Baseball is the weirdest sport. Twenty-four hours after beating South Carolina 14-1, #9 Kentucky (21-10, 4-7) dropped the second game of the series to the Gamecocks by a score of 15-1.
South Carolina’s offense broke out against UK’s starter Zach Haake (1-2, 7.03 ERA). After scoring a single run in the second inning, the Gamecocks hit a pair of home runs and tallied six total runs in the third inning against Haake. With UK’s number two starter Zack Thompson out, Haake was forced to fill in for the third straight weekend. Much like last weekend, Haake had to take the loss in a game where his team scored two or fewer runs in support. The only support Haake got today was on a solo home run by Trey Dawson in the third inning. The blast was the first of Dawson’s career.
South Carolina would hang three more runs on Haake in the fifth inning before the Cats went to the bullpen trailing 10-1. With the huge deficit and one more game in the series, the coaching staff decided to let several rarely used pitchers get some time on the mound. USC would pound the UK bullpen for five more runs in the final four innings as they rounded out a 15-1 win to even the series.
At first glance, it may seem that this loss was completely on the pitching staff. But Kentucky’s offense was off tonight against USC starting pitcher Cody Morris and company. Morris struck out ten in six innings before Sawyer Bridges threw three shutout frames to finish off the game. The BatCats hit 0/13 with runners on base in the loss. The lack of production paired with an off performance on the mound dropped the Cats to 4-7 in conference play.
The Cats will look to win the series tomorrow at 2 ET. The game will be available on ESPNU.