Things have not necessarily been rolling the Bat Cats way this season, and in a 10-2 loss to No. 10 Ole Miss, it was no different.
In the second inning, while fans were still settling into their seats and Kentucky already down three runs after a three-run Ole miss home run, head coach Nick Mingione got tossed after arguing with home plate umpire Jeff Wright. Jimmy Ramsey struck out an Ole Miss batter, but the ball squandered in front of catcher Marshall Gei. The batter made contact with Gei on his way back to the dugout which allowed the Rebel on first base to take second base, while Gei was tied up with the batter. Wright said there was no obstruction which, understandably, sent Coach Mingione into orbit.
With an 18-16 record, and only two wins in conference play, Kentucky has been looking for a spark to get this team rolling midway through the season even though, it may be too little too late. Contrary to the belief that an ejection of a Coach will spark a team, after Coach Mingione got tossed Kentucky still couldn’t get a run until the ninth inning losing 8-2. However, those two runs in the ninth extended Kentucky’s scoring streak to 98 straight games, which is the third-best streak in school history.
Silver linings, am I right?
Another Silver lining is Jaren Shelby’s hot bat as he hit a double in the ninth that scored Coltyn Kessler who doubled before Shelby, to get Kentucky’s first run on the board in the ninth. Shelby would score on a fielder’s choice for Kentucky’s second run of the day.
Kentucky will look to find their spark tomorrow in Oxford during game two of this three-game set against the Rebels with Zack Thompson on the mound. First pitch is 2:00 p.m. ET on SEC Network+.
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