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Longtime Lexington Legends pitching coach, EKU star hurler Charley Taylor dies after cancer battle

Charley Taylor, who served as the Lexington Legends pitching coach for eight seasons, passed away Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. Taylor, a resident of northern Kentucky, served as a coach in professional baseball for 31 years. He was the Legends pitching coach from 2001 through 2008. He also held the title in 2009, but did not work with the Legends that year due to his illness. ...

Construction on new stadium forces Colonels to move first baseball series to Whitaker Bank Ballpark

As construction continues on the new Earle Combs Stadium, the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team announced on Monday it will move the first home series of the season to Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington. The series against Oakland University is still set for Feb. 24-26, but the game time for the Friday game has been moved up to 2 p.m. The Saturday game is still set for 2 p.m., and the Sunday...

Upon Further Review: Former EKU baseball player Holbrook part of World Series umpire crew

Former Eastern Kentucky University baseball player and Major League Baseball veteran umpire Sam Holbrook will be part of the seven-man umpiring crew for the 2016 World Series featuring the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. Holbrook will be the replay official for the first two games in Cleveland, then switch places with Larry Vanover when the series moves to Wrigley Field. Sam Holbrook will...

Renovations underway for new baseball, softball facilities at Eastern Kentucky

Construction and renovation on the Eastern Kentucky University baseball and softball facilities has begun. The baseball and softball projects are expected to be completed in March. Athletic facility renovations and expansions are funded through agency bonds sold in 2015. As part of a widespread improvement to athletic facilities across the Eastern Kentucky campus, the designs are intended to blend...

Shelby’s 10th home run of season not enough for Kentucky in stunning 5-4 loss to Eastern Kentucky

Junior third baseman JaVon Shelby hit his 10th home run of the season, tying him for the SEC lead, but the 28th-ranked Kentucky baseball team lost to Eastern Kentucky 5-4 on Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Wildcats got on the board first, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. After Shelby reached on a single, Dorian Hairston was hit by a pitch, the first of three times...

Kentucky baseball team set to take on instate foe Eastern Kentucky in rescheduled contest

After the original game was postponed on April 12, the No. 28 Kentucky baseball team will face instate foe Eastern Kentucky in a rescheduled game Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Kentucky (27-17, 11-10 SEC) and Eastern Kentucky (20-25, 10-11 OVC) will meet for the 93rd time and UK holds the lead in the series with a 66-25-1 mark against EKU. The last time the two sides faced off was Feb....

Top of the OVC’s top teams collide as EKU hosts Morehead for important weekend series

Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University will meet this weekend for a three-game Ohio Valley Conference baseball series at Turkey Hughes Field in Richmond. Friday is Greek Night at the ball park and FREE pizza will be given out to EKU students while supplies last. The series opener will get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Game two is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday. The series...

Giving Back: EKU baseball team puts in day of service working with Habitat for Humanity

The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team gave back to the Richmond community by volunteering at Habitat for Humanity earlier this week. The project was done in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances. The EKU baseball team helped organize the Habitat for Humanity warehouse (EKU Athletics Photo) “We just wanted to give back on the day of service,” EKU Head Coach Edwin Thompson...

Former UK pitcher, Lexington Catholic standout Revelette named assistant at EKU

Lexington native and former University of Kentucky pitcher Adam Revelette will serve as the pitching coach for the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team, head coach Edwin Thompson said Thursday.   Revelette spent the past three seasons (2013-15) at Baylor University as a volunteer assistant. He joined the Bears as the director of operations before spending the 2014 season as the hitting and...

Former Georgia State, Duke assistant named new head baseball coach at Eastern Kentucky

Edwin Thompson, who in the last five seasons has recruited and coached 11 All-Americans and 24 players who went on to play professional baseball, has been named the new head baseball coach at Eastern Kentucky University, Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced.   Thompson spent the last three seasons at Georgia State University. He served as the pitching coach for the Panthers in 2013...

