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)
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Tuesday Recaps: Kentucky teams perfect 4-0 on the diamond

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Marcus Nidiffer; Photo: UK Athletics

Links to Athletic Department recaps of Tuesday games:

  • The University of Louisville (11) rallied for an 8-7 win over Evansville with two runs in the top of the ninth inning. Senior infielder Phil Wunderlich and redshirt sophomore outfielder Stewart Ijames both homered for the Cards. Junior right-handed closer Neil Holland earned his third win of the season. (Box Score)
  • Home runs from junior shortstop Taylor Black, sophomore right fielder Cory Farris and senior catcher Marcus Nidiffer led the University of Kentucky to a 11-6 win over Xavier. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Nick Kennedy picked up his first win of the season in relief. (Box Score)
  • Senior shortstop Drew Lee broke the Morehead State University record for career runs scored in a 20-15 victory over Indiana. Six different Eagles tallied at least three hits in the game, and five launched a home run. Sophomore outfielder Cameron Flynn drove in six runs in the game. (Box Score)
  • Sophomore left-handed pitcher Greg Terry earned the win after allowing three runs in six innings, and junior third baseman Jayson Langfels was a perfect 2-2 with two runs scored and a walk in Eastern Kentucky University‘s 7-3 win over Miami (OH). Senior catcher Joey Stevens slugged his second home run of the season. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 23

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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 UofL closer Neil Holland and UK closer Matt Little this week). Stats are current through Sunday. ERA

  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 1.74
  • Derek Self — UofL — 2.42
  • Logan Darnell — UK — 3.09
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 3.55
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 3.55

Wins

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

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 36
  • Logan Darnell — UK — 29
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 28
  • Matt Little — UK — 25
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 25
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 25
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 25

Innings Pitched

  • Logan Darnell — UK — 35.0
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 33.0
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 31.0
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 30.1
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 29.2

Saves

  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 5
  • Matt Little — UK — 4
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 4
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 3
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 3
  • Cody Gibson — Morehead St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .211
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .208
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — .220
  • Derek Self — UofL — .220
  • Logan Darnell — UK — .265

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 12
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 11
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 10
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU 10
  • Craig Stem — WKU — 10

Purdue rallies for three in eighth to take down EKU 7-3

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Purdue University scored three runs in the eighth inning and added two insurance runs in the ninth inning to defeat Eastern Kentucky University 7-3 Wednesday and earn a split in the two-game mid-week series. Junior right-handed closer Ryne Purcell took the loss after allowing three runs in one inning. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Greg Terry cemented his spot as the Colonels best pitcher thus far in 2010 with a no decision after allowing two runs in six innings.

Sophomore designated hitter Jacob Daniel paced the EKU offense with two hits, and sophomore shortstop Richie Rodriguez and sophomore right fielder Michael Garcia each drove in a run. Grisham, senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando and junior left fielder Ryan Faidley each scored a run for EKU. The Colonels fell to 7-7 on the season. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Greg Terry — Terry has been the Colonels best pitcher thus far in 2010 after being used mostly as a reliever early this season. In his second start of the year, Terry allowed two runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out one and walked one in the no decision. On the year Terry is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 18 innings pitched.

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 16

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In the second weekly statistics leaderboard update, we’ll look at the pitching categories. To qualify for the ERA title, pitchers must have a minimum of 1.0 IP per team game.

ERA

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 0.54
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 0.74
  • Logan Darnell — UK — 2.17
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 2.25
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 3.12

Wins

  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 3-0
  • Logan Darnell — UK — 3-0
  • Gabriel Shaw — UofL — 3-0
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3-0
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 3-0
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 3-1
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 3-2
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead st. — 3-2

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 26
  • Logan Darnell — UK — 23
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 22
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 22
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 22
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 22

Innings Pitched

  • Logan Darnell — UK — 29.0
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 26.0
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 25.2
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 24.1
  • Michael Bottoms — Morehead St. — 24.0

Saves

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

Batting Average Against

  • Neil Holland — UofL — .039
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .173
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .212
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — .216
  • Logan Darnell — UK — .248

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 9
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 8
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 8
  • Craig Stem — WKU — 8
  • Five pitchers tied with 7 appearances

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.)

EKU rallies from down seven to win 12-9 over Western Car.

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Eastern Kentucky University rallied from down 8-1 in the fourth inning against Western Carolina to win 12-9 and earn its first victory of the season. Junior catcher Joey Stevens launched a go-ahead three run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to give EKU the win. Senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando was 2-2 with a home run, two walks, a run scored and five RBI one day after launching two home runs in the season opener.

Preseason All-American third baseman Jayson Langfels was 2-4 with a home run, two runs scored and one RBI. Sophomore left-handed reliever Greg Terry earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning. Junior right-handed reliever Ryne Purcell recorded his first save with a scoreless ninth. EKU improved to 1-1 on the year. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Anthony Ottrando — Ottrando was 2-2 with a home run, run scored and five RBI in the game. The senior first baseman is 4-6 with three home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored in two games this season.