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Kentucky Takes Down #2 Louisville 11-7


Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

#10 Kentucky scored the first 11 runs in an 11-7 win over #2 Louisville on Tuesday night. It was UK’s first win over Louisville since 2014 and their biggest win of the 2017 season.

Recap

It’s hard to imagine a better start to a game than what UK got in the first inning. Tristan Pompey doubled off the right field wall to start the inning. Luke Becker singled him home and started the offensive onslaught. Riley Mahan, Troy Squires, and Tyler Marshall all followed with RBI singles before Marcus Carson drove in the fifth run of the game on a SAC bunt. Louisville was forced to go to their bullpen early after trailing 5-0 through one inning.

Just as Louisville got an opportunity to get a couple runs back, UK stomped it out. With runners at second and third. UK recorded a triple play to end the threat. Reks caught a fly ball and threw out a runner at home. Squires tagged the runner and threw out the man at third for a triple play.

The Cats stepped on Louisville’s throats in the third inning. With runners on first and second, UK got two runs on an error by the second baseman and a throwing error by the centerfielder. Connor Heady followed with a home run to left field to extend UK’s lead to 9-0 after three.

While Kentucky’s offense built an 11-0 lead, Zack Thompson kept the number two team in the nation quiet. The freshman starter didn’t make it through the third inning in his first game against Louisville, but he looked more composed on Tuesday. Thompson allowed four runs and struck out seven over five innings. 

Colton Cleary entered with two on and no out in the sixth. Drew Ellis greeted Cleary with a home run to left that cut UK’s lead to six. After allowing a double, Cleary was pulled and replaced by Chris Machamer. Two more runs would come across in the sixth as Louisville trimmed the lead to four.

Machamer was able to silent the Louisville offense in the seventh after the Cardinals made it close in the sixth. Zach Pop followed Machamer in the eighth with two strikeouts as he retired the side in order.

UK’s 11 runs through four innings was enough to get them their first win over Louisville since 2014. Logan Salow entered in the ninth and shut the door as Squires picked off a runner at first to end a 11-7 shootout win for UK

 

Eight different players collected hits in the win. Louisville-native Tyler Marshall went 3/4 with two RBIs to lead UK to their first win in the last six tries over the Cards. Today’s game also set a record for Cliff Hagan Stadium with 4,018 in attendance. 

The Cats are back in action this Friday against LSU at home.

 

Article written by Trey Huntsman

Keepin' fresh since '96. I couldn't play baseball, so I write about it to fill the void. Former Tampa Bay Rays Trackman and host of the KSR Baseball Podcast. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanKSR.

One response to “Kentucky Takes Down #2 Louisville 11-7”

  1. Big DAWG Loggin

    Great game! Go CATS!