High School Baseball

Kentuckians in the NCAA baseball, softball playoffs

Coastal Carolina's Rich Witten, right, celebrated a home run in 2010 with assistant coach Brendan Dougherty. Witten, from Danville, has five home runs this season.
Coastal Carolina's Rich Witten, right, celebrated a home run in 2010 with assistant coach Brendan Dougherty. Witten, from Danville, has five home runs this season.

Focus on: Kentuckians in NCAA baseball/softball tournaments

Baseball: OPENING-ROUND GAMES

Jeremy Dobbs, LHP, Austin Peay: The junior out of Daviess County leads the Governors (33-22) with a 9-2 record, 85 strikeouts and a 3.43 ERA. Dobbs, who was named the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, struck out five and gave up one run in eight innings in Austin Peay's 2-1 victory against Tennessee Tech in the second round of the OVC Tournament.

Jack Snodgrass, LHP, Austin Peay: The 6-foot-8 senior who starred at Bowling Green was 3-6 with 64 strikeouts and a 3.72 ERA. He struck out a career-high 11 batters and gave up one unearned run in the Governors' 4-1 victory against Jacksonville State in the OVC Tournament's third round.

Spencer Petett, C, Belmont: A freshman from Monroe County, Petett played in eight games and batted .154 with a home run and an RBI for the Bruins (36-24).

Rich Witten, 1B/C, Coastal Carolina: A former Danville standout who hit 25 home runs as a high school junior, Witten was third for the Chanticleers (41-18) in batting (.288), home runs (5) and RBI (49). Witten, a junior, hit a solo home run in the Big South championship game and was named to the All-Tournament team.

John Fidanza, C, Coastal Carolina: The freshman from Ballard made 19 starts and batted .222 with eight RBI.

Patrick Maronde, RHP, Coastal Carolina: The freshman out of Lexington Catholic was redshirted this season. He's the brother of Florida pitcher Nick Maronde.

Nick Maronde, LHP, Florida: The former Lexington Catholic star appeared in 30 games as a junior and was 0-0 with 49 strikeouts, six walks, two saves and a 1.72 ERA in 362⁄3 innings for the Gators (45-16). Maronde had a 0.61 ERA in Southeastern Conference play and pitched two perfect innings in Florida's 5-0 victory against Vanderbilt in the SEC championship game.

Billy Logan, C, James Madison: The Greenup County graduate made 11 starts as a sophomore and batted .283 with three home runs and 13 RBI in a backup role for the Dukes (40-17).

Softball: College World SEries

Kirsten Allen, RHP, Oklahoma: The 2008 Kentucky Miss Softball from Ryle was 3-0 with 16 strikeouts and a 3.63 ERA in 171⁄3 innings pitched as a junior. Allen was the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 and was 34-4 with a 0.19 ERA as a senior.

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