NCAA roundup: EKU earns walk-off win vs. WKU; UofL loses

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Recaps and highlights from Wednesday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • Eastern Kentucky University scored a run in the bottom of the 11th inning on a wild pitch to earn a 5-4 win over Western Kentucky University. EKU freshman infielder Alex Arovits, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the ninth inning, scored the tying and winning runs. EKU sophomore right-handed pitcher Anthony Bazzani earned his first win of the season after posting a scoreless inning of relief. WKU junior right-handed pitcher Phil Wetherell took the loss after surrendering one run on one hit in two and one-third innings. EKU freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman was 2-5 with one double, one RBI and one run scored. WKU junior center fielder Kes Carter was 3-4 with one walk, one RBI and one run scored. (Box Score)
  • The University of Louisville surrendered six runs in the third inning in a 6-2 loss to Eastern Michigan. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Nastold took the loss after surrendering six unearned runs on eight hits in three innings. Junior shortstop Ryan Wright was 3-4 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored. Senior right-handed pitcher Gabriel Shaw surrendered two hits in four scoreless innings of  relief. (Box Score)
Hitter of the day: OF Kes Carter (WKU)
  • Stats: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: Scott Wilcox (WKU), Matt Rice (WKU), Ryan Wright (UofL), Bryan Soloman (EKU), Alex Arovits (EKU)
Pitcher of the day: RHP Gabriel Shaw (UofL)
  • Stats: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Rye Davis (WKU), Greg Terry (EKU)
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Wellemeyer close to throwing again; Beechwood pitcher excels on and off the field; Adams excels as two-sport athlete

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Todd Wellemeyer; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports Louisville native and former Bellarmine right-handed pitcher Todd Wellemeyer, who was not assigned to a minor league team to start the season, is still rehabbing from a hip injury suffered during Spring Training. Cubs GM Jim Hendry told Rogers he expects Wellemeyer to start throwing soon.
  • Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA has both the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University as No. 3 seeds in his latest NCAA field of 64 projection.
  • Marc Hardin, writing for the Cincinnati Enquirer, profiles Beechwood High School senior pitcher Colin Johnson, who helped Beechwood win 12 of its first 14 games and may play baseball at MIT next year.
  • Ethan Levine of the Kentucky Kernel profiles University of Kentucky sophomore outfielder Brian Adams, who is currently going through spring practice as a wide receiver on the football team in addition to manning center field in most games for the baseball team.
  • Brad Stephens of the College Heights Herald recaps WKU’s 3-2 win over Murray State University, noting WKU redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Rye Davis said after a poor start to 2011 he decided his season was going to start over last night.
  • Nick Baumgardner of The Daily News reports WKU head coach Chris Finwood said he was going to try and pitch Davis in low-pressure situations out of the bullpen in the near future.

WKU uses bases-loaded walk to defeat Murray State

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Western Kentucky University scored the eventual winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning in a 3-2 win over Murray State University. WKU Sophomore catcher Ryan Huck and freshman first baseman Justin Hageman singled to lead of the seventh inning then moved up on a sacrifice bunt. Murray St. junior left-handed pitcher Luke Shuemaker intentionally walked WKU senior designated hitter Matt Rice to load the bases before walking WKU junior center fielder Kes Carter to force in the go-ahead run.

WKU freshman right-handed pitcher G. J. Strauss earned the win after surrendering one run on three hits in two innings while striking out three batters and walking none. WKU redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Rye Davis, who had served as the team’s closer for most of the season, started the game and surrendered one run on four hits in five innings while striking out two batters and walking three. Junior right-handed pitcher Phil Wetherell recorded the final four outs of the game without surrendering a run to earn his fourth save.

Shuemaker took the loss for Murray St. despite recording a quality start by surrendering three runs on nine hits in seven innings while striking out one batter and walking three. Murray St. junior catcher Jacob Rhodes was 2-5 with one home run, and freshman left fielder Ty Stetson reached base four times with two hits and two walks. Rice and junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson each had two hits for the Hilltoppers. (Box Score)

Player of the game: CF Kes Carter (WKU) — 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 12

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics through eight weeks of the college baseball season. To be eligible for the ERA and batting average against categories, pitchers must have at least one inning per team game. Eligible players attend a Kentucky college or graduated from a Kentucky high school. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

ERA

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 1.14 (55.1 IP)
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 2.03 (53.1 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 2.31 (46.2 IP)
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 2.60 (34.2 IP)
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 2.65 (51 IP)

