5 and finish off a three-game sweep.

The Eagles, who led 4-1 after five innings, slipped to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference. SEMO remained unblemished in league play at 6-0 and moved to 13-8 overall.

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Morehead State senior righthander Matt Anderson struck out a career-high 16 Tennessee Tech batters in seven innings Saturday as the Eagle baseball team defeated TTU 6-1 at Allen Field to complete a three-game Ohio Valley Conference sweep.

The three victories this weekend marked the first three-game sweep over Tennessee Tech for an MSU squad since 1994. MSU won its sixth straight game to improve to 12-3 and 3-0 in the league, while Tech dipped to 6-8 overall and 0-3 in conference games.

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Morehead State junior first baseman Jesus Carrera tied the school single-game record with six hits in game one, and senior right-handed pitcher Matt Anderson struck out a career-high 12 Siena batters in game two as the Eagle baseball team swept a doubleheader, 24-7 and 11-4, Sunday to open its home schedule at Allen Field.

MSU moved to 8-3, while Siena slipped to 0-10.

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Morehead State baseball put up a feisty battle at No. 8 North Carolina State Tuesday afternoon, but a pair of RBI singles in the fifth proved to be the difference maker as MSU fell 7-5 at Dail Park.

The Eagles fell to 3-1 in 2016, while the Wolfpack improved to 3-1.

Morehead State trailed 5-1 after three frames but scored twice in the fourth and twice more in the fifth to knot the game at five. The hosts plated a pair in the bottom of the frame via RBI singles by brothers Chance and Shane Shepard.

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Morehead State junior third baseman Alex Stephens was honored as the College Sports Madness Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Player of the Week on Feb. 23.

A native of Wheeling, W. Va., Stephens hit .429 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBI during a three-game sweep at North Carolina Central on opening weekend. Stephens hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, home run) in his only four at-bats in Saturday's 24-4 victory and drove in four runs while scoring three times.

He opened the season by going 2-for-5 with a double in Friday's 4-2 triumph.

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A two-run homer by junior rightfielder Will Schneider proved to be the winning margin for the Morehead State baseball team Sunday as the Eagles wrapped up a three-game sweep at North Carolina Central with a 4-2 victory at Durham Athletic Park.

The Eagles moved to 3-0 to start the season for the second consecutive season, while NCCU dipped to 0-3.

Unlike the 29-hit barrage they had Saturday, the Eagles managed only six hits today, but MSU manufactured two runs in the second inning on a pair of sacrifice fly outs and added two more in the fifth via Schneider's long ball.

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The Morehead State baseball team set a school record with nine doubles and tied a program record for hits in a game with 29 en route to a 24-4 victory over North Carolina Central at Durham Athletic Park Saturday.

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A quartet of Morehead State pitchers combined to allow just two hits and strike out 11, and a pair of Eagle hitters blasted solo home runs, as the MSU baseball squad defeated North Carolina 4-1 on 2016 opening day at Durham Athletic Park.

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Morehead State juniors Ryan Kent and Luke Humphreys have been named to College Sports Madness' Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference baseball teams. Kent, a centerfielder, was named to the first team, while Humphreys, a starting pitcher, was tabbed to the second team.

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Former Morehead State baseball players Chris Robinson and Robby Spencer have signed professional contracts with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent American Association.

Robinson, who was named to three All-America teams following the 2015 season, has already appeared in eight games for the Goldeyes and leads the team with a .345 batting average. Spencer, who led MSU with 71 RBI this past season, signed on Thursday.

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Morehead State baseball players have enjoyed success with their summer league clubs this year, including a trio who have been selected to their respective league's All-Star Teams.

Junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Keele and sophomore righty Luke Humphreys, who both play for the Florence (S.C.) RedWolves, were selected to the Coastal Plain League West Division All-Star Team. The game will take place on Monday, July 13 in Florence.

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With the NCAA Baseball College World Series wrapped up, the organization's final stats have been released, and Morehead State claimed first place in four national categories.

The 2015 Eagles, who won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title and participated in the program's first NCAA regional since 1983, paced all 295 Division I teams in batting average (.332), runs per game (8.4), doubles per game (2.87) and slugging percentage (.516).

Chris Robinson Earns Third All-American Honor

Jun 14, 2015
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Morehead State senior catcher Chris Robinson has been named a Second-Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings. It is the third All-America team Robinson has been named to this season.

The 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, Robinson is a Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball First-Team All-American and a Second-Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association.