NCAA roundup: UofL wins; WKU, EKU lose; Morehead St. splits double-header; Murray St., UK rained out

College Baseball

Recaps and highlights from Friday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • Troy scored five unearned runs to send Western Kentucky University to a 6-3 loss in game one of a three-game series. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins suffered just his second loss of the season after surrendering six runs, just one of which was earned, on five hits in seven innings while striking out six batters and walking three. Junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson was 2-3 with one run scored, and junior shortstop Logan Robbins was 2-4. Sophomore first baseman Ryan Huck slugged his third home run of the season. (Box Score)
  • The University of Louisville used a five-run fifth inning to earn a 7-2 win in game two of a three-game series versus South Florida. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung earned the win after surrendering two runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out eight batters and walking five. Junior shortstop Ryan Wright 3-4 with two home runs, two RBI and two runs scored. Senior catcher J. J. Ethel was 2-4 with two RBI and one run scored. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky‘s series opener versus Arkansas was rained out and will be made up as part of a double-header on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
  • Eastern Kentucky University surrendered eight runs in the seventh inning in an 11-2 loss to UT Martin. Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Fyffe took the loss after surrendering three runs on five hits in four innings while striking out five batters and walking two. Junior left fielder Jacob Daniel was 2-4 with one triple, one RBI and one run scored. Game two of the Colonels’ scheduled double-header was suspended with EKU down 5-2 in the top of the fifth. The game will resume at noon on Saturday. (Box Score)
  • Murray State University‘s double-header versus Eastern Illinois was rained out on Friday. The two teams will play a double-header on Saturday.
  • Morehead State University suffered its 30th loss of the season with a 10-5 loss to Tennessee Tech in game one of a double-header. Senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith fell to 0-8 on the season after surrendering seven runs on five hits in four and one-third innings. Junior catcher Taylor Davis was 2-4 with one home run, one RBI and one run scored, and  senior second baseman Travis Redmon was 1-3 with one home run, two RBI and one run scored. Sophomore shortstop Austin Haney tallied two hits and scored twice. (Box Score)
  • Morehead St. earned its second Ohio Valley Conference win of the season with a 7-3 victory over Tennessee Tech in game two of the double-header. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Garrick Whittle earned the win after surrendering three runs on eight hits in seven innings while striking out 12 batters and walking two. Junior third baseman Andrew Deeds was 2-2 with two RBI, three runs scored and two walks. (Box Score)
Hitter of the day: SS Ryan Wright (UofL)
  • Stats: 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Hutchinson (WKU), J. J. Ethel (UofL), Jacob Daniel (EKU), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.), Taylor Davis (Morehead St.)
Pitcher of the day: LHP Garrick Whittle (Morehead St.)
  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Tanner Perkins (WKU), Justin Amlung (UofL)
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NCAA roundup: WKU wins; UofL, UK, Morehead St. all lose

College Baseball

Recaps and highlights from Friday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • Senior designated hitter Chris Bullard drove in five runs and sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins pitched seven shutout innings to lead Western Kentucky University to a 14-3 win over UALR. Perkins improved to 6-1 on the season after surrendering just four hits in seven innings while striking out eight batters and walking one. Bullard was 2-4 with one home run, five RBI and two runs scored. Junior center fielder Kes Carter was 4-5 with two RBI, and junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson was 3-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. (Box Score)
  • West Virginia used five unearned runs to send the University of Louisville to a 9-2 loss in game one of a three-game series. UofL sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Koch took the loss after surrendering five runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits in five and one-third innings while striking out two batter and walking two. Freshman third baseman Ty Young, junior second baseman Ryan Wright and senior catcher J. J. Ethel each had two hits in the game. Freshman designated hitter Ryan Seiz drove in both of the Cards’ runs with his second home run of the season. (Box Score)
  • A complete-game effort from junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer wasn’t enough for the University of Kentucky to avoid a 3-1 loss to No. 3 South Carolina in game one of its three-game series. Meyer fell to 3-4 on the season after surrendering three runs on six hits in eight innings while striking out eight batters and walking five. The Cats tallied just three hits against USC ace Michael Roth, and no UK batter had multiple hits in the game. UK scored its only run on a RBI single in the third innings from junior left fielder Chad Wright that scored junior catcher Michael Williams. (Box Score)
  • SIU Edwardsville scored eight runs through the first three innings and piled on from there to send Morehead State University to a 14-5 loss. Senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith took the loss after surrendering seven runs, five of which were earned, on six hits in two and two-third innings. Junior third baseman Andrew Deeds was 2-2 with a double, one RBI, one run scored and two walks, and senior second baseman Travis Redmon slugged his third home run of the season. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: DH Chris Bullard (WKU)

  • Stats: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB
  • Honorable Mention: Kes Carter (WKU), Ryan Hutchinson (WKU), Matt Rice (WKU), Ryan Wright (UofL), Andrew Deeds (Morehead St.)

