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Colonels split doubleheader with Eastern Illinois

Colonels split doubleheader with Eastern Illinois

Posted on 27 April 2015 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University’s baseball team split an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader at Eastern Illinois University on Sunday, winning the first game 12-4 before falling 13-5 in game two.

The Colonels used a 7-run sixth inning to propel themselves to a win in game one. A pair of solo home runs by Kyle Nowlin was all EKU had to show offensively through the first five innings and trailed 4-2. Cole Warrenfeltz gave Eastern Kentucky the lead, 5-4, with a 2-run double down the left field line. Ben Fisher and Luke Wurzelbacher each drove in a pair of runs with back-to-back doubles to cap the inning and make it a 9-4 game.

Junior Mandy Alvarez put the game away with a three-run home run over the wall in center field in the seventh inning. Nowlin finished 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs and two RBIs. Fisher was 2-for-5 with a run and two driven in. Five Colonels had at least two RBIs.

Despite allowing 15 hits in eight and one-third innings, Logan Hershenow (3-6) picked up the win. The senior gave up just three earned runs and faced two more batters than the minimum over his final three and one-third innings of work. He walked two and struck out four in his longest outing of the season.

Alvarez got the Colonels on the board early in the second game with a 2-run home run in the first inning and EKU led 3-2 going into the bottom of the second inning. The Panthers scored four times in that frame and never trailed again. Caleb Howell’s RBI single to left put the home team on top for good.

EKU (15-24, 8-12 OVC) got within one, 6-5, on an RBI single by Warrenfeltz and a sacrifice fly by Nowlin in the fourth, but EIU (9-29, 6-15 OVC) pulled away with five runs in the bottom half of the inning.

The Colonels will play a home-and-home midweek series with Miami (Ohio) this week. The Redhawks visit Turkey Hughes field on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game.

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McHale hires two former NBA players for his staff

McHale hires two former NBA players for his staff

Posted on 23 April 2015 by Allen

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Two former NBA players will be among the three assistant coaches for new Eastern Kentucky University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dan McHale.

Michael Bradley, the No. 17 pick by Toronto in the 2001 NBA Draft, played five seasons in the NBA and three overseas. Reece Gaines, the No. 15 pick in the 2003 draft by Orlando, played three seasons in the NBA and four more overseas.

Those two will be joined on McHale’s inaugural staff by Doug Davenport, who has served the last three seasons as the director of video operations at the University of Louisville.

“I’m very excited to have Michael, Reece and Doug join my first staff at Eastern Kentucky,” McHale said. “We may be the only program in the nation with two first round NBA draft picks on our staff. To be able to attract quality young coaches like this speaks volumes to where this University and this program stands, and where we are going to take it in the future.”

Bradley compiled a 93-12 record as the head boys’ basketball coach Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati from 2010-14. After leading the 2012 team to a 26-1 record and the first Ohio State Championship in program history, Bradley earned Associated Press State Coach of the Year honors.

“Michael brings a wide range of experiences to our program,” McHale said. “He’s an excellent teacher of the game, a great evaluator of talent and an outstanding person.”

Bradley has spent the past year participating in the NBA Assistant Coaches Program. He was chosen as one of eight former NBA players to coach at the Portsmouth Invitational in April, 2014. He was invited to the NBA Leadership Development Program for aspiring coaches, scouts and front office personnel in July.

The Worchester, Massachusetts native has owned and operated several businesses and a charitable foundation. From 2008 to 2010, he operated Bradley Sports Management, serving as a certified NBA and FIBA player representative.

During his NBA playing career, Bradley played for the Toronto Raptors, the Atlanta Hawks, the Orlando Magic, the Sacramento Kings and the Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 5.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while playing in 67 games for Toronto during the 2002-03 season.

