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Three Golden Eagles named to Rawlings/ABCA South All-Region First Team

Three Golden Eagles named to Rawlings/ABCA South All-Region First Team

Posted on 18 June 2014 by Allen

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The honors just keep coming and coming for three members of the Tennessee Tech baseball team, as Dylan Bosheers, Daniel Miles, and Brandon Thomasson were each named to the 2014 Rawlings/ABCA NCAA Division I South All-Region First Team Wednesday.

Tech joined Louisville as the only schools in the South Region to have three players named to the First Team. The Golden Eagles were also the only team to have three position players named to the First Team.

An outfielder from Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thomasson put together one of the greatest displays of power in a single season in OVC history in 2014, crushing a league-best 22 home runs while leading the nation with 76 RBI and 46 extra base hits. He finished the year just one long ball off the national pace set by Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s National Player of the Year, A.J. Reed of Kentucky. The slugger also ranked second only to Reed in terms of slugging percentage, racking up a mark of .721 in 58 games.

Thomasson broke the single-season school record for RBI while finishing just one base shy of tying the single-season mark for total bases. He tallied 176 on the year, ripping team highs of 20 doubles, four triples, and the 22 bombs. He scored 60 runs while totaling 82 hits for an average of .336. Thomasson was drafted in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in early June, going to the Kansas City Royals.

Behind a monster season at both the plate and in the field, Miles became the first Golden Eagle ever to garner All-American nods in two different seasons. The Pascagoula, Miss. native took home All-American Honorable Mention from CollegeBaseballInsider.com as a junior before bursting onto the national scene this season. Maintaining massive numbers all year, he earned a spot on the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List as well as being named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.

Miles started 58 games at the hot corner for the Golden Eagles, leading the team with a .380 batting average and 67 runs scored, a mark that ranked second nationally. The third baseman also ranked in the top 10 in Division I baseball with 90 hits on the year, the third highest single-season total in Tech history. He wrapped up his 2014 campaign with 17 doubles, a triple, and 11 home runs, driving in 54 while recording an on base percentage of .481. Miles was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth round of this year’s summer draft.

One of just 10 semifinalists still remaining on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List, Bosheers took home his first second All-American nod as a Second-Teamer after batting an impressive .368 with 86 hits and 66 runs scored (third in the nation) in 59 games. Just a junior, he shattered his previous season-best mark of six home runs by clubbing 11 in 2014, driving in 56 runs to go along with a slugging percentage of .577.

A native of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Bosheers played spectacular defense on his way to being named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, making just nine errors all year for a fielding percentage of .965. He is the first Tennessee Tech player to be invited to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League, the premier wood-bat, summer league in all of collegiate baseball.

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Tech’s Stephens signs with Rangers

Tech’s Stephens signs with Rangers

Posted on 14 June 2014 by Allen

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Yet another member of the Tennessee Tech baseball team will get the chance to live out his dreams of playing ball at the next level as senior slugger Zach Stephens signed a free agent contract with the Texas Rangers Friday.

Despite a down year in terms of batting average, the first baseman produced at enormous levels to earn his third consecutive All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team recognition. He wrapped up the year batting .276 with 19 home runs (which ranked third in the country), 57 RBI, and 56 runs scored while making just four errors for a .993 fielding percentage.

Stephens spent most of the season cementing his status as one of the greatest players in not just Tech history, but OVC history as well, breaking 10 total career records. The Hixson, Tenn. native shattered two of the most prestigious league records that had stood for over 30 years, the marks for career home runs and RBI. With 62 long balls and 229 RBI, Stephens set the standard far beyond that of the former marks set by Western Kentucky’s Mike Williams in 1981. He broke the OVC mark for total bases as well, totaling 529 in his illustrious career.

The slugger also moved to the top of the Tech career list for games played (222), at bats (890), runs (192), hits (285), total bases (529), as well as home runs and RBI.

With the signing of Stephens, the Golden Eagles have now totaled six players from the 2014 squad to sign deals with Major League clubs. Five members of the Tech squad were taken in the MLB First-Year Player Draft just over one week ago, breaking the program record for most players taken in a single draft.

After the first two days of the draft, only six collegiate programs in the entire nation had more players taken in the first 10 rounds, as the Golden Eagles saw right-handed ace David Hess, All-American third baseman Daniel Miles, and All-American outfielder Brandon Thomasson poached off the board before the 10th round began. Tech boasted more draft picks in the first 10 rounds than several perennial collegiate power houses such as Cal State Fullerton, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, Rice, and UCLA.

The Golden Eagle closer for the past two seasons, Seth Lucio was taken in the 12th round with the 357th overall pick by the San Diego Padres. Jordan Parris, the starting backstop for Tech over the past two years, heard his name called by the Colorado Rockies, going to the Mile-High club in the 20th round with the 593rd overall selection.

