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Cards Beat Cats 5-2 in Game One of the Super Regional

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The Kentucky baseball team’s first Super Regional appearance looked completely different from the Bat Cats’ first Regional Championship win.

On Monday Kentucky scored ten runs on just six hits.  Today UofL scored five runs on just four hits.  The Cats rattled N.C. State into submission to start the week.  Today the tables turned after Drew Ellis’ three-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Kentucky catcher Kole Cottam was not a fan of Ellis’ celebration and he let him know about it.  The teams had to temporarily be restrained before resuming play.

At the time the Cards had a two-run lead thanks to an obscure rule they had to print out in order to share with the world.  With runners on second and third and one out, Cottam was called for catcher interference on a slow chopper to the short stop.  The umpires initially stopped play to load the bases, but the rule gives UofL an option to accept or decline the penalty.  The opted to decline, bringing in their second run in exchange for an out.

Louisville’s Kade McClure pitched a shutout for five and a third and surrendered just three hits.  Evan White’s lead-off single in the third inning gave the Bat Cats an opportunity, but McClure shut the door by striking out the side.  Their next best opportunity came with two leadoff hits in the fifth.  A botched bunt, a pickoff at second and a strikeout let Louisville leave the inning unscathed.

At least the game ended with some good news for the Cats.  Evan White hit a solo shot to right field to prevent a shutout.  They weren’t done.  The Bat Cats scored another run with a two-out rally off Louisville-native Tyler Marshall’s single.  T.J. Collett pinch-hit as the tying run but struck out swinging to end the game.

Tomorrow SEC Pitcher of the Year Sean Hjelle will take the mound to keep the Kentucky season alive at noon on ESPN.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Cards Beat Cats 5-2 in Game One of the Super Regional

  1. Howdy Doody
    3:31 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

    Is it time we start calling the umpires and threaten them ?

    • Booby Petrino
      4:45 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

      It’s past time for your dirty athletics program to fire Jurich. That audit report… Shoooo

  2. gokycats33
    3:58 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

    That catcher interference rule is stupid. To me, it looked like the home plate umpire through his hands up, as the bat hit the catchers mitt, which made Heady slow down some! I think a hard charging short stop, would have made the play at the plate, or at least made it challenging!

  3. maximumscott
    4:37 pm June 9, 2017 Permalink

    I do believe the coaching staff was 80% sure this would more than likely be the outcome of the first game. Sure they wanted and expected to win, but with a 3 game series you can afford to play strategy and set yourself up for a game 3 where pressure mounts and the underdog usually stands a better chance. Plus, with UKs Ace on the mound if they can oull out a W then they got momentum and possibly a sucker punch especially when that win would come against the NPOY on the mound. I believe they were tight first game and UL played like they have been there before. UK prolly has an40% chance tomorrow to win but if they do I would give them a 60 to win Sunday. Lets see what happens. I hate UL