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Bat Cats claw, scrap, win it with the bat

These Cats don't give up, that's for sure.

Down 6 runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning, the No. 21 Bat Cats sent 12 hitters to the plate in the inning, and tied the game on a pinch-hit two-run single by Michael Bertram.

Junior Ryan Strieby then plugged a three-run blast  in the home half of the eighth inning -- his 11th of the year -- to give the Wildcats a 15-12 slugfest victory over the 7th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.

This, after Friday night's improbable John Shelby walk-off in the 11th inning in a 10-9 series opening win.

On Sunday afternoon, John Cohen's scrappy, power-hitting Wildcats (29-10, 10-7 SEC) -- with the SEC ERA leader in ace Greg Dombrowski on the mound -- can get the sweep over the Cocks (30-10, 11-6 SEC), and put their stamp on the SEC race.

Update [2006-4-23 21:15:5 by JL Blue]:

Call them the Bash Cats or the Wild Bunch or anything else, but you have to call them by what they are -- first place in the SEC, the nation's best baseball conference.

After a scintillating Sunday sweep of No. 7 South Carolina, the Cats take a strong 30-10 record, 11-7 SEC, out of the weekend. It would seem likely that the Cats will jump up the weekly polls Tuesday.