Also taken in the draft was Tennessee Tech signee and Beech High School senior pitcher Sam McWilliams. The Philadelphia Phillies grabbed the 6-foot-6 hurler in the eighth round with the 232nd overall selection.

After the selection of Hess in the fifth round on Friday, the 2014 draft marked the eighth consecutive year that at least one Golden Eagle baseball player heard his named called in the draft.

With five players selected over the three days of the draft, Tech matched Vanderbilt, a national seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and host of one of eight Super Regionals, for the most draftees of institutions in the state of Tennessee. The Golden Eagles boasted four more selections than SEC member Tennessee, three more than Conference USA member Memphis, and two more than former OVC rival Middle Tennessee.

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3 Golden Eagles named All American

3 Golden Eagles named All American

Posted on 10 June 2014 by Allen

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After helping the Tennessee Tech baseball team become just the second Ohio Valley Conference program to post back-to-back 40-win seasons, three Golden Eagles received honors of the highest level Thursday, earning All-American status from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

One of the premier outlets in all of amateur baseball, Collegiate Baseball newspaper honored seniors Daniel Miles and Brandon Thomasson as members of the Louisville Slugger All-American First Team and junior Dylan Bosheers as a member of the Louisville Slugger All-American Second Team.

The Golden Eagles stand as the only team in the nation with multiple position players named to the First Team, as only nine are selected each season. Tech was also just on one of two teams to have multiple players named First-Team All-American, joining No. 1 ranked Oregon State.

Thomasson and Miles became the first set of teammates to earn All-American First Team honors from Collegiate Baseball newspaper in OVC history. They also joined former Eastern Kentucky Colonel Josh Anderson and former Golden Eagle great Chad Oberacker as the only OVC players to ever garner First Team status from the publication.

An outfielder from Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thomasson put together one of the greatest displays of power in a single season in OVC history in 2014, crushing a league-best 22 home runs while leading the nation with 76 RBI and 46 extra base hits. He finished the year just one long ball off the national pace set by Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s National Player of the Year, A.J. Reed of Kentucky. The slugger also ranked second only to Reed in terms of slugging percentage, racking up a mark of .721 in 58 games.

Thomasson broke the single-season school record for RBI while finishing just one base shy of tying the single-season mark for total bases. He tallied 176 on the year, ripping team highs of 20 doubles, four triples, and the 22 bombs. He scored 60 runs while totaling 82 hits for an average of .336.

Behind a monster season at both the plate and in the field, Miles became the first Golden Eagle ever to garner All-American nods in two different seasons. The Pascagoula, Miss. native took home All-American Honorable Mention from CollegeBaseballInsider.com as a junior before bursting onto the national scene this season. Maintaining massive numbers all year, he earned a spot on the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List as well as being named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.

Miles started 58 games at the hot corner for the Golden Eagles, leading the team with a .380 batting average and 67 runs scored, a mark that ranked second nationally. The third baseman also ranked in the top 10 in Division I baseball with 90 hits on the year, the third highest single-season total in Tech history. He wrapped up his 2014 campaign with 17 doubles, a triple, and 11 home runs, driving in 54 while recording an on base percentage of .481.

One of just 16 names still remaining on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List, Bosheers took home his first career All-American nod as a Second-Teamer after batting an impressive .368 with 86 hits and 66 runs scored (third in the nation) in 59 games. Just a junior, he shattered his previous season-best mark of six home runs by clubbing 11 in 2014, driving in 56 runs to go along with a slugging percentage of .577.

A native of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Bosheers played spectacular defense on his way to being named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, making just nine errors all year for a fielding percentage of .965.

With three players named All-American Second Team or higher, Tech became the first OVC program to achieve the feat and just the second to have at least three players honored by the publication.

OVC Player of the Year Matt Tellor, a first baseman from Southeast Missouri, also garnered Second Team honors.

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Tech cruise in first game of OVC Tournament, down Eagles 14-2

Tech cruise in first game of OVC Tournament, down Eagles 14-2

Posted on 22 May 2014 by Allen

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A masterful performance from top to bottom left little doubt that the Tennessee Tech baseball team has entered the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on a mission, as the Golden Eagles (39-17) handled the Morehead State Eagles (29-27) with precision Friday afternoon in a 14-2 victory at The Ballpark at Jackson.

Between a rock star performance on the mound from junior ace David Hess and a batter-by-batter display of pure hitting, the Tech squad advanced to the semifinals of the OVC Tournament for the second straight season after receiving a bye in the first round as the No. 2 seed.

With the victory, the Golden Eagles will play at approximately 7 p.m. Friday evening and will face off against the winner of tonight’s contest between No. 1 Southeast Missouri and No. 6 Eastern Illinois. The game can once again be followed live on both the OVC Digital Network and on FM 106.1 The Eagle.

