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Kentucky SWEEPS Canisius to go 5-0 on the Week


Some good news on the baseball diamond on a day Cats fans need it, Kentucky sweeps Canisius to open up Kentucky Proud Park with five-straight wins and to get back on track.

In game one, Kentucky’s ace Zack Thompson was once again dominant. After striking out five batters in the first two innings, Thompson was well on his way to a career-high 11 strikeouts in six innings of work. He also only gave up two runs and six hits. Three of those hits came via infield singles.

Despite being down two runs early, Kentucky had their fourth comeback win of the season. Heading into the seventh, Kentucky was down 2-1 after a TJ Collett scored Zeke Lewis on a rare infield single from the powerful Collett, but that changed quickly when the Cats hung five runs on the board.

The Seventh began unconventionally with pitcher Grant Maccochi being brought on to pinch hit, where he drew a walk. He would reach third on a single from Breydon Daniel then Jaren Shelby knocked him in to tie the game. Collett gave Kentucky their first lead of the game on an RBI single, but the big blow in the inning came on a Coltyn Kessler two-RBI single to give the Cats a four-run lead.

Kentucky would tack on four more in the eighth, also helped by Kessler. He finished with a career-high three RBIs and tied his career-best with two hits, including a double.

Kentucky would go onto win 10-2, and Zack Thompson improved to 2-1 on the year.

Highlights:


In game two of this series, despite the cold weather, the Kentucky bats were hot with 12 runs. As I’ve mentioned quite frequently early this season, Kentucky has gotten a lot of production from the bottom of their lineup, and game two was no exception as Zeke Lewis had four RBIs out of the nine spot in the order. Not known for his power, Lewis had to get his runs with the help of small ball, and the same applied to the rest of the Cats today as well.

Kentucky got most of their runs via sacrifice outs, but they burnt up the bases as well with six stolen bases, three of them coming from Breydon Daniel. One great example of small ball Kentucky used was a trick play that allowed Breydon Daniel to take home. In the 4th inning, Ryan Shinn baited the Canisius catcher by falling down at second. Naturally, the catcher threw the ball down to 2nd base, trying to catch Shinn slipping(literally), but once the ball went to 2nd, that allowed Daniel to swipe home. Brilliant play.

Even though the use of small ball was prevalent, The Cats still made sure to get their power in with two big blue bombs. The first one came off the bat of Ryan Shinn in the 3rd inning with a 375 ft. opposite field shot to extend his on-base streak to nine games and the Kentucky lead to three.

The reigning two-time JUCO home-run king, Dalton Reed, has been a great addition to this brand new Kentucky roster. His bat has been hot to start the 2019 campaign, and he continued his tear with a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth.

Dillion Marsh was terrific on the mound this afternoon as he picked up his first win on the year. Marsh started the game by facing the minimum and holding a no-hitter through Four and a thirds innings. After going five strong innings, he was pulled in the sixth. He ended his day with three hits, two walks, and two runs on three base hits. He had six strikeouts as well.

In his absence, the collective effort from Degen, Daniels, Johnson, and Cottongame was near perfect as Alex Degen was the only pitcher to allow a hit and a run out of relief.

Dylan Marsh is 1-1 on the year as the Cats took this one 12-3.

Hightlights:


In game three, the Bat Cats once again had a comeback victory. This time, being down 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth Jaren Shelby was the hero with a two-RBI single that was set up by a TJ Collett.

The Cats would hold that lead due to three perfect innings by Cole Daniels and Hunter Rigsby in relief. While Daniels was credited with the win, it was a solid effort by both of them regarding high-praise.

While the least amount of runs Kentucky scored in this series came in this game, there were a few offensive bright spots. For starters, Ryan Shinn’s on-base streak has reached ten games now. Shinn has been red hot to start to the season and hopefully, he won’t cool off anytime soon.

Another bright spot was this two-run big blue bomb that Breydon Daniel obliterated back in the third inning to put Kentucky on the board.

Absolute moonshot.

Kentucky would win this one 4-3 to sweep Canisius.

Highlights:


After a horrible weekend in Lubbock, Texas the Cats had their groove this weekend in what was a special week. This week saw the grand-opening of Kentucky Proud Park, and Kentucky went 5-0 this week to improve their record to 8-3.

Kentucky will look to extend on their five-game win streak and stay undefeated at KPP when they take on Wright State in Lexington, Tuesday at 4:00 pm ET. As always, you can catch the game on 98.5 FM Lexington on the UK Sports Network or SEC Network+. 

Go Cats.


@BrentW_KSR

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentW_KSR

2 responses to “Kentucky SWEEPS Canisius to go 5-0 on the Week”

  1. Lip Man 1

    I’m a big baseball guy myself but in no way does this make things any easier after what Tennessee did to UK on the basketball floor.

  2. dismore

    It’s going to be a long SEC season for the bat cats.