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Florida Blows Out Kentucky 11-2 In Series Opener

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A big third inning by Florida’s offense doomed Kentucky in the series opener. The top-ranked Gators used a six-run third inning against #6 UK’s bullpen to boost them to a 11-2 win on Thursday night. 

The big inning came after Nick Mingione pulled starter Zach Haake after two perfect innings. Haake had struck out three without allowing a baserunner, but the coaching staff decided to go to the bullpen to save Haake’s arm for the remainder of the weekend.

The outcome of the decision would not be positive for the BatCats. Mason Hazelwood came on in relief and was back in the dugout shortly after. Florida hung a quick three runs on Hazelwood before UK went back to the bullpen for Alec Maley. Maley would struggle as well, allowing three runs before the inning mercifully ended with the Cats trailing 6-0.

That long inning would be the deciding factor. The BatCats would add two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a pair of RBIs by Luke Becker and Ben Aklinski, but Florida would continue to tack on late. The Gators added one run in the eighth and two runs in the ninth as they completed a dominating performance against UK’s bullpen.

UK’s pitching performance was the exact opposite of Florida’s on Friday. Brady Singer showed why he is one the top-ranked college pitchers in this year draft tonight. Singer struck out ten in seven innings of work tonight. The BatCats managed only four hits in the loss.

The questionable decision to lift Haake came back to bite the Cats as their bullpen surrendered eleven runs in seven innings. Florida got six runs on two hits in the big inning and took the series opener 11-2 over the BatCats.

Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.

9 Comments for Florida Blows Out Kentucky 11-2 In Series Opener

  1. IAmTheDanger
    10:21 pm April 19, 2018 Permalink

    That was not pretty. But we have Hjelle on the mound tmrw. Can still take 2 of 3.

  2. UKInsider
    10:43 pm April 19, 2018 Permalink

    Mingione sacrificed this game so he could try and salvage the other two. His Friday night starter now faces the #2 UF and then hopes Lewis can continue with his recent momentum.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      10:53 pm April 19, 2018 Permalink

      Only problem is the UF #2 guy is a probable top 10 pick come June. Agree we had little chance vs Singer but they got 2 runs, maybe if they left the pitcher in he continues with a game of his life and we get a 2-1 or 2-0 win vs Singer. Strange move.

  3. Tango98
    11:59 pm April 19, 2018 Permalink

    Not good, but Cats are built for the post season so good things to come. Glad the comment section is open here unlike any of the political posts on KSR, why is that??

    • CatsfaninFL
      8:01 am April 20, 2018 Permalink

      The same reason most national news sites dumped their comment section years ago… no one can have a civilized convo on politics anymore in real life, much less on the internet.

    • KayutsBy90
      11:26 am April 20, 2018 Permalink

      Built for the postseason? They only have 3 good starting pitchers and closer. They won’t make it out of a regional if something doesn’t improve.

  4. RajonTheDon9
    1:27 am April 20, 2018 Permalink

    Haha. Feel you Tango. But my God is Mingione a fuqing ass-cat or what for taking out dude after those 2-innings? Fuqing playing not to lose Kentucky football twin look-alike mo fuqin ass weirdo.

    • runningunnin.454
      5:18 am April 20, 2018 Permalink

      Silver tongue devil.

    • shepdog3720
      11:56 am April 20, 2018 Permalink

      Interested in hearing your response to RajonTheDon9