Even without a usually normal dominant performance, Hess labored and battled through six scoreless innings, holding the Eagle bats to just two hits. Morehead managed just five base knocks in the contest despite entering the game averaging over 14 hits over its past seven affairs. The junior did surrender four walks and a hit batter, but he also pounded the strike zone to a tune of six strikeouts and the all-important victory, his ninth of the season.

And if the outstanding work provided on the mound wasn’t enough, the Tennessee Tech offense more than made up for any questions still hanging around. The Golden Eagles exploded for 16 hits and 14 runs just a week after totaling just 10 runs in three games at Belmont. More impressively, the first 11 runs of the contest came with two outs on the scoreboard, proving the clutch factor that exists in the Tech bats.

The squad was led by senior slugger Daniel Miles (left), a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and member of the Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List. The third baseman went 2-for-3 at the plate, highlighted by a mammoth-sized home run over the 24-foot wall in left field. The three-run shot, which is the only long ball hit in the tournament thus far, capped a four-run second inning that gave the Tech pitching staff plenty of room to work through the rest of the game.

Miles finished with four RBI in the contest, as well as three runs scored and three walks. Joining his teammate on the left side of the infield with a huge day with the bat was shortstop Dylan Bosheers. The junior collected a game-high four hits in five at bats, plating three while scoring one more himself.

Senior slugger Brandon Thomasson managed one hit in five trips to the plate, making extra noise by emptying the bases with a three-run double to center field, blowing the game wide open and essentially shutting the door on any comeback attempt by the Eagles.

Catcher Jordan Hopkins added two RBI with a 2-for-4 performance at the dish while senior first baseman Zach Stephens scored three runs despite no hits. The slugger drew two walks and reach on an error in the first inning. Leadoff man Zach Zarzour tallied three hits in six at bats, scoring twice with an RBI.

Morehead State shortstop Robby Spencer managed a hit, a run, and an RBI in leading the offense for the Eagles. Chris Robinson added the other RBI with a hit in five trips to the batters box.

With the victory, Hess moved into a tie for third most victories in a single season in Tech history, joining Tech greats such as Tristan Archer, Lee Henry, and Todd Kemp, among others. He now owns 97 strikeouts on the year, tied for the fourth most in a single season with Archer (2013) and Donnie Long (2001).

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Golden Eagles pick up #2 seed with win over Belmont

Golden Eagles pick up #2 seed with win over Belmont

Posted on 18 May 2014 by Allen

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The Golden Eagles are headed to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the No. 2 seed after taking out the Belmont Bruins, 3-2, in 10 innings Saturday afternoon.

For the second straight contest, the Golden Eagles and Bruins battled on the mound, going scoreless through the first six innings in the final regular season contest for both teams.

Tennessee Tech opened up the scoring in the top of the seventh inning, using a RBI single by senior second baseman Zach Zarzour to take a 1-0 lead.

The Golden Eagles doubled that lead in the eighth as senior slugger Brandon Thomasson crushed a solo home run to left field to give the Tech squad a 2-0 advantage. The long ball marked the 22nd of the year for the right fielder, ranking him just one behind the national lead behind Kentucky’s A.J. Reed.

Belmont rallied late on its senior day, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings. But Tech refused to be swept in the series, as senior first baseman Zach Stephens belted a solo bomb to left field, giving the Golden Eagles the lead for good.

Starter John Gora, picking up his first start in over two months, performed great for the Tech squad, tossing six innings of shutout ball while scattering three hits and walking none while striking out five batters.

Freshman Kyle Keatts earned his second career save in the contest, finishing the final three outs of the game with one strikeout and no walks or hits.

For the contest, Thomasson led Tech with two extra base hits, a double and home run, as well as an RBI. Stephens also finished the game 2-for-5, collecting a moonshot with an RBI.

With the conclusion of the regular season, the Golden Eagles will now enter the OVC tournament as the No. 2 seed, facing off against the lowest seed remaining from Wednesday’s opening round on Thursday, May 22 at the Ballpark at Jackson in Jackson, Tenn.

Joining the Tech squad in the tournament are the No. 1 seeded Southeast Missouri Redhawks, No. 3 Jacksonville State Gamecocks, No. 4 SIUE Cougars, No. 5 Morehead State Eagles, and No. 6 Eastern Illinois Panthers.

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Chris Chism throws one hitter to lift Tenn Tech past UT Martin 2-0

Chris Chism throws one hitter to lift Tenn Tech past UT Martin 2-0

Posted on 24 March 2014 by Allen

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It wasn’t quite a no-hitter, but junior Chris Chism did more than enough to lead the Tennessee Tech baseball team to its 19th victory Sunday afternoon, tossing a complete-game shutout and allowing just one hit over nine innings to help the Golden Eagles blank UT Martin, 2-0.

A transfer from St. Petersburg College, Chism was as good as it gets against the Skyhawks, dominating from beginning to end. The right hander struck out a career-high 10 batters while surrendering no walks and allowing just four runners on base all day. Chism hit three batters and gave up a double in the seventh inning.

