Todd Wellemeyer; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:
- Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was named the player of the week in the Pacific Coast League after batting .640 with 2 HR, 7 RBI and 8 runs last week.
- Eastern Kentucky University freshman infielder Bryan Soloman was named the co-Ohio Valley Conference player of the week.
- Madison Central High School dropped its first game of the season last night with a 5-0 loss to Bryan Station High School.
- Aaron Fitt of Baseball America highlights Western Kentucky University senior catcher Matt Rice in his weekly “Golden Spikes Award” spotlight.
- Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun -Times reports Louisville native and former Bellarmine right-handed pitcher Todd Wellemeyer missed an opportunity to start for the Cubs early this season due to a hip injury, but is close to returning to game action with the Iowa Cubs and still may fill an important role for the MLB team.
- Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated ranks University of Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer the No. 20 prospect in the 2011 draft, noting he could go anywhere from a top five pick to the sandwich round.
Bryan Soloman; BluGrass Baseball photo
It’s time for the weekly college baseball awards. Check out the best hitting, pitching and freshman performances from week 11 below:
Hitter of the week: 3B Bryan Soloman (EKU)
- Stats: 9-17 (.529), 2 HR, 3 2Bs, 6 RBI, 3 R
- Honorable Mention: Jared Andreoli (WKU), Ryan Huck (WKU), Stewart Ijames (UofL), Ryan Wright (UofL), Chad Wright (UK), Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Eric Bainer (Morehead St.), Taylor Davis (Morehead St.)
Pitcher of the week: RHP Brian Edelen (WKU)
- Stats: 1-0, 1 SV, 2 G, 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO
- Honorable Mention: Tanner Perkins (WKU), Justin Hageman (WKU), Derek Self (UofL), Justin Amlung (UofL), Alex Meyer (UK), Jordan Cooper (UK), Tyler Beers (Murray St.), Stephen Hefler (EKU)
Freshman of the week: 3B Bryan Soloman (EKU)
- Stats: 9-17 (.529), 2 HR, 3 2Bs, 6 RBI, 3 R
- Honorable Mention: Chad Green (UofL), Justin Hageman (WKU)
Stewart Ijames and Ryan Wright look on from the UofL dugout; BluGrass Baseball photo
Stats and recaps from Saturday Kentucky college baseball:
- Western Kentucky University used a seven-run seventh inning to rally for an 8-5 win over Louisiana-Monroe in game two of a three-game series. Freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Hageman earned his seventh win of the season after surrendering four runs on seven hits in seven innings while striking out six batters and walking four. Junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson was 2-5 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored. Sophomore first baseman Ryan Huck was 2-4 with one double and two runs scored. Redshirt senior right-handed pitcher Brian Edelen, the Hilltoppers’ usual Sunday starter, recorded the final four outs of the game for his first save. (Box Score)
- Two different University of Louisville batters slugged grand slams in an 11-3 win over Georgetown in game two of a three-game series. Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung improved to 8-0 on the season after surrendering three runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out seven batters and walking one. Redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames was 3-5 with one home run, five RBI and one run scored. Junior infielder Ryan Wright slugged a grand slam, drove in five runs and scored twice. Sophomore left fielder Kyle Grieshaber was 2-2 with one walk and three runs scored. (Box Score)
- The University of Kentucky continued its downward slide in Southeastern Conference play with an 8-4 loss to LSU, that completed the three-game sweep by the Tigers. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers took the loss after surrendering five runs on four hits in three and two-third innings while striking out two batters and walking three. Redshirt senior right fielder Neiko Johnson was 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore catcher Luke Maile was 2-4 with two RBI. (Box Score)
- Murray State University could not finish a late rally in a 5-4 loss to Southeast Missouri in game one of a double-header. Junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Beers took the loss after surrendering four runs on nine hits in eight innings while striking out six batters and walking four. Sophomore shortstop Brandon Elliott was 2-4 with one home run, two RBI and one run scored and was the only Murray St. batter with multiple hits in the game. (Box Score)
- Southeast Missouri scored 11 runs in the fourth inning in game two of the double-header to send Murray St. to a 17-7 loss. Senior right-handed pitcher Jake Donze took the loss after surrendering six runs on six hits in two and one-third innings while striking out two batters and walking three. Junior second baseman Travis Isaak was 2-4 with two RBI and one run scored, and freshman left fielder Ty Stetson was 1-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. (Box Score)
