UofL defeats South Florida in Thursday game; White Sox release Ashbrook; Kelley just over a month from return

College Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Recap of Thursday’s Kentucky college baseball game and the latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • In a rare Thursday night baseball game the University of Louisville earned a 6-4 win over South Florida. Junior right-handed pitcher Travis Tingle earned the win after surrendering one run on one hit in one and one-third innings. Junior infielder Ryan Wright was 2-3 with one double, three RBI and one stolen base, and freshman first baseman Ryan Seiz was 2-4 with one run scored. Freshman catcher Kyle Gibson was 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his tenth save of the season. Junior right-handed pitcher Derek Self surrendered three runs on four hits in six and two-third innings in his first start of the season. (Box Score)
  • Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports the White Sox have released former Morehead St. outfielder J. D. Ashbrook.
  • Aaron Fitt of BA highlights Western Kentucky University‘s Friday night game with starting pitcher Tanner Perkins as the pitching matchup of the weekend in college baseball.
  • Christian Caple of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports Louisville native Shawn Kelley is still on track for a June 1 return to the Mariners following Tommy John surgery.

BluGrass Baseball Week 10 Weekend Preview

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Zach Osborne; BluGrass Baseball photo

It’s time for the college baseball week 10 weekend preview. Check out the storylines to watch in week 10 college baseball games below:

Series of the week: Western Kentucky University @ Troy

Western Kentucky University travels to Troy this weekend to face the Sun Belt Conference leader. WKU is tied for second place in the Sun Belt, one game behind Troy. A series win this weekend will move the Hilltoppers into a tie with Troy, and a series sweep would ensure WKU will have at least a share of first place. WKU head coach Chris Finwood will send his normal starting rotation to the mound this weekend with sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins, freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Hageman and redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Brian Edelen.

Player to watch: OF/DH Jacob Daniel (EKU)

Despite a 14-23 overall record, Eastern Kentucky University is just 1.5 games out of first place in the wide-open Ohio Valley Conference race. The Colonels have won seven of their last 10 games and are coming off a weekend sweep of in-state rival Morehead State University last week. If the Colonels are going to make a run at the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title, they will need another strong weekend from junior slugger Jacob Daniel. The outfielder is batting .366 with eight home runs, 36 RBI and 22 runs scored on the season and slugged a walk-off home run in game one of the Morehead St. series.

Stat of the week: UK’s conference losing streak

The University of Kentucky was a preseason sleeper pick in the Southeastern Conference, but the Cats have collapsed in conference play. UK has lost 12 consecutive SEC games and now holds last-place in the conference to itself. The Cats welcome SEC West leader Arkansas to Lexington this weekend so the schedule doesn’t get any easier. UK’s only conference wins came against 11th place Tennessee. Strangely, UK had won nine non-conference games in a row before Tuesday’s loss to WKU.

Out-of-state Ky. collegian to watch: SS Zach Osborne (Tennessee, PRP)

No out-of-state Kentucky collegians are playing Kentucky schools this week, so we’ll give you an out-of-state player to watch instead. Pleasure Ridge Park alum Zach Osborne and his Tennessee teammates are coming off the school’s first SEC series win of the season last week. The Vols are still a longshot to make the SEC tournament, but Osborne is doing his part to keep them in the race. The former Little League World Series star is batting .360 with one home run, 16 RBI and 21 runs scored on the season.

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 19

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics through nine 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 — 1.29 (62.2 IP)
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 1.95 (60.0 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 2.41 (52.1 IP)
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 2.44 (59 IP)
  • Matt Koch — UofL — 3.52 (53.2 IP)

Wins

  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 7-1
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 6-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 6-1
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 6-3
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 5-2
  • Taylor Haydel — WKU — 5-3

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 71
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 58
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X) — 56
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 50
  • Jeremy Dobbs — Austin Peay (Daviess Co. HS) — 47

Innings Pitched

  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X HS) — 64.0
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 62.2
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 62.2
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 60.0
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 59.0

