It was yet another big week for the Kentucky Wildcats as they had a weekend SEC series with Georgia that they absolutely had to win. Fortunately, they were able to step up and get the job done.
The Cats got the week started with a midweek road trip to face off with Western Carolina.
Kentucky struck first in the 3rd when Troy Squires hit a 2 RBI single to give the Cats an early 2-0 lead.
Alex Rodriquez doubled the Cats lead in the 4th with a 2 RBI double to right field making it 4-0. However, Western Carolina would score two in the 4