BluGrass Baseball Sunday Review: Week 12

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Recaps and awards from an Sunday of baseball, heavy on postseason implications:

  • No. 9 University of Louisville scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 10-3 win over Georgetown to secure the series victory. Redshirt freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung held the Hoyas scoreless over six innings for his third win of the season. Senior third baseman Phil Wunderlich slugged his 19th home run of the season, and redshirt sophomore right fielder Stewart Ijames was 3-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University may have played its way back onto the NCAA tournament bubble with a 4-2 loss to Arkansas Little Rock Sunday, securing a home series loss for the Hilltoppers. Junior catcher Matt Rice was 3-4 with one RBI in the game, and sophomore left fielder Jared Andreoli tallied two hits. Freshman Taylor Haydel took the loss in relief. The loss dropped WKU into a tie for fifth place in the Sun Belt Conference. (Box Score)
  • Sophomore right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer was outstanding in his return from mono, leading the University of Kentucky to a 9-3 win over No. 6 South Carolina and a must-have series victory in its push for the Southeastern Conference tournament. Meyer allowed just three unearned runs on four hits in seven innings while striking out six and walking three. Sophomore Braden Kapteyn pitched the final two innings for his second save of the season. Redshirt junior right fielder Neiko Johnson was 1-1 with two walks, one run scored and three stolen bases in the game. (Box Score)
  • Senior first baseman Wes Cunningham set or tied three Murray State University records in the Breds’ 18-5 win over Eastern Kentucky University to finish the series sweep. Cunningham was 2-4 with a double, triple, six RBI and two runs scored in the game and tied the school single-season hits record (81) while setting the new single-season RBI record (72) and career triples record (18).  Senior right-handed pitcher Alex Love earned the win after allowing four runs in five and two-third innings. Seven Breds’ batters tallied two hits in the game, and three drove in at least three runs. EKU junior left fielder Bryce Labhart tallied three hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University avoided a series sweep with a 10-9, come-from-behind win over UT Martin. UT Martin jumped out to a 8-1 lead in the fourth inning, but the Eagles scored nine times over the next four innings to take back the lead. Junior left fielder Daniel Pugh drove in three runs and three different Eagles scored twice in the game. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Josh Schneider recorded his team-high seventh win of the season after holding UT Martin scoreless over the final four innings. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: 1B Wes Cunningham (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 2B, 6 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB
  • Honorable Mention: Phil Wunderlich (UofL), Stewart Ijames (UofL), Neiko Johnson (UK), Matt Rice (WKU), Colton Moore (Murray St.), Kyle Tiernan (Murray St.), Bryce Labhart (EKU), J. D. Ashbrook (Morehead St.), Daniel Pugh (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Alex Meyer (UK)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorble Mention: Justin Amlung (UofL), Alex Love (Murray St.), Josh Schneider (Morehead St.), Braden Kapteyn (UK)

BluGrass Baseball Saturday Review: Week 12

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Wes Cunningham: BluGrass Baseball photo

Recaps from a busy Saturday of baseball in the Bluegrass:

  • No. 9 University of Louisville wasted an excellent start from freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Koch in a 2-1 loss to Georgetown in 10 innings. Koch allowed one run on three hits in eight innings and struck out six batters while walking just one. The Cards managed just four hits in the game and scored their only run on a fourth-inning home run from sophomore shortstop Ryan Wright. Previous Saturday starting pitcher Dean Kiekhefer took the loss after allowing a run in the tenth. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University fell just short of its second straight ninth inning, come-from-behind win in a 8-6, 10-inning loss to UALR. Senior second baseman Matt Payton and sophomore shortstop Logan Robbins each tallied three hits in the game. Redshirt sophomore closer Rye Davis took the loss after allowing two runs in the tenth inning. (Box Score)
  • Freshman right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper led the University of Kentucky to a must-win 2-1 victory against No. 6 South Carolina. Cooper allowed one run on four hits in six and two-third innings while striking out five and walking just two. Sophomore designated hitter Braden Kapteyn gave UK the lead with a two-run double in the fifth inning. Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Little pitched the finale two and one-third innings for his seventh save. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University moved into first place in the Ohio Valley conference after sweeping a doubleheader from Eastern Kentucky University with a 8-1 win in game one and a 9-6 win in game two. Breds senior first baseman Wes Cunningham tallied five hits, a home run and six RBI on the day. Senior right-handed pitcher Chris Craycraft earned the victory in game one with a complete-game performance. He struck out eight and walked one. Senior left-handed pitcher Matt McGaha took the victory in game two. (Box Score GM 1)
  • EKU Sophomore shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 3-7 with three runs scored in the doubleheader. Junior left-handed pitcher Paul Duncan took the loss in game one and sophomore left-handed pitcher Greg Terry took the loss in game two. (Box Score GM 2)
  • Morehead State University was swept in its Saturday doubleheader by UT Martin with a 10-9 loss in game one and a 17-8 loss in game two. Senior shortstop Drew Lee was 4-6 on the afternoon, and sophomore catcher Taylor Davis launched two home runs in game two. Sophomore right fielder Cameron Flynn and sophomore third baseman Andrew Deeds also homered in game two. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)

