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Cats Walk-off With Series, 6-5 in 10 Innings

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Sophomore Ka’ai Tom slapped a two out single into right field to with runners on the corners to break a five-five tie in the bottom of the tenth inning that capped furious Wildcat rally in the final home game of the season. Second baseman JaVon Shelby led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Cousino. After a fly-out to center by Max Kuhn that advanced Shelby to third, A.J. Reed (the NCAA leader in homeruns and heavy favorite to be the National Player of the Year) was intentionally walked to bring Tom to the plate.

“Everyone in the stadium knew that A.J. (Reed) was going to get walked”, said Tom. “I just kept taking deep breaths and luckily the ball got through the infield.  It took pretty much the who season to get a walk-off win, so it feels great.”

The win seemed improbable after the first five innings where the Cats were held to just two hits and trailed 5-0 after giving up four runs in the second and another in the fourth. Their fortunes began to turn in the sixth as Micheal Thomas drew a bases loaded walk to push across the first Wildcat run. Matt Reida hit a chopper up the middle that was misplayed by the shortstop behind the second base bag to make it 5-2. JaVon Shelby grounded into a run scoring double play and Austin Cousino smacked a double to cut the lead to one. Third baseman Max Kuhn nearly tied the game with an infield single but was thrown out at first by a fraction of a step.

“Really good win, I’m really proud of the kids”, said Head Coach Gary Henderson. “To be able to be down five going into the bottom of the sixth and come back and chip away and then leave some base runners on there, it showed some real resilience from our kids.”

The Cats threatened to take control of the game as they loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t push across the tying run as Auburn turned to center fielder Ryan Tella, who fanned three straight Wildcats to preserve the lead. Tella, a senior, made just his second career appearance for the Tigers. His first was Tuesday night where he faced two batters.

Austin Cousino tied the game at five in the eighth with a one-out solo homerun that snuck just inside the right field foul pole. “It was curving a lot in the beginning, I think there were some baseball gods up there who helped with the wind”, said Cousino of his fourth homer of the season.
The Wildcat bullpen finally came through in the clutch, allowing just one run over the final eight innings. Junior Spencer Jack earned his third win of the season, working the final two innings and wiggled out of a bases loaded jam with one-out in the top of the ninth.
The Cats (30-20, 12-15 SEC) will hit the road for the final week of the season, first traveling to Paducah on Tuesday night for a match-up with Murray State before heading to Athens for the final SEC series of the year. The three-game set against the Bulldogs will have major post season implications as both teams are fighting for the final SEC Tournament spot.

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Article written by David Mulloy

9 Comments for Cats Walk-off With Series, 6-5 in 10 Innings

  1. Eb
    6:50 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    I’d recommend prefacing the situation by at least mentioning the opposing team’s name somewhere in the first paragraph (probably the title too?). I was mildly frustrated (it is only college baseball after all) that I didn’t have this crucial detail of the story until the middle of the report. Other than that, sounds like an exciting day on the diamond.

    • Lordy
      7:42 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

      Totally agree!!!!

  2. Rei
    6:51 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    I saw this game on tv, it was a fun finish.

  3. Chaz
    8:57 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Nice finish Cats. Always good to end the season on a high note and then on to the tourney. Good Luck!
    Go Cats!

  4. randomer
    9:33 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Seriously- I don’t mean to be a “troll” but how can you not even mention who the opposing team is in the first half of the post. And then the guy earlier that posted a big football recruit without saying position. Get it together – who, what, where, why.. they teach that crap in 3rd grade.

  5. AB
    10:56 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    Mentioned our opponents FINALLY in the umpteenth paragraph. Jesus, get back to class.

  6. JChap
    11:45 pm May 11, 2014 Permalink

    I was gonna complain about the shoddy writing but it would appear several have saved me the trouble. You guys need to set your standards a little higher.

  7. John Willen
    12:31 am May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Love the site. Absolutely love the site. Hell, I check it ten plus times a day and will continue to do so. That being said, a little constructive criticism. Maybe drop the name of the opposing school somewhere before the fifth paragraph?

  8. .......and Flow
    8:23 am May 12, 2014 Permalink

    My attention span only lasts for a few paragraphs, so I have no idea who we beat or if this was regular season or post season game.