BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 8

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics through three 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

  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 0.71 (12.2 IP)
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 0.75 (12 IP)
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 0.87 (20.2 IP)
  • Stephen Hefler — EKU — 1.00 (18 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 1.26 (14.1 IP)

Wins

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 2-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 2-1
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 2-1
  • Luke Shuemaker — Murray St. — 2-1
  • 22 players tied with one win.

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 26
  • Luke Shuemaker — Murray St. — 17
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 16
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 16
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 16
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 16

Innings Pitched

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 20.2
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 20.1
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 19.1
  • Matt Koch — UofL — 19.0
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 18.2

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 4
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 2
  • 10 players tied with one save

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .137
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — .159
  • Jack Snodgrass — Austin Peay (Bowling Green HS) — .167
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .184
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .186
  • Stephen Hefler — EKU — .186

Appearances

  • Brian Edelen — WKU — 6
  • Noah Smallwood — Morehead St. — 6
  • Tyler Hieneman — Morehead St. — 6
  • Nick Maronde — Florida (Lexington Catholic) — 5
  • 12 players tied with four apperances.

BluGrass Baseball Week Four Midweek Schedule

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It’s time for the midweek Kentucky college baseball schedule for week four. Games are listed below with probable pitchers and links to live stats when available:

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Murray State University vs. Belmont — 2 p.m. (CT)
  • UK vs. Middle Tennessee — 4 p.m. — RHP Jonathan Paquet (0-0, 6.00 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Morehead State University @ Lipscomb — 5 p.m. — RHP Josh Schneider (0-1, 8.50 ERA)
  • WKU @ Mississippi — 6:30 p.m. (CT) — RHP Brian Edelen (0-0, 5.27 ERA) — Gametracker

Zach Noonan, Jordan Cooper and Dace Kime named BluGrass Baseball week three award winners

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Jordan Cooper; UK Athletics photo

It’s time for the BluGrass Baseball Week Three awards. Check out the best hitting, pitching and freshmen performances of the week:

Hitter of the week: OF Zach Noonan (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 9-16 (.563), 1 HR, 5 R, 9 RBI, 3 2Bs, 1 3B
  • Honorable Mention: Braden Kapteyn (UK), Kes Carter (WKU), Jared Andreoli (WKU), Jacob Rhodes (Murray St.), Elliot Frey (Murray St.), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.), Stewart Ijames (UofL)

Pitcher of the week: RHP Jordan Cooper (UK)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Justin Amlung (UofL), Matt Koch (UofL), Mike Nastold (UofL), Dace Kime (UofL), Alex Meyer (UK), Justin Hageman (WKU), Jake Donze (Murray St.), Tyler Beers (Murray St.), Bryan Babin (Murray St.), Stephen Hefler (EKU), Josh Schneider (Morehead St.)

Freshman of the week: RHP Dace Kime (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Ty Young (UofL), Justin Hageman (WKU), Scott Wilcox (WKU), Trevor Gott (UK), Brandon Eggenschwiler (Murray St.), Bud Morton (Morehead St.)

Friday Roundup: UofL, Murray State win; Morehead State, UK, WKU lose in tournament openers; EKU rained out

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Former UK baseball player Patrick Patterson throws out the first pitch at the Houston College Classic; UK Athletics photo by Aaron M. Sprecher

