NCAA roundup: WKU win; Morehead State rained out

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Recaps and highlights from Tuesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • You can read the BluGrass Baseball recap of the University of Kentucky‘s 3-2 win over the University of Louisville here.
  • Western Kentucky University scored eight runs in the fifth inning en route to a 17-6 win over Austin Peay. Junior center fielder Kes Carter was 4-5 with one home run, five RBI and three runs scored, and senior catcher Matt Rice was 4-5 with three RBI and four runs scored. Junior second baseman Ivan Hartle, junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson and freshman designated hitter Scott Wilcox each had two hits in the game. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Taylor Haydel earned the win after surrendering six runs, two of which were earned, on 11 hits in five innings while striking out six batters and walking one. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University‘s game versus Marshall was rained out.

Hitter of the day: CF Kes Carter (WKU)

  • Stats: 4-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
  • Honorable Mention: Stewart Ijames (UofL), Matt Rice (WKU), Scott Wilcox (WKU), Chad Wright (UK), Taylor Black (UK)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Jordan Cooper (UK)

  • Stats: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Travis Tingle (UofL), Ross Hammonds (WKU)

UK scores one run in 9th inning to earn 3-2 win over UofL

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Jordan Cooper; UK Athletics photo

The University of Kentucky scored a single run in the ninth inning on a RBI single from senior shortstop Taylor Black to earn a 3-2 win over the University of Louisville. UK junior left fielder Chad Wright doubled with one out in the top of the ninth inning then moved to third on a wild pitch from UofL junior closer Tony Zych. Black then lined the first pitch he saw into right field to put UK ahead. UK freshman right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott was credited with the win after recording the final out of the eighth inning prior to the Cats’ rally.

UK jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the top of the first inning. Wright reached on an error by UofL freshman right-handed pitcher Jeff Gardner to start the game then moved to second on a single from Black. Gardner hit UK junior designated hitter Braden Kapteyn with a pitch to load the bases before UK freshman right fielder J. T. Riddle drove Wright home with a single. Black then scored on a double-play from UK junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy.

UofL got on the board in the sixth inning when sophomore designated hitter Kyle Grieshaber doubled with one out and then scored on a single from redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames. The Cards tied the game in the seventh inning when sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings led off the inning with a single and later scored on a groundout from freshman shortstop Alex Chittenden.

UK sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper took a no decision despite surrendering two runs, one of which was earned, on five hits in six and one-third innings while striking out two batters and walking three. Thompson surrendered two unearned runs on seven hits in three and two-third innings in the start for UofL. Cards junior right-handed pitcher Derek Self took the loss after surrendering one run in one and two-third innings. Wright and Black were both 3-4 in the game for UK. (Box Score)

Player of the game — SS Taylor Black (UK) — 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

BluGrass Baseball Midweek Schedule: April 12

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Check out the midweek schedule below highlighted by the first UK/UofL matchup of the season:

Tuesday

  • 5 p.m. — Morehead State University vs. Marshall — LHP Noah Smallwood (0-3, 9.08 ERA) — Live Stats
  • 6 p.m. — University of Louisville (20-11) vs. University of Kentucky (16-17) — RHP Jeff Thompson (1-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. RHP Jordan Cooper (2-1, 5.89 ERA) — Gametracker — Wazoo Sports (TV)
  • 6 p.m. (CT) — Western Kentucky University (20-12) @ Austin Peay — RHP Taylor Haydel (3-2, 7.08 ERA) — Live Stats

Wednesday

  • 6 p.m. — Eastern Kentucky University @ Ohio — Live Stats
  • 6 p.m. (CT) — WKU vs. Murray State University (13-17) — Live Stats

Richie Rodriguez, Justin Hageman win week eight awards

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Richie Rodriguez; EKU photo

It’s time for the week eight weekly awards. I’ve included Lexington Catholic alum Justin Riddell and Daviess Co. alum Jeremy Dobbs among the honorable mention category this week since their performances came against Kentucky schools.

