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Matt Ridings Becomes Second Former Hilltopper to Earn All-Star Honors | WKU


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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Two former Hilltopper teammates will be squaring off at the 2012 Midwest League All-Star Game on June 19, as former WKU pitcher Matt Ridings was named to the Western Division All-Star squad on Saturday, joining former WKU catcher Matt Rice, who was named to the Eastern Division squad less than a week ago.

In his first full season with the Class-A Kane County Cougars, Ridings was tabbed as an all-star following fellow Kane County pitcher Nick Graffeo’s promotion to Class-A Advanced Wilmington.

Ridings, WKU‘s all-time leader in wins (34), games started (60), innings pitched (383.2) and strikeouts (354), has come back from injury with a vengeance in 2012, leading Kane County in appearances (19) and ranks second in ERA (2.27) among Cougar pitchers with at least 10 appearances. Ridings has been dominant over his last 10 outings, not allowing a run since May 29, while posting a 1.65 ERA and holding opponents to a .190 batting average in those 10 appearances.

The Franklin, Tenn., native recovered from an injury suffered at the end of the 2010 season with WKU, playing in 14 games in 2011 with the Burlington Royals, posting a 3.92 ERA after going in the 41st round to the Kansas City Royals in the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Players Draft.

Rice and Ridings were quite the duo in the college ranks, as the pitcher-catcher tandem led WKU to a berth in the NCAA Regionals in both 2008 and 2009, including coming within one win of advancing to a Super Regional in 2009.

Ridings will be one of three Kane County Cougars playing in the Midwest League All-Star Game, while Matt Rice will be one of a franchise-record eight Bowling Green Hot Rods playing for the Eastern All-Stars.

The Midwest League All-Star Game will take place on June 19 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, Ill.








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