Monthly Archives: September 2009

Toppers release 2010 baseball schedule

Western released its baseball schedule for the 2010 season today, highlighted by three games in Bowling Green against Southeastern Conference opponents and featuring 13 games against teams that advanced to last season’s NCAA tournament. Some other notes about the schedule:

  • The Toppers open the season with a three-game home series against Kent State, beginning on Feb. 19.
  • Of the 14 non-conference foes on the schedule, Western played eight last season, going 7-7 against them.
  • Sun Belt Conference play begins with a three-game series at New Orleans, starting on March 12, but the Toppers won’t have much time to prepare that week. They play Tennessee at Nick Denes Field on March 9, then travel to face Mississippi State on March 10.
  • Western will also play home-and-home series against Vanderbilt (who will come to Bowling Green on March 17), Louisville (April 14) and Kentucky (April 20). The home game against the Wildcats is scheduled to be played downtown at Bowling Green Ballpark.
  • The regular season will end with a three-game series at home against Middle Tennessee State from March 20-22, and the Blue Raiders will host the Sun Belt Conference tournament beginning on March 26.

– Sarah Hyman

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Final: Navy 38, WKU 22

It’s all over in Annapolis, as Navy (2-2) balanced timely big plays with a pounding running game to top Western, 38-22.  A few game notes:
-Navy amassed a staggering 373 yards on the ground, averaging 5.8 yards on 64 carries.  The Midshipmen threw only five passes the entire game, completing four of them, for 100 yards.
-Western freshman quarterback Kawaun Jakes was impressive in his first career start, completing 22 of 27 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns.
-Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs totaled four rushing touchdowns on the day, including two one-yard scores in the fourth quarter to seal the game.  The junior finished with 143 yards rushing and 100 yards passing.
-The Hilltoppers (0-4) scored their final points with 6:09 left in the game, when Jakes found sophomore receiver Derrius Brooks in the endzone for an 18-yard touchdown strike.  Senior running back Tyrell Hayden took a sweep around the left side to complete the two-point conversion.
Check wkuherald.com for a complete game recap.

It’s all over in Annapolis, as Navy (2-2) balanced timely big plays with a pounding running game to top Western, 38-22.  A few game notes:

  • Navy amassed a staggering 373 yards on the ground, averaging 5.8 yards on 64 carries.  The Midshipmen threw only five passes the entire game, completing four of them, for 100 yards.
  • Western freshman quarterback Kawaun Jakes was impressive in his first career start, completing 22 of 28 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Navy junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs totaled four rushing touchdowns on the day, including two one-yard scores in the fourth quarter to seal the game.  He finished with 143 yards rushing and 100 yards passing.
  • The Hilltoppers (0-4) scored their final points with 6:09 left in the game, when Jakes found sophomore receiver Derrius Brooks in the endzone for an 18-yard touchdown strike.  Senior running back Tyrell Hayden took a sweep around the left side to complete the two-point conversion.

Check wkuherald.com for a complete game recap.

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Third quarter recap: Navy 24, WKU 14

Not much to report in the third quarter, as Western failed to get on the scoreboard and Navy continued to take advantage of its prolific running attack.
-The Midshipmen will have the ball on Western’s 22-yard line when the fourth quarter begins.  Navy has already advanced 65 yards on the drive, most of that on a 47-yard completion from quarterback Ricky Dobbs to receiver Bobby Doyle.
-Navy opened up a 24-14 lead with 8:19 left in the third quarter when quarterback Ricky Dobbs scored on a two-yard rush up the middle.  The drive went 80 yards, highlighted by a 45-yard rush by running back Marcus Curry.
-The Hilltoppers forced Navy into a 3rd-and-goal situation on that drive, but a late-hit personal foul against Western nose tackle Nick Hartnett set the Midshipmen up at the 2-yard line.
-Western put together a strong opening drive to begin the second half, but sophomore kicker Casey Tinius missed a 29-yard field goal wide left after the Toppers advanced 57 yards on just six plays.

Not much to report in the third quarter, as Western failed to get on the scoreboard and Navy continued to take advantage of its prolific running attack.

  • The Midshipmen will have the ball on Western’s 22-yard line when the fourth quarter begins.  Navy has already advanced 65 yards on the drive, most of that on a 47-yard completion from quarterback Ricky Dobbs to receiver Bobby Doyle.
  • Navy opened up a 24-14 lead with 8:19 left in the third quarter when quarterback Ricky Dobbs scored on a two-yard rush up the middle.  The drive went 80 yards, highlighted by a 45-yard rush by running back Marcus Curry.
  • The Hilltoppers forced Navy into a 3rd-and-goal situation on that drive, but a late-hit personal foul against Western nose tackle Nick Hartnett set the Midshipmen up at the 2-yard line.
  • Western put together a strong opening drive to begin the second half, but sophomore kicker Casey Tinius missed a 29-yard field goal wide left after the Toppers advanced 57 yards on just six plays.

