BluGrass Baseball Week Eight Weekend Preview

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Justin Riddell; BluGrass Baseball photo

It’s time for the week eight college baseball weekend preview. Check out the storylines to watch in week eight Kentucky college baseball games below:

Series of the week: Western Kentucky University vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Western Kentucky University (18-11, 6-3) welcomes Sun Belt Conference foe Louisiana-Lafayette (17-11, 6-3) to Bowling Green this weekend. The two teams are essentially tied for second place in conference play, so the series should play a major role in the conference title race. WKU head coach Chris Finwood has made a minor change in the weekend starting rotation, sending freshman Justin Hageman to the mound on Friday and sophomore Tanner Perkins to the mound on Saturday. WKU ranked No. 79 in the first RPI standings released by the NCAA and Louisiana-Lafayette ranked No. 68, so a series win would help WKU’s NCAA at-large chances as well.

Player to watch: RHP Alex Meyer (UK)

The University of Kentucky needs a series win in the worst way versus Auburn this weekend. The Cats have lost their last six Southeastern Conference games and are in danger of falling out of the Southeastern Conference tournament race before it even reaches the halfway point. Junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer will take the mound on Friday in his usual starting spot and needs to post a strong performance to get UK off on the right foot. Meyer has excellent secondary numbers this season with a 3.10 ERA, 62 strikeouts and a .214 batting average against but has just a 3-4 record. He needs offensive support, but UK has no shot at the postseason if its ace has a sub-.500 record.

Stat of the week: Cards’ pitchers grow stronger late in games.

The University of Louisville pitching staff has been among the best in college baseball this season, but it has been particularly strong as games progress. The team has surrendered over half of its runs, 54 of 94, in the first three innings. After the third innings UofL is outscoring its opponents 99-43 on the season. The UofL bullpen has been particularly strong, led by junior closer Tony Zych, who has a 2.92 ERA and seven saves in 12 appearances, and junior right-handed pitcher Derek Self, who has a 0.68 ERA in 26 and two-third relief innings. Freshman right-handed pitcher Chad Green boasts a 1.62 ERA in nine games, including eight relief appearances.

Out of state Kentucky collegians playing Kentucky colleges: OF Justin Riddell (Cincinnati, Lexington Catholic), RHP Zach Isler (Cincinnati, Covington Catholic), INF Kiley Jones (Cincinnati, Eastern), OF Ronald Cotton (Cincinnati, Boone Co.), LHP Joe Sullivan (Cincinnati, Villa Hills), LHP Jeremy Dobbs (Austin Peay, Daviess Co.), LHP Jack Snodgrass (Austin Peay, Bowling Green)

A host of Kentucky high school alumni will return to the Bluegrass State this weekend, led by Cincinnati’s five Kentucky natives. Senior outfielder Justin Riddell is among the Bearcats best hitters and had two home runs against Morehead St. in a midweek game this week, and freshman right-handed pitcher Zach Isler is a valuable bullpen arm. Austin Peay will send Daviess Co. alum Jeremy Dobbs and Bowling Green alum Jack Snodgrass to the mound for starts against Eastern Kentucky University this weekend.

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 5

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics through seven weeks of the college baseball season. To be eligible for the ERA and batting average against categories, pitchers must have at least one inning per team game. Eligible players attend a Kentucky college or graduated from a Kentucky high school. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

ERA

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 0.92 (48.2 IP)
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 1.74 (31.0 IP)
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 2.09 (47.1 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 2.09 (38.2 IP)
  • Jack Snodgrass (Austin Peay, Bowling Green HS) — 2.88 (34.1 IP)

Wins

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 6-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 6-1
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 5-1
  • Corey Littrell — UK — 4-1
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 4-1
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 4-3

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 62
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 43
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X) — 42
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 40
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 37

Innings Pitched

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 49.1
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 48.2
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 47.1
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X HS) — 46.2
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 43.0

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 7
  • Mike Kaczmarek — UK — 4
  • Cameron Finch — Murray St. — 4
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 3
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .182
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — .200
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — .211
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .214
  • Brandon Boling — Gardner Webb (Bryan Station HS) — .220
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .220

Appearances

  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 14
  • Phil Wetherell — WKU — 14
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 14
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 13
  • Nick Maronde — Florida (Lexington Catholic) — 13
  • Tyler Hieneman — Morehead St. — 13
  • Taylor Haydel — WKU — 13
  • Alex Phillips — UK — 13

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 29

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics through six weeks of the college baseball season. To be eligible for the ERA and batting average against categories, pitchers must have at least one inning per team game. Eligible players attend a Kentucky college or graduated from a Kentucky high school. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

ERA

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 0.65 (41.2 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 2.05 (30.2 IP)
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 2.10 (25.2 IP)
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 2.45 (40.1 IP)
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 3.05 (41.1 IP)

Wins

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 5-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 5-1
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 5-0
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 4-2
  • Seven players tied with three wins.

