Ky. catchers honored; UK, UofL ranked by NCBWA; Honors for Roof and Revere; Webb encouraged by bullpen session

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Marcus Nidiffer; Photo: UK Athletics

Some morning links to tide you over until this afternoon’s games:

  • The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission has named University of Kentucky catcher Marcus Nidiffer to the watch list for 2010 Johnny Bench Award, which goes to the country’s top catcher.
  • University of Louisville catcher Jeff Arnold and Eastern Kentucky University catcher Joey Stevens were also included on the list.
  • The UofL ranked No. 11 and UK ranked No. 27 in the NCBWA top 25 poll. (Link via The College Baseball Blog)
  • Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel profiles UK freshman left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers.
  • Adam Revelette of talks to UK right-handed pitcher Logan Darnell about the weekend series.
  • Jim Callis of Baseball America lists Lexington-native Ben Revere as one of the best prospects omitted from the publication’s top 100 prospects list.
  • I missed this last week, but St. Mary’s (Paducah) alum Jonathan Roof was named Big Ten player of the week for his performance in the opening week for Michigan State.
  • Roof, a shortstop, is batting .478 with two home runs and five RBI during the first six games of the season.
  • Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports UK alum Brandon Webb was encouraged by his last bullpen session.

UofL uses two six-plus run innings to win 17-6

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One day after winning a 2-0 pitcher’s duel, the University of Louisville brought its bats to play in a 17-6 blowout of Michigan State. The Cards were led by senior first baseman Andrew Clark who had a home run and five RBI. UofL had both a six-run and nine-run inning in the game. Redshirt sophomore left fielder Stewart Ijames was 4-4 with a home run and three RBI.

Junior left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekhefer earned his second victory of the season after allowing three runs on three hits in six innings. Kiekhefer struck out five and walked four in the game.  Senior third baseman Phil Wunderlich was 2-5 with a home run and two RBI. Six Cards has multiple hits in the game. UofL improved to 6-0 on the season. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Stewart Ijames — There were plenty of candidates for the player of the game from the UofL offense, but Ijames stands out for his perfect day at the plate. The redshirt sophomore left fielder was 4-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and a home run.