WKU stages late rally but falls 10-13 to Kent State

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Western Kentucky University staged a late comeback against Kent State University, but came up three runs short in its bid to make a clean sleep of Opening Day Kentucky college victories. Kent State plated six runs against WKU ace Matt Ridings en route to a 13-10 victory. The Hilltoppers offense was paced by junior catcher Matt Rice who was 3-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Sophomore outfielder Jared Andreoli added three hits in four at-bats and four RBI.

Senior right-handed pitcher Ridings allowed six runs in four innings, and the WKU bullpen gave up seven more runs in the game. Senior left-handed reliever Bart Carter was the Hilltoppers best pitcher in the game after surrendering one run in two and two-thirds innings. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Jared Andreoli — Preseason All-American Matt Rice continued the Kentucky trend of stars excelling today, but the sophomore outfielder from Wisconsin stole the show with three hits, four RBI and a triple in the game against Kent State.

Weekend Schedule: College Opening Day

College Baseball

The college season officially kicks off this afternoon with four of the Division 1 Kentucky programs in action. Check out the composite weekend schedule below with information about where you can listen or watch the game. 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 (13)

  • Friday — 2:00 p.m. — vs. Bowling Green — RHP Thomas Royse — Gametracker — Cards TV — Watch
  • Saturday — 1:00 p.m. — vs. Bowling Green — LHP Dean Kiekhefer — Gametracker — Cards TV — Watch
  • Sunday — 1:00 p.m. — vs. Bowling Green — RHP Tony Zych — Gametracker — Cards TV — Watch

University of Kentucky

  • Friday — 12:00 p.m. — vs. Virginia Tech (in Myrtle Beach) — RHP Alex Meyer — Gametracker — UK AA LiveBlog
  • Saturday — 12:00 p.m. — vs. West Virginia (in Myrtle Beach) — LHP Taylor Rogers — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 3:00 p.m. — vs. Coastal Carolina (12) (in Myrtle Beach) — LHP Logan Darnell — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University

  • Friday — 4:00 p.m. — vs. Kent State — RHP Matt Ridings — Live stats (available at start time)
  • Saturday — 3:00 p.m. — vs. Kent State — LHP Tanner Perkins
  • Sunday — 1:00 p.m. — vs. Kent State — RHP Shane Cameron

Murray State University

  • Friday — 5:00 p.m. — @ Lipscomb — RHP Chris Craycraft — Live Stats (available at first pitch)
  • Saturday — 3:00 p.m. — @ Lipscomb — LHP Jake Donze —
  • Sunday — 2:00 p.m.  — @ Lipscomb — RHP Marc Harmon —

Morehead State University

  • Friday — 4:00 p.m. — @ Mercer — RHP Michael Bottoms — Live Stats (Available at first pitch)
  • Saturday (1) — 1:00 p.m. – @ Mercer — RHP Jeff Arnold
  • Saturday (2) — After GM 1 — @ Mercer — RHP Trey Smith
  • Sunday — 1:00 p.m. — @ Mercer — RHP Quentin Morgan