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Bat Cats Fall to UL 9-6

UK Athletics

Hot-hitting by archrival Louisville (26-7, 10-5) in the early innings doomed a late comeback attempt by the Bat Cats (22-10, 8-4) yesterday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Cards rocked UK starter Zach Logue and limited him to only three innings on the hill. Logue gave up four hits and four runs.

Dylan Dwyer came into the game to relieve Logue in the fourth inning. Dwyer had better luck at the Cards lineup. He fanned two Louisville batters but also walked hit two players in red. The lone hit Dwyer gave up became an RBI single. While his fielders committed errors that allowed two Louisville runners to score.

After just three innings, Kentucky trailed by seven runs.

Steady pitching by Brad Schaenzer and Zach Pop silenced Louisville's bats during the next two innings and gave Kentucky some much-needed momentum.

Luke Becker started the scoring in Kentucky in the fifth inning when he scored after a bad throw by Louisville. One batter later, a Storm Wilson single drove in another run to cut the gap to five, 7-2.

UK’s Zach Reks scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to further cut into the Louisville lead, 7-3.

Luke Becker cut the led to three, 7-4 when he scored on a passed ball in the eighth inning. Then a two run bomb by Dorian Hairston later in the inning pulled UK to within one, 7-6.

The Cats looked primed to complete the rally in the ninth but two Louisville runs in the top of the inning halted the Cats momentum and handed them a crushing 9-6 defeat.

Kentucky will travel to Vanderbilt to attempt to get back on track during a weekend series.