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Bat Cats Drop their First Game at Kentucky Proud Park


After Kentucky went on a five-game win streak to open up their new home, the Bat Cats looked like they had game six in the bag, but they blow the late lead and lose to Boston College 12-2.

Kentucky had a 2-1 lead with two outs in the eighth inning, but Boston College was threatening with bases loaded when Jimmy Ramsey gave up an infield single, that allowed two runs to score to give Boston College a one-run lead late. The Cats would end the top of the eighth down by three with two innings to make a comeback, but unfortunately, the Eagles hung a seven-spot in the top of the ninth to essentially end the hopes of late-game heroics.

Before the late-game debacle, Kentucky looked pretty solid with a Johnny All-staffer, only giving up one run until the eighth.

TJ Collett kept proving he has one of the best bats in the SEC with yet another home run this afternoon. He now has seven extra-base hits along with 16 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .596. What a monster.

Ryan Shinn’s on-base streak got in jeopardy in this one, but he was able to come through with a double in the eighth to extend his on-base streak to 11 games.

Coltyn Kessler has put together a nice little hit streak as well; he is now sitting at a career-high six games.

Kentucky will return to the diamond on Friday at 4 p.m. ET when they host Middle Tennessee in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Saturday and Sunday’s games are set for 1 p.m. first pitches. All three games will be aired on SEC Network+ or you can listen on UKathletics.com.

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentW_KSR

7 responses to “Bat Cats Drop their First Game at Kentucky Proud Park”

  1. weneedpitino

    The bat cats are gonna be a force this year. Nick mingione has it all charisma, character, good morals and heck maybe even the ability to double up and be an assistant coach for our men’s basketball team. He’s a great coach and mentor. Go cats!!

  2. davis2319

    Down by three at the end of the 8th with two innings to make a comeback? Does college play 10 innings now?

    1. Bluebloodtoo

      I see both points here. I think maybe the terminology used was a bit confusing. Maybe” two at-bats” or ” two opportunities” would have been more easily digestible.

  3. Bluebloodtoo

    Overall, my question is why do they keep losing games in late innings? Starting pitchers staying in too long? Not enough quality relievers?

    1. KayutsBy90

      Zero bullpen and 2 or 3 decent arms in total. Staff has done a terrible job recruiting. They knew in advanced that they were going to lose a lot after last season and did little to prevent a major slide.

  4. Bluebloodtoo

    Base runners on second stealing the pitch signs?