NCAA roundup: WKU, UofL win; UK loses; Murray St., EKU, Morehead St. teams swept in double-headers

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Stewart Ijames and Ryan Wright look on from the UofL dugout; BluGrass Baseball photo

Stats and recaps from Saturday Kentucky college baseball:

  • Western Kentucky University used a seven-run seventh inning to rally for an 8-5 win over Louisiana-Monroe in game two of a three-game series. Freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Hageman earned his seventh win of the season after surrendering four runs on seven hits in seven innings while striking out six batters and walking four. Junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson was 2-5 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored. Sophomore first baseman Ryan Huck was 2-4 with one double and two runs scored. Redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Brian Edelen, the Hilltoppers’ usual Sunday starter, recorded the final four outs of the game for his first save. (Box Score)
  • Two different University of Louisville batters slugged grand slams in an 11-3 win over Georgetown in game two of a three-game series. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung improved to 8-0 on the season after surrendering three runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out seven batters and walking one. Redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames was 3-5 with one home run, five RBI and one run scored. Junior infielder Ryan Wright slugged a grand slam, drove in five runs and scored twice. Sophomore left fielder Kyle Grieshaber was 2-2 with one walk and three runs scored. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky continued its downward slide in Southeastern Conference play with an 8-4 loss to LSU, that completed the three-game sweep by the Tigers. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers took the loss after surrendering five runs on four hits in three and two-third innings while striking out two batters and walking three. Redshirt senior right fielder Neiko Johnson was 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore catcher Luke Maile was 2-4 with two RBI. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University could not finish a late rally in a 5-4 loss to Southeast Missouri in game one of a double-header. Junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Beers took the loss after surrendering four runs on nine hits in eight innings while striking out six batters and walking four. Sophomore shortstop Brandon Elliott was 2-4 with one home run, two RBI and one run scored and was the only Murray St. batter with multiple hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • Southeast Missouri scored 11 runs in the fourth inning in game two of the double-header to send Murray St. to a 17-7 loss. Senior right-handed pitcher Jake Donze took the loss after surrendering six runs on six hits in two and one-third innings while striking out two batters and walking three. Junior second baseman Travis Isaak was 2-4 with two RBI and one run scored, and freshman left fielder Ty Stetson was 1-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University tallied 10 hits but still dropped a 10-3 decision in game one of a double-header versus Tennessee Tech. Senior right-handed pitcher Chris Hord took the loss in his first start of the season after surrendering five runs on five hits in three innings while striking out one batter and walking four. Freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman and junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez each had two hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • In game two of the double-header EKU never overcame a five-run first inning by Tennessee Tech in a 10-4 loss. Freshman left-handed pitcher Kyle McGrath took the loss after surrendering five runs on three hits in one inning. No EKU batter tallied multiple hits in the game, but Soloman and junior right fielder Michael Garcia each slugged home runs in the game. (Box Score)
  • Daviess County High School alum Jeremy Dobbs earned his eighth win of the season for Austin Peay in a 7-3 win over Morehead State University. Dobbs improved to 8-2 on the season after surrendering three runs on seven hits in seven innings while striking out six batters and walking six. Morehead St. junior designated hitter Eric Bainer was 2-5 with one run scored. Senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith took the loss after surrendering seven runs on 12 hits in four and two-third innings. (Box Score)
  • In game two of the double-header Morehead St. blew a 9-0 lead after three innings in a 12-10 loss to Austin Peay. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cody Gibson took the loss after surrendering two runs on two hits in two innings. Junior catcher Taylor Davis was 3-4 with one RBI, two runs scored and two walks, and senior first baseman Michael Fear was 2-5 with four RBI. Senior left fielder Daniel Pugh was 3-4 with three runs scored. (Box Score)
Hitter of the day: RF Stewart Ijames (UofL)
  • Stats: 3-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Hutchinson (WKU), Ryan Huck (WKU), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Ryan Wright (UofL), Neiko Johnson (UK), Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Bryan Soloman (EKU), Eric Bainer (Morehead St.), Daniel Pugh (Morehead St.)
Pitcher of the day: RHP Justin Amlung (UofL)
  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Justin Hageman (WKU), Tyler Beers (Murray St.), Jeremy Dobbs (Austin Peay, Daviess Co. HS), Josh Schneider (Morehead St.)
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NCAA roundup: Murray St. an Morehead St. both lose