Highlights and recaps from Friday Kentucky collegiate baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville appeared to be on its way to its third loss in four games but scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings before senior catcher J. J. Ethel drove home the winning run with a RBI-double in the 11th inning. Freshman infielder Ty Young singled with one out in the ninth inning then moved to second base when Ethel was hit by a pitch. Freshman pinch hitter Ryan Seiz drove home the first run of the inning on a single, and senior left fielder Drew Haynes drove home the tying run with a ground out. In the 11th inning Ethel doubled home Young to give UofL the win. Junior right-handed pitcher Derek Self earned the win after surrendering one run in three innings, and sophomore starting pitcher Matt Koch took a no decision despite surrendering just one run on five hits in eight innings. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University dropped its fourth straight game after starting the season 5-0 with a 7-5 loss to College of Charleston in the first game of the school’s invitational tournament. WKU sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins suffered his first loss of the season after surrendering seven runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits in four and one-third innings while striking out three batters and walking none. Five different Hilltoppers’ batters tallied two hits in the game with sophomore shortstop Logan Robbins leading the offensive attack. Robbins was 2-3 with one run scored, one RBI, one walk and one stolen base. (Box Score)
  • A late rally from the University of Kentucky fell just short in an 8-7 loss to No. 21 Rice in the opening game of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. The Cats trailed by three runs entering the eighth inning but scored twice in the frame on a wild pitch and sacrifice fly from sophomore catcher Luke Maile. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers took the loss after surrendering six runs on 10 hits in five and two-third innings while striking out three batters and walking one. At the plate junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy led UK with a 3-5 performance. Junior first baseman Braden Kapteyn slugged his second home run of the season and drove in two runs. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University‘s opening game in the Memphis Baseball Classic was rained out.
  • Highlighted by a six-hit, seven-RBI game from senior left fielder Zach Noonan, the Murray State University offense exploded for a 17-7 blowout win over North Dakota State. Noonan finished the game 6-6 with one home run, seven RBI and four runs scored. Junior left-handed pitcher Luke Shuemaker was credited with the win after surrendering six runs on 12 hits in six innings. Shuemaker struck out seven batters and walked one. Junior second baseman Travis Isaak homered and both redshirt freshman designated hitter Ty Stetson and senior center fielder Elliot Frey each drove in three runs. Stetson finished the game 3-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. (Box Score)
  • Behind Lexington native Chad Martin Indiana sent Morehead State University to a 6-5 loss in 13 innings. Martin, a PLD alum, took a no decision but surrendered just three unearned runs on five hits in six innings while striking out six batters and walking three. Morehead St. redshirt junior starting pitcher Josh Schneider also pitched well in a no decision, surrendering three runs, one of which was earned, on four hits in seven innings while striking out four batters and walking one. At the plate junior center fielder Andrew Deeds was 2-4 with one double, one triple and one run scored to lead the Eagles. Morehead St. junior right-handed pitcher Matthew Robertson took the loss after surrendering one run in two-plus innings of work. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: LF Zach Noonan (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 6-6, 1 HR, 3 2Bs, 7 RBI, 4 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ty Stetson (Murray St.), Travis Isaak (Murray St.), Elliot Frey (Murray St.), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.), Ty Young (UofL), Thomas McCarthy (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Matt Koch (UofL)

  • Stats: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Chad Martin (Indiana, PLD), Derek Self (UofL), Josh Schneider (Morehead St.), Ross Hammonds (WKU)

BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week Three

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Check out the weekend schedule for week three college baseball action with probable starters when available. Links take you to team game notes.

University of Louisville (4-2) vs. Kent State

  • Friday — 3 p.m. — RHP Matt Koch (1-1, 3.27 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Justin Amlung (1-0, 0.66 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Mike Nastold (0-0, 1.29 ERA) — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University (5-3) — College of Charleston Tournament

  • Friday — 4 p.m. (CT) — vs. College of Charleston (18) — LHP Tanner Perkins (2-0, 2.25 ERA)
  • Saturday — 4 p.m. (CT) — vs. New York Tech — RHP Justin Hageman (1-1, 3.00 ERA)
  • Sunday — 10 a.m. (CT) — vs. Auburn — RHP Taylor Haydel (1-1, 5.84 ERA)

University of Kentucky (4-4) — Houston College Classic

  • Friday — 8 p.m. — vs. Rice — LHP Taylor Rogers (0-0, 3.55 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 4:30 p.m. — vs. Houston — RHP Alex Meyer (1-1, 3.00 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. — vs. Utah — RHP Jordan Cooper (0-0, 5.79 ERA) — Audio

Eastern Kentucky University (3-5) — Memphis Classic Tournament

  • Friday — 2 p.m. — vs. Southern Ill. — RHP Anthony Bazzani (0-2, 10.38 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 5:30 p.m. — vs. Memphis — LHP Kyle McGrath (1-0, 6.30 ERA) —  Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — Oral Roberts — RHP Stephen Hefler (1-0, 1.59 ERA) — Live Stats

Murray State University (2-6) vs. North Dakota State

Morehead State University (1-8) — University of Tennessee Tournament

  • Friday — 1 p.m. — vs. Indiana — RHP Josh Schneider (0-1, 13.09) vs. RHP Chad Martin (0-0, 2.16)
  • Saturday — 12 p.m. — vs. Bradley — RHP Trey Smith (0-2, 7.82)
  • Sunday — 4 p.m. — vs. Tennessee — LHP Noah Smallwood (0-1, 10.45)