Bradley played two seasons at the University of Kentucky (1997-99) before concluding his collegiate career at Villanova University. As a freshman at UK, he saw action in 32 games for the 1997-98 National Championship team. As a sophomore he broke the school single season record for field goal percentage, hitting on 65.7 percent of his shots. He capped his collegiate career by leading Villanova in scoring (20.8 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg) on his way to earning All-Big East and All-America honors in 2001.

Bradley earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from Villanova in 2005.

After concluding his seven-year professional career, Gaines stepped into coaching as an assistant at Bellarmine University. Over the last three seasons, he helped the Knights to three straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 and a Final Four trip. This past season, Bellarmine went 31-4, captured the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season title and advanced to the national semifinals.

“Reece is a fantastic addition to our staff,” McHale said. “The combination of his stellar playing career and his coaching experience is going to be a real asset to our program. Reece has first-hand experience playing the style that I prefer and his ability to teach that is going to be a big help to our players.”

Gaines had a standout playing career at the University of Louisville. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard ended his career ranked fourth on UofL’s all-time scoring list with 1,945 points. As a senior he averaged 17.9 points and five assists per game on his way to earning All-America honors from the Sporting News, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and the Associated Press.

The Madison, Wisconsin native became just the 12th freshman to start his first game during the 30-year tenure of Louisville Head Coach Denny Crum. He led the team in assists (3.3 apg), was second in scoring (13.9 ppg) and led Conference USA in three-point shooting (42.6 percent) as a sophomore. Gaines played is final two seasons at Louisville under head coach Rick Pitino. He earned all-conference honors after leading the team in scoring (21.0 ppg) as a junior.

After being drafted by the Orlando Magic, Gaines also played for the Houston Rockets and the Milwaukee Bucks during his NBA career. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Louisville in 2003.

While serving as the director of video operations, Davenport helped Louisville to an NCAA Championship, an Elite 8 appearance, a Sweet 16 trip, two conference regular season titles and two conference tournament championships. The 2012-13 UofL team went 35-5, won the Big East regular season and tournament championships and a NCAA title. He was responsible for advance scouting video of opponents and evaluation video for Louisville players.

“Opponent scouting has become a huge asset to college basketball programs and few in the country are better than Doug Davenport,” said McHale. “Doug has worked in three programs with tremendous winning traditions. He’ll bring that winning attitude to our program.”

Davenport broke into college coaching in 2010 at Xavier University. In two seasons as a program assistant for the Musketeers, he helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament twice and win the Atlantic 10 Championship in 2010-11. His primary responsibilities at Xavier was coordinating the program’s video operations, including film breakdown, film exchange and evaluation for players. He also assisted with advance scouting, on-campus recruiting and the team’s academics.

Davenport played four seasons for his father Scott Davenport at Bellarmine University. The Knights advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament Sweet 16 his junior season. As a senior in 2010, he helped Bellarmine capture the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament Championship and make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Over the last seven seasons as a coach and a player, Davenport’s teams have played in seven NCAA Tournaments.

The Louisville native was a four-time Academic All-Conference selection. He earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in political science at Bellarmine in 2010. Davenport completed a master’s of education – sport management degree at Xavier in 2012.

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Skyhawks drop doubleheader to EKU

Skyhawks drop doubleheader to EKU

Posted on 19 April 2015 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team tallied four solo home runs against Eastern Kentucky in an Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader on Saturday, but the home runs would not enough as the Skyhawks dropped the twinbill to the Colonels, 4-1 and 6-3.

The Skyhawks (23-20, 9-9 OVC) were led offensively by the standout day of senior Kenzi Tate who tallied a pair of solo home runs on the day. Tate was joined in the long ball circuit by sophomore Carly Gonzales and senior Lauren Smith who both tallied solo blasts in Game 2.

The sophomore duo of Elizabeth Wiegand and Brooke Kennedy both earned a pair of starts, combining to allow 10 earned runs on the day, despite pitching complete games. Kennedy earned a start in Game 1, allowing four earned runs in seven innings of work despite striking out seven and allowing just one walk. Wiegand finished her 14th complete game after allowing six runs along with four strikeouts on the day.

