Feb. 10, 2010

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Four receive top preseason honors in OVC


Senior shortstop Drew Lee (left) of Morehead State and junior third baseman Jayson Langfels of Eastern Kentucky were named Preseason Co-Players of the Year in the Ohio Valley Conference in voting by the league’s head coaches and released by the conference office.


Senior Chris Craycraft of Murray State and junior Josh Mueller of Eastern Illinois were selected Preseason Co-Pitchers of the Year.


Lee batted .413 a season ago with 18 doubles, 17 home runs and 67 RBI. Langfels hit .441 with 13 doubles, 12 homers, 72 RBI and 16 stolen bases.


Craycraft was 10-3 in 2009 with a 4.05 ERA. He tossed three complete games and fanned 80 in 100 innings.


Mueller was 8-1 a season ago with a 4.85 ERA. He recorded 64 strikeouts in 78 innings.


The 62nd season of OVC baseball begins on Friday, Feb. 19. The first weekend of league is March 27-28. The 2010 OVC Tournament will be May 26-30 at Pringles Park in Jackson, Tenn.


2010 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team

C – Jim Klocke, Sr., Southeast Missouri*

1B – Wes Cunningham, Sr., Murray State*

2B – Bert Smith, Sr., Jacksonville State

SS – Drew Lee, Sr., Morehead State*

3B – Jayson Langfels, Jr., Eastern Kentucky*

OF – Daniel Hill, Sr., Murray State*

OF – J.D. Ashbrook, Sr., Morehead State#

OF – Daniel Adamson, Sr., Jacksonville State#

DH – Jason Laws, Sr., Murray State*

UT – Richie Derbak, Sr., Eastern Illinois*

SP – Mike Recchia, Jr., Eastern Illinois*

SP – Chris Craycraft, Sr., Murray State#

SP – Lee Henry, Sr., Tennessee Tech#

RP – Bill hence, Sr., Jacksonville State*


*2009 First Team All-OVC

#2009 Second Team All-OVC


Preseason OVC Co-Player of the Year: Drew Lee, Morehead State

Preseason OVC Co-Player of the Year: Jayson Langfels, Eastern Kentucky

Preseason OVC Co-Pitcher of the Year: Chris Craycraft, Murray State

Preseason OVC Co-Pitcher of the Year: Josh Mueller, Eastern Illinois


(photo courtesy of Morehead State Media Relations Office)