BluGrass Baseball Week Three Weekend Preview

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It’s time for the Week three weekend preview. Check out storylines to watch in a tournament-heavy slate of weekend games for Kentucky colleges:

Matchup of the week: University of Kentucky @ Rice

UK heads to Houston this weekend for the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. On Friday the Cats face No. 21 Rice and preseason national player of the year favorite Anthony Rendon. UK head coach Gary Henderson tabbed sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers to the mound versus the Owls. Rogers doesn’t have a decision on the season but has a 3.55 ERA in 12 and two-third innings on the season. Rendon, who Baseball America ranks as the No. 1 prospect in the 2011 draft, is batting .429 with two home runs, seven RBI and 12 runs scored in 10 games.

Tournament Spotlight No. 1: Houston College Classic

Henderson and the Cats have the rare opportunity to play a weekend series at a MLB stadium in front of a national audience. National baseball writers as well a plethora of scouts will be on hand to see Rendon and UK top draft prospect Alex Meyer. Henderson decided not to send Meyer to the mound on Friday for the matchup with Rendon everyone hoped to see, but he will start versus Houston on Saturday. On Sunday sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper will take the mound versus Utah.

Tournament Spotlight No. 2: College of Charleston Classic

Western Kentucky University will head to South Carolina for the second consecutive weekend, this time for to face No. 18 College of Charleston, New York Tech and Auburn. WKU will look to rebound from a disappointing showing at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S. C., during which the team went 1-2. Head coach Chris Finwood will send sophomore ace Tanner Perkins to the mound on Friday versus College of Charleston, freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Hageman to the mound on Saturday versus New York Tech and sophomore right-handed pitcher Taylor Haydel to the mound on Sunday versus Auburn.

Tournament spotlight No. 3: University of Tennessee Tournament

Morehead State University will head south to Knoxville, Tenn., to play in the UT Tournament versus Indiana, Bradley and Tennessee. On Friday the Eagles will send redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Josh Schneider to the mound versus Indiana and Lexington native Chad Martin. PLD alum Martin is 0-0 with a 2.16 ERA in three relief appearances on the season. On Saturday Morehead St. senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith will face Bradley, and on Sunday freshman left-handed pitcher Noah Smallwood will face Tennessee.

Tournament spotlight No. 4: Memphis Classic Tournament

Eastern Kentucky University heads to Memphis, Tenn., this weekend for a three-game appearance in the Memphis Classic. The Colonels will face Southern Illinois on Friday, Memphis on Saturday and Oral Roberts on Sunday. Expect sophomore right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani to get the Friday start for EKU, though head coach Jason Stein has not yet announced his weekend rotation.

Out-of-state Ky. collegians playing Ky. colleges: RHP Chad Martin (Indiana), C/OF Wes Wilson (Indiana), C Ty Downing,  SS Zach Osborne (Tennessee), RHP Casey Lucchese (College of Charleston), RHP Chase Joiner (Memphis)

Morehead St. will face a quartet of Kentucky high school alumni in the University of Tennessee Tournament in the form of Indiana catchers Wes Wilson and Ty Downing and right-handed pitcher Chad Martin and Tennessee shortstop Zach Osborne. Martin, a PLD alum, will start versus Morehead St. on Friday. Wilson, a Bryan Station alum, is batting .278 in six games, and Downing, a Greenwood alum, is batting .333 in five games. Osborne, a PRP alum, is batting .438 with three RBI and four runs scored on the season. College of Charleston closer Casey Lucchese, a PLD alum, will look for his first save of the season versus WKU. Joiner is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 1

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics from the first weekend of the season. To be eligible for the ERA and batting average against categories, pitchers must have at least one inning per team game.

ERA

  • Walter Wijas — UK — 0.00 (8.2 IP)
  • Derek Self — UofL — 0.00 (6 IP)
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 0.66 (13.2 IP)
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 1.22 (7.1 IP)
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 1.29 (7 IP)

Wins

  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 2-0
  • 16 players tied with one win.

