Morehead State headed to Clemson Regional

Eagles back in NCAA Tournament for first time since 2015.

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MOREHEAD, Ky. — Morehead State Baseball is headed to Clemson, S.C. for the 2018 NCAA Regional. The Eagles learned their spot at a watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday afternoon.

Morehead State (four seed, 37-24) will face No. 10 national seed and fifth-ranked Clemson (45-14) at 6 p.m. ET on Friday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Vanderbilt (two seed, 31-25) and St. John’s (three-seed, 39-25) are also at the Clemson Regional and will square off at Noon on Friday. The winners will play each other Saturday at 6 p.m. while the losers play Saturday at Noon in the double elimination format.

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Specific ticket information will be passed along as it becomes available.

“Being a guy from (University of) South Carolina, I know the passionate fan base Clemson has,” said head coach Mike McGuire. ” We are just happy to be in a regional with the setbacks we had with this team with injuries this year. It is quite an accomplishment. Clemson has one of the best bullpens in the country and some power bats, but we will be ready. We have played in these environments before. That is why we schedule the Louisville’s, Tennessee’s, Kansas’ and many other power teams like we do to prepare for regional-type teams and atmospheres.”

This weekend will mark the Eagle program’s fourth-ever NCAA Regional berth, joining teams from 1977 (Miami Regional), 1983 (Ann Arbor [Mich.] Regional) and 2015 (Louisville [Ky.] Regional). Four-year seniors Braxton Morris, David Calderon and Tyler Niemann will become the first players in program history to be on two regional qualifying teams.

Morehead State knocked off No. 18 Tennessee Tech 11-6 on Saturday and then 4-3 on Sunday to win the 2018 OVC Championship. Tech got an at-large berth in the Mississippi Regional, marking the first time ever the OVC is a two-bid league in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com