Even with a small margin of victory, the Golden Eagles truly dominated the entire contest, seeing some bad luck prevent more runs from crossing as Tech unleashed the bats for 10 hits and five walks. The Skyhawks came up clutch in several situations, stranding 10 Golden Eagle runners in scoring position and 11 on base in the game.

The Tech squad managed to scrape runs across both the fourth and fifth innings, using an RBI off the bat of senior Zach Zarzour to score the deciding run. With the bases loaded and one out, Zarzour ripped a ball towards the right field line. UT Martin first baseman Taylor Cox made a heck of a play, stabbing the ball and taking it to first base for a sure out. But his throw home to try and get Tyler Brazelton at the plate came too late as Tech jumped to a 1-0 lead.

Tech doubled its lead in the next frame, using a leadoff single by third baseman Daniel Miles to start things off. After stealing second, Miles came all the way around off the strength of an RBI single by slugger Zach Stephens.

Chism had his repetroire working well during the contest, keeping the UT Martin batters off balance with an array of pitches. The junior became just the sixth Golden Eagle to toss a one-hitter in the program’s history, and the second to do it in at least nine innings. The nine-inning feat had not been accomplished since 1975 when Ralph Mallicoat did it against Milligan College.

Miles kept his impressive hot streak running with a 2-for-3 day at the dish, extending his hitting streak to 10 games and improving his team-leading batting average to .444. Shortstop Dylan Bosheers went 2-for-4 on the day, upping his average to .402 for the season.

The Golden Eagles will take a short break before returning to action Tuesday evening when they host Miami (OH) in the first of a two-game set. Opening pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex as the Tech team looks to get in a groove before returning to Ohio Valley Conference play.

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Skyhakws Baseball falls to Tenn Tech 14-5

Skyhakws Baseball falls to Tenn Tech 14-5

Posted on 22 March 2014 by Allen

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The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team struck first in tonight’s game against Tennessee Tech but the Golden Eagle offense proved to be too much for the Skyhawks in a 14-5 loss at Bush Stadium.

UT Martin (2-18, 1-6 OVC) pounded out 11 hits this evening, led by three hits and an RBI out of Jake Deason. Ben Upton (two RBI’s) and Taylor Douglas (one run scored) also produced two hits while Max Balter (two runs scored), Fletcher Johnson (one run scored), Taylor Cox (one run scored) and Mikey Nantze (one RBI) also contributed to the Skyhawk offense tonight.

On the mound, Cox (0-5) was charged with the loss after allowing seven earned runs over 2.2 innings. Alex Boshers (four runs in three innings), Chris Flores (1.1 scoreless innings) and Cody Miller (two runs in one inning) also made relief appearances for the Skyhawks this evening.

Drew Erie led the game off with a single and eventually moved up to third base but UT Martin couldn’t push across a run in the top of the first.

Cox then needed only seven pitches to retire Tennessee Tech in order in the bottom of the first. Cox then led the second inning off with a triple to center field, leading to the Skyhawks’ first run of the game. Nantze drove in Cox with a groundout to the right side but UT Martin wasn’t done as the next batter – Balter – drew a walk to keep the inning going. Deason then ripped a double to the gap out in right center to put baserunners on second and third with two outs. Balter would later score on a failed pickoff attempt to give the Skyhawks a 2-0 lead early.

Tennessee Tech (18-4, 5-2 OVC) would then add four runs in the bottom of the second and four more runs in the bottom of the third before Cox recovered to shut down the Golden Eagles in the fourth and fifth frames.

UT Martin used a two-out rally to get one run back in the sixth. Balter was issued yet another walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a pitching change, Deason ripped a single up the middle to plate Balter and make the score 8-3.

However, Tennessee Tech scored four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead out to 12-3.

The Skyhawks scored two runs in the seventh, starting off with a Johnson triple on the first pitch of the inning. Douglas was then hit by a pitch to put baserunners on the corners with no outs. Upton then worked the count full before guiding a double down the right field line to make the score 12-5. UT Martin would pose a threat later on in the inning by loading the bases but Tennessee Tech escaped the jam.

The Golden Eagles added two more runs in the eighth to provide the final scoring margin.

These two teams will resume their series on Saturday, March 22. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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WKU Softball Handles Tennessee Tech 6-1

WKU Softball Handles Tennessee Tech 6-1

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Allen

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The Western Kentucky University softball team (16-8-1) had to battle cold air and wind, but the Lady Toppers took a 6-1 win at Tennessee Tech (8-18) on Wednesday afternoon.

Freshman Hannah Miniard (8-2) completed all seven innings with three hit given up with one earned run. The Kentucky native walked three while striking out eight batters. TTU’s Hannah Weaver took the loss after allowing five hits with five runs, two earned, to her named. She also walked three and struck out two in 3.2 innings of work.

