BluGrass Baseball Friday Review: Week 10

College Baseball

Recaps from Friday baseball:

  • No. 13 University of Louisville scored twice in the eighth inning to secure a series-opening 4-2 win over Seton Hall. Sophomore right-handed reliever Derek Self moved to 6-0 on the season and 13-0 in his career with three and one-third scoreless innings out of the Cards’ bullpen. Junior right-handed closer Neil Holland saved his ninth game of the year. Sophomore second baseman Ryan Wright drove in two and scored twice in the game. (Box Sc0re)
  • Western Kentucky University dropped its series opener at Florida International in a 7-6, extra-inning decision. Redshirt sophomore closer Rye Davis took the loss after blowing the save in the ninth and giving up two more runs in the top of the tenth inning. Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Ridings surrendered four unearned runs in eight innings. Senior first baseman Jake Wells homered and drove in three runs. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky looked overmatched in game one of its crucial series with Auburn in a 13-6 loss. The two teams are competing for the final berth in the Southeastern Conference tournament. Junior right fielder Lance Ray slugged three doubles in the game, and sophomore designated hitter Braden Kapteyn homered in the game. Junior left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell took the loss after allowing nine runs in six and one-third innings. (Box Score)

Hitter of the Day: 1B Jake Wells (WKU)

  • Stats: 2-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: Casey Dykes (WKU), Lance Ray (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Ryan Wright (UofL), Andrew Clark (UofL)

Pitcher of the Day: RHP Matt Ridings (WKU)

  • Stats: 8 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Derek Self (UofL), Thomas Royse (UofL), Neil Holland (UofL)
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BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week 10

College Baseball

The midpoint of the college season has passed so the postseason watch is officially on. Each of the three Ohio Valley Conference teams will have a chance to make the NCAA tournament as the conference automatic qualifier, and the other three Kentucky colleges are still in the running for an at-large bid. UK’s chances will likely hinge on this weekend’s series with Auburn, who the Cats are competing with for the final spot in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

University of Louisville (13) vs. Seton Hall

  • Friday — 5 p.m. — RHP Thomas Royse (7-1, 2.45) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 4 p.m. — LHP Dean Kiekhefer (3-2, 4.34) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Gabriel Shaw (4-0, 2.40) — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University vs. Florida International

  • Friday — 6 p.m. (CT) — RHP Matt Ridings (7-1, 3.99) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. (CT) — RHP Shane Cameron (4-1, 4.73) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. (CT) — TBA — Live Stats

University of Kentucky @ Auburn

  • Friday — 7:30 p.m. — LHP Logan Darnell (3-2, 4.77) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 12 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (4-4, 4.92) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 2 p.m. — TBA — Gametracker

Morehead State University @ Tennessee Tech.

  • Friday — 2 p.m. — RHP Michael Bottoms (4-2, 6.66) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Matthew Robertson (1-2, 9.19)
  • Sunday — 2 p.m.  — LHP Tyler Hieneman (1-2, 8.53)

Murray State University vs. Eastern Illinois

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Chris Craycraft (5-2, 4.34)
  • Saturday — 4 p.m. — RHP Jake Donze (5-4, 5.89)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — TBA

Eastern Kentucky University @ UT Martin

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (3-3, 7.09) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Paul Duncan (3-2, 7.33)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — LHP Greg Terry (2-2, 5.53) — Live Stats

Louisville hosts most of top 25 in weekend tourney

High School Baseball

Kentucky high school baseball fans should head to Louisville this weekend for the biggest regular season event on the schedule. The eighth annual Louisville Invitational Tournament starts tonight with five games matching top 25 teams on the schedule. In all the 40-team field boasts 19 of the top 25 teams in the state and 15 of the top 16. Only No. 9 Harrison County isn’t participating.

Each school will play three games over the next three days at one of 10 hosting Jefferson County schools. No official tournament champion will be crowned. The scheduled is headlined by tonight’s matchup of No. 1 Lexington Catholic and No. 10 Male. For an in-depth preview of the event check out Jason Frakes story in the Courier Journal.

