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.


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.