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)

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)

Vandy blows out WKU 17-6 to earn series split

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Vanderbilt University avenged a Tuesday home loss to Western Kentucky University with a 17-6 blowout win Wednesday. Sophomore center fielder Kes Carter paced the Hilltopper offense with two hits and a home run. Senior shortstop Matt Payton, sophomore third baseman Casey Dykes and senior first baseman Jake Wells also had two hits in the game.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Taylor Haydel took the loss after allowing ten runs in just one inning. Junior right-handed reliever Scott Pedersen was the most successful WKU reliever with two and two-third scoreless innings out of the pen. WKU fell to 13-5 on the season. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Kes Carter — Carter continued his breakout 2010 campaign with another home run and two hits Wednesday. Carter also drove in two runs and scored one in five at-bats. On the season, Carter has a team-high five home runs and ranks second on the team with 24 RBI.

Carter, Rice lead WKU to 17-2 blowout of No. 19 Vandy

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Sophomore center fielder Kes Carter and junior catcher Matt Rice each launched a home run and drove in five runs to lead Western Kentucky University to a 17-2 blowout of Vanderbilt. Junior right-handed pitcher Brian Edelen earned the victory after shutting out the Commodores on three hits in six innings.

Edelen struck out three and walked three batters. Senior second baseman Matt Payton, sophomore outfielder Jared Andreoli and junior designated hitter Monte Ketchum each had two hits in the game for the Hilltoppers. WKU improved to 13-4 on the season. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Matt Rice — The junior catcher was 4-6 with a home run, five RBI and one run scored in the game. On the season Rice is now batting .386 with five home runs, 25 RBI and 15 runs scored.

Midweek Schedule: Week Five (March 16)

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Tuesday

Wednesday

  • EKU vs. Purdue — 1:30 p.m. — LHP Greg Terry (1-0, 2.25) — Live Stats
  • Murray St. vs. Southern Illinois — 2:00 p.m. (CT)
  • WKU vs. Vandy — 3:00 p.m. (CT) — RHP Taylor Haydel (0-0, 6.28)
  • UK vs. Wright St. — 6:30 p.m. — Gametracker
  • Morehead State University @ Tennessee — 7:00 p.m. — LHP Tyler Hieneman (1-1, 5.40) — Live Stats