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)

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 27

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 — 2.56
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3.51
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3.76
  • Derek Self — UofL — 3.95
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — 4.15

Wins

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

Strikeouts

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 61
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 62
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 59
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 54
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 53

Innings Pitched

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 66.2
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 63.1
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 63.1
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 63.1
  • Logan Darnell — UK — 61.0

Saves

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 10
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 8
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 7
  • Matt Little — UK — 6
  • Cody Gibson — Morehead St. — 3
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 3
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .245
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .254
  • Derek Self — UofL — .259
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — .272
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — .274

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 25
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 21
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 21
  • Neill Holland — UofL — 19
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 19
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 19

BluGrass Baseball Sunday Review: Week Ten

College Baseball

After Saturday’s rain-shortened schedule the Sunday slate of Kentucky baseball was jam packed with five of six teams playing in doubleheaders. Check out recaps and awards from those games below:

  • No. 13 University of Louisville dropped its series finale 8-6 to Seton Hall. Senior shortstop Adam Duvall, redshirt sophomore right fielder Stewart Ijames and freshmen third basemen Kyle Grieshaber and Cade Stallings each homered in the game for the Cards. Duvall led UofL with three hits. Junior right-handed pitcher Gabriel Shaw suffered his first loss of the season after allowing four runs in four innings. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University swept a doubleheader from Florida International with a walk-off 8-4 win in game one and an 8-4 win in game two. Sophomore center fielder Kes Carter was 6-9 with three runs scored and one RBI. Junior outfielder Monte Ketchum gave WKU the win in game one with a pinch-hit, walkoff grand slam. Relievers Rye Davis and Bart Carter were credit with the two wins. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • The University of Kentucky rallied for an 8-7 win in game one of a double-header with Auburn, but dropped game two 6-5 to lose a pivotal conference series. Senior first baseman Gunner Glad was 4-7 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI. Junior right fielder Lance Ray homered in game two. Junior right-handed reliever Matt Little picked up the win in game one after allowing two unearned runs in four innings. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • Morehead State University‘s recent offensive outburst was slowed Sunday as the Eagles were swept in a doubleheader by Tennessee Tech with a 5-3 loss in game one and a 12-4 defeat in game two. Sophomore outfielder Cameron Flynn homered and drove in three runs in game one. Senior right-handed pitcher Michael Bottoms and junior right-handed pitcher Matthew Robertson were handed the two losses. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • Eastern Kentucky University swept its Sunday doubleheader against UT Martin with a 7-3 win in game one and a 7-4 victory in game two. Senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando drove in four in the doubleheader, and freshman designated hitter Austin Grisham tallied three hits in game one. Junior left-handed pitcher Paul Duncan allowed three runs in six innings for the game one win, and sophomore left-handed pitcher Greg Terry was credited with the game two win. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • Murray State University was swept in its Sunday doubleheader by Eastern Illinois after a 8-6 loss in game one and a 7-4 defeat in game two. Senior first baseman Wes Cunningham and freshman shortstop Brandon Elliott each tallied four hits on the afternoon. Senior right-handed pitcher Chris Craycraft and redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Jake Donze were credited with the two losses. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)

Hitter of the Day: OF Jared Andreoli (WKU)

  • Stats: 5-10, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI
  • Honorable Mention: Kes Carter (WKU), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Adam Duvall (UofL), Keenan Wiley (UK), Gunner Glad (UK), Taylor Davis (Morehead), Anthony Ottrando (EKU), Wes Cunningham (Murray St.)