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Halftime: Navy 17, WKU 14

-Navy made their first pass play of the afternoon count with 2:26 left in the second quarter, as quarterback Ricky Dobbs found Cory Finnerty for a 29-yard touchdown reception.  The extra point was good, and the Midshipmen take a 17-14 advantage into the locker room.
-The Midshipmen have lived up to their reputation of utilizing the rushing game, gaining 229 yards on 33 carries.
-Western took a 14-10 lead with 5:19 left in the half on a 1-yard rollout run by quarterback Kawaun Jakes.  The Toppers began the drive after recovering a Navy fumble at the Midshipmen’s 47-yard line.
-Jakes has been near-perfect in his first career start, completing 11 of 12 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in the first half.  The freshman also has 28 rushing yards on seven carries with a score.
-Western first got on the scoreboard with a 13-yard screen pass from Jakes to sophomore running back Bobby Rainey with 8:15 left in the first half.  The Hilltoppers went 81 yards in nine plays to bring the score to 10-7.
  • Navy made their first and only first-half pass play count with 2:26 left in the second quarter, as quarterback Ricky Dobbs found Cory Finnerty for a 29-yard touchdown reception.  The extra point was good, and the Midshipmen take a 17-14 advantage into the locker room.
  • The Midshipmen have lived up to their reputation of utilizing the rushing game, gaining 229 yards on 33 carries.
  • Western took a 14-10 lead with 5:19 left in the half on a 1-yard rollout run by quarterback Kawaun Jakes.  The Toppers began the drive after recovering a Navy fumble at the Midshipmen’s 47-yard line.
  • Jakes has been near-perfect in his first career start, completing 11 of 12 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in the first half.  The freshman also has 28 rushing yards on seven carries with a score.
  • Western first got on the scoreboard with a 13-yard screen pass from Jakes to sophomore running back Bobby Rainey with 8:15 left in the first half.  The Hilltoppers went 81 yards in nine plays to bring the score to 10-7.

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First quarter recap: WKU at Navy

First quarter recap:  WKU 0 – Navy 7
-Navy begins the second quarter with control of the ball.  The Midshipmen have been all ground game today, amassing 146 yards rushing without throwing a single pass in the first quarter.
-The Hilltoppers failed to capitalize on a key opportunity in the first quarter, as freshman quarterback Kawaun Jakes botched a snap on Navy’s 1-yard line to turn the ball over to the Midshipmen. Western marched 69 yards on the drive, capped by a 32-yard connection from Jakes to redshirt freshman Jack Doyle.
-The Midshipmen first got on the board with an eight-play, 65-yd first drive, capped by a 29-yard keeper by quarterback Ricky Dobbs for a touchdown with 11:05 left in the quarter.
-Jakes is starting his first game for the Hilltoppers in place of injured senior quarterback Brandon Smith, going 3 for 3 for 53 yards on Western’s first drive.
  • Navy begins the second quarter with control of the ball.  The Midshipmen have been all ground game today, amassing 146 yards rushing without throwing a single pass in the first quarter.
  • The Hilltoppers failed to capitalize on a key opportunity in the first quarter, as freshman quarterback Kawaun Jakes botched a snap on Navy’s 1-yard line to turn the ball over to the Midshipmen. Western marched 69 yards on the drive, capped by a 32-yard connection from Jakes to redshirt freshman Jack Doyle.
  • The Midshipmen first got on the board with an eight-play, 65-yd first drive, capped by a 29-yard keeper by quarterback Ricky Dobbs for a touchdown with 11:05 left in the quarter.
  • Jakes got his first career start in place of injured senior quarterback Brandon Smith and went 3 for 3 for 53 yards on Western’s first drive.

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Three Western athletes honored by Sun Belt

Senior midfielder Kellie Walker was named the Sun Belt Conference player of the week on Tuesday.

Walker, who had a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 4-1 win over previously-unbeated Marshall, was named the offensive most valuable player at last weekend’s University of Kentucky Tournament.

This is the first career player of the week award for Walker, who holds third place in career assists and fourth in career goals at Western.

The Sun Belt also named senior cross country athletes Janet Jesang and Patrick Cheptoek as women’s and men’s performer of the week, respectively.

At Saturday’s Old Timers Classic at Kereiakes Park, Jesang took the women’s 5,000-meter race in a course-record 17 minutes, 7 seconds.

Cheptoek took the men’s five-mile race in 24 minutes, 24 seconds, the 25th man to ever break 25 minutes on the course.

– Sarah Hyman

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Toppers projected to take Sun Belt’s East Division

Blue Ribbon magazine released its preseason predictions for the upcoming season and picked Western as the likely East Division winner in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Toppers won their sixth East Division title in nine years last season, took the conference tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row.

Troy is projected to finish second in the east, followed by Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

Senior guard AJ Slaughter was tabbed as a member of the all-conference team and as the conference player of the year.

Slaughter, who was the Toppers’ leading scorer at 16.0 points per game last season, was named to the Sun Belt all-conference second team and took Most Valuable Player honors at the conference tournament after leading Western to its seventh tournament title.

Slaughter needs only 14 points to become the 43rd member of Western’s 1,000-point club.

– Sarah Hyman

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