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Following one of the most prolific days in Morehead State baseball history, senior catcher Jack Gardner has been voted the OVC Player of the Week.

It is the first weekly honor in his career and the second Player of the Week for the program in 2021, joining Ryley Preece's accolade on April 12.

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Morehead State baseball launched four home runs, including two from senior catcher Jon Burghardt, as the Eagles topped Murray State 11-6 at Allen Field Sunday in a non-Ohio Valley Conference game.

The Eagles (23-16) won three of four from the Racers (22-20) this weekend and have now topped Murray in seven of the previous eight meetings.

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Morehead State track competed in its final meet before the OVC Championship with a performance in the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Ky. Kilani Harvey led the Eagles with a pair of record-breaking runs as she bested her own marks in the 100m and 200m events.

Harvey started the weekend by shaving .11 seconds off her old 100m record with a time of 12.04 seconds before running the 200m in 24.67 to best her old mark of 25.09 in the event.

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Morehead State senior cheerleader Raven Marti is already in a class of her very own. Now she's ready to go out in style in helping lead Morehead State to even more national titles.

The only college athlete to ever win an All-Girl team title, All-Girl Partner Stunt title, Coed Team title, and Coed Partner Stunt title, Marti is looking to leave a lasting legacy on the program known as the #DoanDynasty.

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Trinity Spear is a sophomore outfielder on the Morehead State University softball team, originally from Snellville, Ga., outside of Atlanta. She is new addition to the team as she transferred in from USC Upstate in the Fall.

While being new to the squad, she quickly found herself being an essential player on the team, starting in 29 of 30 games this season. So far she has made an impact in more ways than one.

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Morehead State freshman first baseman Jackson Feltner launched three home runs, including two in the opening-game win, and senior second baseman Bryce Hensor totaled four hits on the day as the Eagle baseball team split a double dip at Jacksonville State Saturday.

The Eagles pitched a shutout and won 3-0 in the opener before seeing the home team score six times in the sixth after a lengthy weather delay to hold on and hand MSU a 9-5 setback in the nightcap.

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Before the 2020 football season, moved to the spring of 2021 this year due to COVID-19, the official poll in voting on how teams would finish in the Pioneer League had the Morehead State Eagles last - seventh place.

One of the program's core slogans is: Toughness. Effort. Discipline. No Excuses. Finish. Now more than ever, that slogan rang true as the Eagles far exceeded what many told them they could accomplish. MSU finished 4-3, including 4-2 in the PFL, finishing in a tie for second place and came within literal points of winning a championship.

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After a record-setting performance in the season finale against Butler, Morehead State football senior linebacker Vincent Winey has been named Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week, while teammate BJ Byrd has been tabbed as the league's co-Special Teams Player of the Week.

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All 10 Morehead State hitters who appeared in Sunday's 14-4 victory over Eastern Illinois had at least one hit and scored at least once, including freshman first baseman Jackson Feltner who finished 4-of-5 with a career-high five RBI at Allen Field.

The Eagles, who recorded three wins over the Panthers in the same season for the first time in program history, improved to 18-13 overall. The game did not count, however, in the OVC standings. Feltner's two-run double in the bottom of the seventh ended the game early as the 10-run rule on the final day of a series was invoked.

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Led by a school single-game record 23 total tackles from senior linebacker Vincent Winey, plus three touchdowns from senior wide receiver BJ Byrd, Morehead State football closed the 2021 spring season on a high note with a 28-18 victory over Butler at Jayne Stadium.

The Eagles finished the Pioneer League slate 4-2 and coupled with San Diego's loss to Valparaiso, MSU finished in a tie for second place. That was the highest finish since 2015. MSU also closed the campaign with a winning record at 4-3 and finished with a perfect home record (3-0) for the first time since 1949.

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Carrying the legacies of each of the alumni who came before them and continuing the groundwork laid to bring the program to the heights it reached in 2020-21, Morehead State volleyball continued to soar Wednesday afternoon, earning the program's first NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship victory.

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Morehead State's Ryley Preece had a week to remember, and his prolific offensive output at Austin Peay has earned him the latest Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Player of the Week honor.

A native of Paintsville, Ky., and a Johnson Central High School alum, Preece helped Morehead State win a series at Austin Peay for the first time since 2015 and move into first place early here in the OVC race.

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Tray Hollowell, a native of Hopkinsville, Ky., and a four-year standout at perennial Southern Conference power Wofford, has chosen Morehead State for his final season of eligibility. Hollowell will graduate transfer and be ready to play for the Eagles in 2021-22.

Hollowell helped Wofford to a pair of postseason appearances in his four years, including winning a game in the NCAA Tournament and going 30-5 in 2018-19.

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Kilani Harvey is a freshman sprinter from Orlando, Fla., on the women's track and field team. Although she is a transfer from Highland Community College (Kan.), the NCAA granted all student-athletes an extra year of eligibility, so she isn't a rookie.

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After claiming the program's first Ohio Valley Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships, Morehead State Volleyball opponent and match information has been released for the upcoming NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.

The Eagles matchup with the Creighton Bluejays in an opening-round match slated for 3:30 p.m. ET at the CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb. The match features in the upper left quadrant of the 48-team bracket with the winner of the match advancing to face No. 8 overall seed Florida.

