Eastern Kentucky University senior right-hander Matt Fyffe was voted the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, Jason Stein was voted the OVC Coach of the Year and five Colonels were named to the all-league teams on Tuesday night.
Five Morehead State players and two from Murray State also earned All-OVC recognition.
The awards were voted on by league's head coaches and sports information directors and announced on the eve of the OVC Tournament in Jackson, Tenn.
Eastern Kentucky (31-21) is the tournament's No. 2 seed and opens play Thursday.
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Fyffe, a right-hander from Paintsville, was one of EKU's three first-team selections. He finished the regular season 9-0 with a 1.51 ERA in 652⁄3 innings. He limited opposing hitters to a .209 batting average. His nine wins led the OVC and his 1.51 ERA led the league and ranked seventh in the country. Fyffe's performance helped EKU earn a share of its first OVC regular-season title since 2000.
Fyffe is the first Colonel to be named OVC Pitcher of the Year since Christian Friedrich in 2008.
Stein, in his fourth year as the head coach at his alma mater, led EKU to seven straight conference wins down the stretch to capture a share of the OVC regular season championship, the program's league-record 16th title. The Colonels were picked to finish sixth in the OVC pre-season poll.
The Colonels led the nation in home runs per game (1.25) this season and led the OVC in slugging percentage (.482), doubles (12), triples (21), home runs (65) and total bases (902).
Stein is EKU's first Coach of the Year since Jim Ward in 2000.
EKU teammates joining Fyffe on the OVC first team were senior outfielder Jacob Daniel and senior shortstop Richie Rodriguez.
Senior second baseman Dustin Dunlop and junior left-hander Shane Grimm made the second team.
Morehead State's senior catcher Eric Bainer, sophomore utility player Nick Duff and junior right-hander Matt Duncan were named to the second team. Right-hander Aaron Goe and outfielder Duran Elmore made the All-Freshman Team.
For Murray State, senior utility player Travis Isaak made the first team and sophomore designated hitter Brandon Eggenschwiler made the second team.
All-OVC awards and teams
Player of the Year: Trenton Moses, SE Missouri
Pitcher of the Year: Matt Fyffe, Eastern Kentucky
Rookie of the Year: Brant Valach, Eastern Illinois
Coach of the Year: Jason Stein, Eastern Kentucky
C — Ben Burgess, Tennessee Tech
1B — Ben Waldrip, Jacksonville State
2B — Jordan Hankins, Austin Peay
SS — Richie Rodriguez, Eastern Kentucky
3B — Trenton Moses, SE Missouri
OF — Jacob Daniel, Eastern Kentucky
OF — Kyle Bluestein, Jacksonville State
OF — Derek Gibson, SE Missouri
DH — Ben Thoma, Eastern Illinois
UT — Travis Isaak, Murray State
SP — Zach Toney, Austin Peay
SP — Mike Hoekstra, Eastern Illinois
SP — Matt Fyffe, Eastern Kentucky
RP — Dustin Quattrocchi, SIU-Edwardsville
C — Eric Bainer, Morehead State
1B — T.J. McManus, Eastern Illinois
1B — Zach Stephens, Tennessee Tech
2B — Dustin Dunlop, Eastern Kentucky
SS — Kenton Parmley, SE Missouri
3B — Greg Bachman, Austin Peay
OF — Cody Hudson, Austin Peay
OF — Michael Blanchard, Austin Peay
OF — Jordan Owen, UT Martin
DH — Brandon Eggenschwiler, Murray State
UT — Nick Duff, Morehead State
SP — Shane Grimm, Eastern Kentucky
SP — Shae Simmons, SE Missouri
SP — Travis Felax, SIU-Edwardsville
RP — Todd Hornsby, Jacksonville State
RP — Matt Duncan, Morehead State
Caleb Howell (OF), Eastern Illinois
Brant Valach (3B), Eastern Illinois
Travis Stout (RHP), Jacksonville State
Aaron Goe (RHP), Morehead State
Duran Elmore (OF), Morehead State
Andy Lennington (1B/2B/OF), SE Missouri
Jason Blum (OF), SE Missouri
Ryan Barnes (DH), SE Missouri
Dylan Bosheers (2B), Tennessee Tech
Seth Lucio (RHP), Tennessee Tech
David Hess (RHP), Tennessee Tech
Sonny Mastromatteo (2B), UT Martin
Nico Zych (SS/3B), UT Martin