Thank God for Zack Thomspon. Of the seven SEC wins Kentucky has this season, Zack Thomspon owns five of them, including today’s 6-2 victory over South Carolina as the Cats avoid the sweep in Columbia.
Thomspon was stellar once again working six innings and only allowing two runs on three hits while striking out eight. It is Thompson’s tenth straight quality start.
After this season wraps up, Thompson will enter the MLB draft where is projected to be the 14th pick to the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s been a rough season for the Cats, but it would be much worse without their stellar ace.
On the offensive side of things for Kentucky, they once again scored in the first inning-something they’ve done in every game this series-when Coltyn Kessler hit a full count, two out double that scored Elliot Curtis to put the Cats up early.
After the Gamecocks tied it up in the third, Kentucky made sure to get two more runs in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice groundout that scored Austin Schultz; then Cam Hill laid down a perfect sac bunt to score Dalton Reed.
The Cats struck for three more starting with an RBI double by Ryan Shinn in the fifth, then an RBI groundout scored Ryan Johnson, and a TJ Collett RBI single allowed Kentucky to take a commanding 6-1 lead.
South Carolina got one back in the sixth on an RBI double, but Daniel Harper shut down the Gamecocks for the rest of the game as the Cats salvage game three to keep their postseason hopes hanging by a thread.
In order to get into the SEC tournament, Kentucky will more than likely have to sweep N0.2 Vanderbilt and get some help from Georgia and Texas A&M.
Kentucky now sits at 25-26 (7-20). They will be back in action Tuesday night when they take on Michigan at Kentucky Proud Park. First pitch is for 7:00 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
Go Cats. @BrentW_KSR