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 Week Six Weekend Schedule

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Check out the week six college baseball schedule below with probable pitchers listed where available:

Western Kentucky University (14-6) @ FIU

  • Friday — 6 p.m (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (4-1, 2.43 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 5 p.m. (CT) — RHP Justin Hageman (3-2, 3.49 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 10 a.m. (CT) — RHP Brian Edelen (3-0, 3.55 ERA) — Live Stats

University of Louisville (13-7) @ Rutgers

  • Friday — 3 p.m. — RHP Matt Koch (2-2, 3.60 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Justin Amlung (4-0, 0.50 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Mike Nastold (2-1, 1.74 ERA) — Gametracker

University of Kentucky (14-8) @ Alabama

  • Friday — 7:35 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (3-2, 2.60 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 3:05 p.m. — RHP Jordan Cooper (1-1, 5.40 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 2:05 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (2-1, 4.45 ERA) — Gametracker

Murray State University (8-12) vs. Austin Peay

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Tyler Beers (2-2, 4.96 ERA) vs. LHP Jeremy Dobbs (4-0, 3.18 ERA)
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (0-2, 2.92 ERA) vs LHP Jack Snodgrass (0-2, 2.92 ERA)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — LHP Luke Shuemaker (2-3, 6.67 ERA)

Eastern Kentucky University (6-15) @ Eastern Illinois

  • Saturday — 2 p.m. — RHP Matt Fyffe (0-3, 4.34 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Kyle McGrath (2-0, 5.09 ERA)
  • Sunday — 2 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (2-2, 2.84 ERA)

Morehead State University (3-18) @ Southeast Missouri

  • Saturday — 2 p.m.
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH)
  • Sunday — 2 p.m.

Sunday roundup: WKU finishes sweep; UK clinches series win; UofL, Morehead St. lose; Murray St., EKU swept

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J. T. Riddle; BluGrass Baseball photo

Recaps and highlights from Sunday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville‘s offense continued to struggle in a 4-1 loss to Xavier that gave Musketeers the series win. UofL redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Nastold took the loss after surrendering three runs on five hits in three and two-third innings while striking out three batters and walking three. Freshman center fielder Cole Sturgeon was 2-4 in the leadoff spot for the Cards, and redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames was 2-5 with one RBI. Junior right-handed reliever Derek Self kept UofL in the game by surrendering just one hit in four scoreless innings and striking out five batters while walking one. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University used a five-run fifth inning and a strong pitching performance from new weekend starting pitcher Brian Edelen to earn a 5-4 win and secure a series sweep of Middle Tennessee to begin Sun Belt Conference play. Redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Edelen earned the win after surrendering one unearned run in six innings while striking out three batters and walking none. Junior second baseman Ivan Hartle was 3-4 with three RBI, and junior left fielder Jared Andreoli was 2-4 with one RBI, one run scored and one stolen base. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky used a four-run first inning to jump out to an early lead en route to a 7-3 win over Tennessee to clinch the team’s first Southeastern Conference series of the season. Freshman right fielder J. T. Riddle slugged a three-run home run in the first inning, and junior first baseman Braden Kapteyn finished the game 2-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers earned the win after surrendering three runs on eight hits in five innings while striking out two batters and walking none. Senior designated hitter Mike Kaczmarek was 4-4 at the plate and recorded the final four outs of the game on the mound to earn his fourth save. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University scored 10 runs and tallied 13 hits but could not avoid a 14-10 loss that secured a series sweep for Georgia State. Junior left-handed pitcher Luke Shuemaker took the loss after surrendering seven runs, five of which were earned, on six hits in five innings. Six different Murray St. batters recorded two hits in the game, led by senior right fielder Zach Noonan, who was 2-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Junior second baseman Travis Isaak, freshman third baseman Wes Warren and senior center fielder Elliot Frey each tallied two hits and two RBI in the game. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University‘s road woes continued with a 14-5 loss to Indiana St. that dropped the Colonels to 0-9 on the road this season. Senior right-handed pitcher Stephen Hefler took the loss after surrendering six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits in six innings. Junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez led the offense and finished the game 3-3 with two runs scored. Junior left fielder Jacob Daniel, senior center fielder Ryan Faidley and freshman catcher Sean Hagen each tallied two hits in the game. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University sophomore left-handed pitcher Garrick Whittle made his first start since opening weekend but that wasn’t enough to prevent an 11-4 loss to Miami (OH). Whittle took the loss after surrendering seven runs on six hits in three and one-third innings. Senior first baseman Michael Fear was 2-4 with one RBI, and senior second baseman Travis Redmon was 2-5 with one run scored. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: RF J. T. Riddle (UK)