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 9
  • Mike Kaczmarek — UK — 4
  • Cameron Finch — Murray St. — 4
  • Phil Wetherell — WKU — 4
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 4

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .183
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — .212
  • Brandon Boling — Gardner Webb (Bryan Station HS) — .216
  • Damon McCormick — Valpo (St. X) — .224
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .230

Appearances

  • Phil Wetherell — WKU — 20
  • Matt Harris — EKU — 18
  • Alex Phillips — UK — 18
  • Taylor Haydell — WKU — 18
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 17
  • Nick Maronde — Florida (Lexington Catholic) — 17
  • Trevor Gott — UK — 17

Carter, Hefler and Hageman win Week Nine NCAA awards

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Kes Carter; WKU photo

During a week when Kentucky DI teams went just 8-15 and accumulated just three wins against teams outside the state, there were still plenty of standout individual performances. Check out the week nine award winners below:

Hitter of the week: OF Kes Carter (WKU)

  • Stats: 10-22 (.455), 2 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 SB
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Rice (WKU), Stewart Ijames (UofL), Taylor Black (UK), Zach Noonan (Murray St.), A. J. Jamison (EKU), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Bryan Soloman (EKU), Taylor Davis (Morehead St.)
Pitcher of the week: RHP Stephen Hefler (EKU)
  • Stats: 1-0, 8.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Tanner Perkins (WKU), Justin Hageman (WKU), Brian Edelen (WKU), Justin Amlung (UofL), Jordan Cooper (UK), Alex Meyer (UK), Jake Donze (Murray St.), Kyle McGrath (EKU), Matt Harris (EKU), Trey Smith (Morehead St.)
Freshman of the week: RHP Justin Hageman (WKU)
  • Stats: 1-0, 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Ty Young (UofL), Trevor Gott (UK), Ty Stetson (Murray St.), Bryan Soloman (EKU), Kyle McGrath (EKU), Noah Smallwood (EKU)

NCAA roundup: UofL, UK lose; WKU suspended in 13th inn.

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Alex Meyer; UK Athletics Photo

Recaps and highlights from Friday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville plated just two early runs and had a rare poor weekend start in an 8-2 loss to St. John’s. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Koch took the loss after surrendering eight runs, four of which were earned, on 11 hits in four innings while striking out three batters and walking two. Sophomore first baseman Zak Wasserman was 2-2 with one walk, and freshman center fielder Cole Sturgeon was 2-4 with one run scored. Freshman infielder Ty Young reached base three times, drove in one run and scored once. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University‘s series-opening game versus Arkansas St. was suspended in the top of the 13th inning with a 1-1 tie. The game had been previously delayed for 90 minutes due to rain. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins pitched well in his start, surrendering one run on six hits in six and two-third innings while striking out five batters and walking three. WKU had just three hits through 12 innings. The game will resume at 3 p.m. Saturday, and game two of the series will begin 30 minutes after the end of game one. (Live Stats)
  • The University of Kentucky dropped its tenth consecutive Southeastern Conference game with a 3-2 loss to Mississippi. The Cats carried a 1-1 tie into the eighth inning, but Ole Miss scored two runs off junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer to take 3-1 lead. The Cats scored one run in the ninth inning and put the tying run on second base, but senior shortstop Taylor Black flew out to center field to end the game. Meyer took the loss after surrendering three runs, two of which were earned, in seven-plus innings while striking out seven batters and walking three. Junior catcher Michael Williams was 3-4 with his fourth home run of the season. (Box Score)
Hitter of the day: C Michael Williams (UK)
  • Stats: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R
  • Honorable Mention: Zak Wasserman (UofL)
Pitcher of the day: LHP Tanner Perkins (WKU)
  • Stats: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Chad Green (UofL), Alex Meyer (UK)

BluGrass Baseball Week Nine Weekend Schedule

College Baseball

Check out the week nine weekend schedule below with probable starters listed when available:

Western Kentucky University (22-12, 8-4) vs. Arkansas St.
  • Friday — 6 p.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (6-1, 2.03 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. (CT) — RHP Justin Hageman (5-3, 2.65 ERA)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Brian Edelen (3-1, 4.70 ERA)

