Following a 6-4 win over Miami (Ohio) last night, Kentucky (10-6) ran all over the Redhawks in a 16-3 win on Friday. UK led 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth when the Cats blew it open with seven runs in the sixth and five in the seventh. Gunnar McNeill hit his first home run of the season and Marcus Carson collected three hits in the Cats’ tenth win of the year.
Early on, Miami kept the BatCats quiet. Zach Spears worked out of a couple early jams before UK finally got on the board in the fourth. Luke Heyer doubled and scored on an error to give UK the 1-0 lead. McNeill followed later in the inning with a two-run home run off the scoreboard to give Zach Logue some insurance.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) March 10, 2017
Logue was excellent once again on the mound. The junior went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk. Logue lowered his ERA to 1.93 after today’s performance. Miami touched Logue twice on Friday. Hayden Senger responded to Kentucky’s three-run fourth with a solo shot to lead off the fifth inning. The Redhawks would add another run in the sixth on an RBI double by Adam Yacek.
Leading by one, UK pulled away in the sixth inning. Eight consecutive hitters reached base in the seven-run sixth inning for the Cats. Zach Reks drove in a pair of runs to boost UK’s lead to 10-2 through six innings.
The Cats wouldn’t waste any time to add to their lead in the seventh inning. After Marcus Carson drove in his second run of the game, Storm Wilson, Heyer, Riley Mahan, and Tyler Marshall all brought home runs on base hits.
After Logue exited before the seventh, UK used a host of bullpen arms to finish off the game. Alec Maley, Austin Keen, Chris Machamer, and Jake Hamilton combined to retire the final nine Redhawks on Friday. Hamilton finished the game off a groundout to second to clinch the series win for UK.
The offense dominated once again- UK scored double digit runs for the seventh time this season on Friday. Six different players drove in two runs as the Cats collected 15 hits and walked ten times in the win. Carson has six games with three or more hits in his first 16 games. Mahan extended his team lead in RBIs with two more tonight to put him at 19 for the season. UK’s on base percentage as a team is nearing an astronomical .450 as the team prepares for SEC play next week. The Cats have outscored their opponents 136-49 in their first 16 games.
Cats take their second consecutive series. Here is the offensive box score from UK Athletics. pic.twitter.com/lucAutXXew
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Logue wins his third game- After a rough start against UNC, Logue has settled down in his last three starts. Logue is now 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 23.1 innings in 2017.
Luke Heyer has added a spark to the lineup- The JUCO transfer has proved he can be a contributor early. Heyer has eight extra base hits out of ten total base knocks in 11 games. He is second on the team with six doubles and two home runs.
Kentucky is undefeated at home- Nick Mingione and the Cats are now 8-0 at Cliff Hagan Stadium in 2017. Mingione said on the KSR Baseball Podcast that he wants the Cliff to be a place that opponents are scared to play at this season. The Cats have only allowed 13 runs in home games in 2017.
Due to incoming weather, the series will continue on Sunday rather than Saturday. The finale of the game will by on SECN+ at 1 ET. Justin Lewis will take the ball for UK looking to continue his string of quality starts.