May 23, 2008

Sports: Marseco Named OVC Co-Player Of The Year, Three Head to NCAA Regionals

Marseco Named OVC Co-Player Of The Year

Samford junior short stop Michael Marseco was named the Ohio Valley Conference's Co-Player of the Year when the league released its postseason baseball awards at an awards banquet May 20.

Marseco shared the award with Jacksonville State outfielder Clay Whittemore. For the season, Marseco ranked second in the OVC in batting (.407 avg.), hits (88) and total bases (125). He is also tied the third in the league in triples with five.

Marseco, who was a Freshman All-American in 2006, was also named first-team All-OVC for the third year in a row.

During the season, Marseco set a Samford record with 88 hits, and he had a school-record 29-game hitting streak. His .407 batting average is the highest at Samford since baseball was re-instated in the early 1980s.

Three other Samford players were named second-team All-OVC. Senior catcher Bear Burnett, senior designated hitter Michael Rutledge and junior starting pitcher Jonathan Stephens were all named second-team All-Conference. Also, freshman second baseman Michael Johnson was named to the league's All-Freshman team.
Samford, the No. 2 seed in the OVC Tournament, lost its first game May 22 p.m. at Brooks Stadium in Paducah, Ky. against Eastern Illinois. The Bulldogs will play Tennessee Tech May 23 in an elimination game.

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Three Head to NCAA Regionals

Three members of Samford’s track and field team will compete in the NCAA Mideast Regionals, May 30-31. Lauren Blankenship, Hillary Neal and Michael Smith will head to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete for a chance at an NCAA Championships appearance.

Hillary Neal ran her second best time in the 800 meters May 17 with a time of 2:10.85. Neal has already qualified for Regionals in the 800 meters and 1500 meters with her performances at the OVC Championships. Her 800-meter time of 2:09.39 was also a school record.

Michael Smith ran 48.72 in the 400-meter dash Saturday. The time ranks third on Samford's all-time list for the event. He will compete in the 400-meter hurdles at the Mideast Regionals, as he qualified for the even in late April at the UGA Bulldog Unlimited.

Lauren Blankenship will compete in the 5000-meter race at the Regionals, as she qualified in mid-April at the Sea Rays Relays.

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