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June 10, 2014

OVC BASEBALL: EKU’s Fisher named 2014 Freshman All-American

RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky University’s Ben Fisher was chosen as a first team Freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Monday.

The NCBWA selected a first and second team, honoring a total of 32 freshmen NCAA Division I players from across the country.

Fisher, a first baseman from Richmond, started all of the team’s 55 games. He made only eight errors in his first season of college baseball and posted a 98.5 fielding percentage. Offensively he hit .286 with three home runs, 36 RBIs and 26 runs scored. As a freshman he was second on the team with 30 walks.

The Madison Central High School graduate had a 16-game hitting streak from Feb. 28 to March 22. He was selected to the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference All-Freshman team at the end of the season.

Eastern Kentucky has now had at least one All-American selection each of the last four years. During that span, five Colonels have earned Freshman All-America honors.

Bouchikhi, Hesselbjerg head to Eugene for NCAA Track and Field Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — The final two Colonels competing in 2013-14,  senior Soufiane Bouchikhi and junior Ole Hesselbjerg, will run at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Hesselbjerg will open the action by competing in the semifinals of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase on Thursday at 8:35 p.m. Hesselbjerg arrives in Eugene with a prime shot at earning first team All-America honors for the second consecutive season. The native of Charlottenlund, Denmark finished second at the NCAA East Region Preliminaries with a time of 8:41.52 and enters the NCAAs ranked No. 3 behind only Michigan’s Mason Ferlic (8:38.74) and  UTEP’s Anthony Rotich (8:38.80).

The top-eight finishers receive first team All-America honors. The second-eight finishers receive second team All-America honors. The final-eight finishers are named honorable mention All-America.

Hesselbjerg arrived in Eugene last spring as a sophomore ranked No. 18 in the 24-man field and finished seventh with a time of 8:43.80.

Bouchikhi will also be shooting for first team All-America honors in the men’s 5,000 meters, which will take place Friday night at 9:10 p.m. ET. Bouchikhi, a native of Antwerp, Belgium, won the  NCAA East Region Preliminaries with a time of 14:04.47 but enters the national championships ranked No. 8. His high ranking is due partly to one of the strongest 5,000 meters fields in years; a field that features three individual NCAA cross country champions  in Arizona’s Lawi Lalang (2011), Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka (2012) and Oregon’s Edward Cheserek (2013).

Bouchikhi was a second-team All-American in the outdoor 5,000 meters in 2012. He redshirted the 2013 outdoor season.

Bouchikhi and Hesselbjerg are two of 10 Ohio Valley Conference athletes to qualify for the NCAA Championships, joining SIUE sprinter Braxton Klavins (men’s 400 meters) and jumpers La’Derrick  Ward (men’s long jump) and Jatavia Wright (women’s triple jump), Eastern Illinois pole vaulters Mick Vicken and Peter Geraghty, Austin Peay sprinter Breigh Jones (women’s 400 meters), Southeast Missouri jumper Reggie Miller (men’s triple jump) and Tennessee State’s Clairwin Dameus (women’s heptathlon).

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