BluGrass Baseball Midweek Schedule: April 26

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With strong storms predicted for much of the state over the next two days, weather figures to play a major role in midweek college baseball action. Two schools have already postponed or canceled Tuesday games. Check out the midweek schedule as it stands for now below with probable starters listed when available:


  • 4 p.m. — Eastern Kentucky University (14-26) vs. East Tennessee State — RHP Blake Bottoms (0-0 5.68 ERA) — Live Stats
  • 7 p.m. — University of Louisville (22-17) @ University of Kentucky (19-22) — RHP Mike Nastold (3-4, 3.53 ERA) vs. RHP Jordan Cooper (2-1, 4.96 ERA) — Gametracker
  • 2 p.m. — EKU vs. East Tennessee St. — LHP Paul Duncan (0-2, 9.45 ERA) — Live Stats
  • 3 p.m. (CT) — Murray State University (14-23) vs. Mid-Continent University (24-26)
  • 4 p.m. (CT) — Western Kentucky University (25-16) vs.  N0. 4 Vanderbilt — RHP Taylor Haydel (5-3, 6.99 ERA) — Live Stats
  • 6:30 p.m. — Morehead State University (7-30) vs. Kentucky Wesleyan College (12-19) — Live Stats

NCAA roundup: EKU wins; WKU beats Murray State

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Recaps and highlights from Wednesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • You can read the recap of Western Kentucky University‘s 3-2 win over Murray State University here.
  • Two different Colonel batters tallied four hits to lead Eastern Kentucky University to a 5-4 win over Ohio. Senior first baseman A. J. Jamison was 4-5 with two RBI, one run scored, one walk and two stolen bases, and freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman was 4-5 with one double and one RBI. Senior right-handed pitcher Macon Smith was credited with the win after surrendering one run on two hits in one and two-third innings, and senior right-handed pitcher Ryne Purcell pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his third save. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: 1B A. J. Jamison (EKU)

  • Stats: 4-5, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 R, 2 SBs
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Rice (WKU), Kes Carter (WKU), Ty Stetson (Murray St.), Jacob Rhodes (Murray St.), Bryan Soloman (EKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Rye Davis (WKU)

  • Stats: ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Luke Shuemaker (Murray St.), Paul Duncan (EKU)

Wednesday Roundup: UofL, EKU, Morehead St. winless

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Jacob Daniel; BluGrass Baseball photo

Recaps and highlights from Wednesday college baseball:

  • The University of Louisville dropped its second game in a row to Southern California with a 9-4 loss on Wednesday. Freshman right-handed pitcher Dace Kime took the loss after surrendering five runs on three hits in two innings while striking out one batter and walking four. The Cards did find some rare power with home runs from redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames and sophomore first baseman Zak Wasserman. The team had just three home runs entering the game with two of those belonging to preseason All-American Ryan Wright. Junior right-handed pitcher Derek Self kept the Cards in the game by surrendering one run in three innings of relief. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header Eastern Kentucky University surrendered seven runs in the first two innings and could not overcome the early deficit in an 8-5 loss to West Virginia. Senior left-handed pitcher Paul Duncan took the loss after surrendering six runs on seven hits in one and one-third innings. Sophomore first baseman Matt Phipps was the only Colonel batter to record multiple hits in the game, finishing 2-3 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored. Junior designated hitter Jacob Daniel slugged his fourth home run of the season. (Box Score)
  • In game two EKU left nine men on base in an 11-2 loss to WVU. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani took the loss after surrendering nine runs, seven of which were earned on eight hits in three and one-third innings. Junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez and sophomore outfielder Austin Grisham were both 2-5, and freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman slugged his second home run of the season. Relievers Greg Terry, Matt Harris and Chris Hord each posted a scoreless inning for the Colonels. (Box Score)
  • You can see the BluGrass Baseball recap of the Morehead State University 5-3 loss to Georgetown Collegehere.

Hitter of the day: RF Tyler Fisher (Georgetown College)

  • Stats: 4-5, 2 2Bs, 3 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: Daniel Pugh (Morehead St.), Luke Bainer (Morehead St.), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Stewart Ijames (UofL)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Travis McBride (Georgetown College)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Josh Schneider (Morehead St.), Derek Self (UofL), Alex Rexroat (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Week Five Midweek Schedule

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It’s time for the midweek schedule for Week Five Kentucky College baseball. Check out the Tuesday and Wednesday games below with probable starters listed when available and links to live stats. EKU’s Tuesday double-header has already been moved to Wednesday due to weather, and with rain affecting most of the Bluegrass today other games could be affected.



Corey Littrell, Taylor Black lead UK to 8-1 win over EKU

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Corey Littrell pitches vs. EKU; BluGrass Baseball photo

The University of Kentucky used seven strong innings from freshman left-handed pitcher Corey Littrell and a four-hit performance from senior shortstop Taylor Black to pound out an 8-1 win over Eastern Kentucky University. Littrell earned his second win of the season after surrendering one run on three hits in seven innings while striking out five batters and walking two. Black finished the game a home run shy of the cycle at 4-5 with one double, one triple, one RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore center fielder Brian Adams was 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored, and freshman second baseman Paul McConkey scored two runs.

EKU senior left-handed pitcher Paul Duncan took the loss after surrendering three runs on four hits in three innings while striking out three batters and walking two. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Matt Fyffe and senior right-handed pitcher Ryne Purcell each pitched scoreless innings for the Colonels. No EKU batter recorded multiple hits and the offense tallied just three hits total in the game, but sophomore right fielder Austin Grisham was 1-3 with one walk and one run scored. (Box Score)

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:



  • 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

BluGrass Baseball Midweek Schedule: Week Three

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We have out second intrastate matchup this week with UofL and Morehead St. facing off. Both UofL and EKU will both play their first midweek games of the 2011 season this week, while UK is off until Friday. Check out the full midweek schedule below with probable starters when available and links to live stats.



