After a rocky start for Jimmy Ramsey, the Cats can’t claw their way back to the victory as they fall to No. 5 Arkansas 5-2 in the series opener at Kentucky Proud Park.
Jimmy Ramsey got the nod on the mound to kick off the weekend for the Cats, and to say today wasn’t his day is an understatement. Arkansas led off the game with a double and a single to put two runners on early. Then Ramsey had an errant throw on a routine play to second that put all the ducks on the pond with no outs in the top half of the first, and Dominic fletcher capitalized on his opportunity out of the four-hole.
Fletcher hit a two-run single to put the Hogs up two runs before the Cats could even get an out. Things would get worse as on the next pithColtyn Kessler couldn’t squeeze the pitch as it hit off his glove and went to the backstop to allow Arkansas to take a 3-0 lead. The Hogs would cap off the inning with another RBI-single to bat around and hang a four-spot in the first.
Ramsey would try to settle in in the second, but the second batter he faced in the inning, Casey Martin hit the RARE inside the park home run to put Arkansas up 5-0.
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Trip Lockhart would come in to bail out Ramsey and he was phenomenal out of the pen. The Lexington native went a solid 3.2 innings and picked up five strikeouts while just allowing three hits. Braxton Cottongame and Cole Ayers were great out of the bullpen as well as they only allowed three hits and no runs in their combined three innings of work.
Kentucky would try to claw their way back into this one after a Coltyn Kessler tiple made it 5-1 in the fifth and with the great work out of the bullpen Kentucky still had some life in the eighth.
The Cats started the inning with the bases loaded and the middle of the order headed to the plate. Curtis would slap a ball to third as the third basemen would trade a run for an out as he stepped on first to make it 5-2 Razorbacks with one out.
Austin Schultz would walk to reload the bases and bring the go-ahead run to the plate, but Coltyn Kessler and Jaren Shelby both struck out looking to kill the late comeback as Kentucky falls to Arkansas 5-2.
With the loss, Kentucky dips back under .500 at 22-23 (5-17) as they battle for one of the 12 spots in the SEC Tournament. Kentucky will look to even up the series against the fifth-ranked Razorbacks tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET if Mother Nature blesses KPP.
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