Game 1: Eastern Kentucky 4, UT Martin 1

The Colonels attempted to get on the board early in the game, striking for a two run home run off the bat of Katie Tackett on just the fourth at bat of the game.

Down but not out, the Skyhawks would get on the board in the bottom of the first. Following back-to-back fly outs to left, Tate would knock a solo home run into the right center field gap to trim the lead in half, trailing 2-1.

The Colonels would get some separation in the second inning after tallying one run in the second inning before both teams went scoreless for the next four innings. EKU would put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh inning. Sarah Fobbs would double to right center before later scoring the game’s final run off Tackett’s third RBI of the game, this one off an infield single.

Game 2: Eastern Kentucky 6, UT Martin 3

Eastern Kentucky would strike in the first for the second consecutive game, scoring the game’s eventual game-winning run. With runners on second and third with just one out, Tackett would keep with the day’s theme, depositing a two run single into the left center gap. Shannon McQueen would tally the team’s other big hit in the inning, poking a two run single of her own through the left side to take an early 4-0 advantage.

The Skyhawks will get on the board in the bottom of the second inning, bringing the game to a 4-1 margin following a solo home run from Smith, her eighth of the season.

The home squad would strike again in the bottom of the third inning with the day’s third solo home run, this time off the bat of Gonzales. The home run marked the seventh of Gonzales’ season, marking her eighth career blast.

With the margin cut in half, EKU would strike again in the top of the fourth inning. McQueen would get the inning started with a double to right center. McQueen would then come around to score just two batters later following an RBI single from Kayla Joyce.

A solo home run, this one off the bat of Eastern Kentucky’s Krislyn Campos into the left center power gap, would give the Colonels a 6-2 advantage.

With the home squad down to their final three outs, the Colonels would retire the first two batters of the inning, setting up Tate with the game’s potential final out. Tate would notch her second home run of the day, this one a home run to right center would serve as the team’s final scoring output.

UT Martin will return to action, looking to pick up two games in the OVC standings with a doubleheader against Morehead State on Sunday, April 19. Action from Bettye Giles Field is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.

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Offense dominates first EKU Football Scrimmage

Offense dominates first EKU Football Scrimmage

Posted on 19 April 2015 by Allen

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The Eastern Kentucky University football team held its first scrimmage of the spring practice season Saturday morning and the offense came ready to play.

The offense won the scrimmage by a score of 34-19.

All three quarterbacks threw a touchdown pass. Junior Bennie Coney completed 10-of-23 tosses for 103 yards. He hit senior wide out Jeff Glover for an eight-yard touchdown pass.

Fellow junior Kyle Romano finished 14-of-18 for a game-high 186 yards, which included a 14-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Taylor Miller. Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Tyler Swafford was equally effective as he completed 16-of-20 throws for 174 yards. Swafford hooked up with senior Jaucady Rutledge for a 35-yard touchdown pass.

“Today’s scrimmage was a pleasant surprise,” EKU head coach Dean Hood said. “Defense was ahead of the offense and that is to be expected in the first few practices, but not today. All three quarterbacks threw the ball well, our receivers ran good routes and they made some tough catches.

“[The defensive backs] were playing them stride for stride in our press defense and the receivers made some good moves, went up and caught the ball in traffic,” continued Hood. “Our quarterbacks had a very small window and they still got in there. It was a very impressive day for the offense.”

On the ground, sophomore Kentayvus Hopkins racked up 11 carries for 69 yards. Junior JJ Jude, who is back on the offensive side of the ball, posted 12 rushes for 46 yards and also tallied two receptions.

Newcomer Noah Spence highlighted the defensive effort with two sacks and several quarterback hurries. Senior linebacker Wayne Mathews chipped in with an interception.

Eastern Kentucky will hold another scrimmage next Saturday, April 25 before wrapping up the spring season with the annual Spring Game on Thursday, April 30.