  • Stats: 1-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP
  • Honorable Mention: Cole Sturgeon (UofL), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Mike Kaczmarek (UK), Jared Andreoli (WKU), Ivan Hartle (WKU), Zach Noonan (Murray St.), Travis Isaak (Murray St.), Richie Rodriguez (EKU), Ryan Faidley (EKU), Michael Fear (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Brian Edelen (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Derek Self (UofL), Taylor Rogers (UK), Trevor Gott (UK)

BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week Five

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Check out the Week Five Weekend Schedule below with probable starters listed when available. Links over the team names take you to the school’s game notes:

University of Louisville (11-5) vs. Xavier

  • Friday — 3 p.m. — RHP Matt Koch (2-1, 2.00 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Justin Amlung (3-0, 0.63 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Mike Nastold (2-0, 0.53 ERA) — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University (10-6) vs. Middle Tennessee

  • Friday — 6 p.m. — LHP Tanner Perkins (3-1, 2.48 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 3 p.m. — RHP Justin Hageman (2-2, 2.91 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Brian Edelen (2-0, 4.66 ERA) — Live Stats

University of Kentucky (10-7) vs. Tennessee

  • Friday — 6:30 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (2-2, 2.60 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Jordan Cooper (1-0, 3.13 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (1-1, 4.62 ERA) — Gametracker

Murray State University (8-8) @ Georgia State

  • Friday — 5 p.m. (CT) — LHP Jake Donze (2-0, 1.11 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 12 p.m. (CT) — RHP Tyler Beers (1-1, 3.76 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. (CT) — LHP Luke Shuemaker (2-2, 6.14 ERA) — Live Stats

Eastern Kentucky University (6-10) @ Indiana State

  • Friday — 6 p.m. — RHP Matt Fyffe (0-2, 3.75 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 2 p.m. — LHP Kyle McGrath (2-0, 7.31 ERA)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (2-1, 2.10 ERA)

Morehead State University (2-15) vs. Miami (OH)

  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Trey Smith (0-3, 6.66 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — RHP Josh Schneider (0-3, 8.28 ERA)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — LHP Noah Smallwood (0-2, 11.32 ERA)

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 15

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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

  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 0.53 (17 IP)
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 0.63 (28.2 IP)
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 1.11 (24.1 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 1.23 (22 IP)
  • Matt Koch — UofL — 2.00 (27 IP)

Wins

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 3-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 3-1
  • 12 players tied with 2 wins

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 39
  • Luke Shuemaker — Murray St. — 21
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 21
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 21
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 21

Innings Pitched

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 28.2
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 27.2
  • Matt Koch — UofL — 27.0
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 26.1
  • Stephen Hefler — EKU — 25.2

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 5
  • Cameron Finch — Murray St. — 3
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 2
  • Rye Davis — WKU — 2
  • Mike Kaczmarek — UK — 2

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .131
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — .164
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .178
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .184
  • Matt Koch — UofL — .189

Appearances

  • Brian Edelen — WKU — 8
  • Matthew Robertson — Morehead St. — 8
  • Matt Cartwright — Morehead St. — 8
  • Tyler Hieneman — Morehead St. — 8
  • Eight players tied with 7 apperances

Meyer, Davis, Littrell win BluGrass Baseball week four awards

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Alex Meyer; UK Athletics photo

It’s time for the weekly highlights of the Bluegrass State’s best college performances, which are marked by a slew of outstanding pitching performances during week four. Check out the weekly award winners for best pitching, hitting and freshman performance below:

Pitcher of the week: RHP Alex Meyer (UK)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Mike Nastold (UofL), Justin Amlung (UofL), Matt Koch (UofL), Tanner Perkins (WKU), Brian Edelen (WKU), Jordan Cooper (UK), Taylor Rogers (UK), Corey Littrell (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Jake Donze (Murray St.), Tyler Beers (Murray St.), Bryan Babin (Murray St.), Stephen Hefler (EKU), Chris Hord (EKU), Matt Fyffe (EKU), Matthew Robertson (Morehead St.)

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

  • Stats: 7-11 (.636), 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB
  • Honorable Mention: Alex Chittenden (UofL), Brian Adams (UK), Chad Wright (UK), Jared Andreoli (WKU), Logan Robbins (WKU), Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Matt Phipps (EKU), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.)