- Eastern Kentucky University tallied 10 hits but still dropped a 10-3 decision in game one of a double-header versus Tennessee Tech. Senior right-handed pitcher Chris Hord took the loss in his first start of the season after surrendering five runs on five hits in three innings while striking out one batter and walking four. Freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman and junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez each had two hits in the game. (Box Score)
- In game two of the double-header EKU never overcame a five-run first inning by Tennessee Tech in a 10-4 loss. Freshman left-handed pitcher Kyle McGrath took the loss after surrendering five runs on three hits in one inning. No EKU batter tallied multiple hits in the game, but Soloman and junior right fielder Michael Garcia each slugged home runs in the game. (Box Score)
- Daviess County High School alum Jeremy Dobbs earned his eighth win of the season for Austin Peay in a 7-3 win over Morehead State University. Dobbs improved to 8-2 on the season after surrendering three runs on seven hits in seven innings while striking out six batters and walking six. Morehead St. junior designated hitter Eric Bainer was 2-5 with one run scored. Senior right-handed pitcher Trey Smith took the loss after surrendering seven runs on 12 hits in four and two-third innings. (Box Score)
- In game two of the double-header Morehead St. blew a 9-0 lead after three innings in a 12-10 loss to Austin Peay. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Cody Gibson took the loss after surrendering two runs on two hits in two innings. Junior catcher Taylor Davis was 3-4 with one RBI, two runs scored and two walks, and senior first baseman Michael Fear was 2-5 with four RBI. Senior left fielder Daniel Pugh was 3-4 with three runs scored. (Box Score)
Hitter of the day: RF Stewart Ijames (UofL)
- Stats: 3-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R
- Honorable Mention: Ryan Hutchinson (WKU), Ryan Huck (WKU), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Ryan Wright (UofL), Neiko Johnson (UK), Brandon Elliott (Murray St.), Bryan Soloman (EKU), Eric Bainer (Morehead St.), Daniel Pugh (Morehead St.)
Pitcher of the day: RHP Justin Amlung (UofL)
- Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
- Honorable Mention: Justin Hageman (WKU), Tyler Beers (Murray St.), Jeremy Dobbs (Austin Peay, Daviess Co. HS), Josh Schneider (Morehead St.)
Stewart Ijames and Ryan Wright look on from the UofL dugout; BluGrass Baseball photo
Recaps and highlights from Friday Kentucky college baseball action:
- Western Kentucky University held a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning but surrendered single runs over the final three frames, culminated by a walk-off home run in the ninth inning, give Louisiana Monroe a 5-4 win in game one of a three-game series. Redshirt junior right-handed pitcher Ross Hammonds took the loss after surrendering two runs on two hits in one and one-third innings. Junior right fielder Ryan Hutchinson was 2-4 with one RBI, one run scored and one walk. The Hilltoppers wasted a quality start from sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins, who surrendered three runs on nine hits in seven innings while striking out seven batters and walking one. (Box Score)
- The University of Louisville rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn a 3-2 win over Georgetown. Redshirt junior right fielder Stewart Ijames and senior catcher J. J. Ethel tallied RBI in the eighth inning rally, and junior second baseman Ryan Wright was 2-3 with one RBI, one run scored an one walk. Freshman right-handed pitcher Cody Edge was credited with the win after recording the final out in the top of the eighth inning, but junior right-handed pitcher Derek Self pitched well in his second start. Self surrendered two runs, one of which was earned, on five hits in seven and two-third innings while striking out four batters and walking none. Junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 11th save. (Box Score)
- The University of Kentucky like saw any remaining post season hopes dashed with a series-clinching 12-4 win by LSU in game two of the three-game series. Freshman left-handed pitcher Corey Littrell took the loss after surrendering five runs, two of which were earned, on four hits in one and two-third innings. The Cats surrendered five unearned runs in the game and committed four errors. Junior left-fielder Chad Wright was the only UK batter with multiple hits in the game, finishing 2-3 with one RBI, one run scored and one walk. Redshirt senior utility man Neiko Johnson tallied his first hit since returning from injury with a two-run double in the ninth inning. (Box Score)
Hitter of the day: LF Chad Wright
- Stats: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB
- Honorable Mention: Ryan Hutchinson (WKU), Matt Rice (WKU), Ryan Wright (UofL)
Pitcher of the day: RHP Derek Self (UofL)
- Stats: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
- Honorable Mention: Tanner Perkins (WKU)
Kentucky kicked off the Week 11 weekend schedule with its Thursday game versus LSU. Check out the rest week 11 weekend schedule below with probable starters listed when available.
