BluGrass Baseball Friday Review: Week 14

College Baseball

Postseason races were decided Friday across the Bluegrass and one team clinched a tournament berth. Check out recaps and awards from those games below:

  • No. 11 University of Louisville‘s game vs. Notre Dame was rained out and postponed as part of a double-header Saturday. UCONN has won the first two games of its weekend series, meaning a Huskies’ win or Cards’ loss Saturday will clinch the regular season Big East championship for UCONN.
  • The University of Kentucky was embarrassed in a 20-0 blowout loss to last-place Georgia Friday and was eliminated from Southeastern Conference tournament contention with a LSU victory. Georgia scored in each of the first five innings and removed any doubt from the outcome with a seven-run seventh inning. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Joe Devine was the only UK pitcher to hold Georgia scoreless. Freshman left fielder Brian Adams and sophomore third baseman Andy Burns each tallied two hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University dropped game two of its three-game series to Middle Tennessee with a 7-2 loss Friday. Senior right-handed pitcher Shane Cameron took the loss despite only surrendering three runs in seven and one-third innings. No WKU batter recorded multiple hits in the game, and the Hilltopper bullpen surrendered four runs over the final one and two-third innings. Saturday’s rubber match between the two teams will be significant in determining Sun Belt Conference tournament seeding. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University was swept in its Friday double-header by Tennessee Tech, giving Tech the Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship. The Breds lost game one 15-8 and game two 8-3. Senior first baseman Wes Cunningham launched a home run in each game, and senior left fielder Bryan Propst finished the afternoon 4-7 with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBI. Senior right-handed pitcher Chris Craycraft took the loss in game one after allowing nine runs in three and one-third innings, and redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Jake Donze couldn’t record an out in the second inning in his game two loss. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • Morehead State University was eliminated for OVC tournament contention with a double-header sweep by Jacksonville St with a 10-7 loss in game one and 17-0 blowout in game two. Senior pitcher/designated hitter Michael Bottoms was 4-5 in game one and allowed just three runs in seven innings on the mound. Senior shortstop Drew Lee homered in game one. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Josh Schneider and sophomore right-handed pitcher Matthew Robertson took the two losses. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • Eastern Kentucky University swept a double-header from SIU Edwardsville and clinched a spot in the OVC tournament with Morehead St.’s and UT Martin’s losses. EKU won both games by 4-1 scores. Junior left-handed pitcher Paul Duncan allowed one unearned run in six and two-third innings for the game-one win. Freshman right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani scored the game-two victory with one run in five innings. Junior left fielder Ryan Faidley tallied two hits in game one and junior third baseman Jayson Langfels recorded two hits in game two. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)

Hitter of the day: LF Bryan Popst (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 2 G, 4-7, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI
  • Honorable Mention: Wes Cunningham (Murray St.), Brian Adams (UK), Michael Bottoms (Morehead St.), Ryan Faidley (EKU)

Pitcher of the day: LHP Paul Duncan (EKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Shane Cameron (WKU), Michael Bottoms (Morehead St.), Anthony Bazzani (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week 14

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The final weekend of the season starts early this week. Check out the schedule below for everything you need to know about week 14 Kentucky action:

University of Louisville (11) @ Notre Dame

  • Thursday — 6:05 p.m. — RHP Thomas Royse (9-1, 2.61) — Gametracker
  • Friday — 6:05 p.m. — RHP Matthew Koch (2-0, 3.71) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1:05 p.m. — TBA — Gametracker

University of Kentucky @ Georgia

  • Thursday — 6:30 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (5-2, 6.47) — Live Stats
  • Friday — 6:30 p.m. — RHP Jordan Cooper (4-4, 5.11) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 2: 00 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (4-7, 6.27) — Live Stats

Western Kentucky University vs. Middle Tennessee St.