WKU had six hits total for the contest, as the top five of the order all notched one. Senior Kelsie Mattox added half of the team’s runs while fellow classmate Amanda Thomas had two RBI.

With just one hit in the inning, WKU jumped to a 3-0 advantage after the top first frame of play. After the bases loaded off of junior Shawna Sadler’s bunt single, Thomas hit a sacrifice fly to right field for the first run. A double steal allowed Mattox to lift the score to 2-0 before a wild pitch brought Sadler around the bases.

TTU cut the lead in the latter half of the first after the Golden Eagles loaded the bases with no outs. Angi Sakamoto then put a sacrifice fly to right field for the score.

Mattox led off the third inning with a line-drive double to right center. The Georgia native moved to third on a groundout before scoring on Thomas’ RBI single to set the advantage at 4-1. With two outs in the next inning, Cruce powered a two-out home run through the rough winds to put WKU up 5-1.

Another sacrifice fly for WKU came off the bat of Sadler, as Mattox beat the throw home and extend the Lady Toppers’ lead to 6-1 in the top sixth.

WKU returns to its home field next week when the team takes on Louisville on Wednesday, March 19 at 5 p.m. CT. Live video and live stats will be available via WKUSports.com while in-game updates can be found on Twitter with @WKU_GameDay. The game will be a “White Out” while the first 150 fans will receive a pack of WKU softball trading cards of the 2014 seniors.

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2014 OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament Day 1 Recap

2014 OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament Day 1 Recap

Posted on 06 March 2014 by Allen

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Southeast Missouri 79 Eastern Illinois 61

Southeast Missouri’s Tyler Stone scored a game-high 27 points to lead the REdhawks to a commanding 79-61 win over seventh-seeded Eastern Illinois (11-19) Wednesday night in the first round of the OVC Tournament.

Stone, who battled flu-like symptoms Tuesday, guided Southeast to its fifth win in a row as the Redhawks matched their longest winning streak of the season. Southeast also eliminated the Panthers for the second-straight year.

The Redhawks picked up their 18th win, marking just the fourth time they posted 18 or more victories in a season during their NCAA Division I era. Southeast last reached 18 wins in a season in 2000-01 (18-12).

“I thought the difference in tonight’s game was transition basketball and our bench,” said Southeast head coach Dickey Nutt. “I was pleased with how we played overall and was happy to get that first win under our belt.”

The Redhawks advance to the OVC Tournament quarterfinals for the fourth-straight year and will have a date with No. 3 Eastern Kentucky on Thursday at 8 p.m, CT. Southeast will look to repay the Colonels, who used a three-pointer by Glenn Cosey at the buzzer to slip past the Redhawks on Feb. 1.

While Stone turned in his fourth-straight double-double, the Redhawk reserves did their part by outscoring EIU’s bench, 24-0.

EIU scored the first four points of the game, but Southeast went on a 12-0 run to take an eight-point lead with 15:16 left in the first half. Darrian Gray scored his first points at an OVC Tournament on a three-pointer and Jarekious Bradley added five points to key the stretch.

The Redhawks later went scoreless for a 5:03 and the Panthers clawed their way back to pull ahead, 19-17, at the 7:20 mark.

Shortly after that, Southeast countered with Stone scoring five-straight points to kickstart a 19-6 run over the final 6:23. Stone followed his own jumper with a three-pointer and dropped in seven points. Antonius Cleveland also drove the baseline and threw down a one-handed dunk, and converted a three-point play on Southeast’s next possession to give the Redhawks a 39-27 halftime lead.

Southeast drained four three-pointers in the first 6:23 of the second half to help grow its lead to 20. Stone buried two, while Gray and Cleveland chipped in one apiece. Nino Johnson’s dunk then pushed the Redhawks lead to 59-39 with 12:37 on the clock.

The Redhawks led by as many as 22 on two occasions when Stone put down a dunk to make it a 63-41 game (11:09) and made a layup to put Southeast ahead, 74-52, with 4:15 remaining.

Southeast’s 18-point win was its largest in an OVC Tournament game since the Redhawks beat EIU, 78-51 (+21), in the first round of the 1999 Tourney.

Stone shot 11-of-17 from the field and matched a career-high 3-of-4 three-pointers. He also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, dished out one assist, had a steal and gathered three blocks. Stone has gone 44-straight games with 10 or more points.

The Redhawks shot 50 percent (31-of-62) on the night, including a .533 clip (16-of-30) in the second half. Defensively, Southeast held the Panthers under 40 percent (.373).

Tennessee Tech 74 SIU Edwardsville 67

Defense did the job throughout the first half, and balanced scoring combined with unselfish ball-handling took Tennessee Tech to the finish line as the Golden Eagles dispatched SIU Edwardsville, 74-67, Wednesday night in a first round game at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

Senior point guard Jeremiah Samarrippas led the charge with 16 points and a career-high 11 assists, while three Golden Eagle veterans – Javon McKay, Dennis Ogbe and Dwan Caldwell – each contributed 10 points to the victory. In all, nine different players put digits in the scoring column to help Tech advance in the tourney.

