BluGrass Baseball Tuesday Review: Week 13

College Baseball

Kentucky teams were 1-2 on the diamond Tuesday, with Eastern Kentucky University the only team able to secure a win. Murray State University‘s game at Arkansas State was canceled. Check out the recaps below, including one from a classic game between two top 25 teams:

  • No. 9 University of Louisville lost an 11-10 heartbreaker to No. 23 Vanderbilt on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 17th inning. The game tied the record for longest in UofL history and lasted five hours and 33 minutes. Senior catcher Jeff Arnold was 4-8 in the game, and senior first baseman Andrew Clark was 4-7. Senior third baseman Phil Wunderlich tallied three hits and drove in two runs. Freshman right-handed pitcher Andy Flett took the loss in his first collegiate decision after surrendering the decisive home run to Vandy third baseman Jason Espositio. (Box Score)
  • Despite two home runs from junior right fielder Lance Ray, the University of Kentucky couldn’t hold on to a eight-run lead in a 18-17 loss in 10 innings to Indiana. The Cats led 16-8 in the eighth inning, but Indiana scored five runs in the eighth and three in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. UK actually took a lead with one run in the top of the tenth, but the Hoosiers scored twice in the bottom of the frame to win. Senior catcher Marcus Nidiffer was 5-7 with a home run, and sophomore designated hitter Braden Kapteyn also homered. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University rode two home runs and three RBI from senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando to a 7-5 win over Dayton. Sophomore shortstop Richie Rodriguez and senior catcher Joey Stevens each tallied three hits in the game. Sophomore right-handed reliever Matt Harris recorded the win after a scoreless inning of work. Junior right-handed pitcher Ryne Purcell recorded his ninth save of the season despite allowing one run in one inning. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: RF Lance Ray (UK)

  • Stats: 4-5, 2 HR, 4 R, 5 RBI, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 SB
  • Honorable Mention: Marcus Nidiffer (UK), Anthony Ottrando (EKU), Richie Rodriguez (EKU), Andrew Clark (UofL), Jeff Arnold (UofL)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Matt Harris (EKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Anthony Bazzani (EKU), Bob Revesz (UofL), Tyler Mathis (UofL), Braden Kapteyn (UK)
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