Eastern Kentucky University designated hitter Bryan Soloman was chosen as a Second-Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced on Wednesday.
The NCBWA selected a first, second and third team — honoring a total of 60 NCAA Division I players from across the country.
Soloman led EKU in hitting (.344), home runs (14), RBIs (55) and slugging (.612). The senior from Monroe, Connecticut had an 18-game hitting streak through the heart of the Ohio Valley Conference schedule. During that streak he hit .439 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs.
He ranks seventh in the nation in home runs, 15th in runs batted in per game (1.02) and 19th in slugging percentage. Soloman was selected First-Team All-OVC at the end of the season.
Eastern Kentucky has now had at least one All-American selection each of the last four years. With Ben Fisher’s selection as a Freshman All-American last week, EKU has had two or more All-America selections five times in the last nine years.
EKU to face West Virginia in first round of Preseason WNIT
The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team will travel to Morgantown to face West Virginia in the first round of the Preseason WNIT, tournament officials announced on Tuesday.
The Lady Colonels will face the Mountaineers on Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m.
The winner of the game will advance to play the winner of Seton Hall/Rider.
If a team loses in the first two rounds, they will finish the tournament in the consolation bracket. The consolation bracket will be re-drawn to form new matchups based on the geography of teams involved, who can/cannot host, and recent history of teams. The consolation bracket will be released Nov. 16 after all of the first round games are complete.
EKU is 2-1 all-time versus WVU, although both of the Lady Colonels’ wins in the series came in the 1980s. WVU defeated EKU, 60-40, in Morgantown on December 8, 2009.
This past season, EKU reached the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time since 2005. The Lady Colonels are expected to return three starters from a squad that finished 17-13, including junior Shelly Harper, who led the team in rebounding (6.2 rebounds-per-game) and was second in scoring (10.4 points-per-game).