Marcus Carson collected four hits and Brad Schaenzer extended his scoreless streak to 15.2 innings in Kentucky’s 15-1 win over Wright State. The Cats led 4-0 before a rain delay hit in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a 12-minute break, UK scored six in the sixth and five in the seventh to roll over WSU on Tuesday night.
Zach Reks got the ball rolling in the first inning when he drove in Carson with an RBI groundout. It was the first of five RBIs for Reks on Tuesday. Reks would drive in his second run of the game in the second inning along with Evan White both who both plated runs off Trevor Swaney.
The offense gave Schaenzer more than enough in the first two innings. The junior lefty threw six scoreless frames with eight strikeouts and only three hits allowed to pick up his second win of the season. Schaenzer has not allowed a run in his first 15.2 innings of the season with 18 strikeouts and only seven hits allowed in six games. “When you have a pitcher who can throw multiple pitches for a strike in the zone, it makes it really hard on an offense,” said Nick Mingione. “He’s made it really hard because he can throw multiple pitches for strikes and he challenges the bottom of the strike zone and it’s hard to elevate balls against him.”
UK’s offense was on point once again tonight. Carson went 4/6 with four runs and three RBIs from the leadoff spot while Reks drove in five runs on two hits and a walk. UK walked 11 times compared to 13 hits off WSU pitchers. At one time, UK walked four consecutive at bats.
Schaenzer exited after the sixth inning and gave the ball to Colton Clearly. The transfer from Cincinnati allowed UK’s only run of the day but struck out three in the 7th. Mark Doerries and Josh Smith took the 8th and the 9th to finish off a 15-1 win for UK. WSU had beaten Clemson twice and South Carolina once, so this win is no pushover. UK struggled in midweek games last season, but have outscored their opponents 44-3 in their last three midweek games.
The Cats have now won six straight games to raise their record to 8-5 in 2017. There won’t be much off time for UK as they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats tomorrow at 4 ET.