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Junior quarterback Mark Pappas threw for a career-high 382 yards and two scores and rushed for a third, while the Morehead State defense intercepted four passes and returned one 75 yards for a TD as the Eagles claimed a 35-14 road victory at Butler Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles improved to 2-3 overall and evened their Pioneer League mark at 2-2, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-4 with the same PFL scorecard.

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After visiting SIUE rallied for a six-run outburst in the ninth inning to claim game one 12-8, Morehead State baseball doubled that output in a single frame in game two today as the Eagles used a 12-run sixth-inning to defeat the Cougars 13-8 and win the series at Allen Field two games to one.

Morehead State, which has only lost three OVC home series since 2018, improved to 12-11 overall and 4-2 in the OVC. The Cougars are now 12-12 and 6-6.

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While it wasn't the result the Morehead State men's basketball program had hoped for, the Eagles fought to the finish in a physical battle with West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament first round at Lucas Oil Stadium Friday night.

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Morehead State head coach Preston Spradlin prefers his team not be labeled as a potential Cinderella team in this year's NCAA Tournament. No, he prefers if a "slipper" fits that it be more of a work boot.

The Eagles' hard work has gotten them into their first NCAA Tournament since 2011, with the 14th-seeded Eagles facing third-seeded West Virginia in the Midwest Region Friday at 9:50 p.m. ET.

MSU and WVU will battle in Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of the Final Four. The game will take place on the south court.

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Awards keep coming in for the Morehead State men's basketball program. Today, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced its all-district teams with freshman Johni Broome being named First-Team All-District 18, and Preston Spradlin earning the district's Coach of the Year.

District 18 includes the Ohio Valley Conference.

Broome, the OVC Freshman of the Year, helped lead the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010-11 by ranking first among conference freshmen in points, rebounds and blocked shots.

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Freshman center-fielder Ryley Preece became the first Morehead State player to hit for the cycle since 2018 in the first game as the Eagle baseball team claimed a series win over rival Eastern Kentucky with a 14-5 victory Saturday afternoon.

The Colonels turned the tables and claimed the series finale of the doubleheader 11-0 in seven innings.

Morehead State moved to 2-1 in OVC play and 7-7 overall, while the Colonels sit at 5-9 and 1-2 in the league now.

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Trailing 31-3 at new PFL foe Presbyterian Saturday, the Morehead State football team kicked in a different gear. But a second-half rally came up short as the Eagles fell 31-16 to the Blue Hose at Bailey Memorial Stadium in both team's conference opener.

The Eagles got behind 24-3 at the half, but a pair of touchdown connections by junior quarterback Mark Pappas gave the visitors some life. A 50-yard strike to senior transfer receiver BJ Byrd and a 15-yard scoring toss to sophomore slot man Matt Guilfoil, his first career touchdown, accounted for the Eagles' second-half points.

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Morehead State baseball continued its upward trend in 2021 and opened the Ohio Valley Conference portion of the schedule with a 5-2 win over eastern Kentucky at Allen Field Friday afternoon.

The Eagles have now won six of their last seven games, four straight, and evened their record at 6-6. The Colonels slipped to 4-8. Morehead State has now won nine straight home games in the series since 2015.

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Morehead State head men's basketball coach Preston Spradlin has been named a finalist of another head coaching award by CollegeInsider.com, the Jim Phelan Award. The award is bestowed upon the nation's top Division I head coach.

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Eddie Childress, a member of Morehead State men's basketball's Ohio Valley Conference champion squads in 1982-83 and 1983-84, has passed away. Childress was 60 years old.

Services for Childress will be held at the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Muncie, Ind., at Noon ET on March 13.

A native of Muncie, Childress attended Muncie South High School before enrolling at Morehead State in 1979-80.

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Freshman first baseman Jackson Feltner recorded four hits, senior designated hitter Arthur Sells notched four RBI and junior third baseman Stephen Hill scored four runs as the Morehead State baseball team won its third straight game Tuesday night, coming out on top 12-9 in a slugfest over Ohio at Allen Field.

Sells opened the Eagle run-fest with a two-run double in the first and closed the night with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. In between, Feltner had a pair of RBI singles, and senior second baseman Bryce Hensor cranked his first home run of the year, a two-run shot.

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Ten years and one day after winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship, the Morehead State men's basketball program staked its claim again to the conference title Saturday night.

Facing top-seeded Belmont for the second time in a week (after defeating the Bruins in overtime last Saturday), the Eagles led from wire-to-wire in knocking off Belmont 86-71 at the Ford Center.

MSU punched its ticket to its eighth NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection show is set for 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 14.

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Sophomore guard Ta'lon Cooper tied his career high with 17 points off the bench, while OVC Freshman of the Year Johni Broome recorded his 11th double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Morehead State men's basketball team grinded out a 61-54 win over seventh-seeded Southeast Missouri at the Ford Center late Wednesday night.

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Belmont's Grayson Murphy hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but Morehead State hit 13 of 14 free throws in the extra period as the Eagle men's basketball team ended the regular season with an 89-82 victory over the Bruins at Johnson Arena Saturday afternoon.

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Morehead State's men's basketball team set the program record for Ohio Valley Conference victories and locked in the No. 2 seed for next week's conference tournament with a 74-60 triumph over Tennessee State at Johnson Arena.

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