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Sunday Baseball Gamethread (UPDATE: Now a doubleheader)

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Kentucky is back in action at noon today, with a rematch against Kansas. The winner of that game will face Louisville later this afternoon.

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Starters

  • Kentucky:Zack Brown, 0-1, 5.32 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, 5.7 K/9
  • Kansas: Robert Kahana, 4-5, 3.05 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 3.5 K/9

Gary Henderson has decided to go with righthander Zack Brown rather than bring back Kyle Cody.  There really aren't any great options at this point, so Zack it is.  Coach Henderson might be thinking of trying to use his pen to win this game, then use either Ryne Combs or Logan Salow against Louisville.  If so, it's as good a plan as any and it would leave Kyle available to start if Kentucky can force a Monday decider match.  Brown last made a start against Mississippi St in the SEC Tournament, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks in 3.2 innings.  If he can cut down on the walks he'll have a chance to go 5 which is probably the best case scenario.

Per Jerry Tipton, Kansas head man Ritch Price says Kahana has the "best arm" on the Kansas pitching staff, though it's a bit unusual for someone with a good arm to only average 3.5 strikeouts per nine innings - that's a really, really low total.  Kahana has struck out 32 and walked 24 batters in 82.2 innings, so Kentucky's hitters should be patient while looking for something they can hit.

First pitch is at 12:00 PM.  If Kentucky wins they will play again at 5:00 4:20 sometime after 5:00 PM and we'll use this post as the gamethread for that contest as well.


Game 2 Information

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Starters

  • Kentucky: LHP Logan Salow, 2-3, 5.40 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 8.3 K/9
  • Louisville: LHP Josh Rogers, 2-3, 3.91 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 8.2 K/9

Louisville starter Josh Rogers will be a familiar face to the Wildcats - he started both midweek contest against Kentucky this year.  The Cats won both games of course, and in 7.1 combined innings in those games Rogers allowed 8 runs (5 earned), 7 hits, 4 walks and struck out 7.  JaVon Shelby and Thomas Bernal had big games in the first contest in Lexington while Shelby was the only Cat to have big game at the plate in the rematch in Louisville.

At this point Gary Henderson hasn't announced a starter, but he'll probably go for a lefty which means it will probably be Logan Salow, who started the SEC Semifinals against Florida, or Ryne Cook who started the second contest between these two schools in Louisville.

Update: It will be Salow getting the start.  I expect Ryne Combs will be the first man out of the pen and then Gary Henderson matching up thereafter as necessary.  In the two games against Louisville this year, Salow pitched 4 shutout innings, allowed 5 hits and walked a batter while striking out 3.  He picked up the win in relief in the game at Louisville back on April 15.

Update 2: First pitch time is still up in the air, but at the moment it's at 7:00 8:15 PM.