WKU rallies from six-run deficit to earn 11-8 win over UK

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Matt Rice bats for WKU: BluGrass Baseball photo

Western Kentucky University rallied from an 8-2 deficit with an eight-run seventh inning to earn an 11-8 win over the University of Kentucky. The Hilltoppers appeared on their way to a loss in the in-state rivalry game until the seventh when senior catcher Matt Rice tripled to to start the rally. Junior center fielder Kes Carter singled to drive in the first run in the frame then scored on senior designated hitter Chris Bullard‘s triple. Senior third baseman Casey Dykes doubled home Bullard then scored on a single from junior shortstop Logan Robbins to tie the game.

Carter gave WKU the lead with a two-run single that scored Robbins and junior left fielder Jared Andreoli. Junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson finished the rally with a RBI-single that scored Rice for the second time in the inning. Rice finished the game 4-5 with one home run, one RBI and four runs scored. His third-inning infield single made him the WKU career hits leader, and his fifth-inning home run tied the WKU career RBI record. Carter was 3-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Bullard also slugged a home run.

UK had its own eight-run inning in the fourth to take an 8-2 lead, but its bullpen could not hold the lead. Senior shortstop Taylor Black and sophomore catcher Luke Maile were both 2-5 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored. Junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy and sophomore center fielder Brian Adams each tallied three hits. UK loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but junior catcher Michael Williams grounded out to end the game.

WKU junior right-handed pitcher Ross Hammonds earned the win after surrendering three hits over three scoreless innings to close out the game. UK freshman right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott took the loss after surrendering four runs on two hits in one-third of an inning. UK wasted a quality start from sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper, who surrendered three runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out eight batters and walking two. (Box Score)

Corey Hart to begin rehab assignment Tues.; Jon Rauch may stick as Blue Jays’ closer; Legends’ duo just misses record

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Corey Hart; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Bowling Green native Corey Hart will begin a rehab assignment with AAA Nashville on Tuesday.
  • LEX18-TV reports University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips singled out UK baseball sophomore outfielder Brian Adams as a wide receiver who has shown playmaking ability during spring football practice. Adams has been splitting time between football and baseball practice this spring.
  • Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports Louisville native and former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch may remain the Blue Jays’ closer even after Frank Francisco returns from the disabled list.
  • T. R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb is still 4-6 weeks away from pitching in the Major leagues.
  • John Park of MiLB.com recaps the Lexington Legends’ Sunday offensive outburst, noting teammates Chris Wallace and Telvin Nash finished the game one base shy of the South Atlantic League record for total bases by a duo in a game, and Wallace missed the SAL single-game RBI record by one.

NCAA roundup: WKU wins two; UofL, UK lose; Murray St. swept in DH; EKU sweeps DH from Morehead St.

