College summer leagues around the country are starting play this week. BluGrass Baseball will have coverage of the Lexington Hustlers of the Great Lakes League, but I wanted to update you as to where other Kentucky collegians will play this summer. Western Kentucky University has released its summer lineup so we’ll start with them:
- OF Jared Andreoli — Green Bay Bullfrogs — Northwoods League
- OF Kes Carter — Peninsula Pilots — Coastal Plains League
- SS Logan Robbins — Peninsula Pilots — Coastal Plains League
- 3B Mike Mosby — Peninsula Pilots — Coastal Plains League*
- INF Blake Crabtree — Winchester Royals — Valley Leauge
- C Ryan Huck — Winchester Royals — Valley Leauge
- RHP Brian Edelen — New Market Rebels — Valley Leauge
- LHP Tanner Perkins — Lexington Hustlers — Great Lakes League
- RHP Taylor Haydel — Nashville Outlaws — Prospect League
- RHP Andrew Zimmerman — Owensboro Oilers — KIT League
- RHP Caleb Hanes — Owensboro Oilers — KIT League
* Mosby signed to play with WKU for the 2011 season but was the Orioles 14th round draft pick.
Western Kentucky University rode three home runs to a 14-4 blowout of Illinois-Chicago in game one of a three-game series. The Hilltoppers received long balls from senior second baseman Matt Payton, junior left fielder Monte Ketchum and sophomore shortstop Logan Robbins. Ketchum, Robbins, senior first baseman Jake Wells, freshman designated hitter Ryan Huck, junior center fielder Kes Carter and sophomore left fielder Jared Andreoli each drove in multiple runs in the game.
Senior right-handed ace Matt Ridings earned his second win of the season after allowing four runs in six innings. Ridings surrendered six hits, struck out three and walked two. Junior right-handed reliever Scott Pedersen and freshman right-handed reliever Caleb Hanes held Illinois-Chicago scoreless over the last three innings. WKU improved to 7-2 on the season. (Box Score)
BluGrass Baseball POG: Monte Ketchum — In a game of standout offensive performances Ketchum’s was the best. The left fielder was 3-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in the game. Ketchum had no hits in four at-bats on the season entering the game.