In front of the fourth-largest crowd in school history, Kentucky drops game two to No. 2 Vanderbilt 12-4.
Another game and another big inning kills the Cats this season, which has seemingly been the case for the fresh-faced Kentucky squad. Heading into the third Kentucky was tied with Vanderbilt 1-1 after a Vandy home run in the second, then a Dalton Reed sac-fly tied it up in the bottom half, but then Vandy had a six-run inning that put the Cats in a big hole early.
The inning started with a leadoff walk, which has also been kryptonite to the Cats this season. Austin Martin, who reached on the walk advanced to third when he stole second, but a throwing error by Coltyn Kessler allowed him to move into third with no outs. After the error JJ Bleady hit a home run which was followed by another walk, this time to Ethan Paul then Philip Clarke knocked him in with an RBI double. After a single, a double, and a walk, Julian Infante brought everyone home on a two-out double to put Vandy up 7-1.
The Commodores got one more in the fifth on a fielders choice to take a commanding 8-1 lead.
Kentucky would get back within striking distance in the bottom of the fifth when Zeke Lewis scored on a wild pitch, then Eliott Curtis doubled to bring home Ryan Shinn and Ryan Johnson to cut the Vanderbilt lead to just four.
However, Vanderbilt would come back for in the sixth with one more run on a sac-fly, then they would put the nail in the coffin on a three-run home run in the eighth from Ethan Paul to make it 12-4 while the Kentucky offense stayed silent as the Cats drop the second game to Vanderbilt.
However, South Carolina and Alabama are both trailing big late in their ball games, so the tie once again doesn’t move. The situation Kentucky will need to avoid tomorrow is a loss and an Alabama win or a South Carolina win without an Alabama win.
Kentucky will try to finish this season with a MUCH needed win on Senior Day tomorrow from Kentucky Proud Park with Zack Thompson on the mound. First pitch will be at 2:00 pm ET on the SEC Network.
Go Cats. @BrentW_KSR