Wins

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 6-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 6-1
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 6-1
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 5-1
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 5-3

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 64
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 50
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X) — 48
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 45
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 44

Innings Pitched

  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X HS) — 55.2
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 55.1
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 55.1
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 53.1
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 51.0

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 9
  • Mike Kaczmarek — UK — 4
  • Cameron Finch — Murray St. — 4
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 3
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 3
  • Phil Wetherell — WKU — 3
  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .192
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — .207
  • Brandon Boling — Gardner Webb (Bryan Station HS) — .217
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .224
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — .234

Appearances

  • Phil Wetherell — WKU — 17
  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 16
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 16
  • Nick Maronde — Florida (Lexington Catholic) — 16
  • Alex Phillips — UK — 16

NCAA roundup: Kentucky DI schools winless on Sunday

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Recaps and highlights from Sunday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville could not finish off a series sweep of Cincinnati after a 5-2 loss. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Nastold took the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits in three and two-third innings. Sophomore left fielder Kyle Grieshaber was the only UofL batter with multiple hits and finished the game 2-4 with one RBI. Lexington Catholic alum Justin Riddell scored one run for Cincinnati. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University‘s bullpen imploded in an 8-6 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette, preventing a series sweep by the Hilltoppers. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Rye Davis took the loss after surrendering one run in two-thirds of an inning, and the WKU bullpen surrendered six runs in four innings of work. Junior shortstop Logan Robbins was 3-4 with one RBI, one run scored and three stolen bases. Junior second baseman Ivan Hartle and senior catcher Matt Rice each had two hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky dropped its ninth consecutive Southeastern Conference game with a 8-2 loss to Auburn. The Cats’ defense fell apart with four errors in the seventh and eighth innings that allowed four unearned runs to score. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers took the loss after surrendering four runs, three of which were earned on seven hits in six and two-third innings while striking out three batters and walking none. Junior first baseman Braden Kapteyn and freshman right fielder J. T. Riddle both tallied two hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University tallied 17 hits but still dropped its series to Jacksonville State with a 10-9 loss in the rubber game of the three-game series. Freshman right-handed pitcher Cameron Finch took the loss after surrendering one run on one hit in two and two-third innings. Sophomore shortstop Brandon Elliott was 3-6 with two runs scored, and senior right fielder Zach Noonan was 2-5 with one double, three RBI and two runs scored. Senior center fielder Elliot Frey tallied three hits in four at-bats. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University suffered an 8-6 loss to Austin Peay in the rubber match of a three-game series. Senior right-handed pitcher Stephen Hefler took the loss after surrendering six runs on five hits in three and one-third innings while striking out three batters and walking one. Junior infielder Dustin Dunlop was 2-3 with two runs scored and one walk. Junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez, senior designated hitter A. J. Jamison and freshman catcher Sean Hagen also had two hits each. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University dropped game one of a double-header to Eastern Illinois 25-8. Senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith took the loss after surrendering seven runs on eight hits in two innings. Senior first baseman Michael Fear was 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored, and redshirt freshman outfielder Nick Duff was 2-3 with one home run, two RBI and one run scored. Junior catcher Taylor Davis slugged his ninth home run of the season. (Box Score)
  • The Eagles continued their poor pitching in a 23-6 loss in game two. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Garrick Whittle took the loss after surrendering six runs on four hits in one and one-third innings. Junior designated hitter Eric Bainer was 2-3 with one RBI in game two, and redshirt freshman catcher Justin Messinger slugged his first collegiate home run. The Eagles have surrendered at least 15 runs eight times this season and at least 20 runs three times. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: SS Logan Robbins (WKU)

  • Stats: 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 3 SBs
  • Honorable Mention: Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Matt Rice (WKU), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Zach Noonan (Murray St.), Elliot Frey (Murray St.), Dustin Dunlop (EKU), Sean Hagen (EKU), Taylor Davis (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the day: LHP Taylor Rogers

  • Stats: 0-1, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Brian Edelen (WKU), Derek Self (UofL), Taylor Rogers (UK)

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 5

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics through seven weeks of the college baseball season. To be eligible for the ERA and batting average against categories, pitchers must have at least one inning per team game. Eligible players attend a Kentucky college or graduated from a Kentucky high school. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

ERA

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 0.92 (48.2 IP)
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 1.74 (31.0 IP)
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 2.09 (47.1 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 2.09 (38.2 IP)
  • Jack Snodgrass (Austin Peay, Bowling Green HS) — 2.88 (34.1 IP)