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 54
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 35
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 34
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 33
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 30
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X) — 30

Innings Pitched

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 41.2
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 41.1
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 40.1
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X HS) — 39.2
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 36.0

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 6
  • Mike Kaczmarek — UK — 4
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 3
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 3
  • Cameron Finch — Murray St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .168
  • Brandon Boling — Gardner Webb (Bryan Station HS) — .180
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — .204
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .214
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .221

Appearances

  • Tyler Hieneman — Morehead St. — 12
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 12
  • Phil Wetherell — WKU — 12
  • Nick Maronde — Florida (Lexington Catholic) — 11
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 11
  • Matthew Robertson — Morehead St. — 11
  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 11

College roundup: UofL, WKU, UK all lose; EKU swept in DH; Murray St., Morehead St. split double-headers

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Taylor Davis; Morehead St. photo

Recaps and highlights from Sunday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • Western Kentucky University suffered its first Sun Belt Conference loss and snapped an eight-game winning streak with a 9-8 loss to FIU in 10 innings. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Rye Davis took the loss after surrendering two runs in the tenth inning while recording two outs. Junior left fielder Jared Andreoli was 3-6, and junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson was 3-6 with one home run, two RBI and one run scored. Junior second baseman Ivan Hartle and senior designated hitter Chris Bullard also homered in the game. (Box Score)
  • The University of Louisville suffered its first Big East Conference loss with a 4-2 loss to Rutgers in the finale of its three-game series. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Nastold took the loss after surrendering three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits in five innings while striking out four batters and walking two. No UofL batter tallied multiple hits in the game, but redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames did slug his sixth home run of the season. (Box Score)
  • Alabama finished a three-game sweep of the University of Kentucky by sending the Cats to an 8-3 loss on Sunday. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers took the loss after surrendering six runs on nine hits in four and one-third innings. Alabama scored four runs in the first innings, putting the Cats in an early hole. Freshman second baseman J. T. Riddle was 2-4 with a home run. Freshman right fielder Lucas Witt and junior left fielder Chad Wright also had two hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header, Murray State University dropped a 5-2 decision to Austin Peay in its Ohio Valley Conference opener. Daviess County High School alum Jeremy Dobbs earned the win for Austin Peay after surrendering two runs on seven hits in five and one-third innings while striking out three batters and walking one. Murray St. junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Beers took the loss after surrendering five runs on five hits in three and one-third innings. Junior catcher Jacob Rhodes and senior center fielder Elliot Frey both tallied two hits for the Breds. (Box Score)
  • In game two of the double-header Murray St. earned its first OVC win with a 3-2 victory over Austin Peay. Senior left-handed pitcher Jake Donze earned the win after surrendering two runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out two batters and walking one. Redshirt freshman right fielder Ty Stetson and junior second baseman Travis Isaak were both 2-3 for the Breds. Bowling Green High School alum Jack Snodgrass took the loss for Austin Peay after surrendering three runs on eight hits in three and one-third innings. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header Eastern Kentucky University dropped an 8-1 decision to Eastern Illinois. Freshman left-handed pitcher Kyle McGrath took the loss after surrendering four runs on eight hits in five innings while striking out three batters and walking one. No EKU batter tallied multiple hits in the game, but senior designated hitter Bryce Labhart slugged his first home run of season. (Box Score)
  • EKU dropped a 5-4 decision in game two of the double-header to give Eastern Illinois the series win. Senior right-handed pitcher Stephen Hefler took the loss after surrendering five runs on 11 hits in four and one-third innings. Sophomore second baseman Matt Phipps was 2-2 with one run scored, and senior center fielder Ryan Faidley tallied two RBI and one run scored. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header Morehead State University dropped its OVC opener with a 3-2 loss to Southeast Missouri. Senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith took the loss after surrendering three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits in five and two-third innings while striking out no batters and walking four. Junior third baseman Andrew Deeds was 2-3 with one RBI. (Box Score)
  • In game two of the double-header Morehead St. earned its first OVC win with a 14-4 victory over Southeast Missouri. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Garrick Whittle earned the win after surrendering two runs on four hits in five and one-third innings while striking out three batters and walking six. Junior catcher Taylor Davis was 3-4 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored, and senior second baseman Travis Redmon slugged a home run. Center fielder Nick Duff was 3-4 with three RBI and sophomore shortstop Austin Haney was 3-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. (Box Score)

