Several former and future Lexington Hustlers are having remarkable springs so far in 2010. As the 2011 opening day is less than two months away, check out what some of the players from your favorite summer collegiate team are up to:
Former Hustlers that are currently seniors:
- 2010 Hustlers Andy Heston and Dave Middendorf have been throwing it very well for Northern Kentucky lately. Earlier this season, Middendorf set the career record for strikeouts at NKU. Currently, the southpaw has a 5-3 record, a 2.03 ERA, and has fanned 79 in 75.1 innings. Heston, a West Jessamine graduate, was recently named the GLVC Pitcher of the Week for throwing a two-hit shutout in his first collegiate start. He's 7-0 with a 1.38 ERA this year for the Norse.
- 2010 All-Great Lakes League performer Justin Riddell is currently leading his Cincinnati Bearcats in batting average (.333), doubles (11), RBI (40), and slugging (.477). Last year, the Lexington Catholic grad paced the Hustlers with a team-leading .385 average, good for third-best in the Great Lakes League. He led the league in doubles (17) and total bases (89), was second in slugging percentage (.601) and hits (57), fourth in home runs (5), sixth in RBI (28), and seventh in on-base percentage (.446) and runs scored (28).
- Gardner Adams, Jon Wes Adams, and Josh Thigpen are leading the way on the mound for Asbury College. The trio has combined for 143 strikeouts and 18 wins for the Eagles (27-11), who have already set a school record for wins in a season. They were also featured in a recent article from the Asbury Collegian, which delves into the possibility of all three being selected in the upcoming MLB Draft.
Former Hustlers coming back for another summer:
- Sophomore Tanner Perkins has been nearly unhittable so far at Western Kentucky. The Hustlers' opening day starter from a year ago is 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA, and through 67 innings has surrendered just 50 hits (.210 BAA). The southpaw has fanned 56 and walked only 15 for the Hilltoppers this spring.
- Junior RHP Matt Harris has been phenomenal thus far for Eastern Kentucky, maintaining a 2.25 ERA through 32 innings, striking out 29 and allowing just eight walks. Opponents are hitting just .220 off the Henry Clay grad, who was recently named OVC Co-Pitcher of the Week and was featured in Colonel Baseball Weekly.
- Junior Jason McGinnis has had a great year on the mound so far for Georgetown College. The big righty has a 2.81 ERA through 12 starts and is holding opponents to a .209 batting average against. He was recently named MSC Pitcher of the Week after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against preseason no. 25 Rio Grande. Last summer, McGinnis was two outs away from a no-hitter at Stark County.
- Sophomore Shane Crain has been swinging a hot bat all season at Wabash Valley. The University of Louisville commit has a .330 batting average through 32 games as the Warriors' everyday catcher.
- Sophomore Alex Blodgett has had a very productive spring at Palm Beach State. Through 34 innings, the Tates Creek grad has a 1.85 ERA and has struck out 28.
- Junior Chad Martin has helped pace Indiana to a very good spring thus far. Martin has a 3.19 ERA through 53.2 innings for the Hoosiers, who are 25-15 in 2010.
- Freshman Brent Cobb has pitched well for Eastern Kentucky, and owns a 1.59 ERA in four appearances.
- Freshman J.T. Riddle continues to impress at the University of Kentucky. Last year's Mr. Baseball has started 33 games for the Wildcats and is hitting .314 with eight doubles, three home runs, and five stolen bases. Riddle, who has played well in the outfield and at second base for UK, will also pitch for the Hustlers this summer.
- Freshman Kyle Gibson has a .346 battiing average through nine games (eight starts) in his first year at the University of Louisville.
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