UK vs. WKU, the day after; EKU defeats Marshall

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Matt Payton bats against UK Wednesday: BluGrass Baseball photo

Matt Payton bats against UK Wednesday: BluGrass Baseball photo

You can read my full commentary of the UK/WKU game in the previous post, but there were plenty of state media at the game. Check out their takes below as well as a recap of EKU’s Wednesday contest.

  • Western Kentucky University defeated the University of Kentucky 6-3 behind four hits from senior first baseman Jake Wells and three RBI from senior shortstop Matt Payton. Freshman right-handed reliever Taylor Haydel recorded the win after allowing one unearned run in one inning. UK freshman right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper took the loss, and the Cats were led by senior third baseman Gunner Glad who was 1-3 with a home run and three RBI. (Box Score)
  • Junior left fielder Ryan Faidley launched two home runs to lead Eastern Kentucky University to a 10-6 win over Marshall Wednesday. Freshman second baseman Matt Phipps and senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando each had two hits. Freshman right-handed pitcher Alex Rexroat was credited with the win despite pitching just two innings in his start. (Box Score)
  • Mike Stunson of the College Heights Herald reports WKU was excited to get the win over its in-state rival.
  • Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel recaps the WKU/UK game and reports UK coach Gary Henderson is concerned about the Cats’ inability to drive in runs.
  • WKU shortstop Payton told Mark Maloney of the Lexington Herald-Leader the Hilltoppers were glad to come through with clutch hits despite leaving 12 men on base.
  • Nick Baumgardner of the Bowling Green Daily News writes WKU is no longer chasing UK in his preview of yesterday’s showdown.

EKU bullpen leads Colonels to 4-1 win over NC A&T

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The Eastern Kentucky University bullpen allowed just one run in six and two-third innings Wednesday to lead the Colonels to a 4-1 victory over North Carolina A&T. Sophomore shortstop Richie Rodriguez, junior third baseman Jayson Langfels, junior center fielder Ryan Faidley and freshman second baseman Matt Phipps each tallied two hits and one RBI in the game for EKU.

Junior right-handed reliever Macon Smith earned the victory with three scoreless innings, and junior right-handed closer Ryne Purcell pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Faidley scored twice in the game, Rodriguez and sophomore designated hitter Jacob Daniel scored once each. EKU improved to 6-3 on the season. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Macon Smith — Starting pitcher Paul Duncan only lasted two and one-third innings for the Colonels, so EKU was in desperate need of a strong bullpen performance. Smith’s three scoreless innings of middle relief held NC A&T at bay long enough for the short relievers to take over.

BluGrass Baseball College Awards: Week Three

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Player of the week: 2B Matt Payton (WKU)

  • Stats: 11-22 (.500), 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 runs
  • Honorable Mention: Phil Wunderlich (UofL), Gunner Glad (UK), Jayson Langfels (EKU), Drew Lee (Morehead St.), Wes Cunningham (Murray St.)

Pitcher of the week: LHP Logan Darnell (UK)

  • Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 1 CG, 9 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Little (UK), Thomas Royse (UofL), Neil Holland (UofL), Anthony Bazzani (EKU),  Matt Ridings (WKU), Quentin Morgan (Morehead St.)

Freshman of week: C Ryan Huck (WKU)

  • Stats: 5-12 (.417), 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R
  • Honorable Mention: Anthony Bazzani (EKU), Matt Phipps (EKU), Tanner Perkins (WKU), Cade Stallings (UofL)

EKU wins first series of 2010 with 9-4 victory Sunday

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Eastern Kentucky University earned its first series victory of the season with a 9-4 win Sunday over Presbyterian. The Colonels improved to 4-3 on the year and were once again led by junior third baseman Jayson Langfels, who was 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Sophomore catcher A. J. Jamison launched a pinch hit home run, and junior center fielder Ryan Faidley hit his first home run of the season.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani earned his first win of the season after allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings. Freshman second baseman Matt Phipps added two hits in the game. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Anthony Bazzani — The freshman right-handed starting pitcher earned his first career victory after giving up only three hits in seven innings. Bazzani also struck out five and walked two in the game.

BluGrass Baseball Saturday Review: Week Three

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Player of DaySS Drew Lee — Morehead St.

  • Stats: 4-8, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 runs, 1 BB
  • Honorable Mention: Michael Bottoms (Morehead), Daniel Pugh (Morehead), Matt Phipps (EKU), Chad Wright (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Phil Wunderlich (UofL), Matt Payton (WKU)

Pitcher of Day — Matt Little — UK

  • Stats: 1-0, 4 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 BB, 9 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Dean Kiekhefer (UofL), Tanner Perkins (WKU), Quentin Morgan (Morehead)

Athletic Department Recaps

EKU evens series with 10-8 win over Presbyterian

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Eastern Kentucky University evened its series against Presbyterian at one win a piece and moved to 3-3 on the season with a 10-8 victory Saturday. The Colonels were paced by freshman second baseman Matt Phipps, who was 3-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in his first career start. Senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando launched his fifth home run on the young season, and junior third baseman Jayson Langfels was 2-5 with one RBI and two runs scored.

Junior right-handed pitcher Stephen Hefler earned the victory in his first start of the season. Hefler allowed three runs on four hits in five innings and struck out two while walking three. Sophomore catcher A. J. Jamison also drove in two runs for the Colonels. Junior right-handed reliever Ryne Purcell earned his second save of the season by recording the last out in the ninth. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Matt Phipps — Phipps made a case for more playing time with a 3-4, one home run, two RBI, two runs scored performance in his first career start. Phipps had scored two runs on the season without an official at-bat.