BluGrass Baseball Friday Review: Week Eight

College Baseball

Matt Rice bats for WKU: BluGrass Baseball photo

The state’s three teams that have been ranked at some point this season were each in action Friday. The three teams went 2-1 on the day, but the highest ranked one lost its second in a row for the first time this season. Check out recaps and box scores of those games below:

  • The University of Louisville (9) dropped its second game in a row with a 8-3 loss to Pittsburgh. The loss marked the first losing streak of the season for the Cards. Junior right-handed ace Thomas Royse lost his first decision of the season after surrendering six runs in six and one-third innings. Junior outfielder Drew Haynes was 2-4 with a run scored in the game. (Box Score)
  • Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Ridings recorded a complete game victory as Western Kentucky University (21) tallied a 13-3 win over Sun Belt Conference leader South Alabama. Ridings surrendered three runs on six hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts. Junior catcher Matt Rice and freshman designated hitter Ryan Huck each homered in the game. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky rallied for four runs in the eighth inning and to record a 7-6 win in game one of it series with No. 21 Alabama. Sophomore third baseman Andy Burns launched two home runs in the game, and senior center fielder Keenan Wiley was 3-3 at the plate with a run scored. (Box Score)

Hitter of the Day: Matt Rice (WKU)

  • Stats: 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Huck (WKU), Matt Payton (WKU), Andy Burns (UK), Keenan Wiley (UK), Drew Haynes (UofL)

Pitcher of the Day: Matt Ridings (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 1 CG, 9 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 11 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Little (UK)
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