University of Louisville (20-12, 6-3) @ St. John’s

  • Friday — 3 p.m. — RHP Matt Koch (4-3, 3.08 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Justin Amlung (6-0, 1.14 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. — TBA — Gametracker
University of Kentucky (17-17, 2-10) @ Ole Miss
  • Friday — 7:30 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (3-4, 3.74 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 5 p.m. — LHP Corey Littrell (4-2, 5.56 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 2:30 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (2-4, 4.91 ERA) — Gametracker
Murray State University (13-18, 4-4) vs. SIU Edwardsville
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. (CT) — LHP Bryan Babin (2-1, 7.06 ERA)
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (5-1, 4.08 ERA)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — TBA
Eastern Kentucky University (11-22, 3-6) vs. Morehead State University (5-25, 1-5)
  • Saturday —  1 p.m. — RHP Matt Fyffe (0-4, 4.82 ERA) vs. RHP Trey Smith (0-7, 7.88 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Kyle McGrath (2-2, 7.02 ERA) vs. LHP Garrick Whittle (1-2, 8.46 ERA)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (3-4, 4.57 ERA) vs. LHP Noah Smallwood (0-3, 9.08 ERA)

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: April 12

College Baseball

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

Richie Rodriguez, Justin Hageman win week eight awards

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Richie Rodriguez; EKU photo

It’s time for the week eight weekly awards. I’ve included Lexington Catholic alum Justin Riddell and Daviess Co. alum Jeremy Dobbs among the honorable mention category this week since their performances came against Kentucky schools.

Hitter of the week: SS Richie Rodriguez (EKU)

  • Stats: 12-16 (.750), 2 2Bs, 3 BB, 8 R, 1 RBI, 4 SBs
  • Honorable Mention: Jeff Gardner (UofL), Matt Rice (WKU), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Zach Noonan (Murray St.), Cody Larson (Murray St.), Justin Riddell (Cincinnati, Lexington Catholic)

Pitcher of the week: RHP Justin Hageman (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Koch (UofL), Justin Amlung (UofL), Tanner Perkins (WKU), Jordan Cooper (UK), Matt Harris (EKU), Greg Terry (EKU), Jeremy Dobbs (Austin Peay, Daviess Co. HS)

Freshman of the week: RHP Justin Hageman (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Jeff Gardner (UofL), Dallen Reber (UK), Nick Duff (Morehead St.)

NCAA roundup: UofL, WKU clinch series wins; Murray St., EKU split double-headers; UK loses 8th straight SEC game

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Richie Rodriguez; BluGrass Baseball photo

