EKU sweeps doubleheader from Murray State

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Eastern Kentucky University swept a doubleheader from Murray State University Saturday with a 5-3 win in game one and a 9-4 win in game two. EKU senior right-handed pitcher Stephen Hefler earned the win in game one after surrendering three runs on five hits in nine innings while striking out three batters and walking three. No EKU batter tallied multiple hits in the game, but junior left fielder Jacob Daniel and junior infielder Dustin Dunlop each homered. Murray St. junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Beers took the loss after surrendering five runs on six hits in eight innings.

In game two, EKU sophomore right-handed pitcher Alex Rexroat earned his first win after recording the final out of the sixth inning. The Colonels scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally for the 9-4 win. EKU junior first baseman A. J. Jamison was 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. EKU junior right fielder Michael Garcia was 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored, and Dunlop was 2-3 with one walk, one RBI and one run scored. Murray St. senior right-handed pitcher Jake Donze took the loss after surrendering eight runs on eight hits in five and two-third innings.

In game one, Murray St. junior first baseman Cody Larson 2-2 with one walk and one run scored, and junior second baseman Travis Isaak slugged a home run. In game two, Murray St. junior catcher Jacob Rhodes was 2-3 with one run scored, and sophomore third baseman Paul Ritzheimer was 2-3 with one walk, one RBI and one run scored. (Box Score, GM 1) (Box Score, Gm 2)

Wednesday Roundup: UofL, EKU, Morehead St. winless

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Jacob Daniel; BluGrass Baseball photo

Recaps and highlights from Wednesday college baseball:

  • The University of Louisville dropped its second game in a row to Southern California with a 9-4 loss on Wednesday. Freshman right-handed pitcher Dace Kime took the loss after surrendering five runs on three hits in two innings while striking out one batter and walking four. The Cards did find some rare power with home runs from redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames and sophomore first baseman Zak Wasserman. The team had just three home runs entering the game with two of those belonging to preseason All-American Ryan Wright. Junior right-handed pitcher Derek Self kept the Cards in the game by surrendering one run in three innings of relief. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header Eastern Kentucky University surrendered seven runs in the first two innings and could not overcome the early deficit in an 8-5 loss to West Virginia. Senior left-handed pitcher Paul Duncan took the loss after surrendering six runs on seven hits in one and one-third innings. Sophomore first baseman Matt Phipps was the only Colonel batter to record multiple hits in the game, finishing 2-3 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored. Junior designated hitter Jacob Daniel slugged his fourth home run of the season. (Box Score)
  • In game two EKU left nine men on base in an 11-2 loss to WVU. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani took the loss after surrendering nine runs, seven of which were earned on eight hits in three and one-third innings. Junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez and sophomore outfielder Austin Grisham were both 2-5, and freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman slugged his second home run of the season. Relievers Greg Terry, Matt Harris and Chris Hord each posted a scoreless inning for the Colonels. (Box Score)
  • You can see the BluGrass Baseball recap of the Morehead State University 5-3 loss to Georgetown Collegehere.

Hitter of the day: RF Tyler Fisher (Georgetown College)

  • Stats: 4-5, 2 2Bs, 3 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: Daniel Pugh (Morehead St.), Luke Bainer (Morehead St.), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Stewart Ijames (UofL)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Travis McBride (Georgetown College)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Josh Schneider (Morehead St.), Derek Self (UofL), Alex Rexroat (EKU)

Tuesday roundup: EKU, UofL win; Morehead St., WKU lose

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Highlights and recaps from Tuesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • You can read BluGrass Baseball‘s recap of the University of Louisville 6-1 win over Morehead State University here.
  • Eastern Kentucky University freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman continued the Tuesday’s string of strong freshman performances with a five-hit game to lead the Colonels to a 12-8 win over Western Carolina. Soloman was 5-6 with one home run, one double, three RBI, four runs scored and one stolen base in the game. EKU junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 3-5 with three runs scored in the game. Junior left-handed pitcher Greg Terry was credited with the win after he recorded the final out in the sixth inning. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Alex Rexroat recorded the final four outs of the game for his first save. (Box Score)
  • Vanderbilt tied the game on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning before scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in a 6-5 walk-off win over Western Kentucky University. Following the bases-loaded walk from WKU redshirt junior closer Rye Davis that scored the tying run, senior catcher Matt Rice was ejected from the game for arguing the call. Sophomore infielder and catcher J. P. Jackson replaced Rice behind the plate but could not corral Davis’ wild pitch, which allowed the winning run to score. WKU junior outfielder Kes Carter was 2-4 with one run scored, and junior second baseman Ivan Hartle was 2-4 with one RBI in the game. Davis was credited with the loss and his second blown save of the season after surrendering two runs in one inning of work. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: 3B Bryan Soloman (EKU)