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

  • Stats: 4-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Hutchinson (WKU), Ivan Hartle (WKU), Jared Andreoli (WKU), Ryan Huck (WKU), Stewart Ijames (UofL), J. T. Riddle (UK), Elliot Frey (Murray St.), Nick Duff (Morehead St.), Austin Haney (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the day: LHP Jake Donze (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB 2 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Mike Nastold (UofL), Brian Edelen (WKU), Jeremy Dobbs (Austin Peay, Daviess Co. HS), Trey Smith (Morehead St.), Garrick Whittle (Morehead St.)

BluGrass Baseball Week Six Weekend Schedule

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Check out the week six college baseball schedule below with probable pitchers listed where available:

Western Kentucky University (14-6) @ FIU

  • Friday — 6 p.m (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (4-1, 2.43 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 5 p.m. (CT) — RHP Justin Hageman (3-2, 3.49 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 10 a.m. (CT) — RHP Brian Edelen (3-0, 3.55 ERA) — Live Stats

University of Louisville (13-7) @ Rutgers

  • Friday — 3 p.m. — RHP Matt Koch (2-2, 3.60 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Justin Amlung (4-0, 0.50 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Mike Nastold (2-1, 1.74 ERA) — Gametracker

University of Kentucky (14-8) @ Alabama

  • Friday — 7:35 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (3-2, 2.60 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 3:05 p.m. — RHP Jordan Cooper (1-1, 5.40 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 2:05 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (2-1, 4.45 ERA) — Gametracker

Murray State University (8-12) vs. Austin Peay

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Tyler Beers (2-2, 4.96 ERA) vs. LHP Jeremy Dobbs (4-0, 3.18 ERA)
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (0-2, 2.92 ERA) vs LHP Jack Snodgrass (0-2, 2.92 ERA)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — LHP Luke Shuemaker (2-3, 6.67 ERA)

Eastern Kentucky University (6-15) @ Eastern Illinois

  • Saturday — 2 p.m. — RHP Matt Fyffe (0-3, 4.34 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Kyle McGrath (2-0, 5.09 ERA)
  • Sunday — 2 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (2-2, 2.84 ERA)

Morehead State University (3-18) @ Southeast Missouri

  • Saturday — 2 p.m.
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH)
  • Sunday — 2 p.m.

BluGrass Baseball Week Six Weekend Preview

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It’s time for the week six weekend preview. Check out storylines to watch in week six games for Kentucky DI colleges and players:

Matchup of the week: University of Kentucky @ Alabama

The Cats continue Southeastern Conference play this weekend with a road trip to Tuscaloosa to face an Alabama team with one more win on the season and an identical 2-1 conference record. The Crimson Tide was projected to finish next-to last in the SEC West by the conference coaches prior to the season, so the matchup could have big implications for the conference tournament picture. If Kentucky finishes where it has in the last two seasons, fighting for the final berth in the conference tournament in the final weeks of the season, Alabama is likely to be one of the teams it is competing against. Senior catcher Brock Bennett leads the Tide with a .406 batting average, and senior right-handed pitcher Nathan Kilcrease has anchored the pitching staff with a 2-1 record and 2.30 ERA.

Player to watch: RHP Matt Koch (UofL)

The University of Louisville pitching staff has been outstanding through the early weeks of the 2011 season but hit a speed bump last week dropping two of three games to Xavier. Koch started things off poorly for the Cards last weekend by surrendering eight runs in three innings. Until the UofL offense begins to carry its weight against quality competition, the Cards cannot afford any poor outings from its weekend starters. Koch needs to rebound this weekend when the Cards open Big East Conference play versus Rutgers.

Stat of the week: EKU still winless on the road

Eastern Kentucky University opens Ohio Valley Conference play at Eastern Illinois on Saturday, and if the Colonels win a game this weekend it will be the team’s first road win of the season. EKU has dropped its last seven games and each of its 10 road games this season. The Colonels’ road games have not been particularly close either as the team has been outscored 93-33 on the road this season.

