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Jaren Shelby’s Late-Inning Home Run Lifts Kentucky over Lipscomb



Kentucky is back in the win column with a 6-2 win against Lipscomb in Nashville to remain perfect against non-power five teams this season.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth, Lipscomb’s pitcher sailed a pickoff throw into centerfield that allowed Breydon Daniel to score to give the Cats the go-ahead run. In the same at-bat, Jaren Shelby would go yard for a three-run shot, his fourth in six games, to give Kentucky a 6-2 lead. Daniel Harper and Carson Coleman shut down the Bison in the final two innings to give Kentucky the victory.

Kentucky got two runs in the fifth on a miscue by the Bison. With Collett and Hill in scoring position, the Lipscomb defense lost a pop fly that fell in for an Alex Rodriguez double to give Kentucky their first two runs of the day.

Kentucky was struggling on offense heading into the eighth inning against Lipscomb. The Cats were getting on base, but once they got on base, no one would pick up the runner in front of them as Kentucky followed up a runner on base with a strikeout in every single inning until the eighth.

Leaving runners in scoring position has been a constant theme with Kentucky this season, and while that’s an obvious concern, the coaching staff has been trying to focus on the two strike approach the last few weeks, for reasons just like this. Kentucky’s offense has been scuffling a little bit lately, but as it goes this season, it is all apart of the growing pains with this young team.

Kentucky will look to spark their bats this weekend when they travel to Oxford to take on the 11th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels. First pitch will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network+.

Kentucky is now 18-15 (2-10) on the year.

Check out the highlights from tonight’s victory:


Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_