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Kentucky Falls To Bryant In Final Game Of The Tony Gwynn Classic

(UK Athletics)

(UK Athletics)

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Bryant jumped on Kyle Cody for four runs in less than four innings on their way to a 7-4 win. Kentucky trailed 7-1 through five and never could get back into the game. UK went 1-2 in the Tony Gwynn Classic and are now 3-3 on the season.

Kyle Cody struggled in 3.1 innings on the mound- The senior pitcher struggled with the command on his fastball and got rocked in 3.1 innings. Cody allowed four runs on six hits and one walk to Bryant. This outing was surprising after Cody dominated against Dayton last Sunday. The issues that Cody had were the same problems that he had in the middle of 2015. He will be back on the mound next Sunday against Buffalo.

Riley Mahan had a good weekend- Following his big day yesterday, Mahan tripled and scored a run while going 2/4 on Sunday. The sophomore shortstop is hitting .450 early in the season.

JaVon Shelby continued to hit the ball well- The team’s leader in doubles went 2/4 with his fifth double against Bryant. Shelby has also shown that he can handle third base well on defense. He handled the ball well and continued to make good throws from the hot corner.

Storm Wilson got involved- Squatch went 1/3 with a walk and two runs from the leadoff spot. Wilson is competing for a spot in the outfield against Tristan Pompey, who is the team’s leader in RBIs.

Logue and Strecker shut the door- Logan Salow struggled and allowed a three run homer, but Zach Logue and Zach Strecker combined to pitch three innings and allow no runs. Strecker has a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings this season. Logue has not allowed a run in two appearances. After a solid 9th inning by Sean Hjelle last night, it was nice to see several guys throw well this weekend.

Kentucky could not take advantage of opportunities- After Evan White and Tristan Pompey drove in runs, Gunnar McNeill grounded into a double play to end the threat in the 6th. In the 8th, Pompey drove in another run on a sac fly. With two on and two out, Dorian Hairston struck out and ended the inning.

Kentucky has their home opener against Austin Peay this Wednesday at 7 ET. The opening home series begins on Friday against Buffalo. 

Article written by Trey Huntsman

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