Freshman of the week: LHP Corey Littrell (UK)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Alex Chittenden (UofL), Ryan Seiz (UofL), Dallen Reber (UK), J. T. Riddle (UK), Justin Hageman (WKU), Cameron Finch (Murray St.), Kyle McGrath (EKU)

Friday roundup: UofL, WKU, UK ride strong pitching to wins; Morehead State wins for 2nd time; Murray State loses

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Recaps and highlights from Friday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville used a three-run fifth inning and a strong eight-inning performance from sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Koch to earn a 4-2 win in game one of its series versus Pepperdine. Koch surrendered two runs, one of which was earned, on four hits in eight innings while striking out seven batters and walking one to earn his second win of the season. Freshman first baseman Ryan Seiz was 2-5 with one double, two RBI and one run scored, and senior catcher J. J. Ethel was 2-4 with two doubles and one RBI. Junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University rode a complete-game performance from sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins to a 3-1 win in game one of its series versus Illinois. Perkins surrendered on run on three hits in nine innings while striking out six and walking none. At one point Perkins retired 21 batters in a row. The Hilltoppers scored two runs in the sixth inning on a RBI double from junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson and a RBI single from junior shortstop Logan Robbins. Perkins improved his record to 3-1 on the season and posted the first nine-inning complete game of any Kentucky pitcher this season. (Box Score)
  • University of Kentucky sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers earned his first win of the season in a 9-2 win over Niagara. Rogers surrendered two runs on seven hits in seven innings while striking out five batters and walking one. Junior first baseman Michael Williams was 2-4 with his third home run of the season, and freshman infielder Dallen Reber launched a pinch-hit home run in eighth inning in just his second collegiate at-bat. Junior designated hitter and right-handed pitcher Braden Kapteyn was 3-5 with one double, two RBI and one run scored and struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University tallied nine hits but scored just two runs in a 9-2 loss to IPFW. Junior left-handed pitcher Luke Shuemaker took the loss after surrendering five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits in six innings while striking out four batters and walking two. Sophomore shortstop Brandon Elliott was 3-3 with one walk and two runs scored, and junior second baseman Travis Isaak was 2-4 with two RBI. (Box Score)
  • Morehead State University earned its second win of the season with a 6-4 victory over La Salle in game one of a three-game series. Junior right-handed pitcher Matthew Robertson struck out two batters in two scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season. Junior catcher Taylor Davis was 4-4 with one double, one RBI and one run scored, and senior second baseman Travis Redmon was 3-5 with two runs scored. Senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith surrendered four runs on six hits in six innings while striking out four batters and walking five in the start. (Box Score)

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

  • Stats: 4-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • Honorable Mention: Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Travis Redmon (Morehead St.), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Dallen Reber (UK), Michael Williams (UK), Ryan Seiz (UofL), J. J. Ethel (UofL)

Pitcher of the day: LHP Tanner Perkins (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Matt Koch (UofL), Taylor Rogers (UK), Matthew Robertson (Morehead St.)

BluGrass Baseball Weekend Schedule: Week Four

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Check out the weekend schedule for week three college baseball action with probable starters when available. Links take you to team game notes.

University of Louisville (8-3) @ Pepperdine

  • Friday — 5 p.m. — RHP Matt Koch (1-1, 2.37 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 4 p.m. — RHP Justin Amlung (2-0, 0.87 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 4 p.m. — RHP Mike Nastold (1-0, 0.75 ERA) — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University (7-5) vs. Illinois

  • Friday — 3 p.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (2-1, 3.86 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 2 p.m. (CT) — RHP Justin Hageman (2-1, 2.25 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — TBA — Live Stats

University of Kentucky (6-7) vs. Niagara

  • Friday — 4 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (0-1, 5.40 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (1-2, 3.86 ERA) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Jordan Cooper (1-0, 3.86 ERA) — Gametracker

Murray State University (5-6) vs. IPFW

  • Friday — 2 p.m. (CT) — LHP Luke Shuemaker (2-1, 6.29 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 12 p.m. (CT) — RHP Tyler Beers (1-1, 3.54 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (1-0, 1.40 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 12 p.m. (CT) — LHP Bryan Babin (0-1, 5.59 ERA) — Live Stats

Eastern Kentucky University (3-8) vs. UNC Asheville

  • Saturday — 12 p.m. — RHP Matt Fyffe (0-2, 4.70 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Kyle McGrath (1-0, 7.36 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (1-1, 1.00 ERA) — Live Stats

Morehead State University (1-12) vs. La Salle

  • Friday — 5 p.m. — RHP Trey Smith (0-3, 7.27 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — LHP Noah Smallwood (0-2, 12.00 ERA) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Cody Gibson (0-2, 19.44 ERA) — Live Stats

BluGrass Baseball Pitching Leaderboard: March 8

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In the second weekly leaderboard post we’ll look at the top pitching statistics through three 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

  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — 0.71 (12.2 IP)
  • Mike Nastold — UofL — 0.75 (12 IP)
  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 0.87 (20.2 IP)
  • Stephen Hefler — EKU — 1.00 (18 IP)
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 1.26 (14.1 IP)

Wins

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 2-0
  • Tanner Perkins — WKU — 2-1
  • Justin Hageman — WKU — 2-1
  • Luke Shuemaker — Murray St. — 2-1
  • 22 players tied with one win.