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 20
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 14
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 13
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 12
  • Matt Koch — UofL — 11

Innings Pitched

  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 14
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 13.2
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 12.2
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 12.1
  • Taylor Haydel — WKU — 12.1

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 3
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 2
  • Six players tied with one save.

Batting Average Against

  • Derek Self — UofL — .056
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .158
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — .174
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .180
  • Stephen Hefler — EKU — .184
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — .184

Appearances

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 4
  • Walter Wijas — UK — 4
  • Tyler Hieneman — Morehead St. — 4
  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 4
  • Noah Smallwood — Morehead St. — 4

Saturday roundup: UK blows out UIC; EKU, Murray State, Morehead State pick up first wins of 2011; UofL, WKU lose

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Highlights and recaps from Saturday baseball action:

  • Western Kentucky University dropped its first game of the season with a 6-1 loss to Coastal Carolina in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Hilltoppers jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but Coastal Carolina rallied with four runs in the fourth inning helped by a throwing error from WKU junior shortstop Logan Robbins. Freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Hageman took the loss after surrendering four runs, one of which was earned, on three hits in four innings while striking out five batters and walking three. At the plate senior catcher Matt Rice was the only Hilltoppers’ batter with multiple hits and finished the game 2-4. (Box Score)
  • University of Louisville preseason All-American closer Tony Zych blew his first save of the season as Toledo scored three runs in the ninth inning to send the Cards to a 4-2 loss. The loss wasted a second consecutive strong outing from redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung, who surrendered one run on five hits in six innings while striking out five and walking one. Toledo’s ninth-inning rally began with a throwing error from freshman shortstop Alex Chittenden. Junior second baseman Ryan Wright was 3-3 with a triple, one RBI, one run scored and one walk in the game. Just two other Cards batters tallied hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky used a five-run fifth inning to blow open what had been a close game en route to a 13-3 win over Illinois-Chicago in game two of a three-game series. Every UK starter recorded at least one hit in the game, led by senior shortstop Taylor Black, who was 3-5 with a grand slam, four RBI, three runs scored and one walk. Sophomore center fielder Brian Adams and sophomore catcher Luke Maile each tallied three hits in five at-bats. Junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer earned his first win of the season after surrendering three runs on three hits in five innings while striking out seven and walking five. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header Eastern Kentucky University struggled to find any offense in a 7-1 loss to Penn State and fell to 0-4 on the season. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani took the loss after surrendering four runs on seven hits in five innings while striking out six and walking two. Freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman was 3-4 with a double and run scored in the game. (Box Score)
  • In game two of its double-header EKU earned its first win of the season with a 7-5 victory in a seven-inning game versus Penn State. Freshman left-handed pitcher Kyle McGrath earned his first collegiate win after surrendering four runs on seven hits in six innings while striking out five and walking one. Junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 3-4 with three RBI, and freshman second baseman Alex Arovits was 2-2 with two runs scored in the game. Senior designated hitter Jacob Daniel drove in three runs. Senior closer Ryne Purcell earned his first save of the season despite surrendering one run in the ninth inning. (Box Score)
  • A strong pitching performance from junior left-handed pitcher Luke Shuemaker led Murray State University to its first win of the season in a 6-3 victory over Bowling Green St. in game one of a double-header. Shuemaker surrendered two unearned runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out five batters and walking six. Sophomore shortstop Brandon Elliott was 2-3 with a double and two RBI in the game. Sophomore outfielder Paul Ritzheimer drove in two runs in the game. (Box Score)
  • Murray St. finished its double-header sweep of BGSU with a walk-off 4-3 win in game two. Elliott doubled with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, moved to third and eventually scored on a fielding error by the BGSU pitcher with two outs. The game was scheduled to last just seven innings but the two teams were tied at three after seven. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Will Handlin earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Senior left-handed pitcher Jake Donze surrendered three runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out five batters and walking five. Redshirt freshman outfielder Brandon Eggenschwiler finished the game 2-3 with two RBI and one run scored. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header versus Purdue, Morehead State University turned an early blowout into a close game late but still fell to 0-5 on the season with a 11-8 loss. Junior third baseman Andrew Deeds slugged his first home run of the season for the Eagles, but the early Purdue lead proved to be too much to overcome. Senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith took the loss after surrendering eight runs in three and two-third innings pitched. (Box Score)
  • In game two of the double-header a RBI-single from junior catcher Eric Bainer in the 11th inning plated redshirt freshman outfielder Ryan Conner to send Morehead St. to its first win of the season, a 10-9 victory. After Purdue scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 7-5 lead, Morehead St. junior catcher Taylor Davis slugged a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extra innings. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Josh Schneider surrendered five runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out seven batters and walking one. Deeds continued his strong play in the double-header with a 3-6, one RBI, one run scored performance in game two. Junior left-handed pitcher Tyler Hieneman earned the win after surrendering four runs in five innings of relief. (Box Score)