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Cameron Williams sigs with EKU

Cameron Williams sigs with EKU

Posted on 18 April 2015 by Allen

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Cameron Williams, a 5-foot-11 guard, has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play college basketball at Eastern Kentucky University, head coach Dan McHale announced today.

“We are excited to welcome Cameron to the Eastern Kentucky family,” McHale said. “He is an engaging young man who Colonel fans will love to get to know on and off the court.”

Williams is the first recruit to officially sign with McHale, who took the reins of the program on April 9.

Williams averaged 20.9 points, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game for North Platte Community College during the 2014-15 season. He shot 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from behind the three-point line.

The Omaha, Nebraska native earned first team All-Region IX honors and first team All-Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference (NCCAC) as a sophomore while leading the Knights to a 24-9 record. NPCC is located in North Platte, Nebraska.

“Cam is an electric point guard that will be great in our up-tempo style of play,” said McHale. “I’m thrilled that he chose to be a major part of what we are building at EKU.”

As a freshman in 2013-14, Williams was second on the team with an average of 13.7 points per game. He made 43 percent of his shots from the field. Williams improved his three-point shooting by 18.5 points from his freshman to sophomore seasons. He went 21-of-87 from deep for 24 percent his first year.

His 1,128 career points are the seventh most in North Platte history. He also broke the school record for free throws made (206) in a season.

Williams played his prep ball at Omaha South High School.

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Colonels drop finale at SIEU

Colonels drop finale at SIEU

Posted on 12 April 2015 by Allen

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After splitting the first two games of the series, Eastern Kentucky University’s baseball team lost 10-3 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the series finale on Sunday.

Doug Teegarden drove in both of Eastern’s (11-20, 5-9 OVC) first two runs of the game, with a bases loaded walk in the second and a single in the fourth that got the Colonels within 3-2. However, SIUE (12-16, 12-6 OVC) answered with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the game away.

Kyle Nowlin hit his third home run of the series in the seventh. His solo shot was the 12th of the season for the junior. Nowlin finished 1-for-2 with three walks. Teegarden was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Colonels are scheduled to be back in action on Tuesday at Marshall. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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McHale named EKU head basketball coach

McHale named EKU head basketball coach

Posted on 08 April 2015 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University has chosen Dan McHale, a former University of Louisville assistant and a University of Kentucky graduate, to be its men’s basketball head coach, Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced today.

McHale will be introduced at a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday on the court inside McBrayer Arena. All media and fans are invited to attend.

“We are ecstatic to welcome Coach Dan McHale and his family to the Colonel Family,” Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson said. “Dan brings years of experience at some top-flight programs to EKU, along with ties to Kentucky and this region. He came to us with the highest recommendations from some of America’s best coaches and we have every confidence he will take our basketball program to the next level.”

Before being chosen as Eastern Kentucky’s 20th head men’s basketball coach, McHale completed his second season as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota where he worked under head coach Richard Pitino. McHale got his coaching start under Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino as a staff assistant at Louisville from 2001 to 2003.

“I’m extremely excited to be working at Eastern Kentucky University,” McHale said. “I want to thank President Benson and Steve Lochmueller for this opportunity. With the leadership of these two, it’s an honor to be a part of these exciting times at EKU. We are going to bring excitement to McBrayer Arena with a fast paced style of play. It’s going to be fun for our players and our fans.”

In his first season at Minnesota, McHale helped the Gophers to a NIT Championship and a 25-13 record that included wins over No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 11 Ohio State. The 25 victories are the second-most in program history. The 2014-15 squad won 18 games, including a victory at Michigan State, a team that would reach the Final Four.

“I am extremely excited and proud of Dan McHale,” Richard Pitino said. “Eastern Kentucky is getting a tremendous coach and recruiter, but more importantly a great person. He will represent the Eastern Kentucky program in a first-class manner. There is no doubt in my mind that he will do great things there.”

McHale served as a student manager for four seasons (1997-01) at Kentucky. He was part of one national championship team, four NCAA Tournament teams and three Southeastern Conference championships while working with Tubby Smith’s Wildcats.