Strikeouts

  • Alex Meyer — UK — 26
  • Luke Shuemaker — Murray St. — 17
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 16
  • Taylor Rogers — UK — 16
  • Josh Schneider — Morehead St. — 16
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — 16

Innings Pitched

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — 20.2
  • Tyler Beers — Murray St. — 20.1
  • Jake Donze — Murray St. — 19.1
  • Matt Koch — UofL — 19.0
  • Alex Meyer — UK — 18.2

Saves

  • Tony Zych — UofL — 4
  • Ryne Purcell — EKU — 2
  • 10 players tied with one save

Batting Average Against

  • Justin Amlung — UofL — .137
  • Ross Hammonds — WKU — .159
  • Jack Snodgrass — Austin Peay (Bowling Green HS) — .167
  • Chad Martin — Indiana (PLD) — .184
  • Alex Meyer — UK — .186
  • Stephen Hefler — EKU — .186

Appearances

  • Brian Edelen — WKU — 6
  • Noah Smallwood — Morehead St. — 6
  • Tyler Hieneman — Morehead St. — 6
  • Nick Maronde — Florida (Lexington Catholic) — 5
  • 12 players tied with four apperances.

Friday Roundup: UofL, Murray State win; Morehead State, UK, WKU lose in tournament openers; EKU rained out

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Former UK baseball player Patrick Patterson throws out the first pitch at the Houston College Classic; UK Athletics photo by Aaron M. Sprecher

Highlights and recaps from Friday Kentucky collegiate baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville appeared to be on its way to its third loss in four games but scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings before senior catcher J. J. Ethel drove home the winning run with a RBI-double in the 11th inning. Freshman infielder Ty Young singled with one out in the ninth inning then moved to second base when Ethel was hit by a pitch. Freshman pinch hitter Ryan Seiz drove home the first run of the inning on a single, and senior left fielder Drew Haynes drove home the tying run with a ground out. In the 11th inning Ethel doubled home Young to give UofL the win. Junior right-handed pitcher Derek Self earned the win after surrendering one run in three innings, and sophomore starting pitcher Matt Koch took a no decision despite surrendering just one run on five hits in eight innings. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University dropped its fourth straight game after starting the season 5-0 with a 7-5 loss to College of Charleston in the first game of the school’s invitational tournament. WKU sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins suffered his first loss of the season after surrendering seven runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits in four and one-third innings while striking out three batters and walking none. Five different Hilltoppers’ batters tallied two hits in the game with sophomore shortstop Logan Robbins leading the offensive attack. Robbins was 2-3 with one run scored, one RBI, one walk and one stolen base. (Box Score)
  • A late rally from the University of Kentucky fell just short in an 8-7 loss to No. 21 Rice in the opening game of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. The Cats trailed by three runs entering the eighth inning but scored twice in the frame on a wild pitch and sacrifice fly from sophomore catcher Luke Maile. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers took the loss after surrendering six runs on 10 hits in five and two-third innings while striking out three batters and walking one. At the plate junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy led UK with a 3-5 performance. Junior first baseman Braden Kapteyn slugged his second home run of the season and drove in two runs. (Box Score)
  • Eastern Kentucky University‘s opening game in the Memphis Baseball Classic was rained out.
  • Highlighted by a six-hit, seven-RBI game from senior left fielder Zach Noonan, the Murray State University offense exploded for a 17-7 blowout win over North Dakota State. Noonan finished the game 6-6 with one home run, seven RBI and four runs scored. Junior left-handed pitcher Luke Shuemaker was credited with the win after surrendering six runs on 12 hits in six innings. Shuemaker struck out seven batters and walked one. Junior second baseman Travis Isaak homered and both redshirt freshman designated hitter Ty Stetson and senior center fielder Elliot Frey each drove in three runs. Stetson finished the game 3-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. (Box Score)
  • Behind Lexington native Chad Martin Indiana sent Morehead State University to a 6-5 loss in 13 innings. Martin, a PLD alum, took a no decision but surrendered just three unearned runs on five hits in six innings while striking out six batters and walking three. Morehead St. redshirt junior starting pitcher Josh Schneider also pitched well in a no decision, surrendering three runs, one of which was earned, on four hits in seven innings while striking out four batters and walking one. At the plate junior center fielder Andrew Deeds was 2-4 with one double, one triple and one run scored to lead the Eagles. Morehead St. junior right-handed pitcher Matthew Robertson took the loss after surrendering one run in two-plus innings of work. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: LF Zach Noonan (Murray St.)

  • Stats: 6-6, 1 HR, 3 2Bs, 7 RBI, 4 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ty Stetson (Murray St.), Travis Isaak (Murray St.), Elliot Frey (Murray St.), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.), Ty Young (UofL), Thomas McCarthy (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Matt Koch (UofL)

  • Stats: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Chad Martin (Indiana, PLD), Derek Self (UofL), Josh Schneider (Morehead St.), Ross Hammonds (WKU)