Western Kentucky University (25-16, 10-8) @ Louisiana-Monroe
- Friday — 6 p.m. (CT) — LHP Tanner Perkins (6-2, 1.88 ERA) — Live Stats
- Saturday — 6 p.m. (CT) — RHP Justin Hageman (6-4, 3.23 ERA) — Live Stats
- Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — TBA — Live Stats
University of Louisville (22-18, 8-7) vs. Georgetown
- Friday — 6 p.m. (CT) — RHP Derek Self (2-1, 1.55 ERA) — Gametracker
- Saturday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Justin Amlung (7-0, 1.42 ERA) — Gametracker
- Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — RHP Jeff Thompson (1-0, 2.67 ERA) — Gametracker
University of Kentucky (20-23, 4-15) @ LSU
- Friday — 7:30 p.m. — RHP Alex Meyer (4-5, 3.32 ERA) — 9-5 L — Box Score
- Saturday — 8 p.m. — LHP Corey Littrell (5-3, 5.64 ERA) — Live Stats
- Sunday — 2 p.m. — LHP Taylor Rogers (2-5, 5.16 ERA) — Live Stats
Murray State University (14-23, 5-5) vs. Southeast Missouri
- Saturday — 12 p.m. (CT) — RHP Tyler Beers (3-5, 6.19 ERA)
- Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Jake Donze (6-2, 3.69 ERA)
- Sunday — 1 p.m. (CT) — TBA
Eastern Kentucky University (14-27, 6-9) @ Tennessee Tech
- Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Chris Hord (1-1, 5.40 ERA)
- Saturday — Gm 2 (DH) — LHP Kyle McGrath (3-3, 6.65 ERA)
- Sunday — 1 p.m. — RHP Stephen Hefler (4-4, 3.73 ERA)
Morehead State University (7-30, 3-7) vs. Austin Peay
- Saturday — 1 p.m. — RHP Trey Smith (0-8, 7.62 ERA) vs. LHP Jeremy Dobbs (7-2, 4.05 ERA) — Live Stats
- Saturday — GM 2 (DH) — LHP Garrick Whittle (2-3, 8.54 ERA) vs. LHP Jack Snodgrass (1-5, 3.57 ERA)
- Sunday — 1 p.m. — LHP Noah Smallwood (1-4, 8.19 ERA)
Braden Kapteyn; UK Athletics photo
Check out the recap from Kentucky’s lone Thursday college baseball game and the latest links from around Kentucky baseball:
- The University of Kentucky bullpen collapsed once again, this time in an eight-run eighth inning that gave LSU a 9-5 win. UK lead 5-1 entering the eight but junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer allowed two runners to reach base before being replaced with freshman right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott. Gott recorded one out but surrendered two runs, and junior right-handed pitcher Braden Kapteyn took the loss after surrendering three runs while recording one out. Meyer was outstanding for the first seven innings of the game and took a no decision after surrendering three runs on four hits in seven-plus innings while striking out 10 batters and walking two. Junior catcher Michael Williams was 3-4 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored. (Box Score)
- Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a “medial impingement” in his throwing elbow. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Blanton’s MRI was encouraging because it showed no structural damage.
- Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel recaps Bowling Green native Corey Hart‘s wild night in his first start on Wednesday since returning from the disabled list.
- Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Louisville native and former Bellarmine right-handed pitcher Todd Wellemeyer is at least a week away from game action.
Alex Meyer; UK Athletics Photo
Check out the storylines to watch in week 11 below:
Series of the week: Murray State University vs. Southeast Missouri St.
Murray State University welcomes second-place Southeast Missouri St. to town this weekend in a series that is bound to have big implications in the Ohio Valley Conference race. SEMO is in second place in the OVC race with an 8-5 conference record, and Murray St. sits in sixth place with a 5-5 conference record. The Breds are just two games out of first place but must jump over five teams to take the conference title. That goal may be a long shot, but a series win versus SEMO this weekend would be a step in the right direction.
Player to watch: RHP Alex Meyer (UK)
University of Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer steps onto the national stage tonight with a start in the Thursday night Southeastern Conference game of the week versus LSU. Meyer, the reigning SEC pitcher of the week, is 4-5 with a 3.27 ERA to go with 81 strikeouts and 36 walks in 71 and two-third innings this season. If UK has any postseason aspirations it needs Meyer to continue to pitch like he did last week in a complete-game shutout. A strong start on ESPNU tonight would also boost his national reputation in advance of the draft this summer.
