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Kent State Sports Report: Pitcher Joey Murray named Second Team All-American

By Allen Moff Staff Writer Published: June 5, 2017 4:00 AM
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Kent State sophomore Joey Murray has been named a 2017 Collegiate Baseball Second Team All-American after going 6-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 2017.

The right-hander from Dublin struck out 110 while walking just 32 batters in 75 innings covering 14 starts while earning Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year honors this spring for the MAC regular-season champion Golden Flashes. Through games played last week, he ranked fifth in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings.

Murray joins a distinguished group of former Flashes named Collegiate Baseball All-Americans, including teammates and fellow hurlers Eric Lauer and Eli Kraus, who were both recognized in 2016.

Murray will pitch in the prestigious Cape Cod League this summer for the Orleans Firebirds before returning to Kent State this fall.

FOOTBALL

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Kent State recently added a pair of Southeastern Conference opponents to future schedules. The Flashes will make initial visits to Ole Miss in 2018 and Auburn in 2019.

The 2018 non-conference slate also includes matchups at Illinois and Penn State.

Several kickoff times for 2017 were also announced last week, beginning with the season opener at defending national champion Clemson. The contest will kickoff at noon on Sept. 2, and will be televised by ESPN. Kent State will host Howard in its home opener on Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m., then visit Marshall on Sept. 16 at 6:30.

The Flashes' Oct. 14 Homecoming game against Miami will kickoff at 3:30, while one of the ESPN affiliates will carry the Nov. 21 regular season finale at Akron at 7 p.m. The Oct. 31 home contest with Bowling Green will kickoff at either 7:30 or 8 p.m.

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

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Kent State's Luke Burch and Larissa Lurken received the MAC Medal of Excellence Award presented annually to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each of the 12 conference member institutions during a ceremony held last week.

Burch finished his baseball career as a two-time First Team All-MAC honoree with a .355 career batting average. The Millersburg native, who helped the Flashes capture MAC regular-season titles the past two seasons, graduated last year with a Bachelor's degree, and currently holds a 3.52 GPA while enrolled in graduate school.

Lurken posted some of the top numbers in the nation during her senior year while earning MAC Player of the Year honors. She broke the KSU record for single-season scoring average (23.5 points per game) and set a new NCAA mark for made free throws in a single season with 280. Lurken was also impressive in the classroom, graduating this spring with a degree in nursing and a 3.73 GPA.

FIELD HOCKEY

Kent State's Jamie Fries and Alison Harmatz have been selected to play for USA Field Hockey's 2017 Young Women's National Championship, an international-structured competition and the selection venue to the Junior National Camps and the Development Squad Camp. The event will take place June 12-16 in Lancaster, Pa.

Fries is a two-year starter and an anchor on the Flashes defense who was named to the All-MAC Tournament Team in 2016.

Harmatz led the team in points last season with 29 while tallying 14 goals en route to earning First Team All-MAC honors. She had three game-winning goals and three multi-goal games.

Both players will be seniors next fall, when Kent State will seek its sixth consecutive regular season title and fourth straight MAC Tournament crown.

SOFTBALL

The 2017 MAC Tournament champion Kent State softball program landed 10 student-athletes on the Academic All-MAC squad.

Seniors Maddy Grimm and Janel Hayes claimed academic all-conference honors for the third consecutive year, while senior Paige McCrary and juniors Emily Dobbin, Allie Luther and Vanessa Scoarste all received academic honors for the second time. Senior Nicole Teefy, junior Holly Speers and sophomores Hunter Brancifort and Jen Cader are first-time honorees.

The Flashes recorded a 3.630 team GPA during the spring semester. Six student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0, and five earned a 3.9 or better.

TRACK AND FIELD

Eight members of the Kent State men's team and 17 representatives of the women's program were named to the 2017 Academic All-MAC squad.

Senior Kyle Schlumbohm, who carries a 3.568 GPA, takes home the award for the third time in his career, while Abdul-Nasser Seidu is now a two-time recipient with a GPA of 3.911.

The Flashes' six first-time recipients are sophomores Brandon Avers (3.533, finance), Trevor Detillion (3.433, construction management), Samory Fraga (3.243, international relations), Brandon Harris (3.206, exercise science), TJ Lawson (3.808, sports administration) and Walter Petzel (3.916, construction management).

Receiving the academic honor for the third time in their careers on the women's side are seniors Morgan Estes (3.662, exercise science), Taylor Farquhar (3.768, exercise science), Chelsea Laury (3.640, special education), Ada Nicholson-Burley (3.864, integrated mathematics), Jorian Ordway (3.915, exercise science) and Danniel Thomas (3.675, sport & recreation management).

Seniors Lauren Burnett (3.425, public health/health promotions and educations), Hannah Fleck (3.723, interior design), Olivia Gaus (3.742, exercise science), Rebecca Leppelmeier (3.965, computer science), and Lauren Pannell (3.255, human development and family studies) are two-time recipients along with junior Sam Tollerud (4.0, exercise science) and sophomore Jai'Lyn Mosley (3.438, exercise science/pre-physical therapy).

First time recipients for the Flashes are redshirt freshman Morgan Arena (3.407, fashion design), sophomores Olivia Davis (3.953, chemistry/materials chemistry) and Maria Horrigan (3.262, marketing), and junior Tyler Williams (3.354, public health).

BASEBALL

Former Kent State star Travis Shaw was voted the Milwaukee Brewers Player of the Month after batting .333 with four homers and 18 RBI in 24 games played during the month of May. He then ripped a grand slam Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Playing his first season for the Brewers, Shaw is batting .296 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 199 at-bats so far in 2017.


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