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Kentucky’s Season Ends With 6-2 Loss To Louisville

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Kentucky’s record-breaking season came to an end today. Brendan McKay and Louisville were too much for the Cats as they fell 6-2 in today’s Super Regional. Evan White collected two hits and Sean Hjelle allowed four runs in 5.1 innings as the starter.

Drew Ellis killed UK with a three-run home run off Zach Logue in game one. He went back to the well for two more bombs today against Sean Hjelle. The first of the day came in the second inning when Hjelle left a pitch up in the zone that Ellis sent over the wall in left-center to give Louisville a 1-0 lead.

Hjelle was able to settle down after the early mistake. He stranded two runners in the third and seemed to settle in during the fourth inning. The only issue for UK was that Brendan McKay was settling in as well. Kentucky’s gameplan of not being aggressive and taking pitches didn’t have much of an effect early, but it did keep McKay from going as deep as he could have gone. McKay had to throw a lot of pitches early, but UK could not get anything going offensively.

Louisville began to add on in the fifth and sixth innings. Logan Taylor and Colby Fitch both reached with one out in the fifth before Devin Mann flew out to score Taylor from third. Hjelle pitched into the sixth and hit a wall. Ellis got all over a pitch and homered for the second time off Hjelle to send UK’s starter to the dugout. Zach Pop entered with one out and a man on first. Josh Stowers greeted him with a RBI triple down the left field line as the Cards increased their lead to three. Pop loaded the bases and was immediately removed for Logan Salow. Thanks to some slick fielding by Evan White, UK got out of the jam with a double play.

Trailing by three, UK looked to be rallying in the sixth. White and Reks singled with one out and moved up on a balk by McKay. The National Player of the Year settled in and struck out two to end the threat.

Kentucky’s approach at the plate began to pay off in the bottom of the seventh. With McKay over 95 pitches, the Cats put runners at the corners with no outs. Tristan Pompey delivered a RBI single to center to chase McKay with two outs in the seventh.


Sam Bordner entered and walked White to start his outing. Bordner settled in and struck out Zach Reks to leave the bases loaded. It was yet another opportunity to get a big inning that UK could not capitalize on.

The impact of leaving the bases loaded was felt immediately. Salow allowed a two-strike, two-out double by Taylor to score Tyler Fitzgerald from first. One more run came around on a single by Mann that dropped in no man’s land to give Louisville a 6-2 lead. 

Justin Lewis entered for Salow in the ninth. Lewis was supposed to start tomorrow if necessary, but Nick Mingione went to him with a runner on in the ninth. Lewis allowed a single but that was all as he got UK to the bottom of the ninth.

UK was unable to get another rally in the bottom of the ninth and dropped the second game of the Super Regional. Kentucky finished 43-23 on the season but finished two wins from Omaha.


Article written by Trey Huntsman

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

23 Comments for Kentucky’s Season Ends With 6-2 Loss To Louisville

  1. maximumscott
    4:00 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    Another non basketball sport another let down.

    • BigBlueMeade
      4:13 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

      Best season ever is a let down? Ok buddy.

    • Eazy
      5:28 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

      Lol, UK is up to #8 in the directors cup. That’s the highest we have ever been. And the future looks even brighter. Making the super regionals in year 1 of the Mingione era is anything but a let down.

    • BBNDan7
      5:29 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

      Lmao the best season in school history let you down? Gtfo

  2. The number of stranded runners is EXTREMELY disappointing (I don’t know HOW many times I was saying “One swing of the bat ties it!” or something similar) but they went further than anyone expected, and the future looks bright.


  3. UKantstopus
    4:23 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    You are ridiculous to say that… We just won the region and made it to the super regional for the first time in school history… if that’s a let down, then stop being a fan…

  4. Ridge Runner
    4:31 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    Thanks for a great historic years Cats! Very proud and Go Big Blue!!!

  5. 502CodeRed
    4:32 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    The one trick ponies need to learn their role. It ain’t Omaha. At least Cal can rest easy now that Mingione isn’t stealing the spotlight anymore. Good luck next year.

    • Eazy
      5:31 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

      Lol, we made it to the super regionals in Mingiones first year. He is bringing in top 10 classes and the new park opens soon. Omaha isn’t far off. Also, UK finishes ahead of UL every year in the directors cup. We are a better overall athletic department and you have the dirtiest program in the country. Congratulations!

    • Eazy
      5:40 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

      And UL is 1-6 in Omaha btw. It’s good that they’ve made it but they haven’t fared well there. And UL has 0 national titles outside of basketball. You act like you all are Florida or something. It’s laughable.

    • Eazy
      6:00 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

      One more thing, UK made it to the NCAA tournament in more sports than any school in the country this season. And only Florida went as deep in as many tournaments. I shouldn’t argue with this ignorant Cards fan, but the facts supporting UK are overwhelming. What a year!

    • Imagine how successful we’d be if we bought hookers for recruits and bilked taxpayers for millions with shady arena deals and fake foundations!

  6. andy1604
    5:01 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    One trick ponies? Pretty sure every major sport made the NCAA tourney…try again bub!

    • Eazy
      5:35 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

      If by one trick ponies he means one of the top athletic departments in the country he’d be correct. Louisville is a joke. 2-3 years from now Mingione will have left the Cards in the dust. We’ve already surpassed them in almost every women’s sport. Football is pulling ahead. Basketball we own. Baseball is all they have left.

    • Eazy
      5:58 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

      UK not only made the tournament but we did better than UL in 14 out of 20 sports this season. We are out recruiting them in every sport now. They used to talk about volleyball, soccer, softball, track, etc in Louisville…funny how we beat them in all of those this season. Don’t expect them to know these facts, though…they aren’t a very educated group.

  7. sincitycat
    5:07 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    Thanks for a great season Wildcats. I am very proud of you. Go Big Blue!

  8. Catlogic15
    5:29 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    Hope Mingione can strengthen the pitching next year. Our weakness.

    • Eazy
      5:46 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

      Thompson will be really good. Hjelle is back. Macamer is a beast. And we are bringing in a top class headlined by the best pitcher in KY. I think pitching will be a strength next year. We lose a ton of bats though.

  9. Lip Man 1
    7:33 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    Had a good season…something to build on next year.

  10. ScoggDog
    9:30 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    For whatever it’s worth … I paid attention to UK Baseball down the stretch. I enjoyed it.

    They got knocked out by a better team this weekend that just happened to be UofL. No shame in that.

    Still a good season. Gonna’ be nice to have something to watch in springtime next year.

  11. chris43
    11:47 pm June 10, 2017 Permalink

    Great season guys! Go BIG BLUE!!!

  12. Penn Chaloaf
    7:49 am June 11, 2017 Permalink

    GO CATS!