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Behind the long ball, Morehead State overpowered Southern Illinois en route to an 11-7 victory Saturday, evening the teams' series at a game apiece. The Eagles (4-5) benefit from a pair of home runs in a five-run eighth inning to put away the Salukis (6-5) in a back-and-forth affair at Allen Field.

Morehead State tallied three total home runs in the game as sophomore pinch hitter Zach Boyd and senior rightfielder Arthur Sells collected their second homers of the season while redshirt junior shortstop Logan Goodnight connected on the first home run of his Morehead State career.

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With a pedigree encompassing more than 450 collegiate wins and more than 50 draft picks by Major League organizations, Mik Aoki has been chosen to lead the Morehead State baseball program.

An event to introduce Aoki to the community and media is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Morehead Buffalo Wild Wings.

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After leading the Morehead State baseball program to 228 victories and two Ohio Valley Conference Tournament titles, head coach Mike McGuire is returning to South Carolina to lead the USC Upstate baseball program.

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The saying "third time's the charm" may not come to fruition for everyone, but Morehead State baseball alum Patrick McGuff is really hoping it's a true statement for himself.

After being drafted by the Minnesota Twins out of MSU in 2016 and pitching for the club's rookie and single-A ball clubs (Elizabethton [Tenn.] and Cedar Rapids [Iowa]), McGuff was released in 2017, only to find a spot with the independent Frontier League Evansville Otters in 2018. He did so well the Cincinnati Reds picked him up to finish the season in their organization's minor league circuit.

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Propelled by a first-inning grand slam from junior third baseman Dom Peroni, a third-inning three run homer by junior second baseman Ryan Layne and a shutdown job in the ninth frame by senior left-hander David Looney, Morehead State baseball completed a series sweep over Southeast Missouri with an 8-7 triumph at Allen Field Saturday.

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In a contest that featured 30 combined hits, Morehead State baseball hammered four home runs and rallied with a big fourth-inning to oust Southeast Missouri 13-9 Thursday at Allen Field.

The win moved the Eagles to 35-19 overall and 17-11 in the OVC and tied the program's record for regular season wins (35 in 2015). Southeast Missouri slipped to 23-30 overall and 10-18 in the league and will need to beat the Eagles both times the rest of the weekend or risk missing the OVC Tournament for the first time.

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Five doubles and a pair of solo homers in the first four innings powered the Morehead State baseball team to an 8-5 victory over visiting Dayton Tuesday at Allen Field.

The Eagles, who improved to 23-2 at home in 2019, also moved to 34-19 overall and are just one victory shy of the program's regular-season win record of 35, set by the 2015 OVC Championship team.

Morehead State built a 8-1 advantage after the first five at-bats and then held on as seven pitchers combined to bend but not break in the victory. The Eagles held Dayton hitless until the sixth inning.

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After what could be considered a magical week with the bat, Morehead State baseball junior designated hitter Jon Burghardt has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week.

His selection is the sixth time an MSU athlete has earned a league weekly award this season, with six different players earning honors. That sets a program record for most awards in a season, breaking the mark of five established by the 2015 squad and tied in 2016.

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For the third consecutive game, junior designated hitter Jon Burghardt provided a momentum-shifting home run, and senior left-hander David Looney held Murray State in check for three-plus innings Saturday as the Morehead State baseball team toppled the Racers 7-5 at Allen Field.

The Eagles improved to 31-17 overall, the best record in the Ohio Valley Conference, and to 14-9 in league action, now one game ahead of the Racers (19-24/13-10).

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Senior shortstop Reid Leonard totaled seven hits, including the go-ahead RBI single in the opener, and senior left-fielder Jake Hammon belted a two-out, two-run homer to take the lead in game two as the Morehead State baseball team defeated Eastern Illinois 11-8 and 10-8 in a doubleheader at Allen Field Thursday.

Leonard became just the fifth player in OVC history to reach 300 career hits with his prolific day, which also included a solo home run in the second contest.

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Morehead State baseball belted three first-inning home runs and added a three-run round-tripper later on as the Eagles took care of Alabama A&M 11-5 Wednesday for the program's fifth consecutive victory. The game was an Education Day contest played in front of the largest crowd of the season.

MSU improved to 23-11 and 17-1 at home in 2019, while the Bulldogs fell to 12-24. In the Eagles' five consecutive home wins, they reached the double-digit plateau in runs in all five.

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Morehead State hitters recorded 25 hits, including eight of the extra-base variety, while four pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts and allowed just two hits as the Eagle baseball team upended Alabama A&M 19-0 at Allen Field Tuesday afternoon.

The Eagles, who improved to an Ohio Valley Conference-best 22-11, have scored in double digits now in four straight contests and 10 times overall this year and have outscored Alabama A&M (12-22) 36-1 in the teams' last four meetings since 2018.

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Morehead State's senior left-fielder Jake Hammon has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Player of the Week.

Over a quartet of games last week, the Smyrna, Tenn., native hit .529 with eight RBI, two home runs, five runs scored and a .941 slugging percentage.

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Morehead State junior right-handed pitcher Jason Goe was virtually untouchable Sunday at UT Martin, and his effort has earned him Ohio Valley Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week.

A 6-foot-3 hurler from Dry Ridge, Ky., Goe struck out a career-high 13 batters in the Eagles' 6-2 victory at UTM and didn't walk a batter while only surrendering two hits. His honor is the third league weekly award for the program this season, and he is the first Eagle to be named Pitcher of the Week this season.

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For the second consecutive game, Morehead State's pitching staff recorded double digit strikeouts as the Baseball Eagles fended off Alabama State 7-4 Wednesday for the team's sixth consecutive victory.