  • 2 p.m. — EKU vs. Western Carolina — TBA — Live Stats
  • 2 p.m. (CT) — Murray State University vs. Arkansas St. — TBA

2011 lineup projections: Eastern Kentucky University


Following the completion of the “offseason position battle” series we will post a lineup project for each of the five division one schools this week. The lineups are based on the position battle posts and are a my projection with a little background research of what the Opening Day lineup might look like. Note that while some positions were not included in the offseason battle series because they had an incumbent starter those starters can still change. We will also include weekend rotations, midweek starters and closers for good measure. We are moving in reverse order of 2010 records and will look at Eastern Kentucky University today.


  • C — Sean Hagan
  • 1B — Bryce Labhart
  • 2B — Matt Phipps
  • 3B — Brian Soloman
  • SS — Richie Rodriguez
  • LF — Austin Grisham
  • CF — Ryan Faidley
  • RF — Michael Garcia
  • DH — A. J. Jamison

Weekend rotation

  • RHP Anthony Bazzani
  • LHP Paul Duncan
  • RHP Chris Hord

Midweek starters

  • LHP Kyle McGrath
  • RHP Stephen Hefler


  • RHP Ryne Purcell

BluGrass Baseball Thursday Review: Conference Tournaments

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Check out the video above of EKU interviews following the win over Murray St. and recaps and awards below from a busy day of conference tournament baseball, including what was likely WKU’s final game of the season:

  • In a Ohio Valley Conference tournament first-round game delayed to Thursday due to a power failure Wednesday night, Eastern Kentucky University scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Murray State University 4-3. Freshman right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani earned the win after holding the Breds to three runs on six hits in eight innings. Bazzani struck out 10 and walked four. EKU Sophomore shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 4-5 with a run scored, and sophomore catcher A. J. Jamison drove home the winning run with a pinch-hit double in the ninth. Murray St. senior left fielder Bryan Propst was 2-3 with three RBI in the game, and senior right-handed pitcher Chris Craycraft held the Colonels to two runs in seven innings and struck out eight. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University was eliminated from the Sun Belt Conference tournament with a 7-3 loss to Florida International Thursday. The loss likely ended the Hilltoppers’ season as WKU’s hopes for an at-large NCAA tournament bid were dashed. Sophomore outfielder Jared Andreoli and Kes Carter tallied two hits each in the game, and sophomore shortstop Logan Robbins drove in two runs. Senior right-handed pitcher Shane Cameron took a no decision after allowing three runs in six and one-third innings in his final start. WKU senior ace Matt Ridings did not pitch in the tournament after leaving his final regular season start with an apparent injury. (Box Score)
  • Following a short-turnaround from its game-one loss Murray St. scored six runs in the first inning and held off a late rally for a 13-9 win over Southeast Missouri in ten innings. Senior second baseman Kyle Tiernan put the Breds ahead with a solo home run in the tenth inning, and senior first baseman Wes Cunningham extended the lead with his own three-run shot, giving him the school career RBI record. Propst tallied four hits, three RBI and two runs scored, and senior right-handed pitcher Alex Love allowed one run over the final five innings for the win. (Box Score)
  • No. 9 University of Louisville lost its first game in the Big East Conference tournament with a 6-5 decision to St. Johns Thursday night. The loss could hurt UofL’s chances at one of the eight national NCAA tournament seeds, and the Cards could use a victory Friday to wrap up that honor. Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Koch allowed just two earned runs in six and two-third innings, but the Cards bullpen behind senior left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekhefer blew the lead. Sophomore shortstop Ryan Wright was 4-4 with two RBI and one run scored in the game. (Box Score)
  • In its second game of the day, EKU couldn’t finish a late rally against OVC tournament one-seed Tennessee Tech and lost 7-4. Sophomore second baseman Dunstin Dunlop was 2-2 with two runs scored and two walks, but the Colonels couldn’t over come a poor pitching performance from junior left-handed pitcher Paul Duncan who surrendered seven runs in six and one-third innings. Murray St. and EKU will face off for the second time in the tournament with an elimination game at 11 a.m. (CT) Friday. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: OF Bryan Propst (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 6-8, 5 RBI, 3 R, 5 2Bs
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Wright (UofL), Logan Robbins (WKU), Wes Cunningham (Murray St.), Richie Rodriguez (EKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Anthony Bazzani (EKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 10 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Chris Craycraft (Murray St.), Matt Koch (UofL), Shane Cameron (WKU), Alex Love (Murray St.)

BluGrass Baseball Week 14 Awards

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Awards from the final regular season week of the Kentucky college baseball season:

Player of the week: SS Adam Duvall (UofL)

  • Stats: 7-18 (.389), 2 HR, 4 R, 7 RBI, 3 2Bs, 1 3B, 1 SB
  • Honorable Mention: Brian Adams (UK), Logan Robbins (WKU), Ryan Huck (WKU), Bryan Propst (Murray St.), Joey Stevens (EKU), J. D. Ashbrook (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the week: RHP Justin Amlung (UofL)

  • Stats: 1-0, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Thomas Royse (UofL), Joe Devine (UK), Shane Cameron (WKU), Matt Ridings (WKU), Matt McGaha (Murray St.), Paul Duncan (EKU), Eric Sanders (EKU), Michael Bottoms (Morehead St.)

Freshman of the week: OF Brian Adams (UK)

  • Stats: 8-14 (.571), 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 3 R, 6 RBI
  • Honorable Mention: Justin Amlung (UofL), Cade Stallings (UofL), Ryan Huck (WKU), Taylor Haydel (WKU), Anthony Bazzani (EKU)