News & Notes (3/8/15)

Top Performers

LHP Ryan Kellogg (Arizona State) did his part, tossing seven-innings of two-run ball, but the Sun Devils lineup was able to produce more than two runs of their own and ASU fell to Long Beach State 4-2. Kellogg did rack up eight strikeouts, but was unable to pick up his fourth victory of the year.

LHP Alex Young (Texas Christian) had arguably the finest start of his career in a 3-1 victory over UCLA. The junior lefty tossed eight-innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and issuing one walk, while striking out nine. He moved to 3-0 on the year, while RHP Riley Ferrell (Texas Christian) picked up his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

LHP Nathan Kirby (Virginia) just keeps putting up ridiculous numbers. The lefty was at it again on Saturday, tossing seven-innings of one-run ball, while striking out 13 Pittsburgh batters. Unfortunately, the Cavs offense didn’t offer much support, and Kirby was saddled with a hard-luck 2-1 loss, dropping him to 3-1 on the year. Through 25.1 innings, Kirby has posted a 0.71 ERA and a 37-to-10 K-to-BB mark.

2B/OF Ian Happ (Cincinnati) guided the Bearcats to just their second victory of the season with a 2-for-4, two-RBI effort that kept his batting average at an even .500.

SS Kevin Newman (Arizona) helped guide Arizona to a double-header sweep of Portland, with an 8-for-10 performance that included three runs, four RBI and a stolen base. Through 18 games, Newman has posted a .440/.506/.547 line and has more walks (eight) than strikeouts (six).

Worst Performers

LHP Kyle Twomey (Southern Cal) was hit hard against top-ranked Vanderbilt. While the Trojans were able to eek out a 6-5 victory, Twomey was long gone by then, after getting shelled to the tune of 12 hits and four earned runs, in just five innings.

RHP Kyle Funkhouser (Louisville) struggled once again, but luckily it didn’t cost the Cardinals a win. In a contest Louisville went on to win 9-6, the right-hander allowed eight hits and five earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. To say his command was lacking would be an understatement, as the junior walked four batters, hit another two and needed 116 pitches. After a sterling debut, Funkhouser has lost two games in a row and has seen his ERA rise to 3.38.

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