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Kentucky Errors Prove to be Costly in a Game Three Loss to Missouri

Ryan Shinn Out of BoxKentucky was looking to take their first series in SEC this afternoon against No. 19 Missouri in Columbia, but errors hindered the young Cats from doing so, as they fell 9-2 with four errors in the box score.

Grant Maccicocchi got the nod today in the series finale, and he had a solid two innings of work, but Macciocchi’s day would end in the third after he hit second baseman, Paul Gomez. Cole Daniels came in relief. Daniels did a great job in relief getting two quick outs and only allowing one walk, but Coltyn Kessler missed a routine ground ball that allowed two runs to score to put Kentucky down 2-1 in the third.

In the fifth, Kentucky had a solid chance at a double play, but Austin Schultz let the ball scoot right under his glove. So, instead of getting two outs for Braxton Cottongame out of the pen, the error allowed Missouri to put runners on the corners with no outs and the two, three, and four hitters due up. An out and a walk later, Peter Zimmerman came through with a two-RBI single to give Missouri a 4-2 lead.

The Tigers would tack on two more in the seventh on back to back moonshots from Kyle Misner and Peter Zimmerman. Then the Tigers would pour it on, starting with a suicide squeeze. More mistakes from the Cats lead to more Missouri’s runs when the Tigers got two more runs on a balk and a wild pitch to make it 9-2 Tigers. That would seal it in Columbia.

On the offense side, it was a struggle for Kentucky as well, as they only scratched two runs. To start the game, however, Kentucky looked like they were ready to hang some serious numbers on the board. Austin Schultz got things going early for the Cats when he took Sikkema deep to right field just two pitches into the game for his first career home run to give Kentucky a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, Ryan Shinn would blast his eighth home run of the year to draw even with the Tigers. Ryan Shinn had seven hits this weekend with two doubles and a home run.

Other than those two home runs, Kentucky’s offense was stagnant against TJ Sikkema who went seven innings in the victory, only giving up two runs and four hits with an impressive 11 strikeouts.

Kentucky will be back on the diamond Wednesday in Nashville when they take on Lipscomb at 7:00 pm ET on the UK Sports Network. Kentucky is now 17-15 on the year and 2-10 in the conference.

Go Cats. @BrentW_KSR

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_