Statistic of the week: Dire NCAA tournament projections
After both Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville were included in national college baseball writers’ NCAA tournament projections at various points this season, neither school was included in the latest projections. UofL may have played its way out of any hope of an at-large bid with a 2-8 stretch in its last 10 games. WKU could still earn an at-large with a strong finish to the season, but a sweep by Sun Belt Conference-leader Troy last weekend was a major blow to the Hilltoppers’ at-large hopes. WKU sits in a three-way tie for third-place in the Sun Belt but would likely need to finish in the top two for an at-large bid.
Out of state Ky. collegians playing Ky. schools: Jeremy Dobbs, Jack Snodgrass
Austin Peay weekend starting pitchers Jeremy Dobbs, a Daviess County High School alum, and Jack Snodgrass, a Bowling Green High School alum, return to the Bluegrass State for a weekend series versus Morehead State University. Snodgrass ranks second in the OVC with a 3.57 ERA but has just one win on the season. Dobbs ranks sixth in the OVC with a 4.05 ERA and boasts a 7-2 record in 11 games. Dobbs leads the conference with 52 strikeouts. Snodgrass has yet to surrender a home run in 45 and one-third innings this season.
Corey Hart; Photo by manning999 via Flickr
Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:
- Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports Bowling Green native Corey Hart was not expected to be activated from the Milwaukee Brewers’ disabled list until Wednesday, but a batting-practice injury to Erick Almonte forced Hart off the DL on Tuesday. He grounded out in a pinch-hit appearance in his season debut.
- Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times reports Louisville native and former UK left-handed pitcher Scott Downs, who is on the Angels’ disabled list with a gastrointestinal disorder, will throw a bullpen session Wednesday before being activated in time for Friday’s game.
- Chuck Jones of The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown reports the 2011 high school season has been the “year of the hitter” in the greater Elizabethtown area, with 19 players still batting over .400.
- Brett Dawson of the Courier-Journal focuses on University of Kentucky sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper‘s career success against the University of Louisville in his recap of the Cats’ 7-1 win over the Cards.
- University of Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell told Mark Maloney of the Lexington Herald-Leader he was “kind of getting tired of seeing that guy [Cooper].”
- The College Baseball Blog has no Kentucky teams in its latest NCAA field of 64 projection.
Recaps and highlights from Tuesday Kentucky college baseball action:
- You can read the BluGrass Baseball recap of the University of Kentucky‘s 7-1 win over the University of Louisville here.
- Eastern Kentucky University surrendered 11 runs in the first two innings of its Tuesday game and never overcame the early deficit in an 18-7 loss to East Tennessee St. Freshman right-handed pitcher Blake Bottoms took the loss after surrendering six runs on eight hits in two-thirds of an inning in his second start of the season. Freshman third baseman Bryan Soloman was 3-5 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored. Sophomore designated hitter Alex Hughes slugged his third home run of the season. (Box Score)
Hitter of the day: 3B Bryan Soloman (EKU)
- Stats: 3-4, 1 HR, 2 2Bs, 3 RBI, 1 R
- Honorable Mention: Ryan Seiz (UofL), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Luke Maile (UK), Chad Wright (UK), Austin Grisham (EKU),
Pitcher of the day: RHP Jordan Cooper (UK)
- Stats: 1-0, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
- Honorable Mention: RHP Chad Green (UofL), Alex Phillips (UK)
Braden Kapteyn; Photo: UK Athletics
The University of Kentucky scored three runs in the first inning and rode a strong start from sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper to a 7-1 win over the University of Louisville. Cooper earned his third win of the season after surrendering one unearned run on five hits in six and two-third innings while striking out five batters and walking three. The Cats batted around in the first inning with senior shortstop Taylor Black, freshman right fielder J. T. Riddle and junior catcher Michael Williams tallying RBI in the inning.
UofL redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Mike Nastold took the loss in his first start since being demoted from the weekend rotation. Nastold surrendered four runs on five hits in two innings while walking two batters and striking out none. The UofL offense did not tally a hit until the fifth inning and plated its only run in the seventh inning after tallying three infield hits in the frame. UofL freshman first baseman Ryan Seiz was the only UofL batter with multiple hits and finished the game 2-3 with one walk and one run scored.
UK junior designated hitter Braden Kapteyn was 3-4 with one home run, one RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Luke Maile slugged his team-high seventh home run of the season in the sixth inning. Junior left fielder Chad Wright was 3-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Cooper was making his fourth career start against UofL and has surrendered just one earned run in 19 and two-third innings against the Cards. (Box Score)