Friday roundup: UofL, WKU, UK ride strong pitching to wins; Morehead State wins for 2nd time; Murray State loses

College Baseball

Recaps and highlights from Friday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville used a three-run fifth inning and a strong eight-inning performance from sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Koch to earn a 4-2 win in game one of its series versus Pepperdine. Koch surrendered two runs, one of which was earned, on four hits in eight innings while striking out seven batters and walking one to earn his second win of the season. Freshman first baseman Ryan Seiz was 2-5 with one double, two RBI and one run scored, and senior catcher J. J. Ethel was 2-4 with two doubles and one RBI. Junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University rode a complete-game performance from sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins to a 3-1 win in game one of its series versus Illinois. Perkins surrendered on run on three hits in nine innings while striking out six and walking none. At one point Perkins retired 21 batters in a row. The Hilltoppers scored two runs in the sixth inning on a RBI double from junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson and a RBI single from junior shortstop Logan Robbins. Perkins improved his record to 3-1 on the season and posted the first nine-inning complete game of any Kentucky pitcher this season. (Box Score)
  • University of Kentucky sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers earned his first win of the season in a 9-2 win over Niagara. Rogers surrendered two runs on seven hits in seven innings while striking out five batters and walking one. Junior first baseman Michael Williams was 2-4 with his third home run of the season, and freshman infielder Dallen Reber launched a pinch-hit home run in eighth inning in just his second collegiate at-bat. Junior designated hitter and right-handed pitcher Braden Kapteyn was 3-5 with one double, two RBI and one run scored and struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University tallied nine hits but scored just two runs in a 9-2 loss to IPFW. Junior left-handed pitcher Luke Shuemaker took the loss after surrendering five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits in six innings while striking out four batters and walking two. Sophomore shortstop Brandon Elliott was 3-3 with one walk and two runs scored, and junior second baseman Travis Isaak was 2-4 with two RBI. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University earned its second win of the season with a 6-4 victory over La Salle in game one of a three-game series. Junior right-handed pitcher Matthew Robertson struck out two batters in two scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season. Junior catcher Taylor Davis was 4-4 with one double, one RBI and one run scored, and senior second baseman Travis Redmon was 3-5 with two runs scored. Senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith surrendered four runs on six hits in six innings while striking out four batters and walking five in the start. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: C Taylor Davis (Morehead St.)

  • Stats: 4-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • Honorable Mention: Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Travis Redmon (Morehead St.), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Dallen Reber (UK), Michael Williams (UK), Ryan Seiz (UofL), J. J. Ethel (UofL)

Pitcher of the day: LHP Tanner Perkins (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Koch (UofL), Taylor Rogers (UK), Matthew Robertson (Morehead St.)
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