A pair of Eastern Kentucky University baseball players received one of the top honors in the country on Thursday.

Junior outfielder Nick Howie and senior infielder Ryland Kerr were both named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-American NCAA Division I Team.

Howie was a first-team selection, while Kerr was a second-team honoree.

In the past four years, nine EKU players have received All-American honors.

Howie was a third-team Academic All-American selection last season. The junior has a 4.00 grade point average and is majoring in finance.

Howie, a native of Oakville, Ontario, was also a First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection this season.

During the regular season, Howie hit a team-best .361 with 47 runs, 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 43 RBI and 16 stolen bases. The junior was first in the OVC with a .488 on-base percentage, third with 45 walks, fourth in average and tied for fifth with in stolen bases.

He finished the regular season 27th in the nation in on-base percentage and 29th in walks.

Kerr also has a 4.0 grade-point-average and is majoring in exercise and sports science.

The senior also had an outstanding season on the field. He was a Second-Team All-OVC selection.

During the regular season, Kerr had a .315 batting average with 58 runs scored, 34 RBI and 16 stolen bases. He was second in the league in runs and tied for fifth in stolen bases.

The Colonels finished the season with a 32-27 record (16-14) and advanced to the semifinals of the OVC Tournament.

EKU signees get picked on third day of MLB Draft

Two Eastern Kentucky University baseball signees were picked on the final day of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft.

DJ Gladney was the first off the board on Wednesday. The third baseman out of Illiana Christian High School in Richton Park, Ill., was selected in the 16th round by the Chicago White Sox.

Gladney was the 18th third baseman taken in the draft.

Kendal Ewell was the second 2019 EKU commitment to go in the draft. The outfielder from Marist High School in Calumet City, Ill., was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the 40th round.

Ewell was the 198th outfielder selected in the draft.

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