Pitcher of the day: LHP Tanner Perkins (WKU)

  • Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Alex Meyer (UK)

BluGrass Baseball Hitting Leaderboard: March 29

College Baseball

With just under 15 games played by the Kentucky college baseball teams the college statistical leaderboard is starting to become a little more stable. We’ll look at batting statistics today, remembering that players must have 2.5 at-bats per team game to be eligible for the batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage catergories. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

Batting Average

  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — .410 (41-100)
  • Brandon Elliott — Murray St. — .406 (28-69)
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — .400 (32-80)
  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — .396 (38-96)
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — .384 (33-86)

Home Runs

  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — 6
  • Stewart Ijames — UofL — 5
  • Jacob Daniel — EKU — 4
  • Michael Williams — UK — 3
  • Andrew Deeds — Morehead St. — 3
  • Braden Kapteyn — UK — 3
  • Zach Noonan — Murray St. — 3
  • Chad Wright — UK — 3
  • Ryan Wright — UofL — 3

RBI

  • Matt Rice — WKU — 24
  • Stewart Ijames — UofL — 24
  • Braden Kapteyn — UK –23
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — 22
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 22

Runs

  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 25
  • Ryan Wright — UofL — 22
  • Taylor Black — UK — 21
  • Brandon Elliott — Murray St. — 21
  • Ryan Hutchinson — WKU — 21
  • Travis Redmon — Morehead St. — 21

Stolen Bases

  • Chad Wright — UK — 11/14
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — 9/11
  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — 9/10
  • Thomas McCarthy — UK — 7/7
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 7/9

On-Base Percentage

  • Brandon Elliott — Murray St. — .506
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — .484
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — .481
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — .475
  • Chad Wright — UK — .469

Slugging Percentage

  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — .725
  • Stewart Ijames — UofL — .658
  • Andrew Deeds — Morehead St. — .625
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — .570
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — .558

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

College Baseball

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.)

Tuesday roundup: UofL, WKU, UK win; OVC teams all lose

College Baseball

Corey Littrell; BluGrass Baseball photo

Recaps and highlights from Tuesday Kentucky college baseball action:

  • The University of Louisville’s offense busted out of its early season slump to tall 15 hits in an 11-2 win over Kent State. Junior second baseman Ryan Wright was 3-3 with two RBI, three runs scored and one walk, and freshman first baseman Ryan Seiz was 3-3 with one home run, three RBI, two runs scored and one walk. Sophomore designated hitter Kyle Grieshaber and redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames also homered in the game. Freshman right-handed pitcher Jeff Thompson earned his first win after surrendering one unearned run in three innings. (Box Score)
  • Western Kentucky University took the lead with three runs in third inning and added two insurance runs in the fourth inning to earn a 5-2 win over Austin Peay. Three WKU batters, junior shortstop Logan Robbins, senior third baseman Casey Dykes and sophomore catcher Ryan Huck, tallied two hits in the game. Dykes drove in three runs and Huck drove in two. Robbins and junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson each scored two runs. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Taylor Haydel earned the win after pitching three scoreless innings, and junior right-handed pitcher Phil Wetherell picked up asave with a scoreless ninth inning. (Box Score)
  • The University of Kentucky scored just two runs through seven innings but added two in the eighth inning to secure a 4-2 win over Cincinnati. Freshman left-handed pitcher Corey Littrell earned his third win of the season after surrendering one run on eight hits in six innings while striking out four batters and walking two. Freshman right fielder J. T. Riddle was 3-4 with a double and one run scored, and junior catcher Michael Williams was 3-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Junior designated hitter and right-handed pitcher Braden Kapteyn came on with men on second and third with no outs in the ninth inning but struck out the side to earn his second save. (Box Score)
  • You can see the BluGrass Baseball recap of the Mid-Continent University 5-1 win over Murray State University here.
  • Eastern Kentucky University’s losing streak reached six games with a 6-3 loss to Miami (OH). Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Harris took the loss after surrendering three runs in one inning in his first start of the season. The Colonels used the midweek game to get its bullpen some work with nine different pitchers going one inning. Sophomore left fielder Austin Grisham and junior designated hitter Jacob Daniel were both 2-5 in the game. (Box Score)
  • If last week’s loss to Georgetown College wasn’t the low point of the 2011 season, Morehead State University hit that point Tuesday with a 32-17 loss to Canisius. Three different Eagles pitchers surrendered at least six runs in the game with the loss going to sophomore right-handed pitcher Cody Gibson, who surrendered seven runs on eight hits in two and two-third innings. Canisius tallied 28 hits and scored in every inning except the first and fourth. Three different Morehead St. batters had three hits in the game, led by Luke Bainer, who was 3-5 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored. (Box Score)

Hitter of the day: RF Luke Bainer (Morehead St.)