Wednesday Recaps and Awards

College Baseball
Recaps from UofL’s win over WKU and Murray St.’s loss Wednesday:
  • Southern Illinois rallied for an 8-7 victory over Murray State University Wednesday with a go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Junior center fielder Elliot Frey was 2-4 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored in the game. Senior catcher Jason Laws tallied three hits on the afternoon. Freshman right-handed pitcher Ben Lady took the loss for the Breds. (Box Score)
  • Josh Cook recaps No. 13 University of Louisville‘s fifth consecutive win over Western Kentucky University for the Courier Journal.
  • UofL has its own recap of the win.
  • WKU also recaps the game.

Hitter of the Day: 2B Ryan Wright (UofL)

  • Stats: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: Andrew Clark (UofL), Stewart Ijames (UofL), Jeff Arnold (UofL), Kory Petri (WKU), Elliot Frey (Murray St.), Jason Laws (Murray St.)

Pitcher of the Day: RHP Justin Amlung (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Matt McGaha (Murray St.), Tony Zych (UofL), Rye Davis (WKU)

UofL sweeps season series with 7-4 win over WKU

College Baseball

The University of Louisville (13) used three-hit performances from its star first and second basemen to defeat Western Kentucky University 7-4 and earn a season sweep of the Hilltoppers. UofL senior first baseman Andrew Clark was 3-5 with one RBI and two runs scored, and sophomore second baseman Ryan Wright was 3-5 with one RBI and one run scored in the game. Five other UofL starting position players tallied two hits in the game, and redshirt sophomore right fielder Stewart Ijames drove in two runs.

Redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung earned the victory after allowing just two hits in three scoreless innings. Amlung struck out four Hilltoppers and walked none. Junior left-handed pitcher Brian Feekin earned his first save of the season after recording the last out of the game.

WKU junior left fielder Kory Petri was 2-4 with two RBI and one run scored, and senior catcher Matt Rice added two hits for the Hilltoppers. Normal Saturday starting pitcher freshman Tanner Perkins took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits in three innings. Right-handed closer Rye Davis struck out two Cards in a scoreless eighth inning. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: 2B Ryan Wright (UofL) — Wright’s second-inning RBI gave the Cards their first lead, and the team never looked back. Wright finished the game 3-5 with one RBI and one run scored. On the season the sophomore infielder is batting .366 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI.

EKU recap, WKU blowout notes and records

College Baseball
Check out a recap from EKU’s Tuesday win and more notes from the WKU offensive onslaught:
  • Eastern Kentucky University beat up on NAIA University of the Cumberlands for a 15-2 win Tuesday. Sophomore outfielder Michael Garcia was 2-3 with four RBI and a run scored. Junior outfielder Richie Allen and senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando both homered for the Colonels. (Box Score)
  • You can read the full recap of the Western Kentucky University romp over the University of Kentucky below, but there are just too many stats to consider to condense into one post. The game was played in front of 6,183 fans, the largest crowd to ever watch a college baseball game in Kentucky. WKU became just the fourth team to have 16 consecutive batters reach base in a game and the first since 1998. (Box Score)
  • Mike Stunson of the College Heights Herald recaps the WKU win.
  • Nick Baumgardner of the Bowling Green Daily News also has a recap of the blowout.

Hitter of the Day: C Matt Rice (WKU)

  • Stats: 5-6, 1 HR, 2 2Bs, 3 RBI, 3 R
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Payton (WKU), Jared Andreoli (WKU), Logan Robbins (WKU), Lance Ray (UK), Joey Stevens (EKU), Michael Garcia (EKU)

Pitcher of the Day: RHP Brian Edelen (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Ross Hammonds (WKU), Anthony Bazzani (EKU), Chase Greene (UK)
  • Greene gets the nod for being the only UK pitcher with any success against WKU.

