Aided by another outstanding play by SS Taylor Black, UK’s Nick Kennedy set down Louisville in order in the ninth. Final score: Kentucky 5, Louisville 0.
Attendance is announced as a season-high 3,810. After getting the first out — making it 11 in a row — UK’s Mike Kaczmarek was touched up for a double by Mike Morrison, who was hitting for Drew Fitzpatrick. RF Cory Farris broke in, then slipped when he tried to reverse course. Jarred Clarkson came in to run for Morrison. A groundout moved Clarkson to third. That was all for Kaczmarek, who retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced. Coach Gary Henderson brought in RH Nick Kennedy, who caught Ryan Wright looking at strike three. Clarkson stayed in the game in left field, and RH Tony Zych became U of L’s seventh pitcher of the night. UK went down in order. Going to the ninth inning, Kentucky leads Louisville 5-0.
For the second inning in a row, LH Mike Kaczmarek retired Louisville 1-2-3. The second out, by Phil Wunderlich, saw UK’s Taylor Black and Gunner Glad combine on the defensive gem of the game. Black, the shortstop, ranged to the second-base side of the bag to glove the hard-hit grounder. Glad made a big stretch towards right field in order to snag Black’s hurried throw. U of L again went to the bullpen to start the bottom of the inning, going with LH Brian Feekin. Black ripped a two-out double to the gap in right-center. Marcus Nidiffer stroked the next pitch for an RBI-single to left. An errant pickoff throw by Feekin moved Nidiffer to second, and Louisville went to its sixth pitcher of the game, RH Matt Koch. He fanned Andy Burns to end the frame. At the end of six innings, Kentucky leads Louisville 6-0.
UK lefty Mike Kaczmarek set Louisville down in order in the fifth. After retiring Marcus Nidiffer on a fly to center, U of L’s Justin Amlung was replaced on the mound by RH Matt Lea. He promptly walked Andy Burns and fired a wild pitch to put Burns on second. Chad Wright worked the count full, then went the other way with a run-scoring single to left. U of L Coach Dan McDonnell went to his bullpen again, bringing in RH Gabriel Shaw. Chris Bisson was retired on a very close play at first, with Wright advancing to second. Gunner Glad then drove the first pitch offered by Shaw for a two-run homer to left. Glad may have missed first base, but a few steps later reversed direction to make sure he touched. The homer was his seventh of the season and marks the fifth game in his last six that he has homered. At the end of five, Kentucky 4, Louisville 0.
U of L’s Phil Wunderlich led off with a hard-luck double. Hard luck because he hit it to the only spot in right field where the ball would stay in the park — at the very top of the 30-foot wall that once upon a time was a scoreboard. UK’s Jordan Cooper got Jeff Arnold on a called third strike, and Stewart Ijames was retired when CF Keenan Wiley raced in to make a diving catch of a sinking liner. Zak Wasserman worked an 11-pitch walk, with Cooper already trotting for the dugout, convinced he had a strikeout. Coach Gary Henderson brought LH Mike Kaczmarek in to retire Drew Haynes on a fly to left. In the bottom of the inning, Louisville RH Justin Amlung took over from Tyler Mathis on the mound. After retiring the first two Wildcats he faced, Amlung hit Cory Farris with a pitch. Wiley doubled down the right-field line. Farris might have stopped at third, but the cutoff through skipped through the infield and gave him time to score. Wiley stole third, but was stranded there. Through four innings, Kentucky 1, Louisville 0.
U of L leadoff man Kyle Grieshaber put one out of the park down the left-field line, barely foul. U of L coach Dan McDonnell argued that the ball curved around the foul pole. Grieshaber then grounded out to shortstop. Adam Duvall was hit by a pitch, but was stranded at first. U of L made defensive changes, shifting Grieshaber from left field to second base, Ryan Wright from second base to shortstop, and Drew Fitzpatrick entering the game in left, batting in Duvall’s No. 2 slot. UK notched its first hit when Marcus Nidiffer drove a one-out single through the left side of the infield. No. 9 hitter Andy Burns then coaxed a walk. Chad Wright’s bounce-out moved the runners to second and third. Chris Bisson struck out on a full-count pitch, ending the threat. Through three innings, no score.
U of L got a two-out infield single from Zak Wasserman but did no damage. Cardinals RH Tyler Mathis set Kentucky down in order. Through two innings, no score.
UK basketball seniors Ramon Harris, Mark Krebs and Perry Stevenson threw the ceremonial first pitches — simultaneously to three catchers.
Louisville loaded the bases with one out in the first inning, thanks to a throwing error by 3B Andy Burns, a walk and Ryan Wright’s bloop single. RHP Jordan Cooper escaped, though, getting Phil Wunderlich to ground into a 4-6-3 double play (Chris Bisson to Taylor Black to Gunner Glad). Going to the bottom of the first, no score.
In the bottom of the first, UK leadoff man Chad Wright was hit by a pitch. He was caught stealing, though, catcher Jeff Arnold to SS Adam Duvall. The next two Wildcats flied out. At the end of one inning, 0-0.
Seventh-ranked Louisville is in Lexington to take on Kentucky in a non-conference baseball game at Cliff Hagan Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
LOUISVILLE (23-4) — Kyle Grieshaber, lf; Adam Duvall ss; Andrew Clark 1b; Ryan Wright 2b; Phil Wunderlich 3b; Jeff Arnold c; Stewart Ijames rf; Zak Wasserman dh; Drew Haynes cf. Pitching: RH Tyler Mathis (0-0, 0.00).
KENTUCKY (18-11) — Chad Wright lf; Chris Bisson 2b; Gunner Glad 1b; Braden Kapteyn dh; Cory Farris rf; Keenan Wiley cf; Taylor Black ss; Marcus Nidiffer c; Andy Burns 3b. Pitching: RH Jordan Cooper (1-1, 5.70).
UMPIRES — Scott Kennedy, HP; Keith Shartzer, 1B; Bryan Donnelly, 3B.