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Recaps and highlights from Wednesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • Murray State University could not get its offense going in a 9-0 shutout loss to Southern Illinois. Junior right-handed pitcher Curran McNeely took the loss after surrendering seven runs on five hits in three innings while striking out four batters and walking one. Just one Murray St. batter tallied multiple hits in the game: sophomore shortstop Brandon Elliott, who was 2-4. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Will Handlin was the only Breds pitcher to last multiple innings without giving up a run, and he surrendered two hits in two scoreless innings. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University rallied to score 10 runs but could not overcome an early deficit in a 14-10 loss to Cincinnati. Bearcats senior outfielder Justin Riddell, a Lexington Catholic alum, was 3-5 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored. Covington Catholic alum Zach Isler earned the win for Cincinnati after surrendering one run on one hit in two and one-third innings while striking out four batters and walking none. Morehead St. sophomore right-handed pitcher Cody Gibson took the loss after surrendering nine runs on nine hits in four innings while striking out six batters and walking one. Junior center fielder and third baseman Andrew Deeds was 4-5 with two RBI and two run scored, and junior catcher Taylor Davis was 1-3 with one home run, three RBI, two runs scored and two walks. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: RF Justin Riddell (Cincinnati, Lexington Catholic)

  • Stats: 3-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
  • Honorable Mention: Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.), Taylor Davis (Morehead St.), Austin Haney (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Zach Isler (Cincinnati, Covington Catholic)

  • Stats: 1-0, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Will Handlin (Murray St.), Josh Schneider (Morehead St.)

Tuesday roundup: UofL, WKU, UK win; OVC teams all lose

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Corey Littrell; BluGrass Baseball photo

Recaps and highlights from Tuesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville’s offense busted out of its early season slump to tall 15 hits in an 11-2 win over Kent State. Junior second baseman Ryan Wright was 3-3 with two RBI, three runs scored and one walk, and freshman first baseman Ryan Seiz was 3-3 with one home run, three RBI, two runs scored and one walk. Sophomore designated hitter Kyle Grieshaber and redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames also homered in the game. Freshman right-handed pitcher Jeff Thompson earned his first win after surrendering one unearned run in three innings. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University took the lead with three runs in third inning and added two insurance runs in the fourth inning to earn a 5-2 win over Austin Peay. Three WKU batters, junior shortstop Logan Robbins, senior third baseman Casey Dykes and sophomore catcher Ryan Huck, tallied two hits in the game. Dykes drove in three runs and Huck drove in two. Robbins and junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson each scored two runs. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Taylor Haydel earned the win after pitching three scoreless innings, and junior right-handed pitcher Phil Wetherell picked up asave with a scoreless ninth inning. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky scored just two runs through seven innings but added two in the eighth inning to secure a 4-2 win over Cincinnati. Freshman left-handed pitcher Corey Littrell earned his third win of the season after surrendering one run on eight hits in six innings while striking out four batters and walking two. Freshman right fielder J. T. Riddle was 3-4 with a double and one run scored, and junior catcher Michael Williams was 3-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Junior designated hitter and right-handed pitcher Braden Kapteyn came on with men on second and third with no outs in the ninth inning but struck out the side to earn his second save. (Box Score)
  • You can see the BluGrass Baseball recap of the Mid-Continent University 5-1 win over Murray State University here.
  • Eastern Kentucky University’s losing streak reached six games with a 6-3 loss to Miami (OH). Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Harris took the loss after surrendering three runs in one inning in his first start of the season. The Colonels used the midweek game to get its bullpen some work with nine different pitchers going one inning. Sophomore left fielder Austin Grisham and junior designated hitter Jacob Daniel were both 2-5 in the game. (Box Score)
  • If last week’s loss to Georgetown College wasn’t the low point of the 2011 season, Morehead State University hit that point Tuesday with a 32-17 loss to Canisius. Three different Eagles pitchers surrendered at least six runs in the game with the loss going to sophomore right-handed pitcher Cody Gibson, who surrendered seven runs on eight hits in two and two-third innings. Canisius tallied 28 hits and scored in every inning except the first and fourth. Three different Morehead St. batters had three hits in the game, led by Luke Bainer, who was 3-5 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: RF Luke Bainer (Morehead St.)