Hitter of the week: SS Richie Rodriguez (EKU)

  • Stats: 12-16 (.750), 2 2Bs, 3 BB, 8 R, 1 RBI, 4 SBs
  • Honorable Mention: Jeff Gardner (UofL), Matt Rice (WKU), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Zach Noonan (Murray St.), Cody Larson (Murray St.), Justin Riddell (Cincinnati, Lexington Catholic)

Pitcher of the week: RHP Justin Hageman (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Koch (UofL), Justin Amlung (UofL), Tanner Perkins (WKU), Jordan Cooper (UK), Matt Harris (EKU), Greg Terry (EKU), Jeremy Dobbs (Austin Peay, Daviess Co. HS)

Freshman of the week: RHP Justin Hageman (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Jeff Gardner (UofL), Dallen Reber (UK), Nick Duff (Morehead St.)

NCAA roundup: WKU, UK, EKU earn Tues. wins; UofL loses

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Thomas McCarthy; UK photo by Chet White

Recaps and highlights from Tuesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • You can read the BluGrass Baseball recap of Western Kentucky University‘s 15-5 win over the University of Louisville here.
  • The University of Kentucky scored six runs in the first inning and rode a strong start from sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper to a 15-2 win over Xavier. Cooper, who was making his first start since being demoted from the weekend rotation, earned the win after surrendering two runs on six hits in five innings while striking out six batters and walking none. Junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy was 2-4 with one home run, five RBI and three runs scored, and junior designated hitter Braden Kapteyn was 3-5 with one RBI and four runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Luke Maile slugged a grand slam, and sophomore center fielder Brian Adams added a home run. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 9-6 win over Marshall. Junior left fielder Jacob Daniel was 3-4 with one double, one triple, four RBI and one run scored, and junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 3-4 with one walk, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Junior left-handed pitcher Greg Terry earned the win after surrendering one unearned run on four hits in four innings while striking out two batters and walking none. Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Harris recorded the final two outs of the game for his first save. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: 3B Thomas McCarthy (UK)

  • Stats: 2-4, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Wright (UofL), Matt Rice (WKU), Chris Bullard (WKU), Jared Andreoli (WKU), Brian Adams (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Richie Rodriguez (EKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Jordan Cooper (UK)

  • Stats: 1-0, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Andy Flett (UofL), Ross Hammonds (WKU), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Greg Terry (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Midweek Schedule: April 5

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Check out the week eight midweek schedule with probable pitchers listed when available:

Tuesday

  • 3 p.m. — Eastern Kentucky University (8-20) vs. Marshall — RHP Anthony Bazzani (0-6, 10.48 ERA) — Live Stats
  • 6 p.m. — Western Kentucky University (17-11) vs. University of Louisville (18-9) — RHP Taylor Haydel (2-2, 6.68 ERA) vs. RHP Chad Green (1-0, 1.23 ERA) — Gametracker
  • 6:30 p.m. — University of Kentucky (15-14) vs. Xavier — RHP Jordan Cooper (1-1, 6.25 ERA) — Gametracker

Wednesday

  • 3 p.m. (CT) — Murray State University (12-14) @ Southern Illinois — RHP Tyler Saltsman (0-0, 3.38 ERA)
  • 6 p.m. — Morehead State University (5-22) vs. Cincinnati — TBA

BluGrass Baseball Week Seven Weekend Preview

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Corey Littrell; BluGrass Baseball photo

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

Matchup of the week: University of Kentucky @ South Carolina (3)

After being swept by Alabama in week five the Southeastern Conference schedule gets even more difficult in week six for UK with a trip to No. 3 South Carolina. The Cats are 2-4 in SEC play and 15-11 on the season, while South Carolina is 4-2 in conference play and 19-5 on the season. Preseason All-America Jackie Bradley Jr. is batting just .303 for the Gamecocks but has six home runs, 22 RBI and 25 runs scored on the season. Friday starting pitcher Michael Roth is 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA in seven games for South Carolina this season. South Carolina is coming off a series victory against then No. 1 Florida.

