Blue Knight Baseball News
Ryan Receives a Pair of First Team All-Region Nods (Update)
Urbana University senior Drew Ryan became the Blue Knight baseball program’s first NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region honoree today. The three-year starter was named to both the ABCA/Rawlings and the Daktronics First Teams, earning nominations for both organization's D-II All-American Teams in the process. The teams are voted upon by the head coaches and SID's in the region. After another round of voting, the organizations will release their 2013 All-American teams later this month.
Ryan hit .401 this season, becoming the 19th Blue Knight in the program’s 47-year history to turn in a batting average over .400 for an entire season. Remarkably, he led the team in both runs scored (45) and RBIs (34), an impressive feat hitting in the leadoff spot. Read More
Top-Seeded Trojans End Urbana's SeasonMay. 7th, 2013
The Urbana University baseball team had top-seeded Trevecca Nazarene University on the ropes on the Trojans’ home field in Nashville on Tuesday afternoon, but the Blue Knights couldn’t seal the deal in a 6-5 defeat. The loss eliminates Urbana from the G-MAC Tournament, ending the Blue Knights’ season at 22-19 overall.
All-Conference shortstop Cody Ridinger finished 3 for 5 with a double and 2 runs in the loss. Urbana’s 2013 season is officially in the books. The Blue Knights turned in the first winning season since 2009. It’s the fourth 20-win season in six seasons under Head Coach Mike Goldschmidt. Read More
Tavone Jr. Tops List of 5 Blue Knights on All-Conference TeamMay. 6th, 2013
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference presented its Baseball All-Conference Team and Individual Awards on Monday prior to the first-ever G-MAC Baseball Championships. The Baseball Championship tournament started Monday in Nashville. The tournament was hosted by top-seeded Trevecca Nazarene University.
Third-seeded Urbana University landed 5 players on the All-Conference squad, including the Offensive Player of the Year, junior catcher Robert Tavone Jr. (Whitby, Ontario, Canada). He was joined by teammates Cody Ridinger, Drew Ryan, Tom Piatt, and Joemar Melendez on the All-Conference Team. Read More
Baseball Drops Opener of G-MAC TourneyMay. 6th, 2013
Cedarville University snapped Urbana's season-long 6-game winning streak in the opening game of the G-MAC Tournament on Monday afternoon. Second-seeded Cedarville didn't allow a hit by the third-seeded Blue Knights until the 8th inning of an 8-1 victory. The Yellow Jackets advance to play their hosts, top-seeded Trevecca Nazarene University, while Urbana awaits the loser of that contest in the next round.
Urbana entered Monday's contest having outscored their opponents 43-19 in the last six. That win streak included an impressive 6-4 win over D-I Wright State, but that didn't help the Blue Knights on Monday as the team suffered a defeat at the same site of their last loss, suffered 16 days ago to Trevecca Nazarene. Down 6-0 in the eighth inning, Urbana finally pushed a run across the plate. All-Conference shortstop Cody Ridinger led off the inning with a double. Ridinger had 2 of UU's 4 hits on the afternoon. Read More
Baseball Sweeps Trailblazers on Senior DayMay. 3th, 2013
Under the Friday afternoon sunshine at Blue Knight Field, the Urbana University baseball team swept visiting Ohio Christian University 2-1 and 5-3 on Senior Day. The wins bump the Blue Knights' season-high winning streak to six entering next week's conference tournament. The sweep also clinches the Blue Knights' (22-17) winning season since 2009.
The Trailblazers struck first in Game 1 on an Urbana error in the top of the third, but senior Drew Ryan's two-run homer in the bottom of the inning delivered the home team its first lead of the day. Ryan's shot was his fourth of the season, and it proved to be the difference. Read More