  • Thursday — 6 p.m. (CT) — RHP Matt Ridings (9-1, 3.16) — Live Stats
  • Friday — 6 p.m. (CT) — TBA — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 6 p.m. (CT) — TBA — Live Stats

Murray State University @ Tennessee Tech.

  • Friday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Chris Craycraft (6-3, 4.48)
  • Friday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (5-5, 6.11)
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Alex Love (6-0, 5.74)

Eastern Kentucky University vs. SIU Edwardsville

  • Friday — 1 p.m. — LHP Paul Duncan (4-4, 6.90) — Live Stats
  • Friday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Anthony Bazzani (3-3, 6.02)
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (3-5, 8.12)

Morehead State University vs. Jacksonville St.

  • Friday — 1 p.m. — RHP Michael Bottoms (4-4, 6.85) — Live Stats
  • Friday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Matthew Robertson (1-4, 8.32)
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — TBA

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: Week 14

College Baseball

In the second weekly statistics leaderboard update, we’ll look at the pitching categories. To qualify for the ERA and batting average against, pitchers must have a minimum of 1.0 IP per team game, which makes Murray St. left-handed pitcher Matt McGaha the only full-time reliever eligible. Stats are current through Sunday. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.

ERA

  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 2.61
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3.16
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3.29
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — 4.20
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 4.77

Wins

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 9-1
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 9-1
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 7-0
  • Derek Self — UofL — 7-0
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 7-4

Strikeouts

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 85
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 82
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 69
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 64
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 63

Innings Pitched

  • Matt Ridings — WKU —88.1
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 86.1
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 82.1
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 79.0
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 63.2

Saves

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 13
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 9
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 9
  • Matt Little — UK — 7
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 4

Batting Average Against

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .223
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — .254
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .255
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — .272
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — .278

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 31
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 25
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 25
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 23
  • Gabriel Shaw — UofL — 23
  • Matt Little — UK — 23

BluGrass Baseball Saturday Review: Week 13

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Chris Bisson; Photo: UK Athletics

Recaps and awards from Kentucky’s Saturday slate of baseball:

  • No. 9 University of Louisville evened its series against St. Johns with a 10-6 win in game two of a three-game series. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tony Zych got the win after pitching five scoreless innings out of the UofL bullpen. Zych struck out two, walked none and allowed just two hits. Six different UofL batters tallied two hits in the game, and sophomore second baseman Ryan Wright and senior shortstop Adam Duvall each drove in three runs. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University couldn’t secure a series-win against Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday as it lost a 12-5 decision. Six Hilltoppers tallied two hits in the game, and sophomore center fielder Kes Carter drove in two runs. Sophomore shortstop Logan Robbins scored twice. Senior right-handed pitcher Shane Cameron allowed three runs in four innings, but the WKU bullpen imploded by allowing nine runs over the final five frames. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky rode a strong pitching performance from freshman right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper to defeat LSU 9-4 and secure a series win. Cooper allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings and struck out five while walking just one. Junior second baseman Chris Bisson, junior shortstop Taylor Black and freshman catcher Luke Maile each homered in the game. Freshman outfielder Brian Adams stole a two-run home run with a catch over the left field wall in the fifth inning and finished the game 2-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University scored four runs in the seventh inning to earn a 7-5 win over Morehead State University in game one of a double-header before game two was suspended due to rain. Breds senior first baseman Bryan Propst homered and drove in three runs, and junior left fielder Zach Noonan was 3-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Morehead senior shortstop Drew Lee was 3-4 with a home run, three runs scored and one RBI. Senior left-handed pitcher Matt McGaha was credited with the win. The conclusion of game two will be played Sunday. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University split a double-header with Jacksonville St. with a 4-2 win in game one and a 3-2 loss in game two. Freshman right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani earned the win in game one with a complete-game performance. Bazzani allowed one two runs, one of which was earned, on seven hits and struck out six while walking just one. Junior third baseman Jayson Langfels tallied three hits on the afternoon and senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando launched his 16th home run of the season. (Box Score GM1) (Box Score GM2)

Hitter of the day: SS Drew Lee (Morehead St.)