  • Stats: 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Wright (UofL), Ryan Seiz (UofL), Travis Redmon (Morehead St.), Daniel Pugh (Morehead St.), Taylor Davis (Morehead St.), J. T. Riddle (UK), Michael Williams (UK), Casey Dykes (WKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Allen Hasse (Mid-Continent)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Jeff Thompson (UofL), Chad Green (UofL), Tyler Saltsman (Murray St.), Corey Littrell (UK), Taylor Haydel (WKU)

BluGrass Basbeall Week Six Midweek Schedule

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It’s time for the week six midweek schedule with probable starters listed when available:

Tuesday

  • University of Louisville (12-7) vs. Kent State — RHP Jeff Thompson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) — 3 p.m. — Gametracker
  • Eastern Kentucky University (6-13) vs. Miami (OH) — RHP Matt Harris (0-0, 2.79 ERA) — 3 p.m. — Live Stats
  • Morehead State University (3-17) vs. Canisius — RHP Cody Gibson (1-3, 17.55) — 3 p.m. — Live Stats
  • Murray State University (8-11) vs. Mid-Continent University — LHP Kyle Cornett (0-1, 13.97 ERA) vs. LHP Allen Haase (2-1, 3.68 ERA) — 3 p.m. (CT)
  • University of Kentucky (12-8) vs. Cincinnati — LHP Corey Littrell (2-1, 6.75 ERA) — 6:30 p.m. — Gametracker
  • Western Kentucky University (13-6) vs. Austin Peay — RHP Taylor Haydel (1-1, 7.48 ERA) — 6 p.m. (CT)

Wednesday

  • Morehead St. vs. Pikeville College — TBA vs. TBA — 5 p.m.
  • EKU @ Miami (OH) — RHP Anthony Bazzani (0-4, 15.34 ERA) — 6 p.m.
  • UK vs. Canisius — RHP Jonathan Paquet (0-0, 5.14 ERA) — 6:30 p.m. — Gametracker

Saturday roundup: UofL, WKU win; UK, Murray St. lose; EKU drops 15-inning marathon; Morehead St. splits double-header

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Zach Osborne; BluGrass Baseball photo

Recaps and highlights from Saturday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville evened its series with Xavier with a 3-0 win Saturday. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung improved to 4-0 on the season after surrendering five hits in seven shutout innings while striking out seven batters and walking two. Freshman first baseman Ryan Seiz, sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings and senior catcher J. J. Ethel each tallied two hits in the game. Redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames, Seiz and Stallings scored the Cards three runs. Junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych struck out two batters in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University slugged three home runs and tallied 11 hits to secure a series win versus Middle Tennessee with a 10-4 victory. Junior left fielder Jared Andreoli was 3-5 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored, and senior catcher Matt Rice was 2-4 with one home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Junior center fielder Kes Carter and junior shortstop Logan Robbins both tallied three hits in the game. Freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Hageman earned his third win of the season after surrendering four runs on six hits in six and two-third innings while striking out four batters and walking three. (Box Score)
  • Tennessee used a six-run sixth inning to even its series with the University of Kentucky at one win each and send the Cats to a 12-8 loss. UK sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper took the loss after surrendering nine runs on 12 hits in five and one-third innings while striking out four batters and walking two. Junior left fielder Chad Wright and junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy both homered in the game, and McCarthy tallied three hits. Freshman right fielder J. T. Riddle was 3-5 with two RBI. PRP  alum and Tennessee junior shortstop Zach Osborne was 2-3 with one RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases in the game. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University surrendered three different three-run innings in a 11-6 loss to Georgia State, which clinched a series win. Junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Beers took the loss after surrendering seven runs on eight hits in six and one-third innings while striking out one batter and walking three. Senior right fielder Zach Noonan was 2-3 with one home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Junior first baseman Cody Larson continued his hot hitting during the series with a 2-4, one RBI, one run scored performance. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University held Indiana State scoreless for 14 innings but still fell to 0-8 on the road this season with a 1-0, 15-inning loss. Senior right-handed pitcher Chris Hord took the loss despite surrendering just one unearned run on three hits in five innings of relief and striking out three batters while walking none. Freshman left-handed pitcher Kyle McGrath started the game for EKU and surrendered four hits in seven scoreless innings while striking out five batters and walking six. EKU junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 4-7 at the plate. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header Miami (OH) scored eight runs in the third innings and piled on from there to send Morehead State University to a 16-3 loss. Morehead St. senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith took the loss after surrendering 11 runs, three of which were earned, on nine hits in three and one-third innings. Junior right fielder Luke Bainer was 3-4 with one RBI at the plate. (Box Score)
  • The Eagles held off a late Miami (OH) rally in game two to earn a double-header split an 8-7 victory. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cody Gibson earned the win despite surrendering the lead with a run in the eighth inning. Redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Matt Cartwright pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. At the plate sophomore shortstop Austin Haney was 3-4 with one RBI and two runs scored, and redshirt freshman designated hitter Ryan Conner slugged a home run. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: LF Jared Andreoli (WKU)

