Kyle Cody, via UK Athletics
The No. 9 Kentucky Baseball team might have lost its first SEC series of 2016 in Nashville, but, on Sunday, the Cats got to head back to Lexington with a W. Behind a dominant start from senior Kyle Cody, a bases-clearing double from Troy Squires, and an interesting ninth from the bullpen, the Batcats beat No. 4 Vanderbilt 3-0. Let’s get to the box score and some notes.
Kyle Cody was Kyle Cody. In his fourth win of the year, the righty gave the Cats seven innings of four-hit baseball. Cody also struck out eight Vandy batters on the day. I don’t think Gary Henderson could have dreamt up a better start to bounce back from two losses and head home.
Squires with the big hit of the day. After a Zach Reks single, and a walk issued to JaVon Shelby, Luke Becker advanced the runners into scoring position. Tristan Pompey walked to load the bases for the sophomore catcher, and Squires delivered with a double to deep right that cleared the bases and gave the Cats a 3-0 lead. On a day when Storm Wilson and Reks both joined Squires in the multi-hit club, those were the only runs the lineup was able to push across the plate.
Things got a little too close in the ninth. The Kentucky bullpen looked like it was about to cruise through the Vandy lineup for the win behind freshmen Justin Lewis (minus the wild pitches) and Sean Hjelle. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Hjelle gave up a single, hit a batter, then walked the bases loaded for Vandy’s Jeren Kendall as the game-winning run. Thankfully, he was able to work out of the jam with a groundout to third to close out the series.
That’ll do it for the weekend. The Cats are right back in the thick of things Tuesday night when they go to No. 6 Louisville then host Arkansas for a weekend set at The Cliff. Stay tuned to KSR for all the updates.