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Recaps and highlights from Saturday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • Western Kentucky University and Arkansas St. combined for just two runs in the first 12 innings of their series opener played Friday, but the two teams each scored in the first inning after the game resumed Saturday. WKU scored two runs in the bottom of the 13th inning to earn a 3-2 win. Senior third baseman Casey Dykes, sophomore first baseman Ryan Huck and junior left fielder Jared Andreoli singled to load the bases, and then junior second baseman Ivan Hartle gave WKU the win with a two-run single. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Taylor Haydel was credited with the win. (Box Score)
  • WKU had no trouble scored in the second game of its three-game series versus Arkansas St. with a 13-2 win to clinch the series victory. Junior center fielder Kes Carter was 4-5 with one home run, and two runs scored. Andreoli, senior catcher Matt Rice and junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson each had three hits in five at-bats. Freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Hageman earned the win after surrendering two runs, one of which was earned, on four hits in eight innings while striking out eight batters and walking one. (Box Score)
  • The University of Louisville suffered its first series loss in Big East Conference play with a 6-5 walk-off loss to St. Johns. The Cards blew a three-run lead late in the game but appeared on their way to a win after scoring two runs in the top of the ninth inning. St. Johns rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning off UofL junior closer Tony Zych to clinch the series victory. Zych fell to 0-2 on the season, and UofL wasted a strong start from redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung, who did not surrender a hit through the first six innings. Junior shortstop Ryan Wright was 3-4 with two RBI and one run scored. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky scored seven unanswered runs and loaded the bases in the ninth inning but could not finish the comeback in a 12-10 loss to Ole Miss, the Cats’ 11th consecutive Southeastern Conference loss. Freshman left-handed pitcher Corey Littrell took the loss after surrendering nine runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits in three and one-third innings. Senior shortstop Taylor Black and junior first baseman Braden Kapteyn both tallied two hits and three RBI in the game, and sophomore center fielder Brian Adams was 2-3 with one home run, one RBI and three runs scored. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University was blown out 17-7 by SIU Edwardsville in game one of a double-header. Junior left-handed pitcher Bryan Babin took the loss after surrendering eight runs on 10 hits in four innings while striking out two batters and walking two. Senior center fielder Elliot Frey was 2-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, and junior second baseman Travis Isaak was 2-4 with three RBI. (Box Score)
  • Murray St. dropped a 4-2 decision in game two after SIU Edwardsville scored two runs in the eighth inning of a game that was scheduled to last just seven innings. Senior left-handed pitcher Jake Donze took the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out two batters and walking none. No Murray St. batter had multiple hits in game two, but freshman left fielder Ty Stetson tallied the team’s only RBI. (Box Score)
  • You can read the BluGrass Baseball recap of Eastern Kentucky University‘s double-header sweep of Morehead State University here.
Hitter of the day: 3B Bryan Soloman (EKU)
  • Stats: 3-7, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB
  • Honorable Mention: Kes Carter (WKU), Jared Andreoli (WKU), Matt Rice (WKU), Ryan Hutchinson (WKU), Ryan Wright (UofL), Brian Adams (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Travis Isaak (Murray St.) Jacob Daniel (EKU), A. J. Jamison (EKU), Taylor Davis (Morehead St)
Pitcher of the day: RHP Justin Hageman (WKU)
  • Stats: 1-0. 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Justin Amlung (UofL), Jake Donze (Murray St.) Matt Harris (EKU), Kyle McGrath (EKU), Trey Smith (Morehead St.)

Wellemeyer close to throwing again; Beechwood pitcher excels on and off the field; Adams excels as two-sport athlete

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Todd Wellemeyer; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports Louisville native and former Bellarmine right-handed pitcher Todd Wellemeyer, who was not assigned to a minor league team to start the season, is still rehabbing from a hip injury suffered during Spring Training. Cubs GM Jim Hendry told Rogers he expects Wellemeyer to start throwing soon.
  • Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA has both the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University as No. 3 seeds in his latest NCAA field of 64 projection.
  • Marc Hardin, writing for the Cincinnati Enquirer, profiles Beechwood High School senior pitcher Colin Johnson, who helped Beechwood win 12 of its first 14 games and may play baseball at MIT next year.
  • Ethan Levine of the Kentucky Kernel profiles University of Kentucky sophomore outfielder Brian Adams, who is currently going through spring practice as a wide receiver on the football team in addition to manning center field in most games for the baseball team.
  • Brad Stephens of the College Heights Herald recaps WKU’s 3-2 win over Murray State University, noting WKU redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Rye Davis said after a poor start to 2011 he decided his season was going to start over last night.
  • Nick Baumgardner of The Daily News reports WKU head coach Chris Finwood said he was going to try and pitch Davis in low-pressure situations out of the bullpen in the near future.

BluGrass Baseball Hitting Leaderboard: April 12

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Check out the weekly edition of the college baseball leaderboard below. We’ll look at batting statistics today, remembering that players must have 2.5 at-bats per team game to be eligible for the batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage catergories. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

Batting Average

  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — .432 (54-125)
  • Brandon Elliott — Murray St. — .413 (43-104)
  • Andrew Deeds — Morehead St. — .382 (44-115)
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — .382 (39-102)
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — .375 (36-96)

Home Runs

  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — 9
  • Stewart Ijames — UofL — 7
  • Matt Rice — WKU — 7
  • Jacob Daniel — EKU — 6
  • Bryan Soloman — EKU — 5