The Cardinals went 25-7, won the 2003 Conference USA Tournament title and reached the NCAA Tournament in McHale’s second season as a staff assistant at Louisville. During his first stint he assisted with opponent scouting, game preparation and on-campus recruiting. After one year as the director of operations at Manhattan College, McHale returned to UofL for two seasons as the director of video operations, overseeing advance scouting video and evaluation video of Cardinal players. In his second two-year stint at Louisville, the Cardinals won 45 games and played in two NCAA Tournaments.

“Dan is one of the hardest working coaches in our profession,” Rick Pitino said. “I have great admiration for his dedication to our game. He is a great addition to our state.”

In 2007, McHale joined Kevin Willard’s first staff at Iona College. As an assistant, McHale helped lead the Gaels from two wins the season before the duo arrived to 12 wins their first season and 21 wins in year three at Iona. He recruited NBA draft pick and 2012 MAAC Player of the Year Scott Machado to Iona.

McHale followed Willard to Seton Hall when he was named head coach in 2010. In their second season, the Pirates won 20 games. While at Seton Hall, McHale was responsible for the Pirates’ defensive game planning and spearheaded opponent scouting and game preparation.

“Eastern Kentucky has hit a home run with the hiring of Dan McHale, who is a rising star within the coaching ranks,” Willard said. “He is not only a terrific recruiter and mentor of student-athletes, but he also has a great mind for the game of basketball. Dan has earned the opportunity to lead a basketball program, and with his outstanding knowledge, personality and work ethic, he will make a positive impact at Eastern Kentucky.”

McHale will look to add to the success of the Rick Pitino coaching tree that includes Billy Donovan (Florida), Tubby Smith (Texas Tech), Mick Cronin (Cincinnati), Richard Pitino (Minnesota) and former EKU head coach Travis Ford (Oklahoma State).

McHale has caught the eye of one of America’s top young college basketball coaches – Memphis head coach Josh Pastner.

“Dan is going to do an outstanding job at Eastern Kentucky University,” said Pastner. “He is a tireless worker and will do the job with great principle and great work ethic. Eastern Kentucky got a winner in Dan McHale.”

The Chatham, New Jersey native earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and graduated with honors from UK in 2001. McHale and his wife Jackie have a daughter, Lilly, a son, Daniel, and are expecting their third child.

“Kentucky is home to me and my family,” McHale said. “We are excited to be back and to coach basketball in this state.”

Eastern Kentucky went 21-12 this past season and made its third straight appearance in a national postseason tournament. Eastern finished first in the OVC East Division with an 11-5 mark. The Colonels have finished in the top-three in the conference each of the last three seasons.

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Walden headed to Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Walden headed to Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Posted on 06 April 2015 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University senior Corey Walden has been invited to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament which will be played in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams and from numerous international leagues.

The event will be held Wednesday through Saturday, April 8-11, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Each year for 63 years the P.I.T has invited 64 of the best college basketball seniors from across the nation to participate in a four-day, twelve game tournament.

Portsmouth alum include legends John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway and Scottie Pippen, along with many others who have gone on to NBA stardom including 2015 NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler. Eight players that participated in last year’s P.I.T have played in the NBA this season.

Walden earned a spot on the Lou Henson All-America Team and the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team last week. He also was named first team All-OVC and first team All-District 19 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Walden closed out his career as one of the best in program history. In just three years as a Colonel, he scored 1,518 points, the eighth most-ever by a Colonel.

He also excelled against high level competition the last three seasons. Against these five teams – No. 10 Illinois (Dec. 16, 2012), North Carolina State (Nov. 30, 2013), VCU (Dec. 5, 2013), No. 1 Kentucky (Dec. 7, 2014) and No. 18 Miami (Dec. 19, 2014) – Walden has averaged 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free throw line.

