It was a late night at the ballpark after an hour and 28-minute rain delay, but as the rain poured it on at Kentucky Proud Park, so did the 22nd ranked Tennesee Volunteers. Kentucky loses to Tennesee 16-1 to drop game to and lose the weekend series to the Vols.
Play got suspended in the eighth inning with Tennesee having the bases loaded and one out, but once play resumed Tennesee didn’t pass up on their opportunity. The Vols scored all three runners on base, via a sac fly from Pete Derkay and a two-run single from Connor Pavolony.
The Vols would tack on two more in the ninth on a two-run single from Landon Gray.
Just like last night’s game, the Vols jumped out to a lead before some of the fans could even get to their seats. After a one-out single, Andre Lipcius lifted a ball that the wind picked up and carried it into the right field bullpen on a two-strike pitch from Mason Hazelwood to give Tennessee a 2-0 lead in the first.
After Kentucky scored on three straight singles in the bottom of the second to make it 2-1, in the bottom of the second, their momentum was thwarted after a Dalton Reed running mistake. That one run would be Kentucky’s only run of the game; then the Vols put Kentucky away in the middle innings.
It started with Ricky Martinez, who was 3-4 today with two RBIs. With two-strikes and two-outs in the top of the fourth, Martinez picked up an RBI-double to extend Tennesee’s to 3-1, then a wild pitch from Cole Daniels in the following inning made it 4-1 Tennessee before the two-inning onslaught in the sixth and seventh.
Ricky Martinez led off the top of the sixth with a double followed by a Jake Rucker single to extend UT’s lead to 5-1. Then Pete Darkey, who hit a pinch-hit home run last night hit about to left center that would be dropped by Daniel to put two runners in scoring positions with no outs. Jay Charleston made sure to get one guy home on a sac-ground out. Then a past ball with two outs put the Vols up 7-1 at the end of six.
In the top of the seventh, Ricky Martinez cursed the Cats once again, this time with an RBI single in the top of the seventh. Pete Derkay followed him with a two-run single, but the Vols weren’t done yet as Connor Pavolony knocked in anther Vol on an RBI single of his own. Tennesee capped off the inning when Jay Charleston hit a rocket to first base that short-hopped Dalton reed for an RBI infield single to make it 11-1 Tennesee.
Then, of course, Tennesee tacked on five more after the delay.
Kentucky will look to walk away with one win in this series today at 2:00 p.m. ET at Kentucky Proud Park. However the forecast is not probable, so it is highly likely Kentucky will not complete the series with Tennesee this weekend.
Kentucky falls to 20-19 (4-13).
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