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NC State Upsets Kentucky 5-4

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Kentucky dropped tonight’s regional game 5-4 to NC State. UK struggled with leaving runners on base early and could not respond to NC State’s three-run fifth inning.

Yesterday’s gritty approach at the plate carried over to the first inning on Saturday. Tristan Pompey singled and advanced to second on an error to start the game. Zach Reks and Luke Becker both walked to load the bases with one out. NC State went to their bullpen with only one out in the first for the second straight game as Sean Adler entered for the Pack. Adler allowed a sac fly from Mahan to score one but stranded the other two runners to end the first. 

UK’s stranded runners would soon become the story of the game. After leaving two on in the first, NC State answered with back-to-back home runs to lead off the bottom of the inning. It was the first time UK had trailed in the regional as starter Justin Lewis struggled with command early.

Tristan Pompey tied the game in the third with a solo home run off the scoreboard. It was UK’s first home run since the first game of the SEC Tournament.

Lewis continued to have command issues into the fifth inning. Evan Mendoza tripled past the glove of Marcus Carson in center to score two runs with two outs. Andy Cosgrove singled home Mendoza to give the Pack a 5-2 lead heading into the sixth. 

Zach Logue was dominant out of the bullpen but could not match what Adler did for NC State. Adler went 7.2 innings in relief, allowing two runs and striking out five. After Pompey’s homer in the third, the only run Adler allowed came on a Mahan RBI single in the 7th that cut NC State’s lead to two.

Logue held NC State at bay for the final three innings, but it was too little too late. UK’s offense left a lot of men on base early, and a last chance rally fell short. White hit a solo home run in the 9th to make it 5-4, but Austin Staley got Reks to ground out and Kole Cottam to pop out to end the game.

NC State will advance to tomorrow night’s championship, while UK will play tomorrow at 1 ET against Indiana.

Article written by Trey Huntsman

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

14 Comments for NC State Upsets Kentucky 5-4

  1. CVL123
    10:23 pm June 3, 2017 Permalink

    Are they out of the CWS?

    • BBNDan7
      10:48 pm June 3, 2017 Permalink

      No it’s double elimination they play Indiana tomorrow at 1

    • jaws2
      11:30 pm June 3, 2017 Permalink

      They’ll have to win 3 games now to make the Super Regional that will for sure be in loserville. Damn shame they couldn’t pull this out tonight.

  2. callitlikeiseeit
    2:16 am June 4, 2017 Permalink

    Have had a great season but just have not played well the last 3 weeks. Need that mojo back for 3 games to continue.

  3. GroundControlToNumber9
    6:27 am June 4, 2017 Permalink

    Look… 2 people care. They like to eat at the Ponderosa.

  4. Penn Chaloaf
    7:46 am June 4, 2017 Permalink

    GO CATS!

  5. KayutsBy90
    8:31 am June 4, 2017 Permalink

    The game is actually at 1pm today, not 12. I feel like Trey is always trying to pretend like he’s a good writer and misses the easiest details.

    • Trey Huntsman
      11:19 am June 4, 2017 Permalink

      Going by what UK was saying at the same time. I feel like you’re pretending to be a tough guy and missing the fact you wouldn’t approach me in public. One of us writes for KSR, the other is commenting on a 21-year-old’s article.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:00 pm June 4, 2017 Permalink

      KayutsBy90 needs some burn cream.

  6. Wallacest10
    10:03 am June 4, 2017 Permalink

    Any word on tv schedule?

    • Trey Huntsman
      11:38 am June 4, 2017 Permalink

      Yes, it is available on WatchESPN today. ESPN has whip around coverage called Bases Loaded all day that will show some of the game early on.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:03 pm June 4, 2017 Permalink

      Yep, had to watch last night’s game on the computer…..hate that.
      They showed Loserville and Arkingsaw games.

    • Trey Huntsman
      12:10 pm June 4, 2017 Permalink

      UPDATE: The game will now be on ESPN2 instead! Big news

    • runningunnin.454
      12:23 pm June 4, 2017 Permalink

      Great, thanks for the update.