The winning in the Lexington keeps happening as Kentucky baseball opens their season with a sweep over Austin Peay with an 11-1 victory today in Clarksville, Tennesee.
The Cats busted the game open in the 8th inning in this one. Holding a 5-1 lead already, Kentucky batted all the way around scoring six runs in the inning, due in most part to the errors made by the Austin Peay defense. With one out already in the inning, Ryan Shinn got on board due to a throwing error then Kessler got a hit that put Shinn and himself in scoring position. Austin Peay would load the bases to get a double play, only to hit Breydon Daniel and allow a run to walk home. From there Kentucky’s bats would do the talking as Cam Hill had an RBI single, followed by Jaren Shelby and TJ Collett who both had RBI singles.
TJ Collett has kept his hot streak up to start the season as he was the only offense for Kentucky in what was a pitcher duel through the first five innings. Collett had three hits, an RBI and a double today; he finishes the weekend with seven hits, seven RBIs, four runs, and two home runs.
Another guy who kept his big weekend up was JUCO transfer, Dalton Reed. After hitting a home run on the first DI pitch he saw, and hitting a double yesterday, Reed went yard again today. This time it was a three-run blast that got the scoring started for the Cats and his second home run in the blue and white.
— Brenna Reed (@reed_brenna) February 17, 2019
Jaren Shelby had a big day as well, going for two RBIs and he had a double. The middle of Kentucky’s lineup has proved to be a problem this weekend, and you can only look forward to more production coming from these three going forward.
It was a Johnny All-staffer today for the Wildcats as they sent seven different pitchers to the mound against the Governors. Freshman Dillon Marsh got the nod to start the game and went four solid innings, only giving up two hits and a run. From there, the bullpen shut down Austin Peay as they didn’t allow the Governors to put another run on the board.
Lexington native, Carson Coleman was the winning pitcher.
The Bat Cats will be back in action next week, at Texas Tech. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 pm. This Kentucky’s first road sweep since they Swept Texas A&M back in March of 2017.