NCAA roundup: UK beats UofL; EKU blown out


Recaps and highlights from Tuesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • You can read the BluGrass Baseball recap of the University of Kentucky‘s 7-1 win over the University of Louisville here.
  • Eastern Kentucky University surrendered 11 runs in the first two innings of its Tuesday game and never overcame the early deficit in an 18-7 loss to East Tennessee St. Freshman right-handed pitcher Blake Bottoms took the loss after surrendering six runs on eight hits in two-thirds of an inning in his second start of the season. Freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman was 3-5 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored. Sophomore designated hitter Alex Hughes slugged his third home run of the season. (Box Score)
Hitter of the day: 3B Bryan Soloman (EKU)
  • Stats: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 2Bs, 3 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Seiz (UofL), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Luke Maile (UK), Chad Wright (UK), Austin Grisham (EKU),
Pitcher of the day: RHP Jordan Cooper (UK)
  • Stats: 1-0, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
  • Honorable Mention: RHP Chad Green (UofL), Alex Phillips (UK)

BluGrass Baseball Midweek Schedule: April 26

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With strong storms predicted for much of the state over the next two days, weather figures to play a major role in midweek college baseball action. Two schools have already postponed or canceled Tuesday games. Check out the midweek schedule as it stands for now below with probable starters listed when available:


  • 4 p.m. — Eastern Kentucky University (14-26) vs. East Tennessee State — RHP Blake Bottoms (0-0 5.68 ERA) — Live Stats
  • 7 p.m. — University of Louisville (22-17) @ University of Kentucky (19-22) — RHP Mike Nastold (3-4, 3.53 ERA) vs. RHP Jordan Cooper (2-1, 4.96 ERA) — Gametracker
  • 2 p.m. — EKU vs. East Tennessee St. — LHP Paul Duncan (0-2, 9.45 ERA) — Live Stats
  • 3 p.m. (CT) — Murray State University (14-23) vs. Mid-Continent University (24-26)
  • 4 p.m. (CT) — Western Kentucky University (25-16) vs.  N0. 4 Vanderbilt — RHP Taylor Haydel (5-3, 6.99 ERA) — Live Stats
  • 6:30 p.m. — Morehead State University (7-30) vs. Kentucky Wesleyan College (12-19) — Live Stats

Ryan Wright, Alex Meyer, Corey Littrell win week 10 awards

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Alex Meyer; UK Athletics photo

It’s time for the week 10 college baseball awards. Check out a rundown of the week’s best hitting, pitching and freshmen performances below:

Hitter of the week: INF Ryan Wright (UofL)

  • Stats: 8-15 (.533), 2 HR, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 SBs
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Rice (WKU), Ryan Huck (WKU), Thomas McCarthy (UK), Luke Maile (UK), Jacob Rhodes (Murray St.), Bryan Soloman (EKU), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.)
Pitcher of the week: RHP Alex Meyer (UK)
  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Derek Self (UofL), Justin Amlung (UofL), Jordan Cooper (UK), Corey Littrell (UK), Jake Donze (Murray St.), Stephen Hefler (EKU), Garrick Whittle (Morehead St.), Josh Schneider (Morehead St.)
Freshman of the week: LHP Corey Littrell (UK)
  • Stats: 1-0, 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Scott Wilcox (WKU), Kyle Gibson (UofL), Ryan Seiz (UofL), Matt Reida (UK), Brandon Eggenschwiler (Murray St.), Bryan Soloman (EKU), Blake Bottoms (EKU), Noah Smallwood (Morehead St.)

NCAA roundup: WKU beats UK; UofL, EKU, Murray St. lose

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Recaps and highlights from Tuesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • You can read the recap of Western Kentucky University‘s 11-8 win over the University of Kentucky here.
  • The University of Louisville outhit Indiana 9-7 but still dropped its sixth consecutive game with a 5-3 loss. Freshman right-handed pitcher Chad Green took the loss after surrendering two runs on one hit in two and one-third innings. Junior infielder Ryan Wright and redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames were both 2-4. Freshman outfielder Cole Sturgeon and sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings tallied the only RBI for UofL. Freshman right-handed pitcher Jeff Thompson pitched three scoreless innings in the start. (Box Score)
  • Evansville scored seven runs in the first two innings to send Murray State University to an 8-3 loss. Freshman right-handed pitcher Tyler Saltsman took the loss after surrendering seven runs on seven hits in one-plus inning. Junior catcher Jacob Rhodes was 3-4 with two RBI, and freshman second baseman Wes Warren was 2-3. Junior first baseman Cody Larson slugged his second home run of the season. The Murray St. bullpen surrendered just one unearned run over the final eight innings. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University snapped its four-game winning streak with a 4-2 loss to Marshall. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani took the loss after surrendering two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Junior right fielder Michael Garcia was 2-3 with one walk and one RBI and was the only Colonel with multiple hits in the game. Freshman right-handed pitcher Blake Bottoms surrendered three hits in three innings in his first collegiate start. (Box Score)
Hitter of the day: C Matt Rice (WKU)
  • Stats: 4-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 R
  • Honorable Mention: Kes Carter (WKU), Logan Robbins (WKU), Ryan Wright (UofL), Stewart Ijames (UofL), Taylor Black (UK), Luke Maile (UK), Jacob Rhodes (Murray St.), Michael Garcia (EKU)
Pitcher of the day: RHP Jordan Cooper (UK)
  • Stats: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Ross Hammonds (WKU), Jeff Thompson (UofL), Bryan Babin (Murray St.), Blake Bottoms (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Midweek Schedule: April 19

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Check out the Week 10 midweek schedule, highlighted by the WKU/UK matchup, below with probable pitchers listed when available:


  • 3 p.m. — Eastern Kentucky University @ Marshall — RHP Blake Bottoms (0-0, 10.80 ERA) — Live Stats
  • 6 p.m. — University of Louisville (20-15) vs. Indiana — RHP Jeff Thompson (1-0, 2.82 ERA) — Gametracker
  • 6 p.m. (CT) — Western Kentucky University (24-13) vs. University of Kentucky (17-20) — RHP Taylor Haydel (5-3, 6.77 ERA) vs. RHP Jordan Cooper (2-1, 5.23 ERA)
  • 6 p.m. (CT) — Murray State University (13-21) @ Evansville — TBA — Live Stats


  • 3:05 p.m. — Morehead State University @ Indiana —

Alonso, Goebbert win league weekly awards; Murray St. hires new assistant; Legends concert to benefit Pike County

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Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Louisville Bats first baseman Yonder Alonso was named the International League player o the week, and Lexington Legends outfielder Jacob Goebbert was named the South Atlantic League player of the week.
  • Mike Marsee of the The Advocate-Messenger in Danville reports recently graduated Boyle County High School pitcher Blake Bottoms will walk-on at Eastern Kentucky University instead of following through on his commitment to Pikeville College.
  • Jason Stella of the Louisville Bats media relations department recaps a historic July that saw the Bats tally a franchise-record 22 wins.
  • J. J. Cooper of Baseball America profiles recent improvements by Alonso and Bats left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman.
  • Murray State University has hired former Tennessee Tech assistant coach Chris Cole as baseball recruiting coordinator.
  • LEX18 reports part of the proceeds from the August country music concert hosted by the Legends at Applebee’s Park featuring Randy Travis, LeAnn Rimes and Craig Morgan will go to support Pike County flood victims. For anyone who uses the special PIKERELIEF promotional code when purchasing a $37 ticket, $20 will go to relief efforts.