Saturday Review Part 1: UofL, WKU and UK

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Saturday featured 12 total games for Kentucky division one baseball teams so I’ve broken down the Saturday review into three separate posts. In this first one we’ll look at the three teams ranked in various NCAA top 25 polls. In game two we’ll look at the three Ohio Valley Conference teams’ afternoons, and in post three we’ll look at the daily awards.
  • The University of Louisville (11) clinched a Big East opening series victory against UCONN in come-from-behind fashion in game one of a double header. Senior first baseman Andrew Clark‘s seventh inning, three-run double gave the Cards the win in game one. UCONN took game two, but sophomore second baseman Ryan Wright was 3-4 with a run scored in the game. (Box Score 1) (Box Score 2)
  • Western Kentucky University (22) swept a double header from Louisiana Monroe to cap the best start in school history at 20-5. In game one, WKU shutout ULM 10-0 behind 6.1 innings from Shane Cameron and a 3-5, three RBI performance from sophomore outfielder Kes Carter. WKU took game two 10-8 behind a four-RBI performance from senior second baseman Matt Payton. (Box Score 1) (Box Score 2)
  • Vanderbilt swept a Saturday doubleheader against the University of Kentucky to secure a series sweep and drop UK to 1-5 in SEC play this season. Freshman left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers gave UK eight strong innings in game one, but Vandy prevailed 2-1. UK jumped out to a 7-0 lead in game two, but Vandy rallied for a 9-8 win, capped by a three-run ninth inning. Sophomore outfielder Chad Wright was 5-10 and junior second baseman Chris Bisson was 4-8 on the afternoon. (Box Score 1) (Box Score 2)

Royse leads UofL to shutout of UCONN in Big East opener

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University of Louisville junior right-handed pitcher Thomas Royse pitched seven shutout innings to lead the Cards to a 1-0 shutout of Connecticut in the Big East opener. Royse struck out 11 and walked two while allowing just three hits. Junior right-handed closer Neil Holland pitched the final two innings for his fifth save of the season. At the plate UofL was led by senior third baseman Phil Wunderlich, who was 2-3 with the only run scored of the game. Junior center fielder Drew Haynes drove home Wunderlich in the second inning with a two-out single. Senior first baseman Andrew Clark was 1-2 with two walks in his first game after sitting out three weeks with a rib cage injury. (Box Score) BluGrass Baseball POG: Thomas Royse — Did you think it would be someone else? Royse was outstanding with 7 innings pitched, three hits, no runs, two walks and 11 strikeouts in the game. On the season, Royse is now 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 38 innings.

Weekend Schedule: Week Six (March 26)

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The last of the Kentucky colleges start their conference season this week, so serious baseball has come to the Bluegrass. Check out the composite schedule below with information about where you can listen or watch the games. Gametracker links will take you to the livestream of the radio broadcast. I’ve also included each teams probable starting pitcher and Baseball America ranking in parentheses when applicable. Clicking on each team’s name will take you to the university’s preview of the series. Post will be updated as Murray St. and EKU weekend rotation information becomes available. University of Louisville (11) vs. UCONN

  • Friday — 6 p.m. — RHP Thomas Royse (4-0, 1.74) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — LHP Dean Kiekhefer (2-1, 4.00) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. —  RHP Tony Zych (1-1, 9.00) — Gametracker

Western Kentucky University (22) vs. ULM

  • Friday — 6:00 p.m. (CT) — RHP Matt Ridings (4-0, 4.40) — Live Stats
  • Saturday — 3:00 p.m. (CT) — RHP Shane Cameron (2-1, 5.26) — Live Stats
  • Sunday — 1:00 p.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (2-0, 3.55) — Live Stats

University of Kentucky @ Vanderbilt

  • Friday — 7:00 p.m. — LHP Logan Darnell (3-1, 3.09) — Gametracker
  • Saturday — 3:00 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (3-1, 4.75) — Gametracker
  • Sunday — 2:00 p.m.  — RHP Alex Meyer (4-2, 6.51) — Gametracker

Murray State University @ Austin Peay

  • Friday — 1 p.m. (CT)
  • Saturday — 4 p.m. (CT)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT)

Morehead State University vs. Southeast Missouri State

  • Friday (1) — 1 p.m. — RHP Michael Bottoms (1-1, 6.38) — Live Stats
  • Friday (2) —  Game 2 — RHP Quentin Morgan (2-1, 7.43) — Live Audio
  • Saturday — 1 p.m. — TBA — Live Audio

Eastern Kentucky University vs. Eastern Illinois

  • Saturday (1) — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (1-1, 6.43) — Live Stats
  • Saturday (2) — Game 2 — LHP Paul Duncan (1-1, 6.14)
  • Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Anthony Bazzani (1-2, 8.59)