Out of state Ky. collegians playing Ky. schools: LHP Jeremy Dobbs (Austin Peay), LHP Jack Snodgrass (Austin Peay)

You will have to forgive Murray State University if it thinks it is facing an in-state opponent this weekend with two Kentucky high school alumni likely getting weekend starts for Austin Peay. The Governors feature Daviess Co. High School alum Jeremy Dobbs and Bowling Green High School alum Jack Snodgrass in its weekend rotation. Dobbs is 4-0 with a 3.18 ERA in five games, including two starts this season, and struck out 11 batters in his start last weekend. Snodgrass is 0-2 but boasts a 2.92 ERA on the season in four starts.

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 22

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics through four weeks of the college baseball season. To be eligible for the ERA and batting average against categories, pitchers must have at least one inning per team game. Eligible players attend a Kentucky college or graduated from a Kentucky high school. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

ERA

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 0.50 (35.2 IP)
  • Derek Self — UofL — 0.92 (19.2 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 1.01 (26.2 IP)
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 1.74 (20.2 IP)
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 2.43 (33.1 IP)

Wins

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 4-0
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 4-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 4-1
  • Brian Edelen — WKU — 3-0
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 3-2
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 3-2

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 46
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 31
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 28
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 25
  • Chris Hord — EKU — 25

Innings Pitched

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 35.2
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 34.2
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X HS) — 33.2
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 33.1
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 32.2

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 6
  • Mike Kaczmarek — UK — 4
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 3
  • Cameron Finch — Murray St. — 3
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 2
  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 2

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .146
  • Brandon Boling — Gardner Webb (Bryan Station HS) — .169
  • Derek Self — UofL — .172
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — .195
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — .200
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .200
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .200

Appearances

  • Tyler Hieneman — Morehead St. — 11
  • Brian Edelen — WKU — 9
  • Matthew Robertson — Morehead St. — 9
  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 9
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 9
  • Tony Zych — UofL — 9
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 9
  • Phil Wetherell — WKU — 9

Rice, Amlung, Hageman receive Week 1 college awards

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Matt Rice bats for WKU: BluGrass Baseball photo

In our first weekly awards post of the 2011 season we will look at the best performances from the college opening weekend:

BluGrass Baseball Hitter of the Week: C Matt Rice (WKU)

  • Stats: 7-13 (.538), 1 2B, 7 RBI, 3 R
  • Honorable Mention: Richie Rodriguez (EKU), Jared Andreoli (WKU), Ryan Hutchinson (WKU), Drew Haynes (UofL), Cade Stallings (UofL)

BluGrass Baseball Pitcher of the Week: RHP Justin Amlung (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Tanner Perkins (WKU), Jeremy Dobbs (Austin Peay, Daviess Co. HS), Stephen Hefler (EKU), Chad Green (UofL), Derek Self (UofL), Mike Nastold (UofL), Alex Meyer (UK), Taylor Rogers (UK), Garrick Whittle (Morehead St.)

BluGrass Baseball Freshman of the Week: RHP Justin Hageman (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Bryan Soloman (EKU), Sean Hagen (EKU), Brice Smallwood (Morehead St.), Ty Young (UofL)

    Kime, Paquet lead previously drafted Kentucky collegians

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    Jonathan Paquet; UK photo by Chet White

    As part of BluGrass Baseball‘s ongoing college preview check out this team-by-team breakdown of 2011 Kentucky collegians who have been previously selected in the MLB draft. UofL freshman right-handed pitcher Dace Kime is the only player to have been drafted in the first 10 rounds of the draft, and UK freshman right-handed pitcher Jonathan Paquet is the only player to have been drafted multiple times. Players are listed with the school they were at when drafted, draft round and year.

    University of Kentucky

    • RHP Jordan Cooper — Shelbyville Central HS (Tenn.) — 17th round (2009) — Pirates
    • RHP Alex Meyer — Greensburg HS (Ind.) — 20th round (2008) — Red Sox
    • RHP Jonathan Paquet — Quebec/Cardinal Roy HS (Canada) — 22nd round (2010); 46th round (2009) — Phillies, Angels
    • SS Taylor Black — UK — 28th round (2010) — Cardinals
    • INF J. T. Riddle — Western Hills HS — 35th round (2010) — Red Sox
    • LHP Taylor Rogers — Chatfield HS (Col0.) — 37th round (2009) — Orioles
    • OF Lucas Witt — LCA — 38th round (2010) — Dodgers
    • RHP Braden Kapteyn — Illiana Christian School (Ill.) — 39th round (2008) — Giants
    • RHP Sam Kidd — Ohio County HS — 39th round (2009) — Phillies
    • C Luke Maile — Covington Catholic HS — 43rd round (2009) — Red Sox
    • LHP Corey Littrell — Trinity HS — 43rd round (2010) — Nationals
    • OF Brian Adams — South Forsyth HS (Ga.) — 45th round (2009) — Reds
    • INF Matt Reida — Western HS (Ind.) — 47th round (2010) — White Sox