Eastern Kentucky decides to part ways with head baseball coach Stein after seven seasons

EKU alum Jason Stein was let go as Colonels’ head baseball coach after seven years on the job (EKU Athletics Photo)   Eastern Kentucky University head baseball coach Jason Stein will not be retained, Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced Monday and the search for the Colonels’ next head coach will begin immediately.   Stein posted a 178-201 record in seven seasons as head...

Colonels combine timely hitting, double-play defense to bring halt to Morehead win streak

Ben Brooks allowed just one hit over the final three innings as Eastern Kentucky halted Morehead’s 11-game winning streak (EKU Athletics Photo)   Eastern Kentucky turned four double plays, including three to end innings, as the Colonels defeated the Morehead State baseball team 4-2 at Turkey Hughes Field Wednesday, ending the nation’s longest winning streak.   The Eagles, which...

Eastern's Bryan Soloman earns accolades as Ohio Valley Conference Player of Week

Eastern Kentucky University senior Bryan Soloman was named adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday.   EKU’s Bryan Soloman (Photo from EKUSports) Soloman had a tremendous week at the plate for EKU. In five games the Monroe, Conn., native had a .350 average with three home runs, 11 RBIs and six runs scored.   He posted an .850 slugging percentage and a .409 on-base...

EKU baseball: After opening game win,Colonels end Alabama State series 1-2

The EKU Colonels baseball team won the opening game of a three-game series against Alabama State over the weekend, but fell in the other two games.   THE ROUNDUP:   In game one, three freshmen had hits in their first collegiate at bats, two seniors combined for four hits and five RBIs and another senior tossed six-plus innings of shutout ball as the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team...

Former Kentuckian and Philadelphia Philly Ben Revere to speak at EKU Diamond Dinner

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder and former Richmond resident Ben Revere will be the featured speaker at the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team’s 13th annual Diamond Dinner at the Keen Johnson Building on Jan. 31, 2014.   Ben Revere led Lexington Catholic High School to a state championship in 2007. Revere was selected in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by...

Lexington high school draftees Taylor Blair, JaVon Shelby choose college over pro ball

Neither of the Lexington high school baseball players selected in June’s MLB draft is expected to sign a professional contract before the 5 p.m. Friday singing deadline.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] LCA right-handed pitcher and outfielder Taylor Blair, the 35th round pick of the San Diego Padres, plans EKU in the fall, the school confirmed in a statement. Blair’s father,...

Eleven Kentucky high school or college players selected on day three of MLB draft

Coco Johnson bats for UofL. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Staff report   See below for a roundup of the Kentucky players selected on day three of the MLB draft as the picks are made. Unlike the first two days of the draft, there are no assigned slot values for picks after the 10th round. Any bonus exceeding $100,000 counts toward a team’s bonus pool.   11th round   The first...

Five Kentucky college baseball players named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans

Staff report   Six Kentucky college baseball players have been named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.   Eastern Kentucky University leads Kentucky schools with three players receiving the honor: second baseman Kenny Hostrander, third baseman Doug Teegarden and outfielder Kyle Nowlin. The University of Louisville placed two players on the team: right-handed...

EKU baseball team's season ends in OVC championship game with loss to Austin Peay

Eastern Kentucky University’s surprising Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament run ended with a 6-3 loss to No. 2 seeded Austin Peay in the championship round on Saturday evening.   Despite entering the tournament as the fifth seed, the Colonels (23-34) were one of the final two remaining teams in the double elimination event.   A 2-out, 2-run double down the left field line by Bryan...

EKU keeps season alive with win versus Southeast Missouri in OVC Tourney

  Despite holding a nine run lead, Eastern Kentucky University’s baseball team had to hold off a Southeast Missouri State rally for a 12-9 victory in an elimination game at the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The No. 5 seeded Colonels are one of the final three teams remaining.   EKU (22-33) had a 12-5 lead before the Redhawks (26-33) scored four runs in the eighth. SEMO had the...