Hitter of the Day: SS Taylor Black (UK)

  • Stats: 3-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Wright (UofL), Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Richie Rodriguez (EKU), Austin Grisham (EKU), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.), Taylor Davis (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the Day: RHP Justin Amlung (UofL)

  • Stats: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Alex Meyer (UK), Jake Donze (Murray St.), Luke Shuemaker (Murray St.), Kyle McGrath (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week Two

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It’s time for the weekend schedule post. Remember we use Baseball America’s top 25 rankings, so none of Kentucky teams or their opponents are ranked this week. Games are listed below with starting pitchers when available and links to live stats.

Western Kentucky University (4-0) — Baseball at the Beach Tournament (S.C.)

  • Friday — vs. Kansas St. — 6:30 p.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (1-0, 0.00)
  • Saturday — @ Coastal Carolina — 2:30 p.m. (CT) — RHP Justin Hageman (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
  • Sunday — vs. Pacific — 10 a.m. (CT) — TBA

University of Louisville (3-0) vs. Toledo

  • Friday — 3 p.m. — RHP Matt Koch (1-0, 3.60 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Justin Amlung (1-0, 0.00 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. — RHP Mike Nastold (0-0, o.00 ERA) — Gametracker

University of Kentucky (2-3) vs. Illinois-Chicago

  • Friday — 4 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (0-0, 3.00 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (0-0, 1.29 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Jordan Cooper (0-1, 11.25 ERA) — Gametracker

Eastern Kentucky University (0-3) vs. Penn State

  • Saturday — 11 a.m. — RHP Anthony Bazzani (0-1, 14.73) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Kyle McGrath (0-0, 6.75)
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (0-0, 0.00)

Murray State University (0-4) vs. Bowling Green St.

  • Friday — 2 p.m. (CT) — LHP Luke Shuemaker (0-1, 11.25 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. (CT) — LHP Jake Donze (0-0, 1.69 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Tyler Beers (0-0, 4.50 ERA) — Live Stats

Morehead State University (0-4) vs. Purdue

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Trey Smith (0-1, 3.86 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Josh Schneider (0-1, 18.69 ERA)*
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. — RHP Garrick Whittle (0-0, 1.59 ERA)*
  • Sunday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Cody Gibson (0-1, 19.64 ERA)*

* — Morehead St.’s starting pitchers are part of the “projected lineup” listed in the Eagles’ game notes and are subject to change.

UK blows out Morehead St. 12-3 in first in-state game of 2011

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Chad Wright; Photo: UK Athletics

In the first intrastate matchup of the 2011 season the University of Kentucky had no trouble with the Morehead State University pitching staff in a 12-3 win. Six different UK batters tallied multiple hits in the game. UK junior outfielder Chad Wright was 3-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. UK Sophomore right-handed pitcher Walter Wijas was credited with the win after pitching three and two-third scoreless innings in relief. Wijas struck out three batters and walked two. UK freshman second baseman Matt Reida was 3-5 with one RBI and two runs scored in the game, and junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy was 3-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. UK freshman right-handed pitcher Jonathan Paquet surrendered two runs in three innings in his first collegiate start.

The Morehead St. pitching staff was able to work out of trouble early in the game, preventing UK from scoring a run after loading the bases in three consecutive innings, but a three-run seventh inning and four-run eighth inning from UK put the game out of reach. At the plate Morehead St. junior catcher Taylor Davis was 2-5 with one RBI. Junior outfielder Luke Bainer, sophomore shortstop Austin Haney and redshirt freshman outfielder Nick Duff each tallied two hits in the game. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cody Gibson was credited with the loss after surrendering four runs on seven hits in three innings. The Eagles used seven different pitchers in the game, including weekend starting pitchers Trey Smith and Josh Schneider. (Box Sc0re)