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Kentucky Drops Game One to Florida despite valiant effort


Despite a valiant comeback effort, and a spectacular night for Coltyn Kessler, Kentucky dropped game one to Florida in Gainsville last night, 10-8.

Florida jumped out to a 4-0 lead early, fueled by two home runs by Brady McConnell and Nelson Maldonado, but Kentucky was able to get a three-run rally going in the fourth. The Cats started the inning by loading the bases and knocking one in on a double play to make it 4-1 with a runner on third and two outs for Coltyn Kessler, and the sophomore came through with a two-run home run to cut Flordia’s lead to one.

Kessler went 3-5 in last night’s contest with three RBIs.

The Cats would even come back to tie the game at four in the fifth of an RBI single by Ryan Johnson that scored Marshal Gei, but in the very next half inning, Florid took control on a home run by Will Dalton to make it 6-4 Gators. The Gators would tack on one more on back to back double’s to give them a three-run cushion then it was back and forth for two more innings.

Kentucky immediately struck back a sac-fly and a bases-loaded walk to cut the lead to one, once again.

Then it was Florida’s turning the next half-inning as they put up three more runs in their half of the inning coming off a sac ground out and a double to make it 10-6 Gators.

Kentucky would try to keep the scoring party going in the top of the seventh on the RBI single by Kessler and a sac-fly by Dalton Reed that scores Schultz on incredible baserunning, but the Cats ran out of steam on offense to fall 10-8 in game one.

Kentucky falls to 21-21 (4-15), but today is a new day, and the Cats will look to even the series in Gainsville on the SEC Network. First pitch against the Gators will be at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Go Cats. @BrentW_KSR

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_

8 Comments for Kentucky Drops Game One to Florida despite valiant effort

  1. StuckinLville
    12:02 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    What has happened to the baseball team? Two years ago they put together one of the best seasons ever and have sucked since.

    • 1kyblue
      1:48 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      They had 13 drafted last year. Most of any school in the country. Some, which they thought would come back. New players at almost every position. Still have a shot at SEC tourney with strong finish. As I have watched them this year they are slowly improving. Most glaring hole is bullpen. Sure do miss Machamer not coming back.

    • KayutsBy90
      2:21 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sorry kyblue but they’re bad and there’s no way around it. The bullpen is abysmal, their approach at the plate is horrendous and the amount errors is an embarrassment. Most of that has to be on the coaching, not just the new blood, especially when there’s a lot of JUCO guys on the roster. And if you think the season is just a blip on the radar because of inexperience, just wait until we lose our best pitcher, hitter and seniors at the end of the year. Also, if you consider making the SEC tournament as the 12 seed out of 13 possible teams (Mizzou has post season ban) then I think there’s a larger problem with the expectations you have for this program.

  2. Van Cleef
    12:35 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    I believe the game begins at 6:00, not 6:30.

  3. Van Cleef
    12:37 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    I believe the game bens at 6:00, not 6:30.

  4. Glock
    12:44 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    Any updates on the UF pitcher that was hit in the head by a line drive?

  5. Smyrna_Cat
    2:45 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t the Bat Cats almost alway give a “valiant effort?”

  6. Luether
    6:05 pm April 27, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s face it, Ky baseball sucks…