"It was a good homestand, very pleased with it," said head coach Mike McGuire.

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Senior pitchers Garret Rogers and David Looney combined for 14 strikeouts, and Morehead State had eight hitters each garner an RBI as the Eagles defeated Alabama State 9-2 Tuesday for the team's fifth straight win.

Rogers, the starter, fanned a career-best eight in the first six innings to improve to 2-1. Looney entered in the seventh and sat down six more Hornet batters via strikeouts for his first save of the year and second of his career.

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After a stellar offensive week, Morehead State senior center-fielder Connor Pauly has been tabbed the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week.

It is the second weekly award in his career after earning the same honor last year on April 9.

Pauly registered multi-hit games in all five contests last week as the Eagles went 4-1, including a win over Big 12 foe West Virginia and a series sweep against OVC rival Eastern Kentucky.

His prolific production included a .478 batting average (11-for-23), four home runs, 13 RBI, two doubles and 1.087 slugging percentage.

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After spotting Eastern Kentucky a run in the first inning, Morehead State's baseball team erupted for 13 runs over the next three frames and rolled to a 15-4 victory over the Colonels Sunday at Allen Field to secure a series sweep.

MSU (14-5/4-2 OVC) has now swept the Colonels two straight times when the regular season series is held in Morehead. EKU slipped to 11-8 and 0-3 in the OVC.

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Senior Connor Pauly went 3-for-4 with a home run, but the Morehead Sate baseball team couldn't contain visiting West Virginia Tuesday afternoon in the first of two mid-week matchups. The Mountaineers bested MSU 9-3.

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Morehead State baseball battled Belmont in a doubleheader Sunday with both teams taking a game each in a closely contested OVC dogfight. The Bruins took the first game 2-0 before the Eagles edged Belmont 4-3 in the seven-inning nightcap.

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After trading the lead six times throughout the game, Morehead State baseball dropped a back-and-forth affair Wednesday evening from Jim Patterson Stadium. The Eagles (9-2) and eighth-ranked Cardinals (9-3) alternated the lead for the first five innings before Louisville seized the lead for good in the sixth, holding on for a 10-9 victory.

The Cardinals did their damage throughout the game on the bases, stealing nine bases against the Morehead State pitching staff.

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Powered by a pair of seven-hit days from seniors Hunter Fain and Jake Hammon and a grand slam from fellow senior Connor Pauly, the Morehead State baseball team powered its way to a doubleheader sweep of NJIT Saturday.

The Eagles rallied for an 11-7 triumph in game one and erupted for 20 hits en route to a 21-5 bashing in game two.

Morehead State moved to 9-1 in 2019, the best start in program history.

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Morehead State baseball rallied for a 5-3 victory at Charlotte Tuesday afternoon as the Eagles tied the program record for the best start ever at 7-1.

Trailing 3-2 in the top of the eighth, MSU scored twice to take the lead for good. Senior Jake Hammon cranked an RBI single to score senior Connor Pauly before sophomore Stephen Hill pushed his team into the lead with a sacrifice fly.

In the ninth, junior Ryan Layne added an insurance run as his single through the right side scored scored senior Reid Leonard.

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Despite being no-hit until the seventh inning, Morehead State baseball took advantage of some strange occurrences and pitched efficiently in leading to a 4-3 walk-off victory over Oakland Sunday. The Eagles swept all four contests against the Golden Grizzlies this week.

The Eagles improved to 6-1, the program's best seven-game start since 1994. This squad is now just one game behind the 1984 squad's 7-1 start as the best opening two-week slate in the history of the program.

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An offensive onslaught, including innings with seven and eight-run productions - plus lock-down pitching from the entire staff - propelled Morehead State baseball to a doubleheader sweep (16-3 and 11-0) over Oakland at Allen Field Friday.

Senior catcher Hunter Fain homered twice in the opener for the Eagles (5-1), while junior Ryan Layne drove in five runs. In the nightcap, four pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout with just one walk. The Eagles scored in all but one inning in the first contest and erupted for an eight-spot on the scoreboard in the seventh.

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After leading 10-0 and seeing their advantage eventually vanish in the eighth inning, the Morehead State baseball team won in walk-off fashion, 13-12, over Oakland in the 2019 home opener Thursday when the Golden Grizzlies' shortstop misfired on a throw to first to allow the winning run to trot home from third base in the bottom of the ninth.

MSU improved to 3-1, while the Grizzlies remained without a triumph in 2019 at 0-4.

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Making his Morehead State debut in Saturday's doubleheader at Furman, redshirt junior Chase Sorter introduced himself to Eagle fans and Ohio Valley Conference in a big way, claiming OVC Player of the Week and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Week honors.

Sorter, a Temple, Texas native, comes to Morehead State from McLennan Community College in Texas. During his freshman season in 2017, he helped McLennan to a 52-13 record and an appearance in the NJCAA World Series.

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After a prolific season of helping Morehead State win the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title, Eagle baseball senior first baseman Trevor Snyder has been selected a Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Snyder, a Fort Wayne, Ind., product, was on the outlet's third-team list.

In 2018, Snyder was a Second-Team All-OVC pick after ranking second in the OVC and 17th nationally with 18 home runs. He also ranked 17th among NCAA Division I players with 69 RBI. Snyder slugged .606 to rank sixth in the conference.

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After claiming the program's second Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title in the last four seasons, Morehead State baseball has announced its 2019 schedule. The slate features 29 home games-the most since 2015-and a home series in February for the first time since 2014.

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Morehead State baseball will conclude its fall practice this weekend with the annual Blue and Gold Fall World Series. This season's event will run in conjunction baseball's parents' weekend and recognition of the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship team at Saturday's football game.

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