Today in College Station, the Kentucky Wildcats extended their winning streak to 3 games over the Texas A&M Aggies. Once again, as has been the case for most of the season, the Wildcats won with offense. Going into the bottom of the 9th, Kentucky was ahead by ten runs, 11-1. The Aggies put on a big push in the final stanza to plate 3 more runs, but the Wildcats prevailed to take the series and win their third straight.
Kentucky is fairly fortunate schedule-wise. They have three series left against good, but not outstanding opponents. They play Ole Miss in Lexington, a team arguably as good or better than Kentucky, but not scary like South Carolina or LSU and they get them in Lexington. They then travel to Tennessee for a tough series against another good, but not great team, host a solid Auburn club before closing out the season against Georgia in Athens, a team that while it is showing a solid record at .500 in the East now, has played a weak schedule so far and finishes the season against the likes of Florida, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Kentucky. If the Dawgs wind up anywhere near .500 with that murderer's row, they will be a ranked team for sure. Unfortunately, they have not been showing that kind of spunk.
A.J Reed was again the hero, going 4-6 including a double, a homer, and four RBI's. Max Kuhn was also great today with two doubles, a home run and 2 RBI's. Four Wildcats had a multiple-hit game. I think Reed is the best college baseball player in America right now, bar none.
The final tally shows Kentucky with 11 runs on 17 hits, only one error and they stranded ten. TAMU had 4 runs on 10 hits, two errors and left nine. Dylan Dwyer gets his fifth win, working 6.2 innings and surrendering 5 hits, only one run with two walks and four strikeouts. He pitched a lot of balls at 110, but he got good work done today. Logan Salow, Zack Brown (not the band) and Spencer Jack preserved the win from the bullpen.
Austin Cousino, who has been a standout all year, got pulled in the sixth inning because he was feeling poorly. Apparently he has a bug of some sort, but he still managed to get a hit on his first time at the plate, but struck out his other two appearances. Marcus Carson came in as pinch-hitter and finished out he game in center.
So the Wildcats climb back above .500 in the SEC and look to move 2 games above even when they go for the sweep tomorrow in a relatively early start, with first pitch at 1:05 Eastern on Easter Sunday.
Finally, here was my power poll ballot for this past week that I somehow forgot to put up. Also, I have put up the results of the power poll in the layout, and here is a link to it.
|15||11||6||9||6||1||1||South Carolina||8 - 7||0.533||28 - 7||0.800||23-3||4-4||1-0||L2|
|14||12||7||8||8||2||3||LSU||8 - 6||0.567||27 - 9||0.743||23-3-1||4-6||0-0||L1|
|13||13||10||13||12||3||6||Ole Miss||9 - 6||0.600||29 - 9||0.763||20-2||9-6||0-1||W1|
|8||8||19||11||17||4||5||Alabama||10 - 5||0.667||24 - 11||0.686||18-5||4-6||2-0||W2|
|12||9||18||18||18||5||8||Florida||9 - 6||0.600||23 - 13||0.639||15-6||6-7||2-0||W2|
|16||18||12||19||11||6||2||Vanderbilt||7 - 8||0.467||27 - 10||0.730||20-6||7-4||0-0||L1|
|19||22||21||24||7||4||Kentucky||7 - 8||0.467||23 - 13||0.639||16-6||4-6||3-1||L1|
|22||24||22||22||8||7||Mississippi St.||7 - 8||0.467||22 - 15||0.595||18-8||3-5||0-0||L1|
|29||9||9||Tennessee||6 - 9||0.400||23 - 11||0.676||16-4||7-7||0-0||L2|
|10||13||Georgia||7 - 7||0.500||21 - 14||0.597||18-9||3-5-1||0-0||W2|
|11||10||Arkansas||7 - 8||0.467||22 - 15||0.595||17-5||3-9||2-1||W1|
|12||12||Texas A&M||7 - 8||0.467||22 - 15||0.595||17-7||5-8||0-0||W1|
|13||11||Auburn||6 - 9||0.400||21 - 16||0.568||15-8||4-6||2-2||L2|
|14||14||Missouri||6 - 9||0.400||17 - 17||0.500||9-5||4-7||4-5||W1|
|NCBWA||National Collegiate Baseball Writers|