The Golden Eagles had to withstand a determined Cougar charge down the stretch in which Tech’s double-figure lead shriveled to four points in the final minutes.

SIUE (11-20), making its first appearance in the OVC Tournament, saw its season come to a close.

The Golden Eagles got help from up-and-down the bench, in addition to the four in double figures. Shirmane Thomas added eight points and four assists, Matt Marseille had a perfect shooting night (2-for-2 from the field and the line) and chipped in with six points and four rebounds. Ladon Carter had six points on 3-for-3 shooting, and Jordan Johnson netted five points and dished out three assists. Caldwell led Tech with nine points, narrowly missing a double-double before drawing his fifth foul.

Tech finished the night with 20 assists on its 25 field goals, directly leading to a 58.1 percent effort from the floor (25-for-43).

Samarrippas matched his career-high with 11 assists, a mark he originally set while playing his freshman season at SMU. His court sense is what gave the Golden Eagles such balance in the scoring department, according to McKay.

“Jeremiah is just finding everybody really well right now,” McKay said. “I think it spreads our offense out a lot more and he has a lot to do with that.”

The defense limited SIUE to 25 percent shooting in the first half as Tech built a 38-22 lead by the intermission.

SIUE attacked the basket in the second half, earning an early 10-1 difference in fouls called against the Golden Eagles. The Cougars shot a crisp 53.6 percent from the field in the second half, but saw their perfect (6-for-6) free throw performance in the first half dip to 12-for-21 in the second half.

Kris Davis led SIUE with 19 points, while Rozell Nunn added 14 points and six rebounds and Donivine Stewart finished with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

After leading by 16 at halftime, the Golden Eagles kept their margin in double digits for all but 20 seconds of the first 13-plus minutes of the second half.

Still up by 10 at 64-54 with 4:14 to play, Tech saw the lead dwindle to four points when SIUE went on a brief 6-0 run to make it 64-60 with 1:55 remaining. The run included turnovers by the Golden Eagles on three consecutive possessions, all while in the paint on the attack.

Samarrippas, who was charged with two of the miscues, hit a crucial 3-pointer with 1:31 to play to push the lead back to seven and give the Golden Eagles enough breathing room to finish the contest at the free throw line.

After Tech made just three of its first six charity tosses down the stretch, Ogbe snatched the biggest rebound of the night with 26 seconds left following a miss by Thomas. It was Tech’s first offensive rebound of the second half, and it allowed the senior from Munich to knock down two free throws and pry open the lead to nine.

The Golden Eagles move ahead to play No. 4 seed Morehead State Thursday at 6 p.m. Tech and Morehead split the season series, with the Golden Eagles claiming a 91-84 victory in Morehead just five night ago.

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Vandy shutsdown red hot Tenn Tech 4-0

Vandy shutsdown red hot Tenn Tech 4-0

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Tech was on fire coming into Nashville to play the Commodores this afternoon. Tech had won 10 straight and was coming off a three game sweep of Northwestern over the weekend. But Walker Buehler had the right stuff this afternoon as he picked up the shutout win 4-0.

The Golden Eagles (11-2) entered Tuesday’s game hitting .335 as a team with a streak of seven straight games with at least 10 hits. Vandy starter Walker Buehler attacked the Tech lineup working a perfect first inning before pitching himself into trouble in the second. The sophomore struck out the first batter of the second and followed it up with three straight walks to load the bases. But his defense picked him up with Vince Conde fielding a ground ball, stepping on second and firing to first for an inning-ending double play.

Buehler issued a leadoff walk to start the seventh and freshman Hayden Stone was summoned from the bullpen to keep the Commodores’ (11-2) 3-0 lead intact. The right-hander dominated in his longest outing as a Commodore, striking out the side in the seventh and eighth. Back out for the ninth, Stone fanned the first two batters of the inning before getting the final out on a pop up to shortstop to seal the Dores’ third shutout of the season and notch his first career save. Vanderbilt’s three shutouts this season already match last season’s total.

The offense scratched out a run in the second inning when Xavier Turner led off with a single and moved around to third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. Nolan Rogers delivered the first run of the game with a groundout to second base for a 1-0 VU lead. After back-to-back doubles from Turner and Vince Conde in the fourth inning it was Rogers at the plate with another opportunity and the freshman delivered again with a run-scoring groundout. Chris Harvey tacked on a second run in the inning with a single to center. Zander Wiel put an exclamation point on the night with his first home run of the season, a solo blast off the left field scoreboard.

Wiel and Turner led the way with two hits each in the win. Buehler earned the win with six-plus innings of work allowing only two hits to go along with three strikeouts. Stone struck out eight and allowed only a single in three innings for his first collegiate save.

Tennessee Tech starter Jacob Honea took the loss allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over three innings.

