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Kentucky Drops Decisive Series to South Carolina


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Kentucky’s postseason dreams are all but over as they dropped game two and the series to South Carolina 11-3 in Columbia. It was South Carolina’s first series victory this season.

South Carolina turned this game on its head in the sixth when Coach Minge turned to Jimmy Ramsey, who leads the team in home runs given up, to face one of the best home run hitting teams in the SEC in South Carolina. The Cats went into the inning with a one-run lead and Ramsey was well on his way to a shutdown inning, but with two outs in the inning, Brady Allen took Ramsey deep to left field for South Carolina to take the lead. A single later, Wes Clarke clobbered a ball into left field, and the Gamecocks would take a two-run lead in the sixth.

South Carolina’s lead would balloon to seven runs on another back-breaking big inning given up by the Cats with two outs. It started with an RBI single by Jacob Olson, then Elliot Curtis lost a ball on what should’ve been a routine pop out to end the inning that allowed two more Gamecocks to score.

South Carolina would get two more on back to back RBI singles.

The inability to finish innings has killed the Cats this year, and it all cumulated in today’s loss as 10 of South Carolina’s 11 runs came with two outs, and it may have just broken the back on the Kentucky season.

Kentucky once again jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out single that scored the red hot Ryan Johnson. Kentucky would get two more on a bases-loaded single by Elliot Curtis in the fifth, but three runs obviously won’t get the job done against an 11 run barrage by South Carolina as Kentucky drops the series and their 2019 postseason dreams are all but over. 

Kentucky will be back on the diamond tomorrow at 11:00 am ET in the finale against South Carolina on SEC Network+.

Kentucky is now 24-26 (6-20) on the year.

Go Cats. @BrentW_KSR

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_