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.
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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.