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Despite offensive efforts, Bat Cats fall to Florida, 12-8

The Cats fell behind early and, despite a late-game effort, couldn’t get it done in Gainesville against the Florida Gators. Kentucky lost the game 12-8, now falling to an even 22-22 on the season and 5-16 in the conference.

A two-run home run by Nelson Maldonado for the Gators followed by four scores in the second inning put the Cats down early, but UK didn’t go down without a fight. Kentucky tied the game at eight after a four-run fifth inning, but pitching miscues led to walks and hits at inopportune times, and the Gators were able to pull away throughout the back-half of the rubber match.

With eight runs, offense was hardly the problem in today’s game. In fact, the Cats scored eight runs in two of the three games against the Gators this series, yet they lost both times. During the fifth inning of Sunday’s matchup, Florida’s Jacob Young was hit by a pitch with two strikes already on the board, eventually leading to two scores for Florida. In the next inning, a different Gator was hit by a pitch and another one walked. Both moved up on errant pickoff throw.

Kentucky has scored in 108 consecutive games, good for the second-longest offensive streak in school history. And yet their record shows a serious struggle, especially in the SEC – with today’s loss, the Wildcats move behind South Carolina in the SEC East and behind Alabama in the overall conference standings.

The Cats will take a few days off for final exams, but they’ll return to action Friday, May 3. They’ll play Arkansas at home – first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network+.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

17 Comments for Despite offensive efforts, Bat Cats fall to Florida, 12-8

  1. dismore
    5:07 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

    Time to move on and find a legit SEC coach. Great guy but proven he’s not a SEC caliber coach. To much money invested into a new stadium to stick with him.

  2. runningunnin.454
    5:22 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

    Did I miss the article about Zack Thompson’s Rembrandt last night? Three hit complete game, and a masterful ninth…breaking balls that broke Florida’s hearts.

    • Brent Wainscott
      10:51 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

      You did, it’s on me. I had my phone stolen Saturday when it happened so I’ve been trying to get everything back in order. Forgive me.

  3. A_Blue_Wildcat
    7:04 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

    Good thing we spent tens of millions of dollars building a new baseball stadium no one really asked for, certainly couldn’t have gone towards anything more useful.

    • mashburnfan1
      7:10 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

      It’s one year, yes disappointing but not like the entire program will never win again. Idiot.

    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      7:16 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

      Yes I’m an idiot for pointing out that spending millions on a new baseball stadium doesn’t actually make a significant positive difference for a program. How dare I question how a public university spends it’s funds.

    • runningunnin.454
      7:44 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

      Yes, Blue Wildcat; I can not believe that they didn’t even ask you; such disrespect, I would write a scathing letter to UK if I were you.

    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      7:50 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

      Imagine supporting a decision to spend tens of millions on a new stadium for sport that doesn’t even turn profit when your previous stadium was completely functional.

    • Skooms
      8:05 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

      Oh helllllll nah Mashturdfan! Are you the pot or the kettle? You spew constant asinine CRAP about Cal every single chance you get, but take up for the baseball program?? Same kind of stuff my 12 year old does, the difference is that he’s not a salty crusty old old man like you yet.

    • MrPioneer
      8:23 am April 29, 2019 Permalink

      A blue wildcat… you’ve made it quite clear that you don’t understand how college athletics work on a basic level. The Cliff was widely regarded as the worst stadium in the SEC and it really wasn’t even close. You expect to get recruits playing in a stadium like that? Now we have the nicest stadium in the SEC. If you can’t comprehend how that makes a difference then I don’t know what to tell you. Imagine being such an idiot.

    • KayutsBy90
      10:12 am April 29, 2019 Permalink

      Blue Wildcat doesn’t get it, The Cliff wasn’t only the worst field in the SEC but there were countless fields that are superior with several being of them in smaller conferences. It was time for an upgrade especially with the upgrades that other non-revenue sports like track, softball and soccer have gotten over the past couple years. Also, I’m not certain but I believe most if not all of the money came from the Athletic Department’s surplus funds.

  4. mashburnfan1
    7:09 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

    UK Softball won the game and series today AT #3 Bama in a 13 inning thriller. Wins 2 of 3 at a power and was within 6 outs of a sweep. Congrats ladies. Baseball is disappointing, expected a rebuild but dead last in SEC is not acceptable.

    • dismore
      7:37 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

      Problem is he did nothing with all the talent we had last year.

    • runningunnin.454
      7:47 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

      Really enjoyed the 13 inning marathon; the girls will sleep well tonight. They were so afraid of Abbey that they intentionally walked her 3-4 times….chickens.

  5. Catlogic15
    7:52 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

    Mingione talks a good game but can’t coach one. We’ve been on the downslide since he took over.