  • Stats: 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
  • Honorable Mention: Ryan Wright (UofL), Ryan Seiz (UofL), Travis Redmon (Morehead St.), Daniel Pugh (Morehead St.), Taylor Davis (Morehead St.), J. T. Riddle (UK), Michael Williams (UK), Casey Dykes (WKU)

Pitcher of the day: RHP Allen Hasse (Mid-Continent)

  • Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
  • Honorable Mention: Jeff Thompson (UofL), Chad Green (UofL), Tyler Saltsman (Murray St.), Corey Littrell (UK), Taylor Haydel (WKU)

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

College Baseball

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 Hitting Leaderboard: March 14

College Baseball

The college statistical leaderboard is pretty useless this early in the season, but it at least offers a glimpse at what players are off to a hot start to the 2011 season. With that in mind check out the fourth in-season edition of the 2011 leaderboard. We’ll look at batting statistics today, remembering that players must have 2.5 at-bats per team game to be eligible for the batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage catergories. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

Batting Average

  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — .444 (24-54)
  • Brandon Elliott — Murray St. — .435 (20-46)
  • Justin Riddell — Cincinnati (Lexington Catholic) — .404 (19-47)
  • Matt Rice — WKU — .397 (25-63)
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — .391 (25-64)

Home Runs

  • Michael Williams — UK — 3
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — 3
  • Andrew Deeds — Morehead St. — 3
  • Jacob Daniel — EKU — 3
  • Braden Kapteyn — UK — 2
  • Zach Noonan — Murray St. — 2
  • Chad Wright — UK — 2

RBI

  • Matt Rice — WKU — 19
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 17
  • Jacob Daniel — EKU — 17
  • Justin Riddell — Cincinnati (Lexington Catholic) — 17
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — 16

Runs

  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 17
  • Brandon Elliott — Murray St. — 16
  • Travis Redmon — Morehead St. — 15
  • Andrew Deeds — Morhead St. — 15
  • Three players tied with 14 runs

Stolen Bases

  • Chad Wright — UK — 9/10
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — 7/8
  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — 6/6
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 5/5
  • Five players tied with 4 stolen bases.

On-Base Percentage

  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — .516
  • Brandon Elliott — Murray St. — .509
  • Paul Ritzheimer — Murray St. — .500
  • Chad Wright — UK — .472
  • J. T. Riddle — UK — .459

Slugging Percentage

  • Andrew Deeds — Morehead St. — .705
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — .633
  • Jacob Daniel — EKU — .592
  • Zach Noonan — Murray St. — .582
  • Justin Riddell — Cincinnati (Lexington Catholic) — .574

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

College Baseball

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 Hitting Leaderboard: March 8

College Baseball

The college statistical leaderboard is pretty useless this early in the season, but it at least offers a glimpse at what players are off to a hot start to the 2011 season. With that in mind check out the third in-season edition of the 2011 leaderboard. We’ll look at batting statistics today, remembering that players must have 2.5 at-bats per team game to be eligible. Stats are current through Sunday’s games.

Batting Average

  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — .514 (19-37)
  • Matt Rice — WKU — .408 (20-49)
  • Elliot Frey — Murray St. — .393 (11-28)
  • Zach Osborne — Tennessee (PRP) — .393 (11-28)
  • Ryan Huck — WKU — .379 (11-29)

Home Runs

  • Michael Williams — UK — 2
  • Braden Kapteyn — UK — 2
  • Jacob Daniel — EKU — 2
  • Andrew Deeds — Morehead St. — 2
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — 2
  • Zach Noonan — Murray St. — 2

RBI

  • Matt Rice — WKU — 14
  • Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — 12
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 12
  • Jacob Daniel — EKU — 11
  • Zach Noonan — Murray St. — 11

Runs

  • Braden Kapteyn — UK — 12
  • Travis Redmon — Morehead St. — 12
  • Kes Carter — WKU — 12
  • Taylor Black — UK — 11
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 11
  • Rich Witten — Coastal Carolina (Danville HS) — 11

Stolen Bases

  • Chad Wright — UK — 5/5
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — 5/6
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 3/3
  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — 3/3
  • Kes Carter — WKU — 3/3

On-Base Percentage

  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — .581
  • Elliot Frey — Murray St. — .538
  • Braden Kapteyn — UK — .520
  • Paul Ritzheimer — Murray St. — .500
  • Zach Osborne — Tennessee (PRP) — .485

Slugging Percentage

  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — .676
  • Zach Noonan — Murray St. — .650
  • Braden Kapteyn — UK — .622
  • Andrew Deeds — Morehead St. — .600
  • Ryan Huck — WKU — .586

Kime’s stellar debut leads UofL to 6-1 win over Morehead St.

College Baseball

Freshman right-handed pitcher Dace Kime surrendered just one hit in five scoreless innings in his collegiate debut to lead the University of Louisville to a 6-1 win over Morehead State University in the second intrastate matchup of the season. Kime struck out seven batters and walked none to earn his first collegiate win. At the plate UofL redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames was 2-4 with a triple and two RBI. UofL junior second baseman Ryan Wright scored two runs in the game. Senior left fielder Drew Haynes was 2-3 with one run scored.

Morehead St. freshman left-handed pitcher Noah Smallwood took the loss after surrendering four runs, three of which were earned, on three hits in four and one-third innings. Smallwood struck out one batter and walked two. Morehead St. junior designated hitter Eric Bainer was 2-4 in the game. Morehead St. senior second baseman Travis Redmon recorded the lone RBI for the Eagles, and junior right fielder Luke Bainer scored the team’s only run. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball player of the game: RHP Dace Kime (UofL)

  • Stats — 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO