Cats top LSU 6-4 to complete series sweep

May 16, 2010
Ninth inning

Logan Darnell retired Tyler Hanover on a popup to 2B Chris Bisson. CF Keenan Wiley narrowly missed colliding with LF Brian Adams to track down Trey Watkins’ fly to the gap. Austin Nola flied to Wiley in center. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.) FINAL SCORE: KENTUCKY 6, LSU 4.

Eighth inning
Marcus Nidiffer

Marcus Nidiffer

Light rain turned into a steady rain. Mike Kaczmarek struck out Micah Gibbs, then was replaced by LH Logan Darnell, the latter’s first relief appearance of the season. Mikie Mahtook greeted Darnell with a line single to left. Leon Landry reached on a fielder’s choice and Alex Edward walked on a 3-2 pitch. Darnell struck out Matt Gaudet, stranding two runners and bringing LSU’s game total to 16 left on base. (0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 LOB.) Leadoff man Chris Bisson reached when RHP Austin Ross fielded a tapper down the first-base line and tried to lob a toss over Bisson’s head. The ball was too high for 1B Blake Dean, an error charged to Ross on the throw. Chad Wright followed with a walk, and LSU Coach Paul Mainieri yanked his starter. Ross turned the ball over to RH Paul Bertuccini. Gunner Glad bunted the runners to second and third, and Mainieri called to his bullpen for LH Zach LaSuzzo. With his first pitch, LaSuzzo hit Lance Ray. That loaded the bases, with one out, and prompted another pitching change, to RH closer Matty Ott. Marcus Nidiffer worked the count full, fouled off a pitch, then crunched a grand-slam homer over the left-field wall. Braden Kapteyn doubled down the left-field line and Neiko Johnson went in to run for Kapteyn. Keenan Wiley flied to left and Taylor Black struck out. (4 R, 2 H, 1 E, 1 W, 1 HB, 1 LOB.) After eight innings: Kentucky 6, LSU 4.

Seventh inning
Austin Ross

Austin Ross

No. 9 hitter Tyler Hanover drew his third walk of the game, then stole second base. RH Nick Kennedy got Trey Watkins and Austin Nola on groundouts, then gave way to LH Mike Kaczmarek. Kaczmarek struckout Blake Dean. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 W, 1 LOB.) The Wildcats went down in order, giving RH Austin Ross 11 retired in a row. The last Wildcat to reach base: Keenan Wiley, on his fourth-inning RBI double. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.) After seven innings: LSU 4, Kentucky 2.

Sixth inning

LSU got a two-out single to center by Alex Edward but nothing else. (0 R, 1H, 0 E, 1 LOB.) For the second inning in a row, UK went down 1-2-3. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.) After six innings: LSU 4, Kentucky 2.

Fifth inning

One number tells why Kentucky is still “in” a game in which the pitching staff has walked 10 and hit two, not to mention five hits: LSU has left 12 runners on base through five innings, including three in the fifth. Tyler Hanover’s one-out single, a hit batsman and a two-out walk loaded the bases. Nick Kennedy got out of the jam when Micah Gibbs flied to left. (0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 W, 1 HB, 3 LOB.) Kentucky went down in order. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.) After five innings: LSU 4, Kentucky 2.

Fourth inning
Keenan Wiley

Keenan Wiley

UK’s first two pitchers of the game have had less control than a prom-party crowd without a chaperone. Matt Little walked the first two batters of the inning on eight pitches, the eighth and ninth walks of the game for LSU. Coach Gary Henderson replaced Little with RHP Nick Kennedy. Mikie Mahtook tried to bunt the runners ahead, but C Marcus Nidiffer instead through out Blake Dean at third base. Leon Landry crushed a ball, sending it out of the park, but just foul down the right-field line. Next pitch, Landry flied out to right. Alex Edward tooka called third strike. (0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 W, 2 LOB.) UK got a one-out double off the right-field wall by Braden Kapteyn, making him 2-for-2. Keenan Wiley, after fouling five two-strike pitches, brought Kapteyn around with a double to the gap in left-center. LSU starter Austin Ross fanned the next two batters. (1R, 2H, 0E, 1 LOB.) After four innings: LSU 4, Kentucky 2.

Third inning
Matt Gaudet

Matt Gaudet

More control issues, more problems for UK. LSU’s Mikie Mahtook drew a leadoff walk. He was forced at second, but SS Taylor Black’s relay to first sailed into the Wildcats dugout. The error left Leon Landry on second base. One out later, Matt Gaudet socked his 16th homer of the season over the right-field wall. No. 9 hitter Tyler Hanover then drew his second walk in as many plate appearances. Trey Watkins also walked, prompting a visit from UK Coach Gary Henderson with RHP Matt Little. Austin Nola flied to right, stranding two runners and pushing LSU’s three-inning total to seven runners left on base. (2 R, 1 H, 1 E, 3 W, 2 LOB.) For UK, Chris Bisson led off with a double off the wall in right-center. However, Chad Wright struck out, Gunner Glad popped out to shallow right and Lance Ray grounded out to third. (0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.) After three innings: LSU 4, Kentucky 1.

Second inning
Matt Little

Matt Little

Alex Meyer’s control problems carried over from the first inning. After walking No. 9 batter Tyler Hanover and beaning Trey Watkins, Meyer got the hook from Coach Gary Henderson. In one inning-plus, Meyer threw 50 pitches, 22 for strikes. RH Matt Little came on to strike out Austin Nola. Blake Dean lined a single to right, loading the bases. Little escaped, though, by getting Micah Gibbs to ground into a 4-6-3 double play. (0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 W, 1 HB, 2 LOB.) Marcus Nidffer led off UK’s half of the inning with a walk and moved to second on Braden Kapteyn’s sharp single to left. Keenan Wiley bunted the runners to second and third. Nidiffer scored and Kapteyn took third on Taylor Black’s high chopper to first. Brian Adams struck out looking. (1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 W, 1 LOB.) After two innings: LSU 2, Kentucky 1.

First inning

Micah Gibbs
Micah Gibbs

Kentucky RHP Alex Meyer struggled to find the strike zone and LSU pounced to score the game’s first two runs. Trey Watkins led off with a single up the middle. One out later, Blake Dean walked. With both runners in motion, Micah Gibbs singled through the right side to score Watkins and advance Dean to third. After Meyer fanned Mikie Mahtook, Leon Landry walked to load the bases. A pickoff attempt by C Marcus Nidiffer on a throw to first base sailed down the right-field line for an apparent run-scoring error. However, plate umpire Larry Short apparently ruled batter Alex Edward interfered with Nidiffer and sent all the runners back. LSU Coach Paul Mainieri put up an extended argument, to no avail. Edward walked, though, forcing in Dean with the second run. Meyer fanned Matt Gaudet. (2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 walks, 3 left on base.) UK got a one-out single up the middle by Chad Wright. LSU righty Austin Ross got Gunner Glad and Lance Ray looking at third strikes. (0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on base.) After one inning: LSU 2, Kentucky 0.

 

Pre-game

Kentucky plays host to LSU in the finale of a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Wildcats will be going for their first series sweep of the Tigers since 1991.

Lineups

LSU (34-17 overall, 12-14 SEC) — Trey Watkins LF; Austin Nola SS; Blake Dean 1B; Micah Gibbs C; Mikie Mahtook RF; Leon Landry CF; Alex Edward 3B; Matt Gaudet DH; Tyler Hanover 2B. Pitching: RH Austin Ross (3-4, 5.43).

KENTUCKY (28-23, 11-15) — Chris Bisson 2B; Chad Wright RF; Gunner Glad 3B; Lance Ray 1B; Marcus Nidiffer C; Braden Kapteyn DH; Keenan Wiley CF; Taylor Black SS; Brian Adams LF. Pitching: RH Alex Meyer (5-2, 6.23).

UMPIRES — Larry Short HP; Todd Henderson 1B; Scott Erby 3B.

 

 

 

 

 


Ray’s walkoff homer lifts UK over LSU 11-9

May 14, 2010
Ninth inning

RHP Braden Kapteyn took over on the mound for UK and walked the first batter he faced, Austin NolaAlex Edward bunted Nola to second. Leon Landry singled to left-center, putting runners on the corners. Matt Gaudet flied to short right-center, with Nola trying to tag and score. CF Keenan Wiley fired a strike to C Marcus Nidiffer, though, and Nola was out with room to spare. LSU brought in closer Matty Ott, a right-hander who leads the SEC with 11 saves, and Johnny Dishon came in to play LF. Brian Adams led off with a double down the third-base line, continuing to third when Dishon misplayed the ball. Adams scored when Chris Bisson grounded out to first. Chad Wright and Gunner Glad each walked, putting the potential tying and game-winning runs on base. Neiko Johnson came in to run for Glad. Lance Ray worked the count to 3-1, then uncorked his second homer of the night and 10th of the year — a walkoff, three-run homer. FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 11, LSU 9.

Eighth inning

LSU went down in order. Kentucky RH Walter Wijas got the first two batters, with LH Mike Kaczmarek coming out of the bullpen to get the final out. Wijas worked 4 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball, striking out three and walking one. UK went down in order for a third consecutive inning. After eight innings: LSU 9, Kentucky 7.

Seventh inning

LSU’s Tyler Hanover reached on a two-out throwing error by SS Taylor Black, the Wildcats’ fourth error of the night. Hanover was stranded when Mike Mahtook grounded to third. LSU’s Paul Bertuccini set UK down in order for the second inning in a row. After seven innings: LSU 9, Kentucky 7.

Sixth inning

LSU’s Micah Gibbs knocked a one-out double to the right-field corner and Blake Dean followed with a walk. 3B Andy Burns robbed Austin Nola of a hit, diving towards second base to stab Nola’s liner for the second out. Burns then charged Alex Edward’s high hopper and threw him out at first, stranding two runners. Kentucky went down in order. After six innings: LSU 9, Kentucky 7.

Fifth inning
Walter Wijas

Walter Wijas

LSU’s Matt Gaudet reached on a one-out fielding error by 3B Andy Burns, then stole second. Kentucky RHP Walter Wijas struck out Tyler Hanover and got Mikie Mahtook to line out to Burns. For the Wildcats, Chad Wright lined a one-out single to center and stole second, his 12th swipe of the season in 15 attempts. Gunner Glad drew a walk, sending the LSU bullpen into action. Lance Ray worked the count full, then walked to load the bases. Marcus Nidiffer took three straight balls, then a strike. He ripped the next pitch out of the park — but foul down the left-field line. On the 3-2 pitch, Nidiffer took high and inside for an RBI-walk. That knocked out RHP Anthony Ranaudo as Coach Paul Mainieri summoned RH Paul Bertuccini.  Glad scored on Andy Burns’ fielder’s choice-grounder, with Nidiffer forced out at second. Keenan Wiley’s bloop single to left scored Ray and advanced Burns to third, cutting LSU’s lead to 9-7. A wild pitch enabled Wiley to take second. Taylor Black grounded out to first. After five innings: LSU 9, Kentucky 7.

Fourth inning
Blake Dean

Blake Dean

Andy Burns

Andy Burns

With one out, LSU’s Trey Watkins beat out a Baltimore-chop single to third base — a safe call that UK Coach Gary Henderson disputed. Micah Gibbs singled through the right side, putting runners on the corners. Blake Dean poked a high-arcing home run to the deck in right-center, his 10th of the year. That increased LSU’s lead to 9-3 and knocked out LHP Taylor Rogers. Henderson brought in RH Walter Wijas. Wijas struck out Austin Nola and retired Alex Edward on a comebacker to the mound. For UK, Andy Burns lined a one-out single up the middle, nearly nailing RH Anthony Ranaudo in the leg. Burns took second on a wild pitch, third on Keenan Wiley’s groundout. Burns scored on another wild pitch, although making an ill-advised head-first slide at the plate. Taylor Black singled, but was stranded with RF Mikie Mahtook made a diving catch of Brian Adams’ liner. After four innings: LSU 9, Kentucky 4.

Third inning
Alex Edward

Alex Edward

With one out, LSU got consecutive singles by Blake Dean, Austin Nola and Alex Edward, the latter driving in a run. Nola and Edwards advanced on a wild pitch, and Leon Landry was hit by a breaking ball to load the bases. Matt Gaudet, who homered in his first at-bat, hit a sacrifice fly to right. Edward went from second to third on the play, and continued home when cutoff man Taylor Black was unable to handle the throw from RF Chad Wright. That also enabled Landry to move up to second. Tyler Hanover flied to left, ending the top of the inning. Kentucky went down in order. After three innings: LSU 6, Kentucky 3.

Second inning
Matt Gaudet

Matt Gaudet

LSU came back in a hurry. Leon Landry laced a one-out single. Matt Gaudet jumped on a 3-0 pitch, knocking it to the parking lot beyond the right-field wall. His 15th homer of the season tied the game at 3. Tyler Hanover reached on a throwing error by 3B Andy Burns. Wildcats LHP Taylor Rogers struck out Mike Mahtook and got Trey Watkins on a deep fly to right. Keenan Wiley led off UK’s half of the inning with a sharp single to left on a full-count pitch. Taylor Black reached on a force play. As Brian Adams struck out, Black stole second. He was stranded, though, when Chris Bisson struck out. After two innings: Kentucky 3, LSU 3.

First inning
Lance Ray

Lance Ray

Micah Gibbs

Micah Gibbs

LSU’s Mike Mahtook singled on the first pitch of the game. He was retired, though, on a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play – Trey Watkins whiffing and 2B Chris Bisson applying the tag on Mahtook after a perfect throw from C Marcus Nidiffer. The Tigers did strike, though, as No. 3 batter Michah Gibbs drove a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left. In the bottom of the inning, Chad Wright reached on a one-out throwing error by 2B Tyler Hanover. Gunner Glad singled up the middle, putting runners on the corners. Lance Ray, jumping on a 1-0 pitch, smashed a three-run homer just to the right of the batter’s eye in center. One out later, Andy Burns singled. He was caught trying to steal, on a pitchout. At the end of one inning: Kentucky 3, LSU 1.

Pre-game

LSU visits Kentucky to open a three-game baseball series at Cliff Hagan Stadium, Friday at 6:30 p.m.

UK (26-23 overall, 9-15 SEC) is 10th in the SEC heading into the second-to-last weekend of league play. Only the top eight teams will qualify for the SEC Tournament. UK sits a game behind Alabama and another game back of eighth-place Tennessee.

LSU (34-15, 12-12) is seventh, but has lost nine of its last 11 games. The Tigers are defending NCAA champions.

Starting lineups
Anthony Ranaudo

Anthony Ranaudo

Taylor Rogers

Taylor Rogers

LSU — Mikie Mahtook RF; Trey Watkins LF; Micah Gibbs C; Blake Dean 1B; Austin Nola SS; Alex Edward 3B; Leon Landry CF; Matt Gaudet DH; Tyler Hanover 2B. Pitching: RH Anthony Ranaudo (2-2, 8.26).

KENTUCKY — Chris Bisson 2B; Chad Wright RF; Gunner Glad 1B; Lance Ray DH; Marcus Nidiffer C; Andy Burns 3B; Keenan Wiley CF; Taylor Black SS; Brian Adams LF. Pitching: LH Taylor Rogers (4-7, 5.59).

UMPIRES — Todd Henderson HP; Scott Erby 1B; Larry Short 3B.

Weather — 78 degrees, wind 8 mph WSW.


Wildcats down Gamecocks 9-3, take series 2-1

May 9, 2010
NINTH INNING – UK made a defensive change, Sam Kidd replacing Neiko Johnson in RF. RH Braden Kapteyn fanned pinch-hitter Parker Bangs, but beaned pinch-hitter Jeffery Jones. Whit Merrifield went down swinging and Jackie Bradley Jr. bounced out to second. FINAL SCORE: KENTUCKY 9, SOUTH CAROLINA 3.
Braden Kapteyn

Braden Kapteyn

Cory Farris

Cory Farris

Chris Bisson

Chris Bisson

EIGHTH INNING — RH Braden Kapteyn came out of the UK bullpen to open the inning. He struck out Adrian Morales. Pinch-hitters Evan Marzilli and Brady Thomas lined to first and struck out, respectively. Marzilli stayed in the game in LF, Thomas at C. The Gamecocks also brought in their eighth pitcher of the game, RH Ethan Carter. Marcus Nidiffer coaxed a leadoff walk and was bunted to second by Taylor Black. Keenan Wiley was hit by a pitch. Cory Farris lined an RBI-double to the right-field corner, Wiley going to third. That brought another Carolina pitching change, this time going to RH Patrick Sullivan. With the infield pulled in, Neiko Johnson walked on five pitches to load the bases. Chris Bisson lined a first-pitch, two-run single to right, Johnson holding up at second. The Wildcats then pulled off a double steal, a run scoring when Thomas’ throw to third got away for an error. Going to the ninth inning: Kentucky 9, South Carolina 3

Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer

SEVENTH INNING — Kentucky RH Alex Meyer struck out the Nos. 2-3-4 batters in a perfect seventh inning. In the bottom of the inning, Cory Farris pinch-hit for DH Michael Williams. Farris fanned. Neiko Johnson was hit by a pitch, then stole second, a call disputed by Carolina Coach Ray Tanner. Chris Bisson walked on a full-count pitch. Chad Wright’s 4-6 fielder’s choice put runners on the corners with two outs. Gunner Glad hit a high chopper, which caught SS Bobby Haney tried to short-hop. He was unable to come up with the ball, though, for a run-scoring error. Wright stopped at second. LH Tyler Webb came in to pitch, getting Lance Ray on a fly to left. After seven innings: Kentucky 5, South Carolina 3.

SIXTH INNING — Carolina got a leadoff single from Adam Matthews and a two-out walk from Scott Wingo. Both were stranded when leadoff batter Whit Merrifield grounded into a force play, dropping him to 0-for-4 in the game and 1-for-13 in the series. Carolina went with another pitcher in the bottom of the inning, RH Matt Price. He set the Wildcats down in order. After six innings: Kentucky 4, South Carolina 3.

Chad Wright

Chad Wright

FIFTH INNING — Carolina’s Christian Walker laced a one-out single up the middle, ending Alex Meyer’s string of consecutive batters retired at eight. UK’s Keenan Wiley went to the warning track in straightaway center to flag down fly balls by Jackie Bradley Jr. for the first out and Nick Ebert for the second. Adrian Morales struck out to strand Walker. Neiko Johnson led off UK’s half of the inning with a single. Gamecocks Coach Ray Tanner again went to his bullpen, pulling RH Jose Mata in favor of LH Michael Roth. Chris Bisson tried to bunt Johnson ahead but got too much on the ball and Roth threw out Johnson at second. Bisson stole second, though, and scored on Chad Wright’s single up the middle. Tanner called to his bullpen for RH John Taylor. Gunner Glad fouled out and LH Steven Neff became the Gamecocks’ fourth pitcher of the inning. On Neff’s first pitch, Wright stole second, but was stranded when Lance Ray struck out. After five innings: Kentucky 4, South Carolina 3.

Taylor Black

Taylor Black

FOURTH INNING — The Gamecocks went down in order for the second inning in a row. UK got its third solo homer of the game, a one-out drive down the short (310-foot) right-field line by Taylor Black. His ninth dinger of the season tied the game at 3. Keenan Wiley followed with a single to right, knocking out Gamecocks RH Jay Brown. Coach Ray Tanner turned to RH submariner Jose Mata. Wiley was thrown out trying to steal and Michael Williams struck out.  After four innings: Kentucky 3, South Carolina 3.

THIRD INNING — Carolina went down 1-2-3 on grounders to 2B Chris Bisson, the first of which was an outstanding play on a ball up the middle

Marcus Nidiffer

Marcus Nidiffer

and robbed Adrian Morales of a hit. UK’s Neiko Johnson drew a leadoff walk. One out later, he advanced to second on Chad Wright’s groundout. Then, as Gunner Glad drew a walk, Johnson stole third. However, Lance Ray lined out to second. After three innings: South Carolina 3, Kentucky 2.

SECOND INNING — RH Alex Meyer again retired the first two Gamecocks of the inning, but then walked Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Walker. This time, though, Meyer escaped by getting Nick Ebert with a called third strike. Marcus Nidiffer then halved the deficit, leading off the bottom of the inning with his eighth homer of the season — a 1-0 offering that carried over the wall in left. After two innings: South Carolina 3, Kentucky 2.
Adrian Morales

Adrian Morales

Adam Matthews

Adam Matthews

Gunner Glad

Gunner Glad

FIRST INNING — Kentucky RH Alex Meyer, making his first appearance since April 11 due to mononucleosis, retired the first two batters he faced, then ran into a storm. Christian Walker reached on a fielding error by 2B Chris Bisson. Nick Ebert was hit by a pitch. Adrian Morales singled up the middle to drive in Walker and move Ebert to second. Adam Matthews singled to right, scoring Ebert and advancing Morales to third. Morales scored on a passed ball charged to Marcus Nidiffer, making it 3-0. Kyle Enders was hit by a pitch. Finally, Bobby Haney struck out. Gunner Glad put Kentucky on the board, driving a first-pitch offering far over the wall down the left-field line. His 11th homer of the season also pushed his hitting streak to 11 games and gave him 27 consecutive games reaching safely. After one inning: South Carolina 3, Kentucky 1.

Pre-game — South Carolina and Kentucky are about set to begin the deciding game in a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Gamecocks won Friday’s opener 13-9. Kentucky bounced back Saturday with a 2-1 triumph.

Sunday’s starting lineups:

SOUTH CAROLINA (36-10 overall, 17-6 SEC) — Whit Merrifield RF; Jackie Bradley Jr. CF; Christian Walker 1B; Nick Ebert DH; Adrian Morales 3B; Adam Matthews LF; Kyle Enders C; Bobby Haney SS; Scott Wingo 2B. Pitching: RH Jay Brown (2-0, 4.72).

KENTUCKY (25-21, 8-15) — Chris Bisson 2B; Chad Wright LF; Gunner Glad 3B; Lance Ray 1B; Marcus Nidiffer C; Taylor Black SS; Keenan Wiley CF; Michael Williams DH; Neiko Johnson RF. Pitching: RH Alex Meyer (4-2, 7.30).

UMPIRES — Keith Sanders HP; Tony Maners 1B; Randy Watkins 3B.

Weather — 50 degrees, wind 4 mph from the north.


South Carolina takes series opener from UK, 13-9

May 7, 2010
NINTH INNINGBobby Haney led off for Carolina with a single to left. Scott Wingo’s hard-and-straight bunt caught pitcher Mike Kaczmarek off guard and he booted the ball for UK’s fifth error of the game. After Whit Merrifield bunted the runners to second and third, Jackie Bradley Jr. was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, loading the bases. Christian Walker lined a two-run double down the left-field line. UK made a pitching change, going to RH Joe Devine, and pulled the infield in. 2B Chris Bisson made a leaping stab of Nick Ebert’s would-be two-run hit for out No. 2. Adrian Morales lined out to center. In the bottom of the ninth, RH Matt Price struck out Andy Burns and Keenan Wiley before walking pinch-hitter Cory Farris. Farris stole second and Taylor Black walked. But Chris Bisson lined out to center. FINAL SCORE: SOUTH CAROLINA 13, KENTUCKY 9.
EIGHTH INNING — Carolina’s Jackie Bradley Jr. crushed a two-out double to right, off the of right-field “green monster” once occupied by a scoreboard. He scored on Christian Walker’s bloop double to right. That finished Wildcats RH Nick Kennedy, replaced by LH Mike Kaczmarek. Carolina countered with a pinch-hitter, Nick Ebert, in place of Jeffery Jones. Kaczmarek plunked Ebert in the foot, then beaned Adrian Morales in the back to load the bases. Walker scored on Evan Marzilli’s sacrifice fly to center. Taylor Black led off UK’s half of the inning with his eight homer of the season, a line shot well beyond the left-field wall. Chris Bisson and Chad Wright followed with consecutive singles. Gunner Glad, the potential tying run, grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. South Carolina made another pitching change, turning to RH Matt Price. Lance Ray singled over short, driving Bisson in from third to make it an 11-9 game. Braden Kapteyn, the potential tying run, struck out. After eight innings: South Carolina 11, Kentucky 9.
SEVENTH INNING – Kentucky RH Nick Kennedy retired the Gamecocks in order. South Carolina LH Michael Roth retired the first two Wildcats before Keenan Wiley singled up the box. Carolina Coach Ray Tanner again went to the bullpen, this time for RH Ethan Carter, who promptly fanned Marcus Nidiffer. After seven innings: South Carolina 9, Kentucky 7.
SIXTH INNING — Carolina battled back with a one-out rally. Bobby Haney singled to left. Scott Wingo put down a bunt to advance Haney, and Wingo was safe when 3B Andy Burns muffed the pickup for an error. Whit Merrifield loaded the bases with an infield single that caromed off of Burns and into foul territory. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a two-run double to right. That finished UK starter Taylor Rogers as Coach Gary Henderson summoned RH Nick Kennedy from the bullpen. Merrifield scored on Christian Walker’s fly-ball double to right, scored a double when either the wind or lights seemed to give RF Lance Ray problems. Bradley advanced to third, then scored on pinch-hitter Jeffery Jones’ groundout. Adam Morales doubled in Walker with the fifth run of the inning. Pinch-hitter Evan Marzilli, who would stay in the game in LF, grounded out to end the inning. Kentucky got a two-out single from Gunner Glad to knock out Gamecocks starter Blake Cooper. Coach Ray Tanner called on LH Michael Roth to get Ray on an infield fly. After six innings: South Carolina 9, Kentucky 7.
Taylor Rogers

Taylor Rogers

Keenan Wiley

Keenan Wiley

FIFTH INNING — Kentucky LH Taylor Rogers set Carolina down in order, the first time all night for either team. He was helped out when RF Lance Ray sprinted to short right-center and made a diving catch of a fly off the bat of leadoff batter Parker Bangs. Ray led off the bottom of the inning with a single. The ball skipped past LF Adam Matthews for an error, allowing Ray to take second. Two outs later, Ray scored on Keenan Wiley’s chopper up the middle. SS Bobby Haney, trying to make the pickup, couldn’t and instead shielded 2B Scott Wingo asthe ball skipped through to center field. Wiley stole second, adding a base when the wide throw by C Kyle Enders bounced into center. Wiley scored on Marcus Nidiffer’s line single off the glove of 3B Adrian Morales. After five innings: Kentucky 7, Carolina 4.

 

Chris Bisson

Chris Bisson

FOURTH INNING — With two outs, Carolina’s Jackie Bradley Jr. was hit by a pitch, then moved to second on a Taylor Rogers wild pitch. That’s as far as Bradley got, though. In the bottom of the inning, Taylor Black blooped a one-out single to right, then stole second base. He scored on Chris Bisson’s sharp single to center, giving UK a 5-4 lead. After four innings: Kentuckcy 5, South Carolina 4.
Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

THIRD INNING — The first two Gamecocks reached by virtue of errors. 2B Chris Bisson’s second fielding error in as many innings put Christian Walker on base. SS Taylor Black made a nice stop on Parker Bangs’ grounder to the hole, but his throw to Bisson at second was errant and Walker advanced to third. Walker scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Adrian MoralesAdam Matthews stretched a hit to right-center into a double, advancing Bangs to third. Kyle Enders’ grounder to short scored Bangs with the go-ahead run and put Matthews on third. Bobby Haney grounded out to Black. Gamecocks RH Blake Cooper issued back-to-back walks to Gunner Glad and Lance Ray to open the bottom half of the inning. Braden Kapteyn bunted the runners up a base. Glad scored on Andy Burns’ sacrifice fly, with CF Jackie Bradley Jr. saving a second run by making an over-the-shoulder catch going towards the wall. After three innings: Kentucky 4, South Carolina 4.

Marcus Nidiffer

Marcus Nidiffer

SECOND INNING — Carolina opened with back-to-back infield singles — Adam Matthews reaching on a bunt down the first-base line, Kyle Enders on a shot that caromed off the glove of LHP Taylor Rogers. Both runners advanced on Bobby Haney’s slow roller to short. Matthews scored and Enders took third on Scott Wingo’s grounder to 1B Gunner Glad. Whit Merrifield’s grounder to second turned into a run-scoring, tough-hop error against Chris Bisson. Further damage was averted when SS Taylor Black went deep into the hole to snare Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s grounder, pivot and fire to Bisson to force Merrifield. UK reclaimed the lead on Marcus Nidiffer’s seventh homer of the season, a first-pitch offering that he drove over the wall in left. After two innings: Kentucky 3, South Carolina 2.

Gunner Glad

Gunner Glad

Lance Ray

Lance Ray

FIRST INNING — South Carolina got back-to-back one-out singles by Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Walker. Bradley took third on Parker Bangs’ fly to center. UK lefty Taylor Rogers worked out of the jam by getting Adrian Morales to ground into a fielder’s choice. In the bottom of the inning, UK’s Chad Wright reached on a one-out throwing error by Gamecocks SS Bobby Haney. Wright took second when Gunner Glad lined a single in front of LF Adam Matthews. That extended Glad’s hitting streak to nine games and increased his streak of reaching base safely to 25 games. Lance Ray lined a single up the middle to drive in Wright and advance Glad to third. Glad scored and Ray was forced at second when Braden Kapteyn grounded into a fielder’s choice. Andy Burns flied out to end the inning. After one inning: Kentucky 2, South Carolina 0.

Pre-gameKentucky is about to take on South Carolina, ranked No. 6 by Baseball America, in the opener of a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari is on hand to toss a ceremonial first pitch.

UK (24-20 overall, 7-14 SEC) has its back to the wall, standing fifth in the Eastern Division of the SEC and 10th overall. Only the top eight teams will qualify for the SEC tournament. Alabama has the eighth spot for now with a 9-12 conference record.

South Carolina (35-9, 16-5) leads the Eastern Division and is a shoo-in for the post-season.

Starting lineups

South Carolina — Whit Merrifield RF; Jackie Bradley Jr. CF; Christian Walker 1B; Parker Bangs DH; Adrian Morales 3B; Adam Matthews LF; Kyle Enders C; Bobby Haney SS; Scott Wingo 2B. Pitching: RH Blake Cooper (8-0, 2.92).

Kentucky — Chris Bisson 2B; Chad Wright LF; Gunner Glad 1B; Lance Ray RF; Braden Kapteyn DH; Andy Burns 3B; Keenan Wiley CF; Marcus Nidiffer C; Taylor Black SS. Pitching: LH Taylor Rogers (4-6, 5.63).

Umpires — Tony Maners HP; Randy Watkins 1B; Keith Sanders 3B.

Weather — 85 degrees, wind 23-33 mph right field-to-left.


Cards bounce back in ninth to skin Cats 10-9

April 28, 2010

UK Coach Gary Henderson brought in closer Matt Little to open the bottom of the ninth. Attendance is reported at 4,039, a U of L regular-season record and fourth-largest all-time at Patterson Stadium. Little, a right-hander, got Drew Haynes to ground out to second. Jeff Arnold singled up the middle and Adam Duvall was hit by a pitch. That brought Andrew Clark to the plate with the potential tying run. His double to left-center scored Arnold and put Duvall on third with one out. Ryan Wright brought both runners home with a bloop single to right-center. Make the score 9-9, one on, one out and U of L home-run leader Phil Wunderlich stepping to the plate. Wunderlich lined a single to left, pushing Wright up to second. With Little behind Stewart Ijams 2-0, UK Coach Gary Henderson went to his bullpen and righty Braden Kapteyn. Two quick balls, the second sailing to the screen, loaded the bases. Zak Wasserman lined a 1-0 pitch over shortstop to drive in Wright with the game-winning run. Final totals:

Kentucky   9-12-0
Louisville 10-17-3

UK scores five in top of ninth

With one out in the top of the ninth, consecutive singles by Chris Bisson, Chad Wright and Gunner Glad scored a run to cut Louisville’s lead to 6-5. Lance Ray doubled to right, driving in Wright with the tying run. An intentional walk to Keenan Wiley loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Navarro Hall, who walked on four pitches to force Glad in with the go-ahead run. Cory Farris hit a potential double play ball to second baseman Ryan Wright, who flipped to shortstop Adam Duvall for an out. Duvall’s relay to first, though, was both late and off target, the ball going into the U of L dugout. That allowed Ray and Wiley to score, and Farris to advance to second. Marcus Nidiffer fanned to end the frame. Going to the bottom of the ninth: Kentucky 9, Louisville 6.

Eighth inning

U of L brought Tony Zych in to pitch. A single and two hit batsmen loaded the bases for UK with two outs in the eighth. Neil Holland came out of the bullpen to strike out Marcus Nidiffer, though, ending the threat. Louisville pushed the lead to 6-4 when Phil Wunderlich led off with his 14th homer of the season. Going to the ninth inning: Louisville 6, Kentucky 4.

Seventh inning

U of L made a pair of defensive changes. Right-hander Justin Amlung took over on the mound and Drew Fitzpatrick replaced Kyle Grieshaber in left field. Amlung retired Cory Farris, but walked Luke Maile. Neiko Johnson came in to run for Maile. With Johnson running, U of L called for a pitchout, but the ball slipped out of catcher Jeff Arnold’s hand as he prepared to throw. One out later, Chris Bisson cranked a no-doubt home run to right. His third homer of the season cut Louisville’s lead to 5-4 and knocked out Amlung. Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer took over on the mound. He got Chad Wright on a grounder to third. In the bottom half, Marcus Nidiffer took over catching duties for UK. Jeff Arnold led off for U of L with an infield single to the hole at short. A groundout moved him to second, but Andrew Clark was called out on strikes and Ryan Wright groundout out. After seven innings: Louisville 5, Kentucky 4.

Sixth inning

Kentucky went down in order for the first time in the game. The Wildcats changed pitchers to open the bottom of the inning, turning to right-hander Sam Kidd. After getting one out, Kidd hit a batter and walked one, U of L’s first free bases of the game. So UK Coach Gary Henderson brought right-hander Nick Kennedy in from the bullpen. U of L Coach Dan McDonnell countered with a left-handed pinch-hitter, Zak Wasserman. His single to right loaded the bases. Phil Wunderlich scored from third on a passed ball, barely beating the throw from catcher Luke Maile to Kennedy. One out later, Drew Haynes’ shot up the middle deflected off Kennedy’s glove into left field. Stewart Ijames and Wasserman both scored, although Haynes was out when he tried to advance to second on the throw to the plate.  After six innings: Louisville 5, Kentucky 2.

Fifth inning

UK’s Chad Wright had a one-out single negated when Gunner Glad grounded into a double play. UK lefty Mike Kaczmarek retired the only batter he faced in the bottom of the inning. UK Coach Gary Henderson then went with a righty, Walter Wijas. Jeff Arnold put down a bunt single but was stranded there. After five innings: Kentucky 2, Louisville 2.

Fourth inning
Cade Stallings

Cade Stallings

Both teams changed pitchers to open the inning, calling on lefties. The Cardinals went with Bob Revesz, the Wildcats with Mike Kaczmarek. UK’s Cory Farris lined a one-out single but was caught by center fielder Drew Haynes when he tried to leg out a double. Luke Maile walked but was stranded. U of L’s Andrew Clark, Ryan Wright and Phil Wunderlich welcomed Kaczmarek with consecutive singles to load the bases. Clark scored when Stewart Ijames grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Cade Stallings doubled down the left-field line to plate Wright. A groundout ended the inning and left the score tied. After four innings: Kentucky 2, Louisville 2.

Third inning

UK wasted a two-out double by Lance Ray. U of L got a two-out hit from Adam Duvall, but left-fielder Chad Wright nailed him trying to stretch the hit to a double. After three innings: Kentucky 2, Louisville 0.

Second inning
Chris Bisson

Chris Bisson

Lance Ray

Lance Ray

UK added another unearned run. With one out, Michael Williams reached first base when right fielder Stewart Ijames unsuccessfully tried to fend off the sun and instead dropped the ball for an error. Cory Farris singled through the right side, moving Williams to second. Luke Maile blooped an RBI-single down the right-field line, with Farris advancing to third. A fielder’s choice tapper and fly out prevented further damage. In the bottom of the inning, Ryan Wright led off with an infield single, took second on Phil Wunderlich’s single through the left side and moved to third on Ijames’ lineout to center. Cade Stallings struck out, though, and Kyle Grieshaber was robbed of a hit to end the inning. UK second baseman Chris Bisson went behind the bag and first baseman Lance Ray made the stretch and scoop on snare Bisson’s throw. After two innings: Kentucky 2, Louisville 0.

First inning

Kentucky struck for an unearned run. Gunner Glad reached on a two-out ground-rule double that one-hopped the wall in right field. Lance Ray struck out, but the wild pitch by Derek Self got past catcher Jeff Arnold and went back to the screen. Arnold’s throw to first baseman Andrew Clark was high, but second baseman Ryan Wright backed up the play and caught the ball on the fly. Glad never hesitated and continued around third for the plate. Wright’s throw home, where Self was covering, was too late to nab the sliding Wildcat. Ray was caught stealing for the third out. UK right-hander Jordan Self retired the Cardinals in order, getting a pair of groundouts and an infield fly. After one inning: Kentucky 1, Louisville 0.

Pre-game

It’s 63 degrees and mostly sunny at Patterson Stadium in Louisville, where Kentucky is visiting U of L’s 12th-ranked Cardinals.

UK is looking for a season sweep, having won 5-0 three weeks ago at Lexington.

A ceremonial first pitch has been thrown by U of L (and former UK) basketball coach Rick Pitino – high and inside if a right-hander had been at the plate.

The starting lineups:

KENTUCKY (23-17) — Chris Bisson 2B, Chad Wright LF, Gunner Glad 3B, Lance Ray 1B, Keenan Wiley CF, Michael Williams DH, Cory Farris RF, Luke Maile C, Taylor Black SS. Pitching: RH Jordan Cooper (2-3, 6.49).

LOUISVILLE (32-7) — Jeff Arnold C, Adam Duvall SS, Andrew Clark 1B, Ryan Wright 2B, Phil Wunderlich 3B, Stewart Ijames RF, Cade Stallings DH, Kyle Grieshaber LF, Drew Haynes CF. Pitching: RH Derek Self (6-0, 3.95).

UMPIRES – Keith Shartzer HP, Bryan Donnelly 1B, Scott Kennedy 3B.


SEC baseball final: Florida 6, Kentucky 3

April 17, 2010

Florida padded its lead in the ninth. Daniel Pigott reached on a two-out bunt single. Preston Tucker lined a 1-1 pitch over the right-field wall for his fifth homer of the season, making it 6-2 for the Gators. Florida called on LH Kevin Chapman to close out the Cats. Andy Burns jumped on Chapman’s first pitch, driving his 11th homer of the season off the top of the scoreboard. Braden Kapteyn fouled out. Keenan Wiley appeared to beat out a high chopper to second, but was called out. When Marcus Nidiffer singled up the middle, Henderson referred back to the previous play. First base umpire Ray Miller ejected Henderson, the first time that has happened in the coach’s career. Neiko Johnson grounded out. Final score: Florida 6, Kentucky 3.

Eighth inning

Neiko Johnson came into the game in right field for UK, batting in the No. 8 slot. Florida’s Matt den Dekker drew a one-out walk, stole second and reached third on a groundout. Josh Adams struck out, then yelled something — apparently to a Kentucky player — and was ejected by plate umpire Fred Cannon. Adams was replaced in the field, second base, by Cody Dent. UK got a two-out single by Chad Wright. Florida made a pitching change, going to RH Jeff Barfield. He got Gunner Glad on a fly to deep center, thus stranding UK’s 13th runner of the game. After eight innings: Florida 4, Kentucky 2.

Seventh inning

For the sixth inning in a row, Florida got a leadoff hit, a double down the right-field line for Nolan Fontana. (Five of the six leadoff hits went for extra bases.) Daniel Pigott’s sacrifice bunt advanced Fontana to third. Preston Tucker brought him home with a sacrifice fly to right. UK Coach Gary Henderson then pulled starter Taylor Rogers. Braden Kapteyn, already in the game as the Wildcats’ DH, come on in relief and retired Austin Maddox on a grounder to shortstop. In the bottom of the inning, Kapteyn reached on a two-out fielding error by 3B Bryson Smith. Keenan Wiley walked and Marcus Nidiffer was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Florida Coach Kevin O’Sullivan called to the bullpen for Nick Maronde, the lefty out of Lexington Catholic. UK Coach Gary Henderson countered, sending Michael Williams to bat for Cory Farris. After falling behind 1-2, Williams worked the count full before chasing a pitch down and away. After seven innings: Florida 4, Kentucky 2.

Sixth inning

Florida quickly mounted a threat in the sixth. Austin Maddox led off with a double off the right-field wall where the scoreboard was once located, making him 3-for-3. Jonathon Pigott put down a bunt. Pitcher Taylor Rogers tried to get Maddox at third, but his throw was a hair late as Pigott reached first. Matt den Dekker went down swinging. Florida loaded the bases, though, when Rogers was unable to make a clean pickup of Bryson Smith’s check-swing bunt. Rogers caught Josh Adams taking a called third strike, then retired Mike Zunino on a high fly to right. The Wildcats got a runner when Taylor Black was hit by a pitch for the second consecutive at-bat. He advanced no further, though. After six innings: Florida 3, Kentucky 2.

Fifth inning

Florida got a leadoff single from Mike Zunino, but he was erased on a 4-6-3 — Chris Bisson-to-Taylor Black-to-Gunner Glad — double play. Daniel Pigott was hit by a pitch, but stranded at first. Andy Burns led off UK’s half of the inning with a walk, reaching safely for his third straight appearance of the night. The Wildcats didn’t do any damage, though, stranding their eighth runner of the game. After five innings: Florida 3, Kentucky 2.

Fourth inning

For the second consecutive inning, Florida struck with a leadoff home run to the scoreboard in left-center. This time, Austin Maddox cranked his 11th bomb of the season. Bryson Smith added a two-out single but was stranded. Kentucky used a hustle-double by Cory Farris, a hit batsman (Taylor Black) and a walk (Chris Bisson) to load the bases with nobody out. Florida Coach Kevin O’Sullivan lifted Hudson Randall in favor of RH Greg Larson. Chad Wright grounded to 3B Bryson Smith, who stepped on the bag to force Black, then threw in time to double up Wright at first. Farris scored, though, cutting Florida’s lead to 3-2. Bisson was stranded at second. After four innings: Florida 3, Kentucky 2.

Third inning

No. 9 hitter Mike Zunino led off the top of the inning with his third homer of the season, to the scoreboard in left-center, to give Florida a 2-1 lead. Wildcats LH Taylor Rogers retired the top of the order 1-2-3. In the bottom of the frame, UK wasted a leadoff single as Andy Burns was picked off. With two outs, Keenan Wiley reached when 2B Josh Adams booted a ground ball, but got no further. That pushed UK’s total runners left on base to six. After three innings: Florida 2, Kentucky 1.

Second inning

Florida opened the scoring with a run in the top of the second. Austin Maddox knocked a leadoff double to the gap in left-center, then moved on third on Jonathan Pigott’s sacrifice bunt. Matt den Dekker drove Maddox in, lining a single over 2B Chris Bisson. Den Dekker stole second base but was stranded there. In the bottom of the inning, with one out, Marcus Nidiffer was hit by a pitch. He was retired on a fielder’s choice grounder by Cory Farris. Farris stole second and, as Taylor Black drew a walk, Farris swiped third. Chris Bisson also walked, loading the bases for Chad Wright. Gators RH Hudson Randall threw four straight balls, forcing in Farris with the tying run. Gunner Glad grounded to 3B Bryson Smith, who stepped on the bag to force Bisson.  After two innings: Kentucky 1, Florida 1.

First inning

Kentucky LH Taylor Rogers retired Florida in order on eight pitches, getting two groundouts and a pop foul. In the bottom of the inning, Gunner Glad lined a two-out single, then advanced on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Andy Burns held up on a full-count pitch to draw a walk. Both runners were stranded when Braden Kapteyn flied to center. After one inning: Kentucky 0, Florida 0.

Pre-game

Florida, a 10-8 winner Friday night, is about to take on Kentucky in game two of a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Starting lineups

FLORIDA (24-9 overall, 9-4 SEC) — SS Nolan Fontana; RF Daniel Pigott; 1B Preston Tucker; DH Austin Maddox; LF Jonathan Pigott; CF Matt den Dekker; 3B Bryson Smith; 2B Josh Adams; C Mike Zunino. Pitching: RH Hudson Randall (3-3, 3.98).

KENTUCKY (21-13, 4-9) — 2B Chris Bisson; LF Chad Wright; 1B Gunner Glad; 3B Andy Burns; DH Braden Kapteyn; CF Keenan Wiley; C Marcus Nidiffer; RF Cory Farris; SS Taylor Black. Pitching: LH Taylor Rogers (4-3, 4.86).

UMPIRES — HP Fred Cannon; 1B Ray Miller; 3B Ricky Armstrong.


SEC baseball final: Alabama 11, Kentucky 9

April 11, 2010

In the ninth, Michael Williams took over at catcher for Kentucky, batting in the eighth spot. Alabama’s Jake Smith reached on a one-out single and took second on a wild pitch. David Kindred singled off the glove of pitcher Matt Little, Smith moving to third. Brett Booth came in to run for Kindred, but Little immediately picked him off, 1-3-6. Andrew Miller’s infield single, a high hopper over Little’s head, scored Smith. Miller moved up a base on Brock Bennett’s single to right. Little plunked Taylor Dugas, loading the bases and prompting another pitching change — RH Braden Kapteyn, who was already in the lineup at DH. Josh Rutledge swung at Kapteyn’s first pitch, flying out to second baseman Chris Bisson in shallow right. In the bottom of the ninth, Cory Farris flied to center. Bisson doubled to right-center, bringing Chad Wright to the plate with the potential tying run. Wright lined out to left, though. On a 3-2 pitch, Gunner Glad took a called third strike on the inside corner.

Final totals
Alabama 11 runs, 14 hits 2 errors
Kentucky 9 runs, 17 hits, 2 errors
Eight inning: Alabama takes lead with 5-run inning

Cory Farris stayed in the game for UK, taking Neiko Johnson’s spot in right field. Jon Kelton led off the inning for Alabama with a double to right-center. Jake Smith singled up the middle, advancing Kelton to third. RH Jordan Cooper came in from the UK bullpen, taking over from Nick Kennedy. David Kindred’s double down the right-field line scored Kelton and moved Smith the third. Andrew Miller’s infield single to shortstop scored Smith. Brock Bennett put down a bunt, fielded by Cooper. Chris Bisson, covering at first, simply dropped Cooper’s toss for an error and loading the bases with nobody out. Everybody moved up on Taylor Dugas’ bounce-out to second base, Kindred crossing the plate to cut UK’s lead to 9-8. RH Matt Little came in from the UK bullpen. Josh Rutledge blooped a two-run single to center, giving the Tide a 10-9 lead. A wild pickoff attempt by Little moved Rutledge to second. Little retired the next two batters, though, to hold Alabama to nine batters in the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Alabama went with its sixth pitcher of the day, RH Nathan Kilcrease. Andy Burns just missed a homer, sending left-fielder Kelton to the warning track for a long out. Braden Kapteyn walked, then advanced two bases on Keenan Wiley’s single to right. Taylor Black took a called third strike. With Lance Ray hitting for Marcus Nidiffer, Wiley stole second without a play. But Ray struck out. After eight innings: Alabama 10, Kentucky 9.

Seventh inning: Both sides strand runners

Alabama’s Taylor Dugas knocked a one-out single to right. UK Coach Gary Henderson called on RH Nick Kennedy to relieve LH Mike Kaczmarek. A wild pitch put Dugas in scoring position. One out later, Ross Wilson battled back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk. Kennedy got Clay Jones to bounce to short for an inning-ending force play at second. Cory Farris pinch-hit for Neiko Johnson and flied out to open the bottom of the inning. Chris Bisson drew a walk. One out later, he stole second and took third on a wild pitch. However, Gunner Glad struck out. After seven innings: Kentucky 9, Alabama 5.

Sixth inning: Slam highlights Bama’s 5-run inning
Jake Smith

Jake Smith

After a long rest in the dugout, RH Alex Meyer walked Alabama leadoff man Taylor Dugas and added a base via a wild pitch.  Josh Rutledge singled up the middle, moving Dugas to third. After a visit from Coach Gary Henderson, Meyer got Ross Wilson on a fly to shallow right, but walked Clay Jones to load the bases. Henderson then went to the bullpen, calling on LH Mike Kaczmarek. He hit Jon Kelton with a pitch, forcing in Dugas with the Tide’s first run. Jake Smith then ripped a 1-2 pitch over the center-field wall, his second career grand slam against UK and his fourth slam overall. Kaczmarek got the next two batters to end a five-run, two-hit inning. In the bottom half, Alabama went to its fifth pitcher of the game, RH Tyler White. Braden Kapteyn led off with his third hit of the game, a single to center. Kapteyn moved up on Keenan Wiley’s bunt and Taylor Black’s groundout, but was stranded at third. After six innings: Kentucky 9, Alabama 5.

Fifth inning: UK bats around in six-run inning
Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer

Wildcats RHP Alex Meyer continued to cruise, setting Alabama down in order. Then UK built on its lead. Andy Burns led off with a triple to the left-field corner, then came home on Braden Kapteyn’s second RBI-single of the game. Keenan Wiley beat out a bunt single, putting runners on first and second. Taylor Black also put down a bunt — which LHP David Head threw into right field for a run-scoring, two-base error. When the throw to second was bobbled by shortstop Josh Rutledge, for a second error on the play, Wiley also scored. The Crimson Tide changed pitchers, bringing in LH Matt Taylor. He beaned Marcus Nidiffer. Neiko Johnson’s bunt moved runners to second and third. One out later, Chad Wright came through with his third hit of the game, a two-run single to left, and took second base on the throw. Wright scored on Gunner Glad’s third hit of the game, a single up the middle. Burns, who led off the inning, lined out to right. After five innings: Kentucky 9, Alabama 0.

Taylor Black

Taylor Black

Fourth inning: Wildcats stretch lead to 3-0

Alabama got its second hit of the game, by Jon Kelton, and like the first one it was a double. It came with two outs, though, and RH Alex Meyer struck out Jake Smith for the second time to strand Kelton. Taylor Black led off the UK half of the inning with his fourth homer of the season, the ball glancing off the top of the left-field wall. Marcus Nidiffer followed with a single to left, his second hit in as many at-bats. That knocked out RH Tucker Hawley, who was replaced by LH David Head. Neiko Johnson bunted Nidiffer to second. One out later, Chad Wright sent an RBI-double to the right-field corner. Wright was stranded. After four innings: Kentucky 3, Alabama 0.

Third inning: UK strikes first
Braden Kapteyn

Braden Kapteyn

Alabama’s Taylor Dugas drew a two-out, full-count walk. He moved to second on a balk by Alex Meyer. But Josh Rutledge, who doubled in the first inning, grounded out to shortstop. UK got a two-out single by Gunner Glad, making him 2-for-2. Andy Burns walked on four pitches. Braden Kapteyn’s single to left plated Glad, moved Burns to second and finished Bama LH Taylor Wolfe. Coach Mitch Gaspard summoned RH Tucker Hawley from the bullpen. He got Keenan Wiley to fly to center. After three innings, Kentucky 1, Alabama 0.

Second inning: Meyer in control

RH Alex Meyer retired Alabama in order. Included was a strikeout, his third of the game. LH Taylor Wolfe set down the first two Kentucky batters, before Marcus Nidiffer doubled to left. Neiko Johnson struck out to end the threat. After two innings, no score.

First inning: Cats waste scoring chance

Alabama got a one-out double from Josh Rutledge, but RH Alex Meyer was otherwise in contol and Rutledge was stranded. In the bottom of the inning, Chris Bisson led off with a swinging-bunt single and advanced to second on Chad Wright’s single up the middle. Bisson was picked off by catcher Brock Bennett, a play that would end up costing a run. Gunner Glad made it three singles in a row, lining a 3-2 pitch to left. Wright needed every bit of his considerable speed to make it safely to third. Glad stole second as Andy Burns took a full-count pitch for a strike. Braden Kapteyn flied out to right. After one inning, no score.

Pre-game: UK goes for sweep

It’s a beautiful Sunday for baseball in the Cliff Hagan Stadium neighborhood — sunny, 67 degrees with a 6 mph breeze from right field to left.

Kentucky (21-11, 4-7 Southeastern Conference) is trying for a three-game sweep of Alabama (20-11, 4-7). Game time is 1 p.m.

The Wildcats pulled out a 7-6 victory Friday night and won 8-2 Saturday.

Starting lineups

ALABAMA — CF Taylor Dugas; SS Josh Rutledge; 2B Ross Wilson; 1B Clay Jones; LF Jon Kelton; 3B Jake Smith; DH David Kindred; RF Andrew Miller; C Brock Bennett. Pitching: LH Taylor Wolfe (2-1, 4.01).

KENTUCKY  — 2B Chris Bisson; LF Chad Wright; 1B Gunner Glad; 3B Andy Burns; DH Braden Kapteyn; CF Keenan Wiley; SS Taylor Black; C Marcus Nidiffer; RF Neiko Johnson. Pitching: RH Alex Meyer (4-2, 7.64).

UMPIRES – HP Richie Tallent; 1B Donald Gilmore; 3B Mark Chapman.


Baseball final: Kentucky 5, Louisville 0

April 6, 2010

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.

Eighth inning
Mike Kaczmarek

Mike Kaczmarek

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.

Seventh inning
UK lefty Mike Kaczmarek sent Louisville down in order for the third inning in a row, making him 10-for-10 in batters retired since coming on in relief of Jordan Cooper. Included in the seventh inning was Cade Stallings, who pinch hit for DH Zak Wasserman. U of L righty Matt Koch retired the first two Cats he faced, but then plunked Gunner Glad and Braden Kapteyn. They were stranded, though, when Cory Farris struck out. After seven innings, Kentucky leads Louisville 5-0.
Sixth inning
Marcus Nidiffer

Marcus Nidiffer

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.

Fifth inning
Gunner Glad

Gunner Glad

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.

Fourth inning
Keenan Wiley

Keenan Wiley

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

Third inning

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.

Second inning

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.

First inning

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.

Starting lineups

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.


Final: Western Kentucky 6, Kentucky 3

March 31, 2010
Defensive changes for UK to begin the ninth: Gunner Glad moved from third base to first base; Andy Burns came in at third, batting in the No. 6 spot occupied by Navarro Hall. Nick Kennedy struck out Casey Dykes, but Jake Wells followed with his fourth single in five at-bats. UK Coach Gary Henderson brought RH Matt Little into the game. Batter’s interference on Matt Borgschulte and a Logan Robbins strikeout ended the threat. In the bottom of the ninth, Taylor Black flied to right, pinch-hitter Lance Ray struck out and Chad Wright took a called third strike.
Final totals
Western Kentucky  001  012  200  — 6  9  2
Kentucky                010  110  000  –  3  6  2

In the eighth, UK’s Nick Kennedy retired Western in order on a groundout and a pair of called third strikes. Western turned to its seventh pitcher of the game, RH Rye Davis. Navarro Hall, batting from Braden Kapteyn, grounded out to second. Keenan Wiley and Marcus Nidiffer struck out. At the end of eight innings: Western Kentucky 6, Kentucky 3.

The bottom of the seventh opened with Western’s sixth change of pitchers, the Hilltoppers going with RH Shane Cameron, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior. For the first time in the game, UK went down 1-2-3. At the end of seven innings: Western Kentucky 6, Kentucky 3.

Monte Ketchum opened the top of the seventh with a high infield fly — which 3B Gunner Glad dropped for an error. Blake Crabtree came in to run for Ketchum, advancing to second on a groundout. UK Coach Gary Henderson called on RH Kyle Jackson to relieve Jordan Cooper. Jake Wells greeted Jackson with an RBI single to left and took second on the throw to the plate. Matt Borgschulte, batting in Kori Petri’s spot, struck out. For the second inning in a row, No. 9 hitter Logan Robbins was hit by a pitch. Also for the second inning in a row, Matt Payton followed with a run-scoring hit. This one, through the right side of the infield, scored Wells, moved Robbins to third and knocked out Jackson. RH Nick Kennedy got the call from Henderson. Kennedy struck out Jared Andreoli. In the middle the seventh: Western Kentucky 6, Kentucky 3.
Matt Payton

Matt Payton

UK’s Jordan Cooper ran into trouble in the sixth inning. After fanning Casey Dykes, Western’s 7-8-9 batters reached to load the bases — Jake Wells singled, Kori Petri walked and Logan Robbins was hit by a pitch. Then, Matt Payton doubled to left-center, scoring two runs. Cooper fanned Jared Andreoli, then issued an intentional walk to Kes Carter, reloading the bases. Matt Rice grounded to second for an inning-ending force play at second. For a third consecutive inning, Western went to the bullpen, this time bringing in RH Phil Wetherell. He set down the first two Cats he faced, but Taylor Black reached when left-fielder Petri dropped a shallow fly for a two-base error. Neiko Johnson walked, resulting in another change of pitchers for the Hilltoppers. This time, it was LH Garrie Krueger. He got Chad Wright to bounce out to first. At the end of six innings: Western Kentucky 4, Kentucky 3.

In the fifth, Mike Kaczmarek gave up a one-out single to Jared Andreoli, then hit Kes Carter with a pitch. UK Coach Gary Henderson called to the bullpen for RH Jordan Cooper. The baserunners immediately pulled off a double steal. Andreoli scored on Matt Rice’s groudout to second. Cooper got Monte Ketchum on a sharp come-backer. In the bottom of the inning, the Hilltoppers brought in RH Taylor Haydel. Chris Bisson laced a one-out single. He stole second and continued to third when catcher Rice’s throw went into center field. Bisson scored when Gunner Glad grounded out to short. Cory Farris reached on a dropped third strike and stole second, but was stranded. At the end of five innings: Kentucky 3, Western Kentucky 2.
UK's Chris Bisson waits on a pitch.

UK's Chris Bisson sits back on an early-inning pitch.

Western’s Monte Ketchum led off the fourth inning with a walk. One out later, Jake Wells moved Ketchum to third by singling sharply to right field. Kory Petri was hit by a pitch, but plate umpire Roger Fulks ruled that Petri didn’t attempt to get out of the way. Next pitch, Petri was called out on a check swing. WKU coach Chris Finwood argued both calls to no avail. Logan Robbins lined to left, where Chad Wright made a controlled hop to go up and get the ball. UK regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. RHP Tyler Gilliland came on to open the inning for Western. Keenan Wiley reached on a one-out single up the middle, his second hit in as many at-bats, then stole second. Marcus Nidiffer’s single up the middle brought Wiley around to score. After four innings: Kentucky 2, Western Kentucky 1.

UK's Chad Wright checks his swing, taking a Brian Edelen pitch for a ball.

UK's Chad Wright checks his swing, taking a Brian Edelen pitch for a ball.

Western came on to tie the game in the third. With one out, Matt Payton was hit by a pitch. He took second when RH Sam Kidd made an errant pickoff throw. John Andreoli singled up the middle to score Payton. LH Mike Kaczmarek came on in relief of Kidd. After walking Kes Carter, Kaczmarek gets out of the jam with UK’s second double play in as many innings. Right fielder Cory Farris snagged Matt Rice’s fly ball, then pegged a strike to third baseman Gunner Glad, who held on as Andreoli slid hard. In the bottom of the inning, Chris Bisson drew a two-out walk and Glad was hit by a pitch. A double steal put the runers in scoring position, but Farris struck out on a 2-2 pitch. After three innings: Kentucky 1, Western Kentucky 1.

In the second, Western wasted a leadoff walk to Casey Dykes, who was doubled off for the third out when Kori Petri popped to third on a hit-and-run play. Gunner Glad led off the bottom of the inning with a home run to left field. At the end of two innings: Kentucky 1, Western Kentucky 0.
Gunner Glad

Gunner Glad

UK freshman right-hander delivers a pitch Wednesday.
UK freshman right-hander Sam Kidd delivers a first-inning pitch Wednesday.

Nothing doing for either team in the first inning. Western got a two-out single by Kes Carter and a walk by Matt Rice, but both were stranded when Monte Ketchum fanned. UK got a leadoff single from Neiko Johnson, but he was picked off by RHP Brian Edelen. At the end of one, no score.

Western Kentucky’s Hilltoppers are in Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in a non-conference baseball game at Cliff Hagan Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Brian Edelen

Brian Edelen

The Hilltoppers (20-5), ranked as high as No. 18 in the nation, will send right-hander Brian Edelen (3-0, 3.32) to the mound.

Sam Kidd

Sam Kidd

UK, as high as No. 3, will counter with right-hander Sam Kidd (1-0, 6.61). The Wildcats (17-8) are in the midst of a 20-game stretch that includes 19 against ranked teams. The lone non-ranked team, Cincinnati, fell to UK Tuesday in the Queen City, 11-2.

Western won 10-9 when it visited Lexington last season.

Lineups

Western Kentucky — Matt Payton SS; Jared Andreoli RF; Kes Carter CF; Matt Rice C; Monte Ketchum DH; Casey Dykes 3B; Jake Wells 1B; Kory Petri LF; Logan Robbins 2B. Pitching: RH Brian Edelen (3-0, 3.32).

Kentucky — Neiko Johnson DH; Chad Wright LF; Chris Bisson 2B; Gunner Glad 3B; Cory Farris RF; Braden Kapteyn 1B; Keenan Wiley CF; Marcus Nidiffer C; Taylor Black SS. Pitching: RH Sam Kidd (1-1, 6.61).

Umpires – Roger Fulks HP; Keith Shartzer 1B; Bryan Donnelly 3B.

Weather — 73 degrees, 9 mph wind in from RF.

 


Baseball final: Kentucky 11, Xavier 6; EKU wins

March 23, 2010
Gary Henderson

Gary Henderson

Comments from Kentucky baseball coach Gary Henderson on the Wildcats’ 11-6 victory over Xavier, Tuesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

General thoughts: “We’re going to have to find out how to play better defense in the mid-week game. There’s no question about that. Really disappointed with our defense early in the game. Obviously, the second half was dramatically better. Put a lot of pressure on ourselves with poor defense and the number of walks that we created. Between those two things, we let them stay in the game a lot longer than we would have liked. Pleased that (Nick) Kennedy was able to find some poise late. And then our hitters got hits at crucial times. Especially the two-out hits in the sixth. Really pleased with Chad Wright’s at-bat after the two strikeouts, to come up and get a two-strike, two-run double.”
On using six pitchers: “And would have like to have used two or three more. But mid-week baseball, sometimes doesn’t do that for you. You’d like to use as many as you can. We got six of them in there. In all reality, Sam Kidd pitched much better than it looked, in my opinion. He was clearly nervous. Jordan (Cooper) was not sharp the first inning. Kyle Jackson clearly didn’t have it tonight. Nick Kennedy — four walks in 2 2/3 is completely out of character. And then ‘Kaz’ (Mike Kaczmarek) and (Matt) Little did a nice job.”
On Xavier having 13 runners left on base:You can look at that in a positive way, no question. You leave that many guys on, it’s positive that your guys made pitches or your guys made plays — we got the two double plays when it mattered. But clearly you can’t have that many baserunners.”
On offensive balance: “I don’t know the number of two-out hits we got tonight. But we had some. And we had some from guys after they had had less-than-great starts, so I was really pleased with that. And we hit a lot of balls hard tonight. I don’t know how many it was, but we had several balls on the barrel and I’m clearly pleased to see that. We’ve played mid-week games before and it seemed like we struggled to get six or seven hits. So to be able to get 13 hits on the board, with a lot of them being hit well, you’re pleased to see that come around.”
UK batting leaders — Chris Bisson 3-for-5, 1 run, RBI, 2 stolen bases; Taylor Black, 1-for-1, sac bunt, hit by pitch, walk, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Chad Wright, 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Lance Ray, 2-for-2, 2 runs; Cory Farris, 1-for-4, run, 2 RBI; Marcus Nidiffer, 1-for-2, run, 2 RBI.
Winning pitcher: Nick Kennedy (1-0).
In the ninth, Matt Little struck out the first two batters he faced, then got John McCambridge to ground to first.
Final totals
Xavier        6-12-0, 13 left on base
Kentucky   11-13-5, 6 left on base
Kentucky 11, Xavier 6: Both teams stranded a runner in a scoreless eighth. Going into the ninth, Kentucky made its fifth call to the bullpen, this time for Matt Little.
Marcus Nidiffer

Marcus Nidiffer

Kentucky 11, Xavier 6: UK defensive changes in the seventh: Marcus Nidiffer (pinch-hitter) remained in the game as catcher; Gunner Glad moved from third base to first; Andy Burns took over at third, batting in the No. 7 slot where 1B Lance Ray had been. Nothing for Xavier in the top of the inning.

Nidiffer’s two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, to left, increased UK’s lead to 11-6. Scoring ahead of him was Glad, who led off the inning with a double. Going to the eighth, a pitching change for UK: LH Mike Kaczmarek taking over from Nick Kennedy.
 
Kentucky 9, Xavier 6: For the fifth time in six innings, Xavier added to its score. UK’s Nick Kennedy sandwiched a pair of walks around a strikeout. Phil Bauer singled to center to score Neil Lindgren with the game-tying (6-6) run. That was all, though, as Kennedy struck out Matt Kleifges and got Ryan Bellamy to ground out.
Chad Wright

Chad Wright

The Wildcats got a one-out single up the middle by Lance Ray. Marcus Nidiffer, pinch-hitting for Luke Maile, flied to center. Ray moved to second when Taylor Black was nicked by a pitch. Ray and Black scored on Chad Wright’s second double of the game, this one to the left-field corner. Wright came home on Chris Bisson’s third hit of the game, a sharp single to right-center. Bisson advanced on his second steal of the game and Braden Kapteyn walked. Xavier went to the bullpen, calling on 6-foot-5, 260-pound RH Zac Richard, who escaped further damage.

Kentucky 6, Xavier 5: In the fifth, Xavier greeted reliever Kyle Jackson with back-to-back singles up the middle by Bobby Freking and Phil Bauer. Freking was forced at third when Matt Kleifges tried to bunt the runners ahead. Ryan Bellamy singled to shallow left, which should have loaded the bases. When Chad Wright bobbled the ball in left, though, Bauer was able to score. Nick Kennedy came in to take over from Jackson on the mound. Kennedy caught Bellamy straying from first but Bellamy broke for second and 1B Lance Ray’s throw to second hit the runner in the back. Kennedy caught Seth Willoughby looking at a third strike, but walked John McCambridge to load the bases. Kennedy left the bases jammed, striking out Drew Schmidt.

For the first time in the game, UK went down in order.
Taylor Black

Taylor Black

Kentucky 6, Xavier 4 — With one out in the top of the fourth, Xavier’s John McCambridge reached on a bunt single, stole second and took third on a groundout. He scored on Neil Lindgren’s grounder, which 2B Chris Bisson muffed for his second error of the game.

The tie didn’t last long. Lance Ray led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single. One out later, Taylor Black crushed his first homer of the season, far over the left-field wall, to make it 6-4. Xavier starter Brian Muransky struck out Chad Wright, then gave way to RH Josh Deeg.

To open the fifth, UK called to the bullpen for RH Kyle Jackson.

Cory Farris

Cory Farris

Kentucky 4, Xavier 3 — RH Jordan Cooper took over UK pitching chores from Sam Kidd to open the third inning. Cooper walked leadoff man Ben Thomas. Bobby Freking singled up the middle, Thomas taking second. Phil Bauer bunted the runners to second and third. Both scored on Matt Kleifges’ single down the right-field line. Kleifges tried to stretch the hit to a double, but was gunned down, RF Cory Farris to SS Taylor Black.

Kentucky came back in the bottom of the inning with Cory Farris’ one-out, two-run homer to right. Chris Bisson, who led off the inning with his second hit of the game, also scored.

                           This just in from Richmond …

Eastern Kentucky has defeated Miami (Ohio) 7-3 at Turkey Hughes Field. Both teams are 8-10 after the Colonels snapped a four-game losing streak. LH Greg Terry (2-1) worked six innings to get the win. Jayson Langfels, Richie Allen and Jacob Daniel each had two hits for EKU. Anthony Ottrando and Michael Garcia each drove in two runs.

                 Back to the Wildcats and Musketeers …

Kentucky 2, Xavier 1In the top of the second, back-to-back errors by SS Taylor Black and Chris Bisson to start the inning and a two-out hit batsman loaded the bases for Neil Lindgren. RH Sam Kidd caught Lindgren looking at strike three.

Keenan Wiley led off the UK second with a double to right-center, then took third on a wild pitch. Lance Ray walked. After Luke Maile took a called third strike, Taylor Black put down a sacrifice bunt to score Wiley.

Xavier 1, Kentucky 1 – Xavier scratched out a run in the top of the first. John McCambridge led off with a high-hop single that pitcher Sam Kidd couldn’t field cleanly. A groundout moved McCambridge to second. He scored on Neil Lindgren’s looping single down the right-field line.

UK countered in the bottom of the inning. Chad Wright led off with a double to the gap in left-center, then took third on Chris Bisson’s bloop single down the left-field line. Braden Kapteyn’s line-drive single to right scored Wright.

Kentucky (15-5) is taking on Xavier (4-14) at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Starting lineups

XAVIER — John McCambridge CF; Drew Schmidt 2B; Neil Lindgren C; Ben Thomas DH; Bobby Freking 1B; Phil Bauer SS; Matt Kleifges LF; Ryan Bellamy RF; Seth Willoughby 3B. Pitching — RH Brian Muransky (0-4, 10.66).

KENTUCKY –Chad Wright LF; Chris Bisson 2B; Braden Kapteyn DH; Cory Farris RF; Gunner Glad 3B; Keenan Wiley CF; Lance Ray 1B; Luke Maile C; Taylor Black SS. Pitching — RH Sam Kidd (1-1, 6.91).

Umpires — Keith Schartzer HP; Scott Kennedy 1B; Bob Howard 3B.