BluGrass Baseball Friday Review: Week 12

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Matt Rice bats for WKU: BluGrass Baseball photo

Recaps from an important Friday for Kentucky’s non-OVC teams:

  • No. 9 University of Louisville shutout Georgetown 5-0 in game one of a three game series behind eight stellar innings from junior right-handed pitcher Thomas Royse. The Cards’ ace struck out 11, walked none and allowed just six hits in the game. Senior first baseman Andrew Clark led the charge at the plate with a 2-5 performance. Senior catcher Jeff Arnold also tallied two hits in the game.
  • Western Kentucky University rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to record a come-from-behind 5-4 win over UALR. Junior catcher Matt Rice led the charge for the Hilltoppers with a 3-5 performance. Rice drove in two runs and scored once. Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Ridings allowed three runs, one of which ¬†was earned, on four hits in seven and one-third innings. He struck out 10 and walked one. Senior right-handed reliever Bart Carter recorded the win after allowing one uneared run in one and two-third innings. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky wasted a strong offensive performance against one of the Southeastern Conference’s top pitchers in a 13-9 loss to South Carolina. Gamecocks ace Blake Cooper was 8-0 entering the game. Junior right fielder Lance Ray was 3-4 with two RBI and one run scored in the game, and six Cats tallied at least two hits in the game. Freshman left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers took the loss after allowing eight runs, only three of which were earned. The Cats recorded five errors in the game. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: C Matt Rice (WKU)

  • Stats: 3-5, 2 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: Andrew Clark (UofL), Lance Ray (UK), Jared Andreoli (WKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Thomas Royse (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Ridings (WKU), Bart Carter (WKU)

BluGrass Baseball Sunday Review: Week Ten

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After Saturday’s rain-shortened schedule the Sunday slate of Kentucky baseball was jam packed with five of six teams playing in doubleheaders. Check out recaps and awards from those games below:

  • No. 13 University of Louisville dropped its series finale 8-6 to Seton Hall. Senior shortstop Adam Duvall, redshirt sophomore right fielder Stewart Ijames and freshmen third basemen Kyle Grieshaber and Cade Stallings each homered in the game for the Cards. Duvall led UofL with three hits. Junior right-handed pitcher Gabriel Shaw suffered his first loss of the season after allowing four runs in four innings. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University swept a doubleheader from Florida International with a walk-off 8-4 win in game one and an 8-4 win in game two. Sophomore center fielder Kes Carter was 6-9 with three runs scored and one RBI. Junior outfielder Monte Ketchum gave WKU the win in game one with a pinch-hit, walkoff grand slam. Relievers Rye Davis and Bart Carter were credit with the two wins. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • The University of Kentucky rallied for an 8-7 win in game one of a double-header with Auburn, but dropped game two 6-5 to lose a pivotal conference series. Senior first baseman Gunner Glad was 4-7 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI. Junior right fielder Lance Ray homered in game two. Junior right-handed reliever Matt Little picked up the win in game one after allowing two unearned runs in four innings. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • Morehead State University‘s recent offensive outburst was slowed Sunday as the Eagles were swept in a doubleheader by Tennessee Tech with a 5-3 loss in game one and a 12-4 defeat in game two. Sophomore outfielder Cameron Flynn homered and drove in three runs in game one. Senior right-handed pitcher Michael Bottoms and junior right-handed pitcher Matthew Robertson were handed the two losses. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • Eastern Kentucky University swept its Sunday doubleheader against UT Martin with a 7-3 win in game one and a 7-4 victory in game two. Senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando drove in four in the doubleheader, and freshman designated hitter Austin Grisham tallied three hits in game one. Junior left-handed pitcher Paul Duncan allowed three runs in six innings for the game one win, and sophomore left-handed pitcher Greg Terry was credited with the game two win. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • Murray State University was swept in its Sunday doubleheader by Eastern Illinois after a 8-6 loss in game one and a 7-4 defeat in game two. Senior first baseman Wes Cunningham and freshman shortstop Brandon Elliott each tallied four hits on the afternoon. Senior right-handed pitcher Chris Craycraft and redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Jake Donze were credited with the two losses. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)

Hitter of the Day: OF Jared Andreoli (WKU)

  • Stats: 5-10, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI
  • Honorable Mention: Kes Carter (WKU), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Adam Duvall (UofL), Keenan Wiley (UK), Gunner Glad (UK), Taylor Davis (Morehead), Anthony Ottrando (EKU), Wes Cunningham (Murray St.)

Pitcher of the Day: LHP Paul Duncan (EKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO
  • Matt Little (UK), Brian Edelen (WKU), Shane Cameron (WKU), Tony Zych (UofL), Anthony Bazzani (EKU)

WKU wins game one of tournament 5-1 over Texas A&M

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Western Kentucky University took advantage of five Texas A&M errors to earn a 5-1 victory in game one of the QTI Baylor Classic. Four of WKU’s five runs were unearned. The Hilltoppers only earned run came in the second inning, and WKU used four Aggie errors in the fifth to jump out to a 5-0 lead.