  • Stats: 3-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Rice (WKU), Kes Carter (WKU), Logan Robbins (WKU), Zach Noonan (Murray St.), Ryan Seiz (UofL), Cade Stallings (UofL), Thomas McCarthy (UK), J. T. Riddle (UK), Zach Osborne (Tennessee, PRP), Richie Rodriguez (EKU), Austin Haney (Morehead St.), Luke Bainer (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Justin Amlung (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Justin Hageman (WKU), Kyle McGrath (EKU), Chris Hord (EKU)

Sunday roundup: UK, UofL, EKU finish series sweeps; WKU, Murray St. win rubber matches; Morehead St. falls to 2-14

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On a day when three Kentucky basketball teams discovered their NCAA tournament seedings, here are recaps of Sunday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville finished off a three-game sweep of Pepperdine during which the pitching staff surrendered just two runs with a 7-0 win on Sunday. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Nastold improved to 2-0 on the season after surrendering one hit in five shutout innings while striking out two batters and walking three. Six different UofL batters tallied two hits in the game, and senior left fielder Drew Haynes was 2-3 with three RBI. Sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings was 2-5 with two RBI and one run scored. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University secured a series win versus Illinois with a 13-5 win in the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday. Senior catcher Matt Rice was 2-2 with three walks and four RBI, and junior shortstop Logan Robbins was 3-5 with three RBI. Junior left fielder Jared Andreoli was 3-3 with two RBI, three runs scored, one walk and one stolen base. Six different WKU batters recorded multiple hits in the game, including freshman Justin Hageman who made his first collegiate start as a designated hitter. Hageman is WKU’s Saturday starting pitcher. Senior right-handed reliever Brian Edelen earned the win after surrendering one run on three hits in three innings. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky scored two runs in the seventh inning to secure a series sweep of Niagara with a 2-1 win on Sunday. Sophomore center fielder Brian Adams scored the eventual winning run and finished the game 2-3. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper took a no decision despite surrendering just one run on six hits in six and two-third innings while striking out three batters and walking four. Junior left-handed pitcher Alex Phillips earned his first career win after recording the final out in the top of the seventh inning, and senior left-handed pitcher Mike Kaczmarek earned his second save after recording the final six outs of the game without surrendering a baserunner. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University scored three runs in the fifth inning to earn a 4-1 win and series victory over IPFW on Sunday. Junior left-handed pitcher Bryan Babin earned the win after surrendering one run on five hits in six innings while striking out three batters and walking four. Freshman right-handed pitcher Cameron Finch did not surrender a run over the final three innings to record his third save of the season. Junior second baseman Travis Isaak had the big blow for the Breds in the fifth inning and finished the game 2-3 with a double and three RBI. Sophomore shortstop Brandon Elliott scored two runs in the game. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University finished a series sweep of UNC Asheville with a 13-6 win on Sunday. Senior right-handed pitcher Stephen Hefler earned his second win of the season after surrendering five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits in seven and two-third innings while striking out seven batters and walking two. Sophomore designated hitter Alex Hughes was 1-5 with one home run, three RBI and two runs scored, and freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman was 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Six different EKU batters recorded multiple hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • The Morehead State University pitching staff continued its poor performance during the early portion of the 2011 season in a 9-6 loss to La Salle. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cody Gibson took the loss after surrendering seven runs on 11 hits in three and one-third innings. Junior third baseman Andrew Deeds was 2-4 with two doubles, two stolen bases and two runs scored, and junior catcher Eric Bainer was 2-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: LF Jared Andreoli (WKU)

