BluGrass Baseball Week Nine Awards

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Awards for week nine: (Keep in mind after the weekend’s offensive onslaught from Morehead State, the Eagles probably had six or seven candidates for the offensive award more deserving than any others in the state)

Player of the Week: SS Drew Lee (Morehead St.)

  • Stats: 11-20 (.550), 5 HR, 14 RBI, 12 R, 3 2B, 2 SB
  • Honorable Mention: J. D. Ashbrook (Morehead), Cameron Flynn (Morehead), Taylor Davis (Morehead), Andrew Deeds (Morehead), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Anthony Ottrando (EKU), Wes Cunningham (Murray St.), Andy Burns (UK), Andrew Clark (UofL), Kes Carter (WKU)

Pitcher of the Week: RHP Thomas Royse (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Gabriel Shaw (UofL), Walter Wijas (UK), Taylor Rogers (UK), Matthew Robertson (Morehead), Trey Smith (Morehead)

Freshman of the Week: RHP Walter Wijas (UK)

  • Stats: 2 G, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Taylor Rogers (UK), Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Cody Gibson (Morehead), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Ryan Huck (WKU)

BluGrass Baseball Sunday Review: Week Nine

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Recaps and awards from the week nine finales:
  • Junior right-handed pitcher Gabriel Shaw shut down the West Virginia Mountaineers four seven innings in just his second start of the season as the University of Louisville (13) defeated WVU 10-1. Shaw  struck out six and walked just one to earn his fourth win of the season. Senior third baseman Phil Wunderlich was 4-5 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University topped the 20-run mark for the fifth time this season in a 21-11 rout of Eastern Kentucky University to score the series sweep of the Colonels. Eagles senior shortstop Drew Lee was 3-6 with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored. EKU sophomore designated hitter Jacob Daniel homered twice in the loss. (Box Score)
  • Freshmen right-handed pitcher Walter Wijas and Jordan Cooper allowed just two runs in six and one-third innings to lead the University of Kentucky to a 6-5 win against No. 7 Florida. Junior designated hitter Lance Ray was 3-3 with a run scored for UK, and sophomore right fielder Cory Farris drove in two runs. The win prevented a Florida sweep of the series. (Box Score)

Hitter of the Day: SS Drew Lee (Morehead St.)

  • Stats: 3-6, 1 HR, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R
  • Honorable Mention: Phil Wunderlich (UofL), Ryan Wright (UofL), Anthony Ottrando (EKU), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.), Lance Ray (UK), Chris Bisson (UK)

Pitcher of the Day: RHP Gabriel Shaw (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Walter Wijas (UK), Jordan Cooper (UK),

BluGrass Baseball Saturday review: Week Nine

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Recaps and awards from a busy Kentucky Saturday on the diamond:
  • The University of Louisville (13) swept a Saturday double header from West Virginia with an 8-1 win in game one and a 12-9, 11-inning victory in game two. Senior first baseman Andrew Clark was 4-9 with a home run, six RBI and three runs scored in= the double-header. Right-handed ace Thomas Royse earned the win in game one with eight shutout innings of work. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM2)
  • Western Kentucky University was swept in its double header Saturday against Florida Atlantic with a 5-4 loss in game one and a 9-8 loss in game two. WKU dropped all three games in the series. Sophomore outfielder Jared Andreoli and Kes Carter each recorded a three-hit game in the double header. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • Morehed State University earned a key double-header sweep of in-state rival Eastern Kentucky University with a 20-8 win in game one and a 16-4 win in game two. Senior shortstop Drew Lee launched three home runs in game one, and sophomore catcher Taylor Davis was 8-10 with two home runs, 12 RBI and 3 runs scored on the afternoon. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
  • The University of Florida clinched a series victory against the University of Kentucky with a 6-3 win Saturday. UK Sophomore second baseman Andy Burns was 2-3 with a home run, and freshman left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers took the loss after allowing four runs in six and two-third innings. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University was swept in a Saturday double-header against SIU Edwardsville. The Breds wasted a three-run, six and one-third innings performance from Chris Craycraft in game one. Left fielder Elliot Frey was 3-3 in game two. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)

Hitter of the Day: C Taylor Davis (Morehead St.)

  • Stats: 8-10, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 3 R
  • Honorable Mention: Andrew Clark (UofL), Drew Lee (Morehead St.), Michael Fear (Morehead St.), Jayson Langfels (EKU), Bryan Propst (Murray St.), Kes Carter (WKU), Andy Burns (UK)

Pitcher of the Day: RHP Thomas Royse (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO
  • Honorable Mention: RHP Matthew Robertson (Morehead St.), RHP Chris Craycraft (Murray St.), Taylor Rogers (UK), Rye Davis (WKU)

BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week Nine

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Several important series on the weekend schedule as UK hosts No. 7 Florida and Lexington native Nick Maronde. EKU and Morehead also face off in the season first three-game series between two Kentucky teams.