On the mound WKU senior right-handed ace Matt Ridings allowed one earned run in six innings on six hits. Ridings struck out four and walked one. Senior left-handed reliever Bart Carter and sophomore right-handed reliever Rye Davis finished the game with three scoreless innings. Senior second baseman Matt Payton and junior designated hitter Kory Petri each drove in a run, and sophomore left fielder Jared Andreoli added two hits. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Matt Ridings — The most valuable player for the Hilltoppers Friday night probably was Texas A&M’s poor defense, but Ridings was lights out as well. In two starts this season Ridings is 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA in 10 innings. Ridings second start (6 IP, 1 ER, 4SO, 1 BB) was much better than his first (4 IP, 6 ER, 7 SO, 4BB)

BluGrass Baseball College Awards: Week 1

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Each conference gives out a weekly player, pitcher and freshman of the week honors on Monday for the previous week’s play. Since I like to consider BluGrass Baseball a sort of conference of its own, we’ll play copy cat and issue similar awards each week. To be eligible, players must be on a Kentucky college team or a graduate of a Kentucky high school playing elsewhere in college baseball.

BluGrass Baseball Player of Week — Bryan Propst — Murray State

  • Stats: .500 (7-14), 2 HR, 5 runs, 5 RBI, 2 doubles, 14 total bases
  • Honorable Mention: Jared Andreoli (WKU), Wes Cunningham (WKU), Adam Duvall (UofL), Keenan Wiley (UK), Marcus Nidiffer (UK), Cameron Flynn (Morehead), Drew Lee (Morehead)

BluGrass Baseball Pitcher of Week — Taylor Rogers — UK

  • Stats: 1-0, 7.2 IP, 6 hits, 1 BB, 2 SO,
  • Honorable Mention: Tanner Perkins (WKU), Bart Carter (WKU), Jake Donze (Murray St.), Neil Holland (UofL), Thomas Royse (UofL), Alex Meyer (UK), Logan Darnell (UK)

BluGrass Baseball Freshman of Week — Tanner Perkins — WKU

  • Stats: 1-0, 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Taylor Rogers (UK), Jordan Cooper (UK), Ryan Huck (WKU), Taylor Haydel (WKU)

WKU clinches series win with 5-3 victory over Kent St.

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Western Kentucky University closed out an season-opening series victory with a 5-3 win over Kent State Sunday. The Hilltoppers were led at the plate by sophomore center fielder Kes Carter, who was 2-4 with three RBI on the afternoon. Sophomore left fielder Jared Andreoli was 2-4 with three runs scored.

Senior right-handed starting pitcher Shane Cameron allowed three runs on seven hits in four and two-third innings. Senior left-handed reliever Bart Carter entered the game in the fifth, shutting down a Kent State rally and finished the afternoon with three and one-third hitless innings of relief to earn the win. Redshirt sophomore Rye Davis recorded the save with a scoreless ninth inning. (Box Sc0re)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Bart Carter — Carter entered the game with Kent State having already scored two runs in the fifth. He recorded the final out in that inning before pitching three more hitless frames to keep Western in the game. Carter recorded six win in each of his first three seasons with the Hilltoppers.

WKU stages late rally but falls 10-13 to Kent State

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Western Kentucky University staged a late comeback against Kent State University, but came up three runs short in its bid to make a clean sleep of Opening Day Kentucky college victories. Kent State plated six runs against WKU ace Matt Ridings en route to a 13-10 victory. The Hilltoppers offense was paced by junior catcher Matt Rice who was 3-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Sophomore outfielder Jared Andreoli added three hits in four at-bats and four RBI.

Senior right-handed pitcher Ridings allowed six runs in four innings, and the WKU bullpen gave up seven more runs in the game. Senior left-handed reliever Bart Carter was the Hilltoppers best pitcher in the game after surrendering one run in two and two-thirds innings. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Jared Andreoli — Preseason All-American Matt Rice continued the Kentucky trend of stars excelling today, but the sophomore outfielder from Wisconsin stole the show with three hits, four RBI and a triple in the game against Kent State.

Sun Belt coaches name four Hilltoppers to preseason all-conference team, pick WKU to finish second

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The Sun Belt Conference has released its preseason all-conference team, and four Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers made the list. Starting pitcher Matt Ridings, relief pitcher Bart Carter, catcher Matt Rice and second baseman Matt Payton were each named all-Sun Belt performers. The coaches selected WKU to finish second in the league. (Read more)

WKU also hosted its own media day Friday. Check out these media day links:

  • Audio from Seniors Jake Wells and Bart Carter and junior Matt Rice via WKU Sports.
  • Audio of head coach Chris Finwood.
  • Daniel Pike of the Bowling Green Daily News profiles WKU pitcher Rye Davis and his return from injury.