Seven Eastern Kentucky University baseball players earned postseason Ohio Valley Conference honors, the league announced on Tuesday.
Outfielder Nick Howie and relief pitcher Aaron Ochsebein were named First-Team All-OVC. Second baseman Ryland Kerr, utility player Will Johnson and starting pitcher Kaven Brown were Second-Team All-OVC selections.
Freshmen Logan Thomason and Jacob Ferris were chosen to the OVC All-Freshman Team.
Howie is batting a team-best .361 with 47 runs, 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 43 RBI and 16 stolen bases. The junior from Oakville, Ontario, is 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 is 27th in the nation in on-base percentage and 29th in walks.
Ochsenbein is 5-2 with a 0.53 ERA and nine saves. In 51 1/3 innings, he has allowed just three runs while striking out 85 batters. He is second in the conference with 27 appearances, tied for second in saves and sixth in strikeouts. The redshirt junior right-hander from Lexington ranks 51st in the nation in saves.
Kerr has a .315 batting average with 58 runs scored, 34 RBI and 16 stolen bases. The redshirt senior from Bellevue, Wash., is second in the league in runs and tied for fifth in stolen bases. Kerr ranks 39th in NCAA Division I baseball in runs scored.
Johnson is hitting .299 with 55 runs scored, 11 doubles, 15 home runs, 44 RBI and 27 stolen bases. The senior outfielder/first baseman from Atlanta, Ga., set a new EKU single-season record with 52 walks. Johnson leads the OVC in stolen bases and walks, is tied for fourth in home runs and is fifth in runs. He is 12th in the nation in walks, 26th in stolen bases and 36th in home runs.
Brown posted a 3.06 ERA with an 8-1 record before suffering a season-ending injury. In 61 1/3 innings he struck out 57. The senior right-hander from Paris still leads the OVC in wins, is fourth in ERA and fifth in opposing batting average (.232). Despite having not pitched since April 19, Brown is 33rd nationally in wins.
Thomason, a third baseman/shortstop from Richmond, hit .288 with 31 runs, five home runs and 35 RBI in his first season of collegiate baseball. Ferris, a right-hander from Richmond, is 6-4 with a 5.63 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings. He has the sixth best opposing batting average (.235) in the OVC.
The sixth seeded Colonels will begin play in the double elimination OVC Tournament at 1:30 p.m. today. EKU will face No. 3 seed Morehead State University. The game will air live on ESPN+.