Vanderbilt returns to action tomorrow night at Middle Tennessee State with first pitch set for 6 p.m. Tech will return home to play Friday in Cookeville against Eastern Kentucky at 3 p.m.

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Tenn Tech’s Zach Zarzour named Co-OVC Player of the Week

Posted on 03 March 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Tech second baseman Zach Zarzoure has been named as Co-OVC Player of the Week after the Golden Eagles swept Northwestern and won 10 straight games. Zarzoure shared the honor with Eastern Illinois outfielder Frankie Perrone.

As the team’s leadoff hitter Zarzour hit .706 (12-for-17) in leading Tennessee Tech to a perfect 4-0 week. The infielder scored five runs, had two doubles, two RBI, two stolen bases and no strikeouts during the week while compiling a .714 on-base and .824 slugging percentage. He was 4-for-4 in the team’s midweek win over Lipscomb, had two hits and scored three runs in the series opener against Northwestern and added three hits in each of the final two games against the Wildcats.

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Tenn Tech sweeps Northwestern with 8-6 win

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen

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For the second time in two years the Tennessee Tech baseball team has put together a 10-game winning streak, completing a sweep of Northwestern Sunday morning after defeating the Wildcats (2-8), 8-6 in a thriller.

With the victory, the Golden Eagles (11-1) also tied the 1970 Tech squad for best 12-game start to a season. Former head coach W.A. Wright led Tech to an 11-1 start, finishing the 1970 season 21-14 overall. The 1955 team still owns the standard for a start to a year, winning its first 14 games while starting 15-1 before its second loss. The head coach of that squad? None other than the very man whose name dons the field at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex, Malcolm Quillen. His group of Golden Eagles finished the year 17-2 while winning the program’s second Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship.

The Wildcats produced a season-high 18 hits in the game, but left 13 on base and had a quartet of errors that helped Tennessee Tech to score four unearned runs and secure its 11th victory of the season. Northwestern’s 18 hits Sunday were the most since the lineup pounded out 19 on April 7, 2013 at Purdue.

As for head coach Matt Bragga’s squad, the Golden Eagles got off to a great start with the bat against the Wildcats, hammering home four runs in the first inning of the game.

Tech took advantage of four Northwestern missteps throughout the contest, including one in the opening inning. Following a first-half run by the Wildcats, Tech made two quick outs to start the bottom half. But slugger Zach Stephens woke the Golden Eagle bats up, drilling a single just inside the left field line to start a two-out barrage.

Senior Brandon Thomasson drew a walk in the next at-bat and was immediately joined on base by third baseman Daniel Miles, who took a pitch off the elbow to load the bases for Dylan Bosheers.

The junior came through, lacing a single to center field to drive in two runs and give the Tech squad the early 2-1 lead. Jake Rowland then smacked a high hopper to shortstop, leaving no doubt that the inning would be over. But as the shortstop tossed the ball to second for the force out, Northwestern second baseman muffed the throw, allowing Bosheers to slide in safely and Rowland to reach on a fielder’s choice.

Left fielder David Allen made the Wildcats pay for the mistake, smacking a two-run single to left field to increase the Tech lead to 4-1.

The Tech squad scratched across another run in the bottom of second to up its advantage to 5-1. Second baseman Zach Zarzour led off the inning with a bunt single to third base and eventually made it all the way around, scoring on a fielder’s choice ball by Daniel Miles.

The Wildcats made things interesting in the third, tallying two runs off a double by Matt Hopfner and single by Cody Stevens to cut the Tech lead down to 5-3. But another defensive miscue led to an unearned run by Bosheers in the fifth.

After reaching with a single to right center field, Bosheers stole second to set up Jake Rowland with a man in scoring position and one out. Rowland connected on a routine hit to left field, advancing Bosheers to third. But the Wildcat left fielder bobbled the ball as he tried to pick it up, allowing Bosheers to cross the plate.

Northwestern wasn’t about to give up, however, striking fear into the Golden Eagle fans in the top of the seventh. The Wildcats quickly loaded the bases with no one out, looking to break the game wide open.

Following an RBI single by Nick Linne, the call went to Cookeville native Ross Spurgeon to come in and shut down the threat. He did a remarkable job, allowing just two more runs to score off of a sac fly and single to right field before striking out Jack Mitchell and forcing Zach Jones into an inning-ending ground ball to shortstop. The damage had been done though, as Northwestern tied the game 6-6.

But just as the Wildcats thought their luck was turning for the better, it got worse. Miles kicked things off by drawing a four-pitch walk. Two batters later Bosheers connected on another base hit that gave a Northwestern outfielder problems. This time the center fielder mishandled the ball, giving Miles the opportunity to come home and rally the Golden Eagles back to a 7-6 lead.

Spurgeon then killed any momentum the Wildcats might still have had, shutting them down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. The righty struck out the first batter on four pitches before forcing the next Northwestern player to foul out on an 0-2 count. He finished the inning by fanning another Wildcat on three pitches.