WKU embarrasses UK 24-8 to sweep season series

College Baseball

Matt Rice bats for WKU: BluGrass Baseball photo

The University of Kentucky has had a hard time scoring runs recently, so when the Cats plated eight runs against Western Kentucky University Tuesday, one would think that was a good thing. The Hilltoppers had other plans though with a 24-8 drubbing of UK, highlighted by a 16-run second inning. WKU junior catcher Matt Rice was 5-6 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored.

Sophomores Jared Andreoli, Kes Carter and Logan Robbins also homered for the Hilltoppers, and seniors Matt Payton and Jake Wells each tallied three hits. Redshirt junior Brian Edelen recorded the win after allowing one run in five innings. Andreoli drove in five runs and scored four times in the game.

There weren’t many highlights for UK as the Cats were down 18-0 before recording an out in the second inning, but junior designated hitter Lance Ray was 3-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored. The game marked Ray’s second consecutive three-hit effort. Sophomore third baseman Andy Burns tallied two hits and three RBI. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: C Matt Rice — The junior catcher was 5-6 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored. Rice had a double and a home run in the 16-run second inning. On the season, Rice is batting .392 with nine home runs and 52 RBI.

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 20

College Baseball

In the second weekly statistics leaderboard update, we’ll look at the pitching categories. To qualify for the ERA and batting average against, pitchers must have a minimum of 1.0 IP per team game, which just makes UofL closer Neil Holland and Murray St. reliever Matt McGaha eligible, but excludes new UofL weekend starting pitcher Gabriel Shaw. Stats are current through Sunday. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.

ERA

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 1.50
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 2.45
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3.75
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3.99
  • Derek Self — UofL — 3.40

Wins

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 7-1
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 7-1
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 6-0
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 6-3
  • Derek Self — UofL — 5-0
  • Alex Love — Murray St. — 5-0
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 5-2
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 5-4

Strikeouts

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 57
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 54
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 52
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 51
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 50

Innings Pitched

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 58.2
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 58.2
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 58.0
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 56.2
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 55

Saves

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 8
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 8
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 7
  • Matt Little — UK — 6
  • Cody Gibson — Morehead St. — 3
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 3
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Neil Holland — UofL — .145
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .249
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .251
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — .262
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — .268

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 22
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 20
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU 19
  • Craig Stem — WKU — 18
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 18
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 18

BluGrass Baseball Week 10 Midweek Schedule

College Baseball

The week 10 midweek action is headlined by three intrastate matchups, including two for WKU against the state’s two other NCAA at-large contenders. Murray State is the only school not playing a Kentucky rival this week, though Morehead is off until the weekend. Check out the schedule below with links to gamecasts and probable pitcher when available:

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • WKU @ University of Louisville (13) — 6 p.m. — TBA vs. TBA — Gametracker
  • Murray State University @ Southern Illinois — 3 p.m. (CT) —Live Stats

BluGrass Baseball Hitting Leaderboard: April 20

College Baseball

Check out the hitting BluGrass Baseball leaderboard updated through Sunday’s games. To be eligible for the percentage categories (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) a player must have at least 2.5 at-bats per team game, which means UofL senior first baseman Andrew Clark is still not eligible in those categories after missing three weeks due to injury. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.

Batting Average

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .460
  • Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .444
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .430
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .408
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — .405

Home Runs

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 17
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 15
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 14
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — 12
  • Phil Wunderlich — UofL — 12
  • Cameron Flynn — Morehead St. — 12

RBI

  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 61
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — 50
  • Matt Rice — WKU — 49
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 49
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — 49

Runs

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 62
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 54
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 50
  • Matt Payton — WKU — 49
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 48
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — 48

Stolen Bases

  • Neiko Johnson — UK — 17/18
  • Chris Bisson — UK — 15/19
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — 13/15
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 12-14
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 12/15

On-Base Percentage

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .561
  • Zack  Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .538
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .506
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .506
  • Matt Payton — WKU — .472

Slugging Percentage

  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .846
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .803
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .867
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — .762
  • Matt Payton — WKU — .718