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Kentucky Drops Game One To Ole Miss

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

#14 Ole Miss dropped an offensive bomb on #19 Kentucky in a 9-6 win on Thursday. The Rebels scored six runs in the sixth inning to down Sean Hjelle and the BatCats. T.J Collett hit a grand slam for his first career hit to get UK back in the game late, but Ole Miss shut down the Cats in the ninth.

Recap

Fresh off winning national pitcher of the week, Hjelle motored through the first two frames with three strikeouts. Grae Kessinger got the ball rolling off Hjelle in the top of the third. The nine hole hitter hit a ball to right that carried out to the Cliff to give Ole Miss a 2-0 lead. After Will Golsan singled, Connor Heady and Riley Mahan turned one of the slickest double plays of the season to get Hjelle out of the inning.

The Cats got one back in the bottom of the fourth on a sac fly by Kole Cottam. In a game that projected as a pitcher’s duel, Ole Miss was able to open up their offense against UK. The Rebs were hitting .242 as a team entering today, but they recorded 14 hits against UK on Thursday. Ole Miss had seven consecutive hitters collect hits off Hjelle, Colton Cleary, and Alec Maley in the sixth inning. Golsan and Tim Dillard drove in a pair of runs a piece as Ole Miss jumped out to an 8-1 lead.

Ole Miss added one more run in the eighth before UK made a push in the bottom half of the inning. Tristan Pompey, Storm Wilson, and Luke Becker all reached base with no outs to load the bases for Riley Mahan. The junior second baseman walked for his team-high 25th RBI. Collett pinch hit following Mahan and delivered in a big way. The freshman hit a bomb to left center just under the scoreboard for a grand slam. The home run was Collett’s first career hit in only his second official at bat. Evan White also pinch hit in the eighth in his first appearance since March 8th.

UK could not add another run in the eighth and eventually fell 9-6 to #14 Ole Miss. The BatCats are now 16-6 (3-1) on the season. The series continues tomorrow at 7 ET on SECN+.

Article written by Trey Huntsman

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