  • Stats: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 1 2B
  • Honorable Mention: Luke Maile (UK), Chris Bisson (UK), Ryan Wright (UofL), Adam Duvall (UofL), Kes Carter (WKU), Logan Robbins (WKU), Bryan Propst (Murray St.), Zach Noonan (Murray St.), Jayson Langfels (EKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Anthony Bazzani (EKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Matt McGaha (Murray St.), Chris Craycraft (Murray St.), Jordan Cooper (UK), Tony Zych (UofL)

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: May 11

College Baseball

In the second weekly statistics leaderboard update, we’ll look at the pitching categories. To qualify for the ERA and batting average against, pitchers must have a minimum of 1.0 IP per team game, which makes Murray St. left-handed pitcher Matt McGaha the only full-time reliever eligible. Stats are current through Sunday. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.

ERA

  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 2.38
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3.38
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3.62
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — 3.95
  • Derek Self — UofL — 4.03

Wins

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 8-1
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 9-1
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 7-0
  • Derek Self — UofL — 7-0
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 7-4

Strikeouts

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 77
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 77
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 67
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 59
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 58
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 58

Innings Pitched

  • Matt Ridings — WKU —80.0
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 79.1
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 76.1
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 75.2
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 69.2

Saves

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 12
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 8
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 8
  • Matt Little — UK — 7
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 4

Batting Average Against

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .238
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .251
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — .261
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .263
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — .278

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 29
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 23
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 23
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 22
  • Five tied at 21

UofL holds steady in rankings; Cunningham, Craycraft, Cooper, Lee, Duvall honored

College Baseball

Your weekly Monday college baseball roundup:

  • The University of Louisville stayed at No. 9 in the latest Baseball America top 25 and dropped to No. 8 in the latest Rivals.com rankings.
  • Aaron Fitt of BA profiles Murray State University senior first baseman Wes Cunningham in his weekly Golden Spikes Award spotlight.
  • Cunningham was named the Ohio Valley Conference player of the week, and Murray St. right-handed pitcher Chris Craycraft was named the league’s pitcher of the week.
  • University of Kentucky right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper was named the Southeastern Conference freshman of the week.
  • UofL senior Adam Duvall and Morehead State University senior Drew Lee were named quarterfinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award which goes to the nation’s top shortstop.

BluGrass Baseball Week 12 Awards

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Wes Cunningham: BluGrass Baseball photo

Awards from a finals-shortened week of Kentucky baseball:

Player of the week: 1B Wes Cunningham (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 7-11 (.636), 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 5 R, 12 RBI
  • Honorable Mention: Richie Rodriguez (EKU), Taylor Davis (Morehead St.) Colton Moore (Murray St.), Jeff Arnold (UofL), Marcus Nidiffer (UK)

Pitcher of the week: RHP Thomas Royse (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Chris Craycraft (Murray St.), Justin Amlung (UofL), Matt Koch (UofL), Alex Meyer (UK), Jordan Cooper (UK), Matt Ridings (WKU), Josh Schneider (Morehead St.)

Freshman of the week: RHP Jordan Cooper (UK)

  • Stats: 1-0, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Justin Amlung (UofL), Matt Koch (UofL), Colton Moore (Murray St.)

BluGrass Baseball Week 12 Weekend Schedule

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Check out the weekend schedule for week 12 below as Murray State and EKU face off in a in-state series for Ohio Valley Conference positioning. UofL and WKU will try to cement their NCAA tournament seedings while UK will try to salvage its season against Southeastern Conference leader South Carolina.