Recaps and highlights from Saturday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville scored two runs in the eighth inning to break open a 3-3 tie en route to a 5-3 win over Cincinnati. Junior right-handed pitcher Travis Tingle earned the win after striking out three of the four batters he faced. Redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames was 1-2 with one home run, two walks, one RBI and one run scored, and sophomore first baseman Zak Wasserman was 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung took a no decision after surrendering three runs on six hits in six and two-third innings while striking out six batters and walking two. Junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University clinched a series win versus Louisiana-Lafayette with a 2-1 victory. The Hilltoppers scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a RBI single from senior catcher Matt Rice. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Ross Hammonds was credited with the win after pitching two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, and junior right-handed pitcher Phil Wetherell pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save. Junior second baseman Ivan Hartle was the only WKU batter with multiple hits in the game. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins took a no decision after surrendering one run on six hits in six innings. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky dropped its eighth consecutive Southeastern Conference game with a 15-8 loss to Auburn. Freshman left-handed pitcher Corey Littrell took the loss after surrendering seven runs on 11 hits in six and one-third innings while striking out five batters and walking none. Junior left fielder Chad Wright was 2-4 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored. Junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy and freshman designated hitter Dallen Reber both had two hits and one home run. UK led Auburn 6-3 after five innings, but the Tigers scored 12 runs over the final four innings to blow the game open. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University‘s pitching was no match for the Jacksonville State offense in a 20-7 loss in game one of a double-header. Junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Beers took the loss after surrendering six runs on eight hits in two and two-third innings. Freshman catcher Clay Fuson and senior center fielder Elliot Frey both homered in the game. Junior first baseman Cody Larson was 3-3 with three RBI and one run scored. (Box Score)
  • In game two of the double-header Murray St. rebounded for a 12-6 win over Jacksonville State. Senior left-handed pitcher Jake Donze earned the win after surrendering six runs on 12 hits in seven innings. Senior right fielder Zach Noonan was 3-4 with one home run, six RBI and two runs scored. Larson was 3-4 in game two, and junior second baseman Travis Isaak was 2-3 with one RBI and three runs scored. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University dropped game one of a double-header 7-4 Daviess County High School alum Jeremy Dobbs and Austin Peay. Dobbs surrendered three runs on six hits in six and two-thirds innings while striking out seven batters and walking one to earn the win. EKU redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Matt Fyffe took the loss after surrendering five runs on nine hits in five and two-third innings. EKU junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez was 4-5, and junior right fielder Michael Garcia was 3-4. Freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman slugged his fifth home run of the season. (Box Score)
  • EKU earned a split in the double-header versus Austin Peay with a 8-5 win in game two. Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Harris earned the win after surrendering one run in four innings of relief. Rodriguez was 3-3 with three runs scored, and junior catcher A. J. Jamison was 2-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Junior left fielder Jacob Daniel drove in three runs, and Soloman was 2-4 with two RBI. Bowling Green High School alum Jack Snodgrass took the loss for Austin Peay after surrendering seven runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits in four innings. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University‘s double-header versus Eastern Illinois was rained out and will be rescheduled for Sunday.

Hitter of the day: SS Richie Rodriguez (EKU)

  • Stats: 7-8, 4 R, 2 SBs
  • Honorable Mention: Stewart Ijames (UofL), Ivan Hartle (WKU), Chad Wright (UK), Thomas McCarthy (UK), Dallen Reber (UK), Cody Larson (Murray St.), Zach Noonan (Murray St.), A. J. Jamison (EKU), Bryan Soloman (EKU)

Pitcher of the day: LHP Jeremy Dobbs (Austin Peay, Daviess Co. HS)

  • Stats: 1-0, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Justin Amlung (UofL), Tanner Perkins (WKU), Travis Tingle (UofL), Ross Hammonds (WKU), Matt Harris (EKU)

BluGrass Baseball Week Eight Weekend Schedule

College Baseball

Check out the week eight weekend schedule below:

University of Louisville (18-10) vs. Cincinnati

  • Friday — 6:30 p.m. — RHP Matt Koch (3-3, 2.95 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 4 p.m. — RHP Justin Amlung (6-0, 0.92 ERA) — Gamtracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Mike Nastold (3-2, 1.74 ERA) — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University (17-11) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

  • Friday — 6 p.m. (CT) — RHP Justin Hageman (4-3, 3.00 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (6-1, 2.09 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 11 a.m. (CT) — RHP Brian Edelen (3-1, 4.86 ERA) — Live Stats

University of Kentucky (16-14) vs. Auburn

  • Friday — 6:30 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (3-4, 3.10 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 6:30 p.m. — LHP Corey Littrell (4-1, 4.82 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 6:30 p.m. —  LHP Taylor Rogers (2-3, 5.50 ERA) — Gametracker

Murray State University (12-15) vs. Jacksonville St.

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Tyler Beers (2-2, 5.23 ERA)
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (4-1, 3.43 ERA)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — LHP Luke Shuemaker (2-3, 6.06 ERA)

Eastern Kentucky University (9-20) @ Austin Peay

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Matt Fyffe (0-3, 4.26 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Kyle McGrath (2-2, 6.82 ERA) Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (3-3, 3.86 ERA) —Live Stats

Morehead State University (5-23) vs. Eastern Illinois

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Trey Smith (0-6, 6.63 ERA)
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Garrick Whittle (1-1, 6.43 ERA)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — LHP Noah Smallwood (0-3, 8.51 ERA)