The two-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year also broke the EKU career and single season records for steals. His 236 career steals broke Jamie Ross’ mark of 221 and is the fifth most-ever in OVC history. Walden finished the 2014-15 season with 99 steals, which also broke the record of 87 held by Ross and is the second-most ever in one season by an OVC player.

During his senior season Walden averaged 18.6 points, four rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game. He shot 55 percent from the field and nailed 82 percent of his free throws.

Walden was the only player ranked in the top-10 in the OVC in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (7th), assists (7th) and steals (1st). He leads the nation with an average of 3.09 steals per game and ranks 35th in scoring.

Walden became the 33rd player in EKU history to score 1,000 points when he scored 33 in a win at Southern Utah (Nov. 26). In the Colonels’ 28-point victory at No. 18 Miami, Walden had 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. He hit two three-pointers from the “U” logo in the final five minutes to squelch any chance of a Miami comeback. He scored a career-best 35 points in Eastern’s regular season finale against Tennessee Tech. Walden’s lay-up with 12 seconds to go gave the Colonels a 66-65 victory over High Point in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).

Eastern Kentucky went 21-12 this season and made its third straight appearance in a national postseason tournament. Eastern finished first in the OVC East Division with an 11-5 mark in league games. The Colonels have finished in the top-3 in the conference each of the last three seasons. The 21 victories are tied for the fourth most-ever in program history.

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Walden named to two All-American Teams

Walden named to two All-American Teams

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University senior Corey Walden has been chosen to the Lou Henson All-America Team and the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team, CollegeInsider.com announced recently.

The Lou Henson All-America Team recognizes the top Mid-Major men’s basketball players. The Lou Henson Award will be given to one of the 31 All-Americans to signify the top player at the Mid-Major level. The Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team recognizes the best defenders at the NCAA Division I level. One of the 26 All-Americans from that team will be chosen as the Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year.

The winners of both awards will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on Friday in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 Final Four. Walden is the only player from the Ohio Valley Conference selected to either All-America team.

Walden also earned a spot on the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team in 2014. This season, the Dayton Beach native has already been named first team All-OVC and first team All-District 19 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Walden closed out his career as one of the best in program history. In just three years as a Colonel, he scored 1,518 points, the eighth most-ever by a Colonel.

The two-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year also broke the EKU career and single season records for steals. His 236 career steals broke Jamie Ross’ mark of 221 and is the fifth most-ever in OVC history. Walden finished the 2014-15 season with 99 steals, which also broke the record of 87 held by Ross and is the second-most ever in one season by an OVC player.

During his senior season Walden averaged 18.6 points, four rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game. He shot 55 percent from the field and nailed 82 percent of his free throws.

The 2014-15 first team All-OVC selection was the only player ranked in the top-10 in the OVC in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (7th), assists (7th) and steals (1st). Walden leads the nation with an average of 3.09 steals per game and ranks 35th in scoring.

Walden became the 33rd player in EKU history to score 1,000 points when he scored 33 in a win at Southern Utah (Nov. 26). In the Colonels’ 28-point victory at No. 18 Miami, Walden had 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. He hit two three-pointers from the “U” logo in the final five minutes to squelch any chance of a Miami comeback. He scored a career-best 35 points in Eastern’s regular season finale against Tennessee Tech. Walden’s lay-up with 12 seconds to go gave the Colonels a 66-65 victory over High Point in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).

Eastern Kentucky went 21-12 this season and made its third straight appearance in a national postseason tournament. Eastern finished first in the OVC East Division with an 11-5 mark in league games. The Colonels have finished in the top-3 in the conference each of the last three seasons. The 21 victories are tied for the fourth most-ever in program history.

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EKU 2015 Soccer Schedule Announced

EKU 2015 Soccer Schedule Announced

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Allen

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Head coach Melissa Barnes released the Eastern Kentucky University soccer team’s 2015 schedule on Thursday.