RBI

  • Matt Rice — WKU — 36
  • Jacob Daniel — EKU — 34
  • Braden Kapteyn — UK – 33
  • Zach Noonan — Murray St. — 30
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — 29

Runs

  • Brandon Elliott — Murray St. — 30
  • Andrew Deeds — Morehead St. — 30
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 29
  • Matt Rice — WKU — 29
  • Kes Carter — WKU — 28
  • Ryan Hutchinson — WKU — 28
  • Taylor Black — UK — 28

Stolen Bases

  • Chad Wright — UK — 13/16
  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — 13/15
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — 12/14
  • Taylor Black — UK — 10/12
  • Ryan Wright — UofL — 8/9
  • Brian Adams — UK — 8/10
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 8/11

On-Base Percentage

  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — .500
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — .492
  • Brandon Elliott — Murray St. — .487
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — .474
  • Kes Carter — WKU — .463

Slugging Percentage

  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — .745
  • Andrew Deeds — Morehead St. — .661
  • Jacob Daniel — EKU — .588
  • Stewart Ijames — UofL — .579
  • Matt Rice — WKU — .576

NCAA roundup: WKU, UK, EKU earn Tues. wins; UofL loses

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Thomas McCarthy; UK photo by Chet White

Recaps and highlights from Tuesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • You can read the BluGrass Baseball recap of Western Kentucky University‘s 15-5 win over the University of Louisville here.
  • The University of Kentucky scored six runs in the first inning and rode a strong start from sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper to a 15-2 win over Xavier. Cooper, who was making his first start since being demoted from the weekend rotation, earned the win after surrendering two runs on six hits in five innings while striking out six batters and walking none. Junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy was 2-4 with one home run, five RBI and three runs scored, and junior designated hitter Braden Kapteyn was 3-5 with one RBI and four runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Luke Maile slugged a grand slam, and sophomore center fielder Brian Adams added a home run. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 9-6 win over Marshall. Junior left fielder Jacob Daniel was 3-4 with one double, one triple, four RBI and one run scored, and junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 3-4 with one walk, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Junior left-handed pitcher Greg Terry earned the win after surrendering one unearned run on four hits in four innings while striking out two batters and walking none. Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Harris recorded the final two outs of the game for his first save. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: 3B Thomas McCarthy (UK)

  • Stats: 2-4, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Wright (UofL), Matt Rice (WKU), Chris Bullard (WKU), Jared Andreoli (WKU), Brian Adams (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Richie Rodriguez (EKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Jordan Cooper (UK)

  • Stats: 1-0, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Andy Flett (UofL), Ross Hammonds (WKU), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Greg Terry (EKU)

Wednesday roundup: UK wins big; EKU loses 7th straight

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Taylor Black; UK Athletics photo

Recaps and highlights from Wednesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Kentucky scored nine runs over two consecutive innings to earn its eighth win in the last nine games with a 12-4 victory over Canisius. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Walter Wijas earned the win after surrendering two unearned runs in one and two-third innings of work. Senior shortstop Taylor Black was 3-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, and junior left fielder Chad Wright was 3-4 with two runs scored. Senior designated hitter Mike Kaczmarek slugged his first collegiate home run, and sophomore center fielder Brian Adams was 2-2 with two runs scored. Freshman right-handed pitcher Jonathan Paquet surrendered two runs on five hits in four and one-third innings while striking out five batters and walking one in the start. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University‘s losing streak hit seven games and the Colonels fell to 0-10 on the road this season with a 6-3 loss to Miami (OH). Sophomore right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani took the loss after surrendering four runs on seven hits in six and two-third innings while striking out five batters and walking three. Junior designated hitter Jacob Daniel and freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman were both 2-4 in the game. EKU jumped out to a 3-1 lead after six innings, but Miami (OH) scored four runs in the seventh inning and one run in the eighth inning to blow the game open. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University‘s game versus Pikeville College was postponed due to rain and will be made up at a later date.