Pitcher of the Day: LHP Paul Duncan (EKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO
  • Matt Little (UK), Brian Edelen (WKU), Shane Cameron (WKU), Tony Zych (UofL), Anthony Bazzani (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week 10

College Baseball

The midpoint of the college season has passed so the postseason watch is officially on. Each of the three Ohio Valley Conference teams will have a chance to make the NCAA tournament as the conference automatic qualifier, and the other three Kentucky colleges are still in the running for an at-large bid. UK’s chances will likely hinge on this weekend’s series with Auburn, who the Cats are competing with for the final spot in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

University of Louisville (13) vs. Seton Hall

  • Friday — 5 p.m. — RHP Thomas Royse (7-1, 2.45) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 4 p.m. — LHP Dean Kiekhefer (3-2, 4.34) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Gabriel Shaw (4-0, 2.40) — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University vs. Florida International

  • Friday — 6 p.m. (CT) — RHP Matt Ridings (7-1, 3.99) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. (CT) — RHP Shane Cameron (4-1, 4.73) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. (CT) — TBA — Live Stats

University of Kentucky @ Auburn

  • Friday — 7:30 p.m. — LHP Logan Darnell (3-2, 4.77) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 12 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (4-4, 4.92) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 2 p.m. — TBA — Gametracker

Morehead State University @ Tennessee Tech.

  • Friday — 2 p.m. — RHP Michael Bottoms (4-2, 6.66) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Matthew Robertson (1-2, 9.19)
  • Sunday — 2 p.m.  — LHP Tyler Hieneman (1-2, 8.53)

Murray State University vs. Eastern Illinois

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Chris Craycraft (5-2, 4.34)
  • Saturday — 4 p.m. — RHP Jake Donze (5-4, 5.89)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — TBA

Eastern Kentucky University @ UT Martin

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (3-3, 7.09) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Paul Duncan (3-2, 7.33)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — LHP Greg Terry (2-2, 5.53) — Live Stats

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 20

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 UofL closer Neil Holland and Murray St. reliever Matt McGaha eligible, but excludes new UofL weekend starting pitcher Gabriel Shaw. Stats are current through Sunday. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.

ERA

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 1.50
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 2.45
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3.75
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3.99
  • Derek Self — UofL — 3.40

Wins

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 7-1
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 7-1
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 6-0
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 6-3
  • Derek Self — UofL — 5-0
  • Alex Love — Murray St. — 5-0
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 5-2
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 5-4

Strikeouts

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 57
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 54
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 52
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 51
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 50

Innings Pitched

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 58.2
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 58.2
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 58.0
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 56.2
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 55

Saves

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 8
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 8
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 7
  • Matt Little — UK — 6
  • Cody Gibson — Morehead St. — 3
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 3
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Neil Holland — UofL — .145
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .249
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .251
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — .262
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — .268

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 22
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 20
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU 19
  • Craig Stem — WKU — 18
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 18
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 18

BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week Nine

College Baseball

Several important series on the weekend schedule as UK hosts No. 7 Florida and Lexington native Nick Maronde. EKU and Morehead also face off in the season first three-game series between two Kentucky teams.

University of Louisville (13) @ West Virginia

  • Friday — 7:05 p.m. — RHP Thomas Royse (6-1, 2.84) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. — LHP Dean Kiekehefer (3-2, 4.09) — Gametracker
  • Sunday  — 1 p.m. — RHP Gabriel Shaw (3-0, 2.74) — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University (19) @ Florida Atlantic

  • Friday — 5:30 p.m. (CT) — RHP Matt Rice (7-0, 3.46) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. (CT) — RHP Shane Cameron (4-1, 4.44) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 11 a.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (3-2, 4.31) — Live Stats

University of Kentucky vs. Florida (7)

  • Friday — 7 p.m. — LHP Logan Darnell (3-2, 4.62) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 7 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (4-3, 4.86) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — TBA — Gametracker

Eastern Kentucky University @ Morehead State University

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (3-2, 5.40) vs. RHP Michael Bottoms (3-2, 6.04) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Paul Duncan (3-1, 5.11) vs. RHP Matthew Robertson (0-2, 10.30)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — LHP Greg Terry (2-1, 5.21) vs. RHP Jeff Arnold (4-1, 7.98)

Murray State University vs. SIU Edwardsville

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 13

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 UofL closer Neil Holland eligible by two-thirds of an inning). Stats are current through Sunday. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.