  • Stats: 3-3, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB, 1 3B
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Rice (WKU), Logan Robbins (WKU), Drew Haynes (UofL), Cade Stallings (UofL), Brian Adams (UK), Travis Isaak (Murray St.), Matt Phipps (EKU), Bryan Soloman (EKU), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.), Eric Bainer (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Mike Nastold (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Jordan Cooper (UK), Bryan Babin (Murray St.), Stephen Hefler (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week Four

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Check out the weekend schedule for week three college baseball action with probable starters when available. Links take you to team game notes.

University of Louisville (8-3) @ Pepperdine

  • Friday — 5 p.m. — RHP Matt Koch (1-1, 2.37 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 4 p.m. — RHP Justin Amlung (2-0, 0.87 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 4 p.m. — RHP Mike Nastold (1-0, 0.75 ERA) — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University (7-5) vs. Illinois

  • Friday — 3 p.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (2-1, 3.86 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 2 p.m. (CT) — RHP Justin Hageman (2-1, 2.25 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — TBA — Live Stats

University of Kentucky (6-7) vs. Niagara

  • Friday — 4 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (0-1, 5.40 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (1-2, 3.86 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Jordan Cooper (1-0, 3.86 ERA) — Gametracker

Murray State University (5-6) vs. IPFW

  • Friday — 2 p.m. (CT) — LHP Luke Shuemaker (2-1, 6.29 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 12 p.m. (CT) — RHP Tyler Beers (1-1, 3.54 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (1-0, 1.40 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. (CT) — LHP Bryan Babin (0-1, 5.59 ERA) — Live Stats

Eastern Kentucky University (3-8) vs. UNC Asheville

  • Saturday — 12 p.m. — RHP Matt Fyffe (0-2, 4.70 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Kyle McGrath (1-0, 7.36 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (1-1, 1.00 ERA) — Live Stats

Morehead State University (1-12) vs. La Salle

  • Friday — 5 p.m. — RHP Trey Smith (0-3, 7.27 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — LHP Noah Smallwood (0-2, 12.00 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Cody Gibson (0-2, 19.44 ERA) — Live Stats

Saturday roundup: UofL secures series win; WKU splits DH; UK, Morehead St., EKU drop tournament games

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Recaps and highlights from Saturday Kentucky college baseball:

  • The University of Louisville secured a series win over preseason MAC favorite Kent State with a 5-3 win Saturday behind redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung. In seven innings Amlung surrendered one run on one hit to go with four strikeouts and one walk. Freshman designated hitter Ty Young was 3-4. Sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings drove in two runs for the Cards, and freshman first baseman Ryan Seiz scored twice. Junior right-handed closer Tony Zych earned his fourth save of the season despite surrendering one run after surrendering a hit and walking two batters in the ninth inning. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University ended a four-game losing streak in impressive fashion with a 17-1 blowout win over New York Tech in its second game of the College of Charleston Tournament. WKU freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Hageman earned the win after surrendering one run on seven hits in six innings while striking out seven batters and walking one. At the plate junior left fielder Jared Andreoli was 4-4 with five RBI, three runs scored, two walks and one stolen base. Junior center fielder Kes Carter and senior catcher Matt Rice both slugged home runs in the game. Six WKU batters recorded multiple hits in the game, five scored multiple runs and four recorded multiple RBI. (Box Score)
  • In its third game of the College of Charleston Tournament WKU scored five runs in the fifth inning to tie the game at six but Auburn scored four runs in the top of the sixth to send WKU to a 13-8 loss. Junior right-handed reliever Phil Wetherell took the loss after surrendering five runs on six hits in three innings of work. Junior third baseman Casey Dykes was 3-5 with one RBI and two runs scored, and senior designated hitter Chris Bullard drove in three runs. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky surrendered six runs in the seventh inning en route to dropping its second game of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park with an 8-5 loss to Houston. UK junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer pitched well through six innings but left the game with two outs and a runner on first base after surrendering two runs already in the inning. Freshman left-handed pitcher Corey Littrell failed to record an out in the frame and surrendered three runs on two hits and one walk. Meyer took the loss after surrendering four runs on five hits in six and two-third innings while striking out six batters and walking three. At the plate UK junior outfielder Chad Wright was 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored, and sophomore catcher Luke Maile slugged a two-run home run in the fourth inning. (Box Score)
  • The Eastern Kentucky University offense was no match for Memphis in a 11-2 loss in the Memphis College Classic. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani took the loss after surrendering eight runs on six hits in two and two-third innings while striking out three and walking one. No EKU batter recorded multiple hits in the game. Freshman catcher Steve Ferraro and senior first baseman Bryce Labhart scored the team’s only runs. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University‘s double-header versus North Dakota St. was rained out Saturday. The two teams will make up one of the games as part of a double-header on Sunday that will begin at noon (CT).
  • Morehead State University fell to 1-9 on the season with a 13-4 loss to Bradley in game two of the University of Tennessee Tournament. Morehead St. senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith took the loss after surrendering seven runs, three of which were earned, on six hits in four and two-third innings. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cody Gibson continued his poor start to the 2011 season after surrendering five runs in two innings of relief. At the plate junior catcher Taylor Davis was the only Eagle to record multiple hits. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: LF Jared Andreoli (WKU)

  • Stats: 6-9, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
  • Honorable Mention: Kes Carter (WKU), Matt Rice (WKU), Chris Bullard (WKU), Casey Dykes (WKU), Ty Young (UofL), Stewart Ijames (UofL), Luke Maile (UK)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Justin Amlung (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Justin Hageman (WKU), Alex Meyer (UK)

Sunday roundup: UofL, UK, EKU pick up wins in finales

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Highlights and recaps from Sunday Kentucky collegiate baseball action:

  • Western Kentucky University closed out the Baseball at the Beach Tournament with a disappointing 4-1 loss to previously winless Pacific. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Taylor Haydel took the loss after surrendering four runs on seven hits in five and two-third innings while striking out six and walking none. At the plate junior second baseman Ivan Hartle and freshman third baseman Scott Wilcox were the only Hilltoppers with multiple hits, and both finished the game 2-4. Sophomore shortstop Logan Robbins scored the only run of the game for WKU. (Box Score)
  • The University of Louisville salvaged one win in its three-game series versus Toledo with a 4-2 victory following a late rally on Sunday. The Cards scored three runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by a home run from junior second baseman Ryan Wright and a RBI double from sophomore first baseman Cade Stallings. Freshman left-handed pitcher Cody Edge earned his first collegiate victory after surrendering one run on one hit in two innings of relief. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Nastold surrendered one run on three hits in four innings while striking out four and walking two. The Cards took the lead in the sixth inning on a RBI-groundout from senior catcher J. J. Ethel. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning and scored two runs without recording a hit to earn a 3-1 win in the rubber match of its three-game series vs. Illinois-Chicago. Freshman right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott earned his first collegiate victory after inducing a double play when he entered the game in the sixth inning with two men on base and one out. Senior left-handed pitcher Mike Kaczmarek recorded the final four outs to earn his first career save. No UK batter recorded multiple hits in the game, but sophomore center fielder Brian Adams was 1-2 with a run scored and a hit-by-pitch. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University couldn’t finish of its series sweep of Bowling Green St. as it dropped a 4-2 decision in a rain-shortened Sunday game. Junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Beers took the loss after surrendering four runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits in six innings while striking out three and walking none. Redshirt freshman outfielder Ty Stetson and junior second baseman Travis Isaak were each 2-3 in the game. Junior first baseman Jacob Rhodes was the only other Murray St. batter to record a hit, and he drove in two runs. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University earned its first series win of the season after holding off a late Purdue rally to preserve a 7-6 win in the rubber match of the series Sunday. Senior designated hitter Jacob Daniel finished the game 3-5 with one RBI. Freshman catcher Sean Hagen and senior center fielder Ryan Faidley each tallied two hits and scored two runs in the game. Senior right-handed pitcher Stephen Hefler earned the win after surrendering two runs on six hits in five and one-third innings while striking out one batter and walking four. Purdue rallied for three runs in the ninth inning off junior right-handed pitcher Lincoln Wagner, but EKU senior closer Ryne Purcell got the final out for his second save of the season. (Box Score)
  • In its Sunday double-header Morehead State University surrendered 35  runs in two games, dropping game one 18-1 and game two 17-9 to Purdue. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cody Gibson took the loss in game one after surrendering seven runs, five of which were earned on nine hits in two and two-third innings. In game two junior right-handed pitcher Matthew Robertson took the loss after surrendering 11 runs, seven of which were earned in three and one-third innings. Junior catcher Taylor Davis was 5-8 with three RBI and two runs scored in the two games, and redshirt sophomore designated hitter Kellen Begeman was 3-5 with two RBI and one run scored in game two. (Box Score, GM 1) (Box Score, GM 2)

Hitter of the day: C Taylor Davis (Morehead St.)

  • Stats: 4-8, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
  • Honorable Mention: Travis Isaak (Murray St.), Kellen Begeman (Morhead St.), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Ryan Faidley (EKU), Ryan Wright (UofL)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Mike Nastold (UofL)

  • Stats: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Trevor Gott (UK), Jordan Cooper (UK), Tyler Beers (Murray St.), Stephen Hefler (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week Two

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It’s time for the weekend schedule post. Remember we use Baseball America’s top 25 rankings, so none of Kentucky teams or their opponents are ranked this week. Games are listed below with starting pitchers when available and links to live stats.

Western Kentucky University (4-0) — Baseball at the Beach Tournament (S.C.)

  • Friday — vs. Kansas St. — 6:30 p.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (1-0, 0.00)
  • Saturday — @ Coastal Carolina — 2:30 p.m. (CT) — RHP Justin Hageman (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
  • Sunday — vs. Pacific — 10 a.m. (CT) — TBA

University of Louisville (3-0) vs. Toledo

  • Friday — 3 p.m. — RHP Matt Koch (1-0, 3.60 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Justin Amlung (1-0, 0.00 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. — RHP Mike Nastold (0-0, o.00 ERA) — Gametracker

University of Kentucky (2-3) vs. Illinois-Chicago

  • Friday — 4 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (0-0, 3.00 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (0-0, 1.29 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Jordan Cooper (0-1, 11.25 ERA) — Gametracker

Eastern Kentucky University (0-3) vs. Penn State

  • Saturday — 11 a.m. — RHP Anthony Bazzani (0-1, 14.73) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Kyle McGrath (0-0, 6.75)
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (0-0, 0.00)

Murray State University (0-4) vs. Bowling Green St.

  • Friday — 2 p.m. (CT) — LHP Luke Shuemaker (0-1, 11.25 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. (CT) — LHP Jake Donze (0-0, 1.69 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Tyler Beers (0-0, 4.50 ERA) — Live Stats

Morehead State University (0-4) vs. Purdue

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Trey Smith (0-1, 3.86 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Josh Schneider (0-1, 18.69 ERA)*
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. — RHP Garrick Whittle (0-0, 1.59 ERA)*
  • Sunday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Cody Gibson (0-1, 19.64 ERA)*

* — Morehead St.’s starting pitchers are part of the “projected lineup” listed in the Eagles’ game notes and are subject to change.