Player to watch: LHP Corey Littrell (UK)

UK freshman left-handed pitcher Corey Littrell will make his first Southeastern Conference start this weekend when he takes sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper‘s usual Saturday start. Littrell has excelled as a starter this season, going 4-0 with a 2.89 ERA in five midweek starts. On Tuesday he earned the win after surrendering two hits in three shutout innings while striking out three batters and walking none versus Tennessee tech. Littrell has struggled in a bullpen role with an 0-1 record and 24.30 ERA in three relief appearances.

Stat of the week: University of Louisville already has six shutouts

UofL’s pitching staff has been stingy with runs this season, boasting a 4.17 staff ERA and six shutouts. The six shutouts are already the second most in one season in school history. The Cards have shutout Xavier, Pepperdine, Kent State, Minnesota and Ohio State this season and have at least one shutout in four of the team’s seven series this season. On Tuesday UofL held Western Kentucky University to one run, marking the 17th time in 24 games the team had held its opponent to two or fewer runs.

Out-of-state player to watch: LHP Nick Maronde (Florida, Lexington Catholic)

No out-of-state Kentucky collegians face a Kentucky college this weekend, so we give you an out-of-state player to watch instead. Florida junior left-handed pitcher Nick Maronde, who is a Lexington Catholic alum, has been a valuable weapon out of the Gators’ bullpen this season. In 12 games Maronde has yet to record a decision but boasts a 2.45 ERA and one save. Maronde has struck out 23 batters and walked just three in 14 and two-third innings. Opponents are batting .246 against the southpaw this season. No. 4 Florida is 4-2 in SEC play and welcomes Tennessee to town this weekend.

College roundup: UofL, WKU clinch series wins; EKU earns first road win; UK drops second straight to Alabama

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Ryan Wright; UofL photo

Recaps and highlights from Saturday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • Western Kentucky University remained undefeated in Sun Belt Conference play and won its eighth game in a row with a 6-4 win over FIU. Freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Hageman earned the win after surrendering one run on seven hits in six and two-third innings while striking out eight batters and walking four. Junior shortstop Logan Robbins was 3-4 with one RBI, and junior second baseman Ivan Hartle was 2-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Ryan Huck slugged his second home run of the season. (Box Score)
  • The University of Louisville clinched a series victory in its first Big East Conference series with a 9-2 win over Rutgers. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung improved to 5-0 on the season after surrendering two runs, one of which was earned, on seven hits in six innings while striking out seven batters and walking three. Junior second baseman Ryan Wright finish the game a double shy of the cycle and was 4-5 with a home run, triple, five RBI and three runs scored. Redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames slugged his fifth home run of the season, and junior right-handed pitcher Derek Self held Rutgers scoreless over the final three innings for the save. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky surrendered an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 6-5 loss to Alabama, clinching a series win for the Crimson Tide. Freshman right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott took the loss after surrendering one unearned run on two hits in two and one-third innings. Freshman center fielder Lucas Witt was 2-2 with one walk and one run scored in his return from injury. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper had his second consecutive poor start after surrendering five runs on six hits in two and two-third innings. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University‘s double-header versus Austin Peay was rained out. The two teams will play a double-header on Sunday.
  • Eastern Kentucky University earned its first road win of the season with a 9-7 victory over Eastern Illinois. Senior right-handed pitcher Ryne Purcell was credited with the win after surrendering two runs on three hits in one inning. Senior center fielder Ryan Faidley and sophomore first baseman Alex Hughes each homered in the game, and junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 2-4 with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored. Senior right-handed pitcher Chris Hord pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first save, and redshirt junior right-handed starting pitcher Matt Fyffe surrendered two runs in five innings. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University‘s double-header versus Southeast Missouri was rained out. The two teams will play a double-header on Sunday.

Hitter of the day: 2B Ryan Wright (UofL)

  • Stats: 4-5, 1 HR, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 3 R
  • Honorable Mention: Richie Rodriguez (EKU), Ryan Faidley (EKU), Lucas Witt (UK), Stewart Ijames (UofL), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Logan Robbins (WKU), Ivan Hartle (WKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Justin Hageman (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Justin Amlung (UofL), Derek Self (UofL), Walter Wijas (UK), Matt Fyffe (EKU)

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.

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)