After a home exhibition versus Mercer (August 13) and an away exhibition at Wright State (August 16), EKU will open the fall season on August 21 at Western Carolina. The Colonels defeated the Catamounts, 1-0, in their season opener in Cullowhee, North Carolina last year. Freshman Emmi Carroll scored the game-winner on an assist from sophomore Mikayla Brillon in the 70th minute.

EKU will then play at UNC Asheville (August 23) before returning home to host Cleveland State in its home opener on August 28. Following another home game against UNC Greensboro on August 30, the Colonels will play their next three games on the road: at East Tennessee State (September 2), at Marshall (September 6) and at Xavier (September 13).

In all, five of the Colonels’ first seven games will played on the road.

Eastern will then close out the non-conference season with a home game versus Kent State on September 18.

“We are very excited about our fall schedule,” Barnes said. “We know this schedule will prepare us for conference play and ultimately to qualify and compete for an OVC title. We will have a lot of freshmen again competing for significant playing time, so testing our team early is very important.”

EKU will open Ohio Valley Conference play at home on September 24 versus Murray State.

A crucial conference weekend could be October 9 – 11 when the Colonels host the last two OVC regular season champions – Southeast Missouri (October 9) and UT Martin (October 11) – at EKU Soccer Field.

The Colonels will close out the conference schedule at Jacksonville State on October 25.

The OVC Tournament will be held November 5-8.

Carroll, an OVC All-Newcomer team performer last fall, and junior Cassie Smith (team-best seven goals last fall) return to lead the Colonels in 2015.

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EKU Baseball falls at Illinois State, 16-4

EKU Baseball falls at Illinois State, 16-4

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University’s baseball team lost to Illinois State University, 16-4, on Saturday.

The highlight for EKU (6-13) came in the top of the ninth when freshman Brendan Cutting hit his first career home run, a three-run shot over the wall in right field. The Colonels’ first run came in the top of the sixth. With one out, TJ Alas tripled to left center. Mandy Alvarez followed with a sacrifice fly for his 14th RBI of the season.

Alas finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Cutting’s lone at bat of the game produced his first collegiate dinger.

Illinois State (10-10) went in front 7-0 after five innings. Joe Kelch drove in a pair with a double in a 4-run fourth inning for the Redbirds. ISU put the game out of reach with nine runs in the sixth inning. Paul DeJong had a bases clearing double in the big inning.

Jac Hendren (4-1) picked up the win for Illinois State after giving up just one run on three hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out six. DeJong finished 3-for-5 with a run and four RBIs. Dennis Colon had four hits in five at bats, scored three times and drove in two.

The Colonels and Redbirds will conclude their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

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Colonels advance in CIT with win over High Point

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Colonels advance in CIT with win over High Point

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

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With 12 seconds to play and his team down one, senior guard Corey Walden hit a tough running layup that helped the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team advance to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) with a 66-65 victory over High Point University Friday night in McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels will play Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the CIT at McBrayer Arena against an opponent to be named later. There is no formal bracket for the tournament. The match-ups for each round are determined after the preceding round is completed.

High Point (23-10) guard Haiishen McIntyre missed the front end of a one-and-one with 20 seconds to go and his team ahead by one. Eric Stutz grabbed the rebound, outlet passed to Walden who took the ball to the rim and scored the game-winner.

The Panthers had one more chance to win, but sophomore guard Anthony Lindauer missed a corner jumper that went off the left side of the rim. Isaac McGlone grabbed the rebound to seal it for the Colonels (21-11).

The game was never in favor of either team for an extended time. The two teams combined for seven ties and five lead changes and the largest lead never got above 10 for either team.

The Colonels went on an 11-2 run to turn a two-point deficit into a seven-point lead. McGlone hit three-pointers on two straight possessions. His first, from the left wing capped a streak of eight unanswered. His second, this time from the top of the key after an offensive rebound by Stutz, gave the home team a 64-57 lead with 4:02 left to play.

High Point then responded with an 8-0 run of its own from 3:42 until Walden’s game winner with 12 seconds to play.