Hitter of the day: 1B Wes Cunningham (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 5-7, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB
  • Honorable Mention: Richie Rodriguez (EKU), Drew Lee (Morehead St.), Taylor Davis (Morehead St.), Cameron Flynn (Morehead St.), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Jason Laws (Murray St.), Colton Moore (Murray St.), Matt Payton (WKU), Logan Robbins (WKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Chris Craycraft (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Jordan Cooper (UK), Matt Koch (UofL), Matt McGaha (Murray St.), Matt Little (UK)

BluGrass Baseball Midseason Awards

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Earlier this week I unveiled the NCAA midseason All-State team, today we look at the midseason winners for each of the major BluGrass Baseball awards. I tried to find a nominee from each team for the honorable mention category, but several didn’t have a worthy candidate for pitcher or freshman.

BluGrass Baseball Midseason Player of Year: OF J. D. Ashbrook

  • Stats: .459/.570/.830, 14 HR, 41 RBI, 56 R, 11-13 SB
  • Morehead State University outfielder J. D. Ashbrook was a member of the preseason All-State team after his strong junior campaign, but no one expected this type of performance. Ashbrook leads the state in batting average, home runs, runs scored and on-base percentage and has so-far outshined his more heralded senior teammate Drew Lee.
  • Honorable Mention: Wes Cunningham (Murray St.), Ryan Wright (UofL), Gunner Glad (UK), Jayson Langfels (EKU), Matt Rice (WKU), Matt Payton (WKU)

BluGrass Baseball Midseason Pitcher of Year: RHP Thomas Royse

  • Stats: 6-1, 2.84 ERA, 50 SO/18 BB, 50.2 IP, .250 BA against
  • Thomas Royse has stepped up to fill University of Louisville vacant ace spot vacated by draftee Justin Marks. He leads Kentucky starting pitchers in ERA and ranks second in wins, strikeouts and batting average against. The star right-handed pitcher hadn’t lost a game until last weekend’s series against Pittsburgh, but still is among the Big East leaders in most pitching categories.
  • Honorable mention: Neil Holland (UofL), Matt Ridings (WKU), Rye Davis (WKU), Matt Little (UK), Chris Craycraft (Murray St.)

BluGrass Baseball Freshman of Year: LHP Taylor Rogers (UK)

  • Stats: 4-3, 4.86 ERA, 22 SO/8 BB, 50 IP
  • Several Kentucky freshman have enjoyed standout seasons in their college debuts, but none have consistently performed against better competition than Taylor Rogers. The freshman burst onto the scene with seven and two-thirds shutout innings in his collegiate debut against West Virginia and hasn’t looked back. Only hiccups against Monmouth and Arkansas have kept Rogers from being in the running for best pitcher in the state, not just best freshman.
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Huck (WKU), Colton Moore (Murray St.), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Ryne Purcell (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Week Seven Awards

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Player of the Week: 1B Andrew Clark (UofL)

  • Stats: 10-18 (.556), 4 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R
  • Honorable Mention: Gunner Glad (UK), Travis Redmon (Morehead State), Drew Lee (Morehead), J. D. Ashbrook (Morehead), Wes Cunningham (Murray State), Daniel Hill (Murray St.), Adam Duvall (UofL), Zack Cox (Arkansas, PRP), Matt Payton (WKU)

Pitcher of the Week: LHP Dean Kiekhefer (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Jeff Arnold (Morehead St.), Nick Kennedy (UK), Sean Bouthilette (UK), Thomas Royse (UofL), Matt Ridings (WKU), Alex Love (Murray St.), Chris Craycraft (Murray St.)

Freshman of the Week: 3B Colton Moore (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 7-18, 2 R, 7 RBI, 2 BB
  • Honorable Mention: Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Blake Crabtree (WKU), Walter Wijas (UK)

BluGrass Baseball Week Six Awards

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BluGrass Baseball Player of Week: Cameron Flynn (Morehead St.)

  • Stats: 10-18 (.556), 4 HR, 16 RBI, 7 R
  • Honorable Mention: Zack Cox (Arkansas, PRP), Jared Andreoli (WKU), J. D. Ashbrook (Morehead), Jayson Langfels (EKU), Chris Bisson (UK), Wes Cunningham (Murray St.), Drew Haynes (UofL),

BluGrass Baseball Pitcher of Week: Matt Harris (EKU)

  • Stats: 3 G, 1-0, 1 Save, 9.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Thomas Royse (UofL), Shane Cameron (WKU), Matt Ridings (WKU), Taylor Rogers (UK), Matt McGaha (Murray St.), Greg Terry (EKU), Stephen Hefler (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Freshman of Week: Tanner Perkins (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 6 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Taylor Rogers (UK), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Colton Moore (Murray State)

Week Four Highlights: Murray State University

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After a brief mid-afternoon break we’re back on the highlights series with our fourth installment, the Murray State University Thoroughbreds. The Breds took two of three games from St. Louis in Murray this weekend. I’m writing this as I get my first view of the Breds this season at Cliff Hagan Stadium. On a side note, I’m going to start referring to the team by the baseball mascot, the Thoroughbreds, instead of the standard mascot, the Racers.

