Kentucky State Pitching Gems Highlight Day

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The Kentucky State University baseball team got a pair of pitching gems Sunday as the Thorobreds claimed two non-conference victories at Alumni Field. Kentucky State beat Northwood in the first game, 4-0, and then upended Urbana, 4-2.

Kentucky State (11-3 overall) travels to Crestview Hills, Ky. for a non-conference meeting with Thomas More (3-10) 2 p.m. Wednesday.

COACHES COMMENTS
“Today was a really enjoyable day,” said Kentucky State University head coach Rob Henry. “We got two great pitching performances from Brady Bibbs and Solomon Reed. Our defense was solid and our offense found ways to score against some good pitchers. We’ve got guys picking each other up and believing in each other and they’re making my job easier. We didn’t panic when we got behind late against Urbana, and came back to finish off a nice weekend.”

GAME ONE: KENTUCKY STATE 4, NORTHWOOD 0
Senior pitcher Brady Bibbs (Hornersville, Mo.) allowed three hits in a complete-game shutout of the Timberwolves in the first game.

THE MOMENT THAT MATTERED
After falling behind 0-2, senior Kevin Givhan (Chicago, Ill.) doubled down the line for a leadoff double. He would come around to score the game’s first run, and Bibbs took over from there.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

  • Freshman Collier Higgs (Owensboro, Ky.) opened the fourth inning with his first career home run to give KSU a 2-0 lead. He was 1-for-2 with the home run and was hit by a pitch.
  • Givhan went 2-for-2 with a double, homer, two runs scored, two RBI and a pair of walks.
  • Bibbs (2-1) struck out four with five walks in seven shutout innings. He has allowed two earned runs over his last 19 innings of work.

GAME TWO: KENTUCKY STATE 4, URBANA 2
Senior pitcher Solomon Reed (Cincinnati, Ohio) tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts, allowing one earned run on five hits in six innings of action.

THE MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Junior Adren Thompson (Lexington, Ky.) gave Kentucky State the lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. It came almost immediately after the Blue Knights took a 2-1 lead in the top half of the frame.

Junior Dom Lawson (Bloomfield, Ky.) and Higgs opened the inning with back-to-back singles.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

  • Redshirt freshman Trey Walker (Farmington Hills, Mich.) recorded his second RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that tied the game.
  • Freshman Jonathan Morris (Lexington, Ky.) recorded his first career save with a scoreless seventh. He allowed one hit with two strikeouts.
  • Junior Jared Pierce (Lexington, Ky.) ended the game by picking off the tying run at first base.

BRED BITS

  • Morris has factored in three decisions in relief this season. The Georgetown College transfer is 2-0 with a save out the bullpen.
  • Reed has tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts in back-to-back outings. He has 27 strikeouts in three starts.
  • Six different players recorded a hit in the second game.
  • Three of Pierce’s four extra-base hits in his career are triples. He has two triples this season.
  • With 11 victories over 14 games, Kentucky State is off to its best start under Rob Henry.

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