Two Eastern Kentucky University baseball players were chosen to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Tournament team on Sunday. Outfielder Nick Howie and relief pitcher Aaron Ochsenbein were selected to the 13-member all-tournament squad.
In five tournament games, Howie batted .500 (10-for-20) with six walks, five runs and four RBIs. The sophomore from Oakville, Ontario registered three doubles and one home run. He posted an .800 slugging percentage and a .615 on-base percentage. Howie also had two stolen bases.
Among all players in the tournament, Howie had the second-most hits. He was tied for first in doubles, tied for first in stolen bases, second in total bases (16) and fourth in average.
Howie walked three times and scored twice in a 13-6 win over Murray State. He was 2-for-3 with two walks, a home run, a run and an RBI in a 5-1 win over No. 5 seed Austin Peay. Howie went 4-for-7 with a run and three RBIs in an 11-8, 14-inning upset of No. 4 seed Jacksonville State. His two-run double in the eighth inning tied the game for the Colonels.
Ochsenbein made two appearances in Eastern’s five tournament games, throwing a total of six and two thirds innings. He did not allow a run, gave up just three hits, walked two and struck out 12. Opponents had a .130 batting average against the junior from Lexington.
He tied for the tournament lead in strike outs and was one of only two pitchers to pitch six or more innings without allowing a run.
In the win over Austin Peay, Ochsenbein came on with a runner on base and two outs in the bottom of the eighth. He got a strike out to end the threat and struck out the side in the ninth to secure the win.
In EKU’s marathon 14-inning victory over Jacksonville State, Ochsenbein took the mound with the Colonels down by two, a runner on base and two outs in the seventh. He got a pop up to end the inning. Eastern Kentucky tied the game in the top of the eighth and Ochsenbein tossed five more innings of scoreless relief. He gave up just three hits, walked two and struck out eight.
Eastern was picked to finish last in the 11-team conference in the preseason poll, but the Colonels placed sixth in the league standings and were among the final three teams remaining in the OVC Tournament. EKU beat two higher seeded teams and battled eventual tournament champion, and No. 3 seed, Morehead State in an elimination game on Saturday before falling just short in a 5-2 loss.
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