Kentucky was looking to get back to .500 against border rival, Indiana, in front of local teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day at Kentucky Proud Park, and they did just that as they beat the Hoosiers 5-2.
Jimmy Ramsey was much better on the mound today after a dreadful start on Friday that saw him give up five earned runs in just 1.2 innings of work. Today, Ramsey went four solid innings, striking out seven batters and only allowing a run on three hits.
Daniel Harper came in relief and didn’t give up a single base runner in his two innings while sitting down half the batters he faced on strikes.
The rest of the bullpen only allowed two hits and a run the rest of the way.
The Cats got on the board early as two came around on a past ball of all things. Indiana’s pitcher walked Ryan Johnson then hit Ryan Shinn to lead off the game. After a sac bunt moved the two into scoring position, the ball squirted away from Wyatt Cross, and instead of finding it immediately, he took time to argue with the home plate umpire allowing two Cats to score for Kentucky to take a 2-0 lead after one without even having a hit on the board.
Then in the fifth Kentucky struck for two more. One run came when Elliot Curtis executed a PERFECT hit and run to bring home Ryan Johnson from second base. Then, the Cats once again took advantage of another caching error by the Hoosiers when Ryan Shinn scored on a pickoff move from the catcher. The catcher’s throw to third bounced into the outfield which allowed Shinn to waltz home. Kentucky scored on three runs on errors from both of Indiana’s catchers.
Coltyn Kessler would give Kentucky one more run in the seventh on an RBI single that scored Ryan Johnson to make it a 5-2 Kentucky lead. The Cats would hold on to that lead to give them their 24th victory of the year to put them right at .500.
Kentucky will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Columbia, South Carolina in a series that will likely determine who will be in the SEC tournament between the two.
First pitch in Columbia is set for 7:00 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
Check out the highlights from tonight’s win:
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