Walden led EKU with 19 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Stutz – who broke EKU career record for games played tonight – had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. McGlone had 14 points and two rebounds, including the one that sealed the win.

High Point forward John Brown led the Panthers. Brown finished with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting and eight rebounds. Brown had several key baskets down the stretch for the Panthers.

The Colonels shot a scorching hot 13-of-25 from three-point land and limited High Point to just 7-of-16. EKU also totaled 10 steals. Eastern shot just two free throws the entire game.

EKU is 41-6 in its last 47 home games.

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Colonels add Wells and Landis to Football Coaching Staff

Colonels add Wells and Landis to Football Coaching Staff

Posted on 19 March 2015 by Allen

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Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood has announced several changes to the coaching staff for the 2015 season.

Two new faces have joined the Colonel staff this year – Walt Wells and Brandon Landis.

Wells will serve as an assistant head coach while in charge of the offensive tackles and tight ends. Wells has more than 20 years of experience as both an offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. This is Wells’ second stint at EKU. He served six seasons under Roy Kidd from 1997-2002 as an offensive line coach and tight ends coach.

Wells spent the 2014 season at New Mexico State as the Aggies’ offensive line coach. In 2013, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at USF. Prior to joining the USF coaching staff, Wells spent 10 years at Western Kentucky.

Landis has been hired to coach the Colonel safeties. He joins the EKU staff after a 13-year run on the Georgetown College coaching staff as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Landis played football for the Tigers and was captain of the Georgetown squad that went on to win the 2000 NAIA national championship.

After playing one year of arena football with the Lexington Horsemen (2004) as a defensive back, Landis returned to Georgetown College as an assistant coach.

There has also been one change of coaching responsibility within the current football staff. Ben Hodges, who had coached the tight ends the previous three years, will now coach the outside linebackers and special teams.

Spring practice for the current Colonels is set to begin on Monday, April 6. Eastern’s spring game is scheduled for Thursday night, April 30.

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EKU tops Marshall, 8-4

EKU tops Marshall, 8-4

Posted on 17 March 2015 by Allen

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Junior Kyle Nowlin’s solo home run in the bottom of the sixth untied the game and sophomore Logan Starnes’ bases-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth broke it wide open as the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team defeated visiting Marshall, 8-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Turkey Hughes Field.

Billy Sager put Marshall (6-12) on the board first with a solo home run in the top of the third; however, EKU (6-11) tied it on an RBI groundout by junior Doug Teegarden in the bottom half of that inning and then took the lead on a two-run double by freshman Brendan Cutting in the bottom of the fourth.

The Thundering Herd got a run back in the top of the fifth and then knotted it up at 3-3 on an RBI base hit by Ryne Dean in the top of the sixth.

Nowlin led off the home half of the sixth, though, with a mammoth blast to left center field that gave the Colonels a lead they would not relinquish.

Junior Mandy Alvarez made it 5-3 in favor of the Colonels with a sacrifice fly to left that plated sophomore Shea Sullivan in the bottom of the seventh. After Marshall scored a run in the top of the eighth to, again, pull to within one, Starnes – who had just entered the game at catcher – delivered the knockout punch in the bottom of the eighth by lacing a double into left field that scored junior Kenny Hostrander and sophomores Ben Fisher and Taylor Blair.

Senior right-hander Cameron Langfels closed out the game in the top of the ninth.

Junior right-hander Chris Cervantes started on the mound for the Colonels and pitched 5.2 solid innings, allowing only three runs on three hits while striking out four. It was senior southpaw Ben Brooks (1-0), however, that earned the win by being the pitcher of record when Nowlin launched his decisive home run in the sixth.

Right-hander Heston Van Fleet (0-2) picked up the loss for Marshall, going 5.1 innings and surrendering four runs on five hits.

Hostrander finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate and scored three runs for the victorious Colonels.

EKU will take a break from conference play this weekend to play Illinois State in a three-game set in Normal, Illiniois.

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