ERA

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 1.14
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 2.84
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3.24
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3.46
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — 4.09

Wins

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 7-0
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 6-1
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 6-3
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 5-0
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 5-2
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 5-3

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 52
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 50
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 49
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 49
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 46

Innings Pitched

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 52
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 51.2
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 50.2
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 50
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 49

Saves

  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 8
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 7
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 7
  • Matt Little — UK — 5
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 3
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3
  • Cody Gibson — Morehead St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Neil Holland — UofL — .119
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .228
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .250
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — .257
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — .259

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 20
  • Hunter Hewitt — Morehead St. — 17
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 17
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 17
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 17
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU 17
  • Craig Stem — WKU — 17

Weekend College Schedule: Week Eight (April 9)

College Baseball

After Thursday’s minor league Opening Day the focus shifts back to college season with three teams starting play today, and the three OVC teams in action tomorrow. Check out the composite schedule below with information about where you can listen or watch the games. Gametracker links will take you to the livestream of the radio broadcast. I’ve also included each teams probable starting pitcher and Baseball America ranking in parentheses when applicable. Clicking on each team’s name will take you to the university’s preview of the series.

University of Louisville (9) @ Pittsburgh

  • Friday — 3 p.m. — RHP Thomas Royse (6-0, 2.03)
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. — LHP Dean Kiekhefer (3-1, 3.07)
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. — RHP Derek Self  (4-0, 4.02)

Western Kentucky University (21) vs. South Alabama

  • Friday — 6 p.m (CT) — RHP Matt Ridings (6-0, 3.56) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. (CT) — RHP Shane Cameron (3-1, 4.08) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (3-1, 4.08) — Live Stats

University of Kentucky vs. University of Alabama (24)

  • Friday — 6:30 p.m. — LHP Logan Darnell (3-2, 4.50) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 6:30 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (3-3, 5.31) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1:00 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (4-2, 7.64) — Gametracker

Murray State University @ Jacksonville State

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Chris Craycraft (5-2, 4.66)
  • Saturday — Game 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (4-3, 6.64)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — TBA — Live Stats

Eastern Kentucky University vs. Austin Peay

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (2-2, 6.37) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — Game 2 (DH) — LHP Paul Duncan (2-1, 5.00)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — LHP Greg Terry (2-1, 4.41)

Morehead State University @ Eastern Illinois

  • Saturday — 2 p.m. — RHP Michael Bottoms (2-2, 7.07) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — Game 2 (DH) — RHP Jeff Arnold (4-0, 7.20)
  • Sunday — 2 p.m. — TBA

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 6

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 this week eliminates UofL closer Neil Holland). Stats are current through Sunday.

ERA

  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 2.03
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — 3.07
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3.45
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3.56
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 3.78

Wins

  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 6-0
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 6-0
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 6-2
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 5-2
  • Six pitchers tied at 4 wins

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 45
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 45
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 44
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 39
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 38

Innings Pitched

  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 46.1
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 44.1
  • Logan Darnell — UK — 44
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 43
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 42.1

Saves

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 7
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 6
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 6
  • Matt Little — UK — 4
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 3
  • Cody Gibson — Morehead St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .229
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — .229
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .238
  • Derek Self — UofL — .248
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — .268

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 17
  • Hunter Hewitt — Morehead St. — 15
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 15
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 15
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 14
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU 14
  • Craig Stem — WKU — 14

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 30

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 eliminates UK closer Matt Little this week but makes UofL closer Neil Holland eligible with just one-third inning to spare). Stats are current through Sunday.

ERA

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 0.39
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 1.42
  • Derek Self — UofL — 2.77
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 3.38
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3.68

Wins

  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 6-2
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 5-0
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 5-0
  • Derek Self — UofL — 4-0
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 4-1
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 4-2
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 4-2

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 42
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 39
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 37
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 33
  • Logan Darnell — UK — 32

Innings Pitched

  • Logan Darnell — UK — 40.1
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 38.1
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 38.1
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 38.0
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 36.2

Saves

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 6
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 6
  • Matt Little — UK — 4
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 4
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 3
  • Cody Gibson — Morehead St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Neil Holland — UofL — .069
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .195
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .222
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — .246
  • Derek Self — UofL — .231

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 14
  • Hunter Hewitt — Morehead St. — 14
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 13
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 13
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 12
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU 12
  • Craig Stem — WKU — 12