The Bat Cats matchup with Old Dominion yesterday in Virginia was a game of firsts for the squad. For the first time in five games they did not trail at any point over nine innings of play. Also, a UK starting pitcher tossed a beauty and earned a win.
All in all, a red letter day for Kentucky as they defeated the Monarchs 19-2 to improve their record to 2-4.
The scoring for Kentucky began in the top of the 1st inning. Kole Cottam and Troy Squires both smacked in RBI singles. Marcus Carson had the privilege on the most exciting play in baseball--he stole home.
Carson drove home a run with a single to the left side in the top of the 3rd. Luke Becker joined in on the fun next. He was followed by Squires second and third RBI’s of the day.
Zack Reks answered the Monarchs first run of the day with a smack over the right field wall to lead off the 5th.
The Cats added through more in the top of the 7th. First, Luke Becker drove in his second run of the game. Squires doubled his total even though he grounded out. Tyler Marshall’s sacrifice fly to center ended the scoring, at least for that inning.
Luke Heyer’s RBI double started a five-run 8th for the boys in the blue. Gunnar McNeil also hit a double good for two additional runs. Storm Wilson went in next after a wild pitch. Troy Marshall’s in field single yielded the final mark of the rally.
Heyer homered for two more in the top of the 9th. Wilson scored UK’s last run of the game thanks to a fielder’s choice.
All-in-all, Kentucky hit the ball 19 times. Eight Wildcats had multi-hit games. Nine drove runs, lead by Squires with four.
Zach Logue (1-1) pitched six solid innings. He only gave up four hits, walked a man, allowed an earned run, and struck out four.
The bullpen relay protected the lead for duration of the contest, but Josh Smith gets the dubious distinction of being the only reliever, with exception of Alec Maley, to give up run all year.
The Cats end their road swing against the Blue Hens of Delaware this afternoon.