  • Stats: 5-6, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB
  • Honorable Mention: Richie Rodriguez (EKU), Ryan Faidley (EKU), Stewart Ijames (UofL)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Dace Kime (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Ross Hammonds (WKU), Matt Harris (EKU)

Midweek Schedule: Week 14

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Check out the short midweek schedule below. Remember now that classes are out of session several teams will start their weekend series on Thursday. Today’s game against UofL is the regular season finale for EKU, and if the Colonels are knocked out of sixth in the OVC to miss the conference tournament it will be their last game of the season.


UK vs. WKU, the day after; EKU defeats Marshall

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Matt Payton bats against UK Wednesday: BluGrass Baseball photo

Matt Payton bats against UK Wednesday: BluGrass Baseball photo

You can read my full commentary of the UK/WKU game in the previous post, but there were plenty of state media at the game. Check out their takes below as well as a recap of EKU’s Wednesday contest.

  • Western Kentucky University defeated the University of Kentucky 6-3 behind four hits from senior first baseman Jake Wells and three RBI from senior shortstop Matt Payton. Freshman right-handed reliever Taylor Haydel recorded the win after allowing one unearned run in one inning. UK freshman right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper took the loss, and the Cats were led by senior third baseman Gunner Glad who was 1-3 with a home run and three RBI. (Box Score)
  • Junior left fielder Ryan Faidley launched two home runs to lead Eastern Kentucky University to a 10-6 win over Marshall Wednesday. Freshman second baseman Matt Phipps and senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando each had two hits. Freshman right-handed pitcher Alex Rexroat was credited with the win despite pitching just two innings in his start. (Box Score)
  • Mike Stunson of the College Heights Herald reports WKU was excited to get the win over its in-state rival.
  • Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel recaps the WKU/UK game and reports UK coach Gary Henderson is concerned about the Cats’ inability to drive in runs.
  • WKU shortstop Payton told Mark Maloney of the Lexington Herald-Leader the Hilltoppers were glad to come through with clutch hits despite leaving 12 men on base.
  • Nick Baumgardner of the Bowling Green Daily News writes WKU is no longer chasing UK in his preview of yesterday’s showdown.

EKU, WKU, Murray recaps; UK and WKU previews

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Check out these recaps from Tuesday and a couple of college newspaper weekend previews:
  • Eastern Kentucky University was blown out 11-3 at Miami (OH). Junior third baseman Jayson Langfels and senior catcher Joey Stevens were each 3-5. Freshman Alex Rexroat took the loss after allowing four runs in three and one-third innings. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University recaps its 14-5 win over Murray State University.
  • Murray St. also has a recap of the home loss.
  • Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel previews the University of Kentucky weekend road series at Vanderbilt.
  • Mike Stunson of the College Heights Herald profiles WKU senior ace Matt Ridings.

EKU picks up 5-2 win over Purdue in home opener

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Eastern Kentucky University picked up a 5-2 win over Purdue in its 2010 home opener behind junior third baseman Jayson Langfels and junior outfielder Ryan Faidley. Freshman right-handed pitcher Alex Rexroat earned his first career victory after allowing two runs on three hits in four innings. Junior right-handed reliever Ryne Purcell picked up his state-leading fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

Langfels launched a two-run home run in third, and Faidley followed one batter later with his own solo shot. The two Colonels combined to drive in all five EKU runs in the game. Sophomore right-handed reliever Matt Harris allowed just two hits in four scoreless innings out of the Colonel bullpen. EKU improved to 7-6 on the season. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Jayson Langfels — Langfels finished the game 2-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. On the season Langfels is batting .458 with five home runs, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored on the season.