Catcher Troy Squires hit a ball in the gap to score Riley Mahan and give UK a 5-4 win over Arkansas in game two of today’s doubleheader. After dropping the first two games of the series, Kentucky came from behind to salvage the final game of the weekend. The game was kept alive by Dorian Hairston with two outs in the seventh. Hairston dribbled a ball in the hole that the second baseman could not make a play on. Squires would then get the big hit in the following at-bat. Here are the highlights from the win.
The Cats found some clutch hitting
UK had the winning run on base in games one and two, but could not drive in a single run. After Dominic Taccolini and Zach Jackson shut out the Cats in the first two games, UK finally got on the board against Keaton McKinney. Tristan Pompey doubled in Squires for UK’s first run of the series. The ninth inning had several clutch at-bats. Gunnar McNeill led the inning off with a single and Riley Mahan walked. After JaVon Shelby struck out on attempted bunt, Tyler Marshall flew out to give UK runners at first and second. Hairston and Squires drove in the runs to give UK the win.
Kentucky used six pitchers in seven innings
Kyle Cody went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits. Gary Henderson used five different pitchers to get the final five outs. The only player to retire more than one batter was Zach Pop in the seventh. Sean Hjelle wound up getting the win after throwing one pitch to end the threat in the seventh.
Dorian Hairston was huge again
Doc drove in three runs today on two hits. His first hit was a no-doubter to center field to tie the game at three. Hairston now has the BatCats last two home runs, dating back to the first Louisville game.
The bats woke up a little in game three
UK’s approach looked much better in the final game of the series. With five walks, the Cats were at least getting on base again. McNeill, Hairston, Squires, and Pompey all had two hits a piece. Mahan and Evan White also collected hits. Marcus Carson came in for Zach Reks in the sixth after Reks was hit by a pitch on the knee. Reks had several well hit balls today that were right at guys, so hopefully he is back for this week.
Kentucky is back at it Tuesday against Dayton and Wednesday against Miami of Ohio. Next weekend’s series will be at Auburn on the SECN+.