Wins

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 6-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 6-1
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 5-1
  • Corey Littrell — UK — 4-1
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 4-1
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 4-3

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 62
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 43
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X) — 42
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 40
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 37

Innings Pitched

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 49.1
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 48.2
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 47.1
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X HS) — 46.2
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 43.0

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 7
  • Mike Kaczmarek — UK — 4
  • Cameron Finch — Murray St. — 4
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 3
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .182
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — .200
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — .211
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .214
  • Brandon Boling — Gardner Webb (Bryan Station HS) — .220
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .220

Appearances

  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 14
  • Phil Wetherell — WKU — 14
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 14
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 13
  • Nick Maronde — Florida (Lexington Catholic) — 13
  • Tyler Hieneman — Morehead St. — 13
  • Taylor Haydel — WKU — 13
  • Alex Phillips — UK — 13

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 29

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics through six weeks of the college baseball season. To be eligible for the ERA and batting average against categories, pitchers must have at least one inning per team game. Eligible players attend a Kentucky college or graduated from a Kentucky high school. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

ERA

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 0.65 (41.2 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 2.05 (30.2 IP)
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 2.10 (25.2 IP)
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 2.45 (40.1 IP)
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 3.05 (41.1 IP)

Wins

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 5-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 5-1
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 5-0
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 4-2
  • Seven players tied with three wins.

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 54
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 35
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 34
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 33
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 30
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X) — 30

Innings Pitched

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 41.2
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 41.1
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 40.1
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X HS) — 39.2
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 36.0

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 6
  • Mike Kaczmarek — UK — 4
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 3
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 3
  • Cameron Finch — Murray St. — 3

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .168
  • Brandon Boling — Gardner Webb (Bryan Station HS) — .180
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — .204
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .214
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .221

Appearances

  • Tyler Hieneman — Morehead St. — 12
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 12
  • Phil Wetherell — WKU — 12
  • Nick Maronde — Florida (Lexington Catholic) — 11
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 11
  • Matthew Robertson — Morehead St. — 11
  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 11

BluGrass Baseball Midweek Schedule: March 29

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It’s time for the BluGrass Baseball week six midweek schedule:

Tuesday

  • 3 p.m. — Eastern Kentucky University vs. Marshall (Whitaker Bank Ballpark) — RHP Anthony Bazzani (0-5, 12.23 ERA) — Live Stats
  • 3 p.m. (CT) — Murray State University (9-13) vs. Southern Illinois — LHP Bryan Babin (1-1, 6.75 ERA)
  • 4 p.m. — University of Kentucky (14-11) vs. Tennessee Tech — LHP Corey Littrell (3-1, 5.72 ERA) — Gametracker
  • 6 p.m. — University of Louisville (15-8) vs. Western Kentucky University (16-7) — RHP Jeff Thompson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Phil Wetherell (0-1, 4.35 ERA) — Gametracker
  • 6 p.m. — Morehead State University (4-19) @ West Virginia — LHP Noah Smallwood (0-2, 10.04 ERA)

Wednesday

  • 6 p.m. (CT) — WKU vs. Belmont — RHP Rye Davis (1-2, 6.60 ERA)

College roundup: UofL, WKU, UK all lose; EKU swept in DH; Murray St., Morehead St. split double-headers

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Taylor Davis; Morehead St. photo