    University of Louisville

    • RHP Dace Kime — Defiance HS (Ohio) — 8th Round (2010) — Pirates
    • LHP Keith Landers — St. Peter Martin HS (Mass.) — 18th Round (2008) — Orioles
    • 1B Zak Wasserman — Lakeshore HS (Mich.) — 21st round (2009) — Giants
    • OF Stewart Ijames — UofL — 26th Round (2010) — Yankees
    • RHP Matt Koch — Cherokee Washington HS (Iowa) — 27th round (2009) — Red Sox
    • RHP Chad Green — Floyd Central HS (Ind.) — 37th round (2010) — Blue Jays
    • C Asaad Ali — Niles HS (Mich.) — 40th round (2009) — Angels
    • RHP Tony Zych — St. Rita HS — 46th round (2008) — Cubs

    Western Kentucky University

    • RHP Justin Hageman — Hopkinsville HS — 32nd round (2010) — Royals
    • RHP Rye Davis — Edmonson County HS — 36th round (2010) — Indians
    • OF Kes Carter — Ravenwood HS (Tenn.) — 43rd round (2008) — Marlins
    • OF Chris Bullard — Harris Co. HS (Ga.) — 45th round (2007) — Angels
    • C Matt Rice — WKU — 50th round (2010) — Yankees

    Northern Kentucky University

    • LHP Dave Middendorf — NKU — 44th round (2010) — Yankees

    Out-of-state colleges

    • LHP Jeremy Dobbs — Daviess Co. HS (Austin Peay) — 30th round (2008) — Orioles
    • RHP Casey Lucchese — College of Charleston (PLD) — 39th round (2010) — Cubs
    • OF Cory Farris — Boone Co. HS (Cumberland Univ.) — 43rd round (2008) — White Sox
    • RHP Nick Maronde — Lexington Catholic HS (Florida) — 43rd round (2008) — Athletics
    • OF Ronald Cotton — Boone Co. HS (Cincinnati) — 45th round (2010) — White Sox

    Tuesday NCAA Recaps: WKU, Morehead defeat border rivals

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    Matt Rice bats for WKU: BluGrass Baseball photo

    Tuesday saw four Kentucky Division One schools take the field to mixed results. Bluegrass teams were a combined 2-2 on the day, but several individual players featured standout performances. Check out recaps of those games below, and remember the state’s two ranked teams (WKU and UofL) face off today:

    • Matt Payton wasted no time making his case for the on-field component of the Lowe’s Senior Class Award, which he was named a finalist for Tuesday. Payton was 3-6 with a home run, 2 RBI and three runs scored in Western Kentucky University‘s 14-7 blowout of Austin Peay. Matt Rice and Casey Dykes also homered for the Hilltoppers. Bowling Green native Jeremy Dobbs surrendered seven runs to his hometown team in two and one-third innings of relief for Austin Peay. (Box Score)
    • In the first of a two-game set in bordering Mountain State, Eastern Kentucky University suffered a 13-11 loss to West Virginia. The Colonels face Marshall Wednesday. Shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 4-5 with one RBI and three runs scored. Designated hitter Jacob Daniel and first baseman Anthony Ottrando each homered for EKU. (Box Score)
    • A nail-bitter extra-inning game quickly turned into a blowout in Murray State University‘s 20-17 loss to Evansville. The teams were tied at 14 entering the tenth innings, but Evansville scored six run in the top of the frame and the Breds managed just three in the bottom of the inning. Left fielder Zach Noonan was 4-7 with one RBI and four runs scored, and right fielder Daniel Hill and third baseman Cory Hodskins both homered for Murray State. (Box Score)
    • Center fielder J. D. Ashbrook had a career night for Morehead State University with a perfect 5-5 day at the plate. Ashbrook drove in two, scored twice and also reached base via a hit-by-pitch in the Eagles’ 15-6 win over Marshall. Shortstop Drew Lee, right fielder Cameron Flynn and first baseman Michael Bottoms each homered in the game for Morehead. Reliever Trey Smith earned his second save of the season with four scoreless innings out of the Eagles’ bullpen. (Box  Score)