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Series Recap: #2 Kentucky over #1 LSU

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The following series recap post was written by David Mulloy from KSR College. For more coverage of UK baseball and all UK sports, check out

Game 1: 5-4 LSU

The Tigers gave the Cats just their third one run loss of the season in front of a season high 3,785 fans, 5-4.  A pair of first inning errors proved costly for the Cats as they allowed two LSU runs to score.  Wildcat leadoff hitter Austin struck-out in all five of his plate appearances.  Michael Williams drove in two runs and Cameron Flynn and Zac Zellers added a run apiece but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers scored five runs with two outs to take the first game in the series.  LSU starter Kevin Gausman lived up to his billing as the top pitcher in the nation as he threw seven innings and fanned 11 Wildcats with tripled digit heat. 

Game 2: 8-1 UK

The Cats shook off tough night and quickly jumped on top of the Tigers with two runs in the first inning.  Austin Cousino returned to form and broke the game open in the forth with a three run bomb off the party deck in centerfield to cap a four run inning for the Cats.  Luke Maile would add two more in the seventh with his SEC leading 11th homerun of the year as UK starter Jerad Grundy picked up his first conference win. 

Game 3: 7-6 UK

 The rubber match of the series was a back and forth affair that was all one could ask for between the top two teams in the nation.  LSU jumped on top in the second inning as Raph Rhymes hit a solo homerun off the scoreboard in left-field in-route to a 4 for 4 day in which he drove in three of the Tigers six runs and improved his SEC leading average to .500. The Cats responded with 3 runs to take the lead in the bottom of the third, and it was back and forth the rest of the game. Alex Phillips closed it out for UK in a 2-inning save and Kentucky held on to win 7-6.

The series win marks the sixth SEC series win in six attempts and the Cats are now 5-0 in Sunday SEC rubber match games this season with Corey Littrell on the mound. UK is now in sole posession of first place in the SEC and will likely be the #1 ranked team in all polls on Monday. Kentucky heads to Louisville on Tuesday night seeking revenge for a 12-0 loss two weeks ago in Lexington.  Next weekend, they will travel to Nashville for a three game set with Vanderbilt.

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

18 Comments for Series Recap: #2 Kentucky over #1 LSU

  1. Why I like baseball...
    4:30 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

  2. Ridge Runner
    4:30 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    So happy for the Cats! Series wins are big -both in the rankings obviously but as well as their confidence heading to the eventual playoffs / tourneys.

    2-inning save today by Phillips is huge.

    Go Blue!

  3. Ridge Runner
    4:32 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Oh & 1 more thing… We need to stomp loserville in the ground Tues nite to shut lil bro up.

  4. kywildcat
    4:33 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Snowball effect

  5. SexnNursinHomes
    4:35 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Baseball really lost me when the decided that steroids were cheating.

  6. BPsycho
    4:39 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    O.M.G World Piece? That was NOT an accident… ****** ***** is what you are. **** you Ron Artest.

  7. Blue haze
    4:43 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Great jesture for Anthony to show his love for the University and all sports! What a nice kid!

  8. LSU Fan
    4:43 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Good game, Wildcats. Seesaw rubber match. You were the best today. Hat’s off on your win. It should be UK #1, LSU #2 in the polls.

  9. Really??
    4:48 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Fourth, not forth. Silly college kids.

  10. SECOnNotice
    4:50 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Can you say basketball and baseball national title in the same season?

  11. jjjjkaboose
    4:50 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    SNH & BPsych…ya both know you are not right…right? hahaaha. Makes 3 of us.

    Hey, for any other baseball nuts like me, copied this info below regarding the SEC tourney (which we will win!) ha!

    The 2012 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tourney,.
    Games played through Friday are double elimination, while single elimination games start on Saturday in the six-day tournament.

    The East and West division champions will have the top two seeds and first-round byes. The other participants will be seeded based on conference winning percentage.

    The 2012 tournament will be held May 22-27 at Regions Park in Hoover, Alabama.

  12. SexnNursinHomes
    5:00 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    11- BP is definitely nuts. and thanks for posting the info. you know steroids are good for the game.

  13. BPsycho
    5:05 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    #11 Was goin for speed and wasn’t thinking about “you’re” I guess haha **** Ron Artest for real tho.

    If I could make it through a baseball game without falling asleep maybe I could enjoy it, but I doubt it lol


  14. BPsycho
    5:06 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    #12 I misread things on the reg. Because I quit drinking I swear!

  15. Talent Scout
    5:14 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Can any of those boys play football?
    Can any of them coach football?

  16. Big Daddy
    5:37 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink

    Can we just follow fall baseball workouts and forget football?

  17. Great series! It should do alot for UK’s confidence the rest of the year defeating LSU. I hope they just keep their focus. College World Series 2012?

  18. UK Rifle >>>> WVU Rifle
    8:27 pm April 22, 2012 Permalink


    Nice write up, was surprised by that 3rd game score tho. Thought it would be as close, but much lower. Except for Florida we could sweep the rest of the conference on the way to a home site till Omaha! Florida State sweeping Miami probably squeezes them into first place in most of the polls. 🙁