Tech added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, letting redshirt freshman Hunter Hudson run wild as a pinch hitter. The outfielder singled to left field to lead-off the inning and promptly stole second. He then scored on an RBI single to left field by Zarzour, showing his blazing speed by beating the throw attempt by a mile.

On came closer Seth Lucio in the top of the ninth to close things out. And that’s just what the junior did, earning his fourth save of the season with quick work.

The Golden Eagles ran wild in the game, swiping seven bases, including two each for Bosheers, Zarzour, and Rowland.

Overall, Bosheers and Zarzour led the offensive punch for the Tech squad. Bosheers finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored while Zarzour tallied three hits in five trips to the plate. He scored a run while driving in one as well.

Spurgeon garnered his second win of the season, tossing two innings while allowing just one hit and striking out three.

Next on the schedule for the Golden Eagles is big midweek match-up at No. 4 Vanderbilt on Tuesday, Mar. 4. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. CT as the Tech squad will look for lightning to strike twice in Nashville. In last season’s contest, Tech grabbed the win over the No. 2-ranked Commodores, completing a 10-9 victory for the biggest upset in Golden Eagle athletics history.

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2014 OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament Field Set

2014 OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament Field Set

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen

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The field for the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship has been set after the final day of the regular season.

Belmont will be the No. 1 seed after winning the OVC regular season championship for the second-straight year. Murray State took first place in the West Division and is the No. 2 seed. Under the league’s merit-based bracketing system both teams will receive double byes to Friday’s semifinals.

The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds are Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. Both of those teams receive a single bye to Thursday’s quarterfinals.

The field is rounded out No. 5 seed Tennessee Tech, No. 6 seed Southeast Missouri, No. 7 seed Eastern Illinois and No. 8 seed SIUE.

For the fourth year in a row all eight men’s and eight women’s team will play every game of the Championship at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. The merit-based system gives the No. 1 and 2 seeds a double bye to the semifinals while the No. 3 and 4 seeds get a single bye to the quarterfinals. The first round will match up the No. 5/8 and No. 6/7 seeds.

This year marks the 20th time in the past 21 years that the tournament has been held in Nashville.

This year is the ninth time the combined men’s and women’s championship has been held at Municipal Auditorium; the men also held tournaments at Municipal in 1967 and 1989.

This year marks the 51st time the OVC Men’s Basketball Championship has been held; the event is the fourth oldest Division I basketball championship tournament.

This year’s first round and quarterfinals can be seen for free exclusively on the OVC Digital Network (http://www.OVCDigitalNetwork.com), the league’s web streaming platform. The games are available on any computer, tablet or smart phone without needing any special downloads, apps or registration.

The semifinals will air live on ESPNU while the championship game will air live on ESPN2 and on the Westwood One Radio Network.

2014 Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship (Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.)

First Round – Wednesday, March 5
Game 1 – #5 Tennessee Tech vs. #8 SIUE – 6:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 2 – #6 Southeast Missouri vs. #7 Eastern Illinois – 8:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

Quarterfinals – Thursday, March 6
Game 3 – #4 Morehead State vs. Game 1 Winner – 6:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 4 – #3 Eastern Kentucky vs. Game 2 Winner – 8:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

Semifinals – Friday, March 7
Game 5 – #1 Belmont vs. Game 3 winner, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 6 – #2 Murray State vs. Game 4 winner, 9:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Championship – Saturday, March 8
Game 7 – Semifinal Winners – 6:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

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2014 OVC Women’s Tournament Bracket is Set

2014 OVC Women’s Tournament Bracket is Set

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Allen

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The 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Championship field is set. UT Martin earned the No. 1 seed while Belmont is the No. 2 seed. Both the Skyhawks and Bruins earned byes to the semifinals on Friday. Tennessee Tech earned the No. 3 seed while Tennessee State is the No. 4 seed and will receive first round byes. Eastern Kentucky grabbed the No. 5 seed followed by Jacksonville State, SIUE and Eastern Illinois.

The four-day event will be held at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. The entire tournament can be seen live on the OVC Digital Network as well as ESPN3.

2014 OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.

FIRST ROUND – Wednesday, March 5
Game 1 – #5 Eastern Kentucky vs. #8 Eastern Illinois – 12 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)
Game 2 – #6 Jacksonville State vs. #7 SIUE – 2 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)

QUATERFINALS – Thursday, March 6
Game 3 – #4 Tennessee State vs. Game 1 winner – 12 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)
Game 4 – #3 Tennessee Tech vs. Game 2 winner – 2 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)

SEMIFINALS – Friday, March 7
Game 5 – #1 UT Martin vs. Game 3 winner – 12 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)
Game 6 – #2 Belmont vs. Game 4 winner – 2 p.m. (OVCDN/ESPN3)

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