After winning a trio at Auburn last weekend, the University of Kentucky baseball team now finds itself on the other end of a sweep.
Wildcat batters struggled the first two games in Starkville, finding few offensive sparks. Today’s game looked a little more promising. Though the Bulldogs struck first, Kentucky managed to tie things up at 1-1 quickly in the top of the second off a Chase Estep RBI single to score Oraj Anu.
The Bulldogs took the lead back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a deep leadoff homer from Luke Hancock, his seventh of the season. Lane Forsythe pushed through another before the inning ended, giving Mississippi State a two run lead. Another leadoff Bulldog homer from Logan Tanner gave Mississippi State a 4-1 lead heading into the fifth.
Kentucky loaded the bases in the top of the fifth, but only managed to push one run through and cut it to 4-2. They got some more offense going in the top of the eighth, putting runners on the corners with no outs and forcing two separate Bulldog pitching changes. Austin Schultz scored next, cutting the lead to one.
The tying run made it to second base in the top of the ninth, but unfortunately the Wildcats couldn’t quite find a last second spark to overcome the deficit. The game ended 4-3 and the ‘Cats moved to 18-7 on the season.
Kentucky native Jackson Fristoe commanded to mound for the Bulldogs much of the afternoon. Fristoe, a Paducah Tilghman high school graduate, struck out eight batters in his five innings on the hill.
The Wildcats will play Louisville next in a mid-week rivalry game. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.