Recaps and highlights from Sunday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • Western Kentucky University suffered its first Sun Belt Conference loss and snapped an eight-game winning streak with a 9-8 loss to FIU in 10 innings. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Rye Davis took the loss after surrendering two runs in the tenth inning while recording two outs. Junior left fielder Jared Andreoli was 3-6, and junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson was 3-6 with one home run, two RBI and one run scored. Junior second baseman Ivan Hartle and senior designated hitter Chris Bullard also homered in the game. (Box Score)
  • The University of Louisville suffered its first Big East Conference loss with a 4-2 loss to Rutgers in the finale of its three-game series. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Nastold took the loss after surrendering three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits in five innings while striking out four batters and walking two. No UofL batter tallied multiple hits in the game, but redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames did slug his sixth home run of the season. (Box Score)
  • Alabama finished a three-game sweep of the University of Kentucky by sending the Cats to an 8-3 loss on Sunday. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers took the loss after surrendering six runs on nine hits in four and one-third innings. Alabama scored four runs in the first innings, putting the Cats in an early hole. Freshman second baseman J. T. Riddle was 2-4 with a home run. Freshman right fielder Lucas Witt and junior left fielder Chad Wright also had two hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header, Murray State University dropped a 5-2 decision to Austin Peay in its Ohio Valley Conference opener. Daviess County High School alum Jeremy Dobbs earned the win for Austin Peay after surrendering two runs on seven hits in five and one-third innings while striking out three batters and walking one. Murray St. junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Beers took the loss after surrendering five runs on five hits in three and one-third innings. Junior catcher Jacob Rhodes and senior center fielder Elliot Frey both tallied two hits for the Breds. (Box Score)
  • In game two of the double-header Murray St. earned its first OVC win with a 3-2 victory over Austin Peay. Senior left-handed pitcher Jake Donze earned the win after surrendering two runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out two batters and walking one. Redshirt freshman right fielder Ty Stetson and junior second baseman Travis Isaak were both 2-3 for the Breds. Bowling Green High School alum Jack Snodgrass took the loss for Austin Peay after surrendering three runs on eight hits in three and one-third innings. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header Eastern Kentucky University dropped an 8-1 decision to Eastern Illinois. Freshman left-handed pitcher Kyle McGrath took the loss after surrendering four runs on eight hits in five innings while striking out three batters and walking one. No EKU batter tallied multiple hits in the game, but senior designated hitter Bryce Labhart slugged his first home run of season. (Box Score)
  • EKU dropped a 5-4 decision in game two of the double-header to give Eastern Illinois the series win. Senior right-handed pitcher Stephen Hefler took the loss after surrendering five runs on 11 hits in four and one-third innings. Sophomore second baseman Matt Phipps was 2-2 with one run scored, and senior center fielder Ryan Faidley tallied two RBI and one run scored. (Box Score)
  • In game one of a double-header Morehead State University dropped its OVC opener with a 3-2 loss to Southeast Missouri. Senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith took the loss after surrendering three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits in five and two-third innings while striking out no batters and walking four. Junior third baseman Andrew Deeds was 2-3 with one RBI. (Box Score)
  • In game two of the double-header Morehead St. earned its first OVC win with a 14-4 victory over Southeast Missouri. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Garrick Whittle earned the win after surrendering two runs on four hits in five and one-third innings while striking out three batters and walking six. Junior catcher Taylor Davis was 3-4 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored, and senior second baseman Travis Redmon slugged a home run. Center fielder Nick Duff was 3-4 with three RBI and sophomore shortstop Austin Haney was 3-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. (Box Score)

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

  • Stats: 4-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Hutchinson (WKU), Ivan Hartle (WKU), Jared Andreoli (WKU), Ryan Huck (WKU), Stewart Ijames (UofL), J. T. Riddle (UK), Elliot Frey (Murray St.), Nick Duff (Morehead St.), Austin Haney (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the day: LHP Jake Donze (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB 2 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Mike Nastold (UofL), Brian Edelen (WKU), Jeremy Dobbs (Austin Peay, Daviess Co. HS), Trey Smith (Morehead St.), Garrick Whittle (Morehead St.)

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 22

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics through four weeks of the college baseball season. To be eligible for the ERA and batting average against categories, pitchers must have at least one inning per team game. Eligible players attend a Kentucky college or graduated from a Kentucky high school. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

ERA

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 0.50 (35.2 IP)
  • Derek Self — UofL — 0.92 (19.2 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 1.01 (26.2 IP)
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 1.74 (20.2 IP)
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 2.43 (33.1 IP)

Wins

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 4-0
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 4-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 4-1
  • Brian Edelen — WKU — 3-0
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 3-2
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 3-2

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 46
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 31
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 28
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 25
  • Chris Hord — EKU — 25

Innings Pitched

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 35.2
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 34.2
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X HS) — 33.2
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 33.1
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 32.2

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 6
  • Mike Kaczmarek — UK — 4
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 3
  • Cameron Finch — Murray St. — 3
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 2
  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 2

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .146
  • Brandon Boling — Gardner Webb (Bryan Station HS) — .169
  • Derek Self — UofL — .172
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — .195
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — .200
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .200
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .200

Appearances

  • Tyler Hieneman — Morehead St. — 11
  • Brian Edelen — WKU — 9
  • Matthew Robertson — Morehead St. — 9
  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 9
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 9
  • Tony Zych — UofL — 9
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 9
  • Phil Wetherell — WKU — 9