Hitter of the day: SS Taylor Black (UK)

  • Stats: 3-5, 4 RBI, 2 R
  • Honorable Mention: Chad Wright (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Mike Kaczmarek (UK), Brian Adams (UK), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Bryan Soloman (EKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Jonathan Paquet (UK)

  • Stats: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Anthony Bazzani (EKU), Walter Wijas (UK)

Kentucky collegians among top draft prospects; Wellemeyer hopes to return this week; Cox to start 2011 at high A

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Alex Meyer; UK Athletics photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Allan Simpson of Perfect Game USA ranks University of Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer, University of Louisville junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych, Lexington Catholic alum Nick Maronde, UK sophomore outfielder Brian Adams and Western Kentucky University junior outfielder Kes Carter among the top 100 college draft prospects regardless of class. (Subscription required)
  • Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports Louisville native and former Bellarmine right-handed pitcher Todd Wellemeyer had a cortisone shot for his ailing hip on Sunday and hopes to get back on the mound for the Cubs this week.
  • The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Bowling Green native Corey Hart may return from an oblique injury next week but is still questionable to open the season with the Brewers.
  • Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun reports Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, has abandoned an offseason mechanics tweak to his swing after a poor offensive spring.
  • Kary Booher of the News-Leader reports Louisville native Zack Cox will start the season with high A Palm Beach.

Tuesday roundup: UK, WKU win; UofL, Murray St. lose

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Paul Ritzheimer bats vs. UK; BluGrass Baseball photo

Highlights and recaps from Tuesday Kentucky college baseball:

  • The University of Louisville scored three unanswered runs from the sixth inning on but could not overcome an early 4-0 deficit in a 4-3 loss to Southern California. Senior right-handed pitcher Gabriel Shaw, making his first start of the season, took the loss after surrendering four runs on five hits in three innings while striking out one batter and walking two. Sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings was 2-3 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored. Freshman right-handed pitcher Jeff Thompson struck out four batters and walked one in four scoreless innings of relief. (Box Score)
  • You can see the BluGrass Baseball recap of the University of Kentucky 7-6 win over Murray State University here.
  • Western Kentucky University scored five runs in the first inning then held on for an 11-6 win over Belmont. Eight WKU batters recorded multiple hits in the game, including three batters who recorded three hits. Junior shortstop Logan Robbins was 3-5 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored, junior second baseman Ivan Hartle was 3-5 with two runs scored and junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson was 3-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. Freshman right-handed pitcher G. J. Strauss earned his first collegiate win after surrendering two runs in two innings. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: 3B Paul Ritzheimer (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: SS Logan Robbins (WKU), Ivan Hartle (WKU), Ryan Hutchinson (WKU), Jared Andreoli (WKU), J. T. Riddle (UK), Brian Adams (UK), Cade Stallings (UofL)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Jeff Thompson (UofL)

  • Stats: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Phil Wetherell (WKU), Walter Wijas (UK), Tyler Saltsman (Murray St.)

Freshmen lead UK rally in a 7-6 win over Murray State

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Dallen_Reber bats vs. Murray St.; BluGrass Baseball photo

The University of Kentucky rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to post a 7-6 win over Murray State University. The Cats tied the game with two outs in the sixth inning on a two-run single from freshman right fielder J. T. Riddle and then took the lead on a RBI single from freshman designated hitter Dallen Reber. UK sophomore right-handed pitcher Walter Wijas earned the win after striking out two batters in a scoreless inning. Senior left-handed pitcher Mike Kaczmarek earned his third save of the season after coming on to pitch in the ninth inning with one out and two men on base and inducing a double-play to end the game. Riddle, Reber, sophomore center fielder Brian Adams and sophomore catcher Luke Maile each tallied two hits in the game for UK. Riddle entered the game as a defensive replacement for freshman outfielder Lucas Witt, who left with an apparent leg injury.

Murray St. junior left-handed pitcher Mark Roberts took the loss after surrendering three runs in on four hits in one inning of work. At the plate sophomore third baseman Paul Ritzheimer was 3-4 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored. Sophomore shortstop Brandon Elliott was 3-5 with one RBI and one run scored, and junior catcher Jacob Rhodes was 2-4 with one double and one run scored. Freshman right-handed pitcher Tyler Saltsman started the game for Murray St. and surrendered one hit in two scoreless innings. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball player of the game: RF J. T. Riddle — 2-2, 1 BB, 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB