Despite great starting pitching from Zack Thompson, a disastrous sixth inning leads to an 8-2 game three loss for Kentucky as they get swept by No. 22 Tennessee at Kentucky Proud Park.
Zack Thompson was dealing nearly the entire game. Before the sixth inning, Thompson only allowed one walk and one hit to the volunteers, striking out eight in the process.
The sixth inning was a different story as Thompson uncharacteristically hit two batters and had another reach on an error to load the bases with no outs for Tennesee. Tennesee took advantage of their opportunity.
The Vols got their first run on the board with a sacrifice groundout that scored Connor Pavolony, then Alerick Soulaire would double to left center to score two more volunteers. The Vols would cap off the inning with an RBI single from Evan Russell to hang up a four-spot in the sixth.
In the next half inning, Kentucky immediately tried to claw back with the long ball. Zeke Lewis got it started with a solo shot to right field for his first home run of the season. One out later, Ryan Shinn decided it was his turn to display some power as he sent on over the left-center field wall for his 11th home run of the year to bring Kentucky within two.
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Mingione sent Thompson out for one more inning in the seventh to settle back in as he would only allow on single, but his day would be done after he completed the seventh.
Once Thompson’s day was over, Tennesee kept capitalizing on Kentucky’s mistakes in the eighth. This time the mistake came from Austin Schultz on a throwing error which allowed Soulaire to score and Tennesee to extend the inning long enough to score three more runs in the inning. Two of the runs came on a two-run single from Justin Ammons. The other run came on a two-out wild pitch that allowed Jay Charleston to score which gave the Vols an 8-2 lead and they would hold on to that lead to sweep the Cats.
Thompson gets his first loss on the year to drop his record to 3-1. He went seven innings giving up four runs on four hits and striking out nine batters.
Kentucky will look to put this horrible week behind them when they head to Bowling Green to take on Western Kentucky, Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. ET. Kentucky thumped WKU 15-0 in their first meeting this season back on March 13th.
After today’s loss, Kentucky drops to .500 on the year at 20-20 (4-14).
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