University of Louisville (13) @ West Virginia

  • Friday — 7:05 p.m. — RHP Thomas Royse (6-1, 2.84) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. — LHP Dean Kiekehefer (3-2, 4.09) — Gametracker
  • Sunday  — 1 p.m. — RHP Gabriel Shaw (3-0, 2.74) — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University (19) @ Florida Atlantic

  • Friday — 5:30 p.m. (CT) — RHP Matt Rice (7-0, 3.46) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. (CT) — RHP Shane Cameron (4-1, 4.44) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 11 a.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (3-2, 4.31) — Live Stats

University of Kentucky vs. Florida (7)

  • Friday — 7 p.m. — LHP Logan Darnell (3-2, 4.62) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 7 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (4-3, 4.86) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — TBA — Gametracker

Eastern Kentucky University @ Morehead State University

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (3-2, 5.40) vs. RHP Michael Bottoms (3-2, 6.04) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Paul Duncan (3-1, 5.11) vs. RHP Matthew Robertson (0-2, 10.30)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — LHP Greg Terry (2-1, 5.21) vs. RHP Jeff Arnold (4-1, 7.98)

Murray State University vs. SIU Edwardsville

BluGrass Baseball Midseason Awards

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Earlier this week I unveiled the NCAA midseason All-State team, today we look at the midseason winners for each of the major BluGrass Baseball awards. I tried to find a nominee from each team for the honorable mention category, but several didn’t have a worthy candidate for pitcher or freshman.

BluGrass Baseball Midseason Player of Year: OF J. D. Ashbrook

  • Stats: .459/.570/.830, 14 HR, 41 RBI, 56 R, 11-13 SB
  • Morehead State University outfielder J. D. Ashbrook was a member of the preseason All-State team after his strong junior campaign, but no one expected this type of performance. Ashbrook leads the state in batting average, home runs, runs scored and on-base percentage and has so-far outshined his more heralded senior teammate Drew Lee.
  • Honorable Mention: Wes Cunningham (Murray St.), Ryan Wright (UofL), Gunner Glad (UK), Jayson Langfels (EKU), Matt Rice (WKU), Matt Payton (WKU)

BluGrass Baseball Midseason Pitcher of Year: RHP Thomas Royse

  • Stats: 6-1, 2.84 ERA, 50 SO/18 BB, 50.2 IP, .250 BA against
  • Thomas Royse has stepped up to fill University of Louisville vacant ace spot vacated by draftee Justin Marks. He leads Kentucky starting pitchers in ERA and ranks second in wins, strikeouts and batting average against. The star right-handed pitcher hadn’t lost a game until last weekend’s series against Pittsburgh, but still is among the Big East leaders in most pitching categories.
  • Honorable mention: Neil Holland (UofL), Matt Ridings (WKU), Rye Davis (WKU), Matt Little (UK), Chris Craycraft (Murray St.)

BluGrass Baseball Freshman of Year: LHP Taylor Rogers (UK)

  • Stats: 4-3, 4.86 ERA, 22 SO/8 BB, 50 IP
  • Several Kentucky freshman have enjoyed standout seasons in their college debuts, but none have consistently performed against better competition than Taylor Rogers. The freshman burst onto the scene with seven and two-thirds shutout innings in his collegiate debut against West Virginia and hasn’t looked back. Only hiccups against Monmouth and Arkansas have kept Rogers from being in the running for best pitcher in the state, not just best freshman.
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Huck (WKU), Colton Moore (Murray St.), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Ryne Purcell (EKU)

Ky. players on Rivals.com week nine power rankings

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Zack Cox; University of Arkansas photo

Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com and Yahoo! Sports has released the latest updated of his always insightful weekly position-by-position NCAA power rankings, and as usual, several Kentucky players made the cut. I’ve listed them below, but you should also follow the link to read Rogers’ entire rankings. (Read more)

Third Base

  • 1 —  Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP)
  • 6 — Jayson Langfels — Eastern Kentucky University

Middle Infield

  • 8 — Drew Lee — Morehead State University

First Base

  • 10 — Wes Cunningham — Murray State University

Catcher

  • 8 — Matt Rice — Western Kentucky University

Head Coach

  • 7 — Dan McDonnell — University of Louisville

Tuesday NCAA Recaps: WKU, Morehead defeat border rivals

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Matt Rice bats for WKU: BluGrass Baseball photo

Tuesday saw four Kentucky Division One schools take the field to mixed results. Bluegrass teams were a combined 2-2 on the day, but several individual players featured standout performances. Check out recaps of those games below, and remember the state’s two ranked teams (WKU and UofL) face off today:

  • Matt Payton wasted no time making his case for the on-field component of the Lowe’s Senior Class Award, which he was named a finalist for Tuesday. Payton was 3-6 with a home run, 2 RBI and three runs scored in Western Kentucky University‘s 14-7 blowout of Austin Peay. Matt Rice and Casey Dykes also homered for the Hilltoppers. Bowling Green native Jeremy Dobbs surrendered seven runs to his hometown team in two and one-third innings of relief for Austin Peay. (Box Score)
  • In the first of a two-game set in bordering Mountain State, Eastern Kentucky University suffered a 13-11 loss to West Virginia. The Colonels face Marshall Wednesday. Shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 4-5 with one RBI and three runs scored. Designated hitter Jacob Daniel and first baseman Anthony Ottrando each homered for EKU. (Box Score)
  • A nail-bitter extra-inning game quickly turned into a blowout in Murray State University‘s 20-17 loss to Evansville. The teams were tied at 14 entering the tenth innings, but Evansville scored six run in the top of the frame and the Breds managed just three in the bottom of the inning. Left fielder Zach Noonan was 4-7 with one RBI and four runs scored, and right fielder Daniel Hill and third baseman Cory Hodskins both homered for Murray State. (Box Score)
  • Center fielder J. D. Ashbrook had a career night for Morehead State University with a perfect 5-5 day at the plate. Ashbrook drove in two, scored twice and also reached base via a hit-by-pitch in the Eagles’ 15-6 win over Marshall. Shortstop Drew Lee, right fielder Cameron Flynn and first baseman Michael Bottoms each homered in the game for Morehead. Reliever Trey Smith earned his second save of the season with four scoreless innings out of the Eagles’ bullpen. (Box  Score)

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 13

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In the second weekly statistics leaderboard update, we’ll look at the pitching categories. To qualify for the ERA and batting average against, pitchers must have a minimum of 1.0 IP per team game (which just makes UofL closer Neil Holland eligible by two-thirds of an inning). Stats are current through Sunday. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.

ERA

  • Neil Holland — UofL — 1.14
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 2.84
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3.24
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 3.46
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — 4.09

Wins

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 7-0
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 6-1
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 6-3
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 5-0
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 5-2
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 5-3

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 52
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 50
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 49
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 49
  • Shane Cameron — WKU — 46

Innings Pitched

  • Matt Ridings — WKU — 52
  • Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 51.2
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — 50.2
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 50
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 49

Saves

  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 8
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 7
  • Neil Holland — UofL — 7
  • Matt Little — UK — 5
  • Dan Huff — Murray St. — 3
  • Matt McGaha — Murray St. — 3
  • Cody Gibson — Morehead St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Neil Holland — UofL — .119
  • Matt Ridings — WKU — .228
  • Thomas Royse — UofL — .250
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — .257
  • Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — .259

Appearances

  • Rye Davis — WKU — 20
  • Hunter Hewitt — Morehead St. — 17
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 17
  • Greg Terry — EKU — 17
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 17
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU 17
  • Craig Stem — WKU — 17

Midweek schedule: Week Nine (April 13)

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Week nine’s midweek schedule is headlined by a showdown between the state’s two ranked teams with No. 13 University of Louisville traveling to Bowling Green to take on No. 19 Western Kentucky University. Our neighbors to the west Marshall University of Huntington, W. V., face off against two in-state teams this week, and remember the University of Kentucky has the week off in preparation for its weekend showdown with No. 7 Florida.

Tuesday

  • Murray State University vs. Evansville — 3 p.m. (CT)
  • Morehead State University vs. Marshall — 3 p.m. (CT) — Live Stats — RHP Quentin Morgan (2-1, 10.24)
  • Eastern Kentucky University @ West Virginia — 6 p.m. — RHP Macon Smith — RHP Macon Smith (0-0, 10.35) — Live Stats
  • WKU (19) @ Austin Peay — 6 p.m. (CT) — RHP Andrew Zimmerman (0-0, 4.50) — Live Stats

Wednesday

  • UofL @ WKU — 7 p.m. —
  • Murray St. @ Evansville — 6 p.m. (CT)
  • EKU @ Marshall — 3 p.m. — RHP Anthony Bazzani (1-3, 8.67)

BluGrass Baseball Hitting Leaderboard: April 13

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Check out the hitting BluGrass Baseball leaderboard updated through Sunday’s games. To be eligible for the percentage categories (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) a player must have at least 2.5 at-bats per team game, which means UofL senior first baseman Andrew Clark is still not eligible in those categories after missing three weeks due to injury. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.

Batting Average

  • Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .441
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .438
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .437
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .415
  • Matt Payton — WKU — .393

Home Runs

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 14
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 13
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — 11
  • Phil Wunderlich — UofL — 11
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 10

RBI

  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 47
  • Matt Rice — WKU — 46
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 45
  • Matt Payton — WKU — 41
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — 39
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 39

Runs

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 53
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 46
  • Matt Payton — WKU — 46
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 44
  • Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — 42

Stolen Bases

  • Neiko Johnson — UK — 17/18
  • Chris Bisson — UK — 15/19
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — 13/14
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 11/13
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 11/13
  • Keenan Wiley — UK — 11/15

On-Base Percentage

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .554
  • Zack  Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .538
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .516
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .500
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — .486

Slugging Percentage

  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .889
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .846
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .815
  • Ryan Faidley — EKU — .724
  • Adam Duvall — UofL — .715