The BatCats travel to Louisville this evening to take on the Cardinals in game two of the regular series season. #6 Kentucky took game one earlier this month and can sweep the season series with a win tonight. First pitch is at 6 ET, so here are some things to watch for in tonight’s Battle of the Bluegrass.
Kentucky can sweep the season series for the first time since 2014.
The last four years have seen Louisville dominate the rivalry. Since the Cats swept the season series in 2014, Louisville has won eight of the last ten matchups, including two straight in last year’s Super Regional. The BatCats can flip the script with a win tonight night. Last year’s team showed improvement against the national superpower Louisville by taking one in the season series. If the BatCats can win at Jim Patterson Stadium tonight, it would prove that they are truly the best team in the state.
Will This Game Be Less Sloppy?
Good grief I hope so. The Cats took game one earlier this month by a score of 8-5, but it was ugly. UK committed five errors in a sloppy win over the Cards. Louisville will be ready to roll at home tonight and the Cats need to be more focused than they were in the game one. The BatCats are much better than this year’s Louisville team and a clean game by UK should get them the win.
Can Daniel Harper Get The Job Done?
UK will need a big performance by the freshman projected starter on Tuesday. In game one, Harper showed the ability to handle the Cardinals’ lineup. The key on Tuesday for Harper will be to command his pitches. The freshman does not need to let the opposing crowd get into his head.
Has Louisville Improved?
Baseball America still has Louisville as a two seed, but I don’t see it. The Cardinals won their first ACC series in over a month this past weekend over lowly Virginia Tech. A lot of their struggles this season stem from losing many of their contributors from last year’s team, including player of the year Brendan McKay. The Cards are very young and still finding their identity after last year’s success. They showed in game one against UK that they had a long way to go. We will find out tonight if they have made a step forward in the last month.
Where Can You Watch?
Tonight’s game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra, so it should be available on Watch ESPN. If that does not work, you can tune in on 630 WLAP.