  • Moore hits for the cycle: Murray State freshman third baseman Colton Moore posted the best weekend of his young career and started off the series by hitting for the cycle Friday. Moore was 4-5 in the game with six RBI, two runs scored, one home run, one triple and one double. For the series, Moore was 10-16 (.625) with one home run, four doubles, a triple, seven RBI and three runs scored.
  • Cunningham continues to rake: On the season, senior first baseman Wes Cunningham is batting .406 with five home runs and 17 RBI. Over the weekend, Cunningham was 7-15 (.467) with a home run, one triple and three doubles.
  • Craycraft wins third: On Friday Senior right-handed ace Chris Craycraft picked up his third win of the season in four starts for the Breds. Craycraft allowed four runs, three earned, on nine hits in seven innings for the win. He also struck out six and walked two. On the season he is 3-1 with a 3.96 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched.

BluGrass Baseball College Awards: Week Four

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

  • Stats: 9-20 (.450), 3 HR, 8 RBI, 8 runs
  • Honorable Mention: Colton Moore (Murray St.), Matt Rice (WKU), Kes Carter (WKU), Cory Farris (UK), Chad Wright (UK), Richie Rodriguez (EKU), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Drew Lee (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the Week: LHP Logan Darnell (UK)

  • Stats: 1-0, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Taylor Rogers (UK), Neil Holland (UofL), Matt Ridings (WKU), Alex Love (Murray St.)

Freshman of the Week: 3B Colton Moore (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 10-16 (.625), 1 HR, 1 3B, 3 2Bs, 7 RBI, 3 Runs
  • Honorable Mention: Taylor Rogers (UK), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Ryan Huck (WKU)

BluGrass Baseball Sunday Review: Week Four

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Player of the Day: SS Ryan Wright (UofL)

  • Stats: 4-5, 1 3B, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 2 runs
  • Honorable Mention: Phil Wunderlich (UofL), Chad Wright (UK), Cory Farris (UK), Kes Carter (WKU), Matt Rice (WKU), Colton Moore (Murray St.), Ryan Faidley (EKU), Travis Redmon (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the Day: RHP Alex Love (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 1-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Cody Gibson (Morehead St.), Matt Little (UK), Alex Meyer (UK)

Athletic Department Recaps

BluGrass Baseball Friday Review: Week Four

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Player of the Day — 3B Colton Moore (Murray)

  • Stats: 4-6, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 Runs
  • Honorable Mention: Adam Duvall (UofL), Marcus Nidiffer (UK), Matt Rice (WKU), Wes Cunningham (Murray), Jayson Langfels (EKU),

Pitcher of the Day — RHP Logan Darnell (UK)

  • Stats: 1-0, 8 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Thomas Royse (UofL), Matt Ridings (WKU)

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BluGrass Baseball College Awards: Week 2

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Each conference gives out a weekly player, pitcher and freshman of the week honors on Monday for the previous week’s play. Since I like to consider BluGrass Baseball a sort of conference of its own, we’ll play copy cat and issue similar awards each week. To be eligible, players must be on a Kentucky college team or a graduate of a Kentucky high school playing elsewhere in college baseball.

BluGrass Baseball Player of the Week — Anthony Ottrando — EKU

  • Stats: .500 (5-10), 4 HR, 9 RBI, 4 runs, 17 total bases
  • Honorable Mention: Jayson Langfels (EKU); Chris Bisson (UK); Chad Wright (UK); Kes Carter (WKU); Andrew Clark (UofL); Ryan Wright (UofL); Stewart Ijames (UofL); Wes Cunningham (Murray St.); Drew Lee (Morehead St.); Taylor Davis (Morehead St.); Zack Cox (Arkansas, PRP)

BluGrass Baseball Pitcher of the Week — Thomas Royse — UofL

  • Stats: 1-0, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Neil Holland (UofL); Taylor Rogers (UK); Matt Little (UK); Alex Meyer (UK); Greg Terry (EKU); Matt Ridings (WKU); Shane Cameron (WKU); Jake Donze (Murray St.); Chris Craycraft (Murray St.); Michael Bottoms (Morehead St.); Tyler Heineman (Morehead St.)

BluGrass Baseball Freshman of the Week — Taylor Rogers — UK

  • Stats: 1-0, 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Luke Maile (UK); Tanner Perkins (WKU); Taylor Haydel (WKU); Justin Amlung (UofL); Colton Moore (Murray St.)