University of Louisville (9) @ Georgetown

Western Kentucky University vs. UALR

  • Friday — 6 p.m. (CT) — RHP Matt Ridings (8-1, 3.59) — Live Stats
  • Saturday –3 p.m. (CT) — RHP Shane Cameron (4-1, 4.80) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Brian Edelen (4-1, 3.66) — Live Stats

University of Kentucky vs. South Carolina (6)

  • Friday — 7 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (4-6, 5.63) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 7 p.m. — RHP Jordan Cooper (2-4, 5.70) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (4-2, 7.30) — Gametracker

Murray State University vs. Eastern Kentucky University

  • Saturday — 2 p.m. — RHP Chris Craycraft (5-3, 4.81) vs. LHP Paul Duncan (4-2, 6.62) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (5-5, 6.22) vs. LHP Greg Terry (3-2, 5.40) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 2 p.m. — RHP Alex Love (5-0, 5.91) vs. RHP Stephen Hefler (3-3, 8.03) — Live Stats

Morehead State University vs. UT Martin

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Michael Bottoms (4-3, 6.75) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Matthew Robertson (1-3, 9.89)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Jeff Arnold (4-1, 8.43)

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: May 4

College Baseball

In the second weekly statistics leaderboard update, we’ll look at the pitching categories. To qualify for the ERA and batting average against, pitchers must have a minimum of 1.0 IP per team game, which just makes Murray St. reliever Matt McGaha eligible, but excludes new UofL weekend starting pitcher Gabriel Shaw and Cards closer Neil Holland. Stats are current through Sunday. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.

ERA

  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 2.65
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3.59
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3.94
  • Derek Self — UofL — 3.94
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — 4.08

Wins

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 8-1
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 8-1
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 7-0
  • Derek Self — UofL — 6-0
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 6-3

Strikeouts

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 67
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 66
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 65
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 55
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 54

Innings Pitched

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 72.2
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 71.1
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 70.1
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 67.1
  • Logan Darnell — UK — 67.1

Saves

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 11
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 8
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 8
  • Matt Little — UK — 6
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 4

Batting Average Against

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .246
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .256
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — .268
  • Derek Self — UofL — .274
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — .278

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 27
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 21
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 21
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 21
  • Matt Little — UK — 20
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 20

Weekend Schedule: Week 11

College Baseball

The race for postseason positioning ratchets up this weekend as each Kentucky team faces important conference matchups. Of particular note: UK faces a must-win series against Tennessee in the race for the eighth and final spot in the Southeastern Conference tournament, and Murray St. squares off with Ohio Valley Conference leader Southeast Missouri.

University of Louisville (12) vs. Rutgers

  • Friday — 3 p.m. — RHP Thomas Royse (7-1, 2.56) — Gametracker
  • Friday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Matt Koch (1-0, 1.93) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 11 a.m. — TBA — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University @ Troy

  • Friday — 6 p.m. (CT) — RHP Matt Ridings (7-1, 3.51)
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. (CT) — RHP Shane Cameron (4-1, 4.84) — Sun Belt Network
  • Sunday  — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Brian Edelen (4-1, 4.84)

University of Kentucky @ Tennessee

  • Friday — 5 p.m. — LHP Logan Darnell (3-3, 5.46) — Gametracker — ESPNU
  • Saturday — 4 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (4-5, 5.26) — Gametracker — Fox Sports Net
  • Sunday — 3 p.m. — TBA — Gametracker — Fox Sports Net

Murray State University @ SE Missourri

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Chris Craycraft (5-3, 4.69)
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (5-5, 5.85)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Alex Love (5-0, 5.32)

Morehead State University @ Austin Peay

  • Saturday — 2 p.m.  — RHP Michael Bottoms (4-3, 6.75)
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Matthew Robertson (1-2, 9.89)
  • Sunday — 2 p.m. — TBA

Eastern Kentucky University vs. Tennessee Tech.

  • Saturday — 11 a.m. — LHP Paul Duncan (4-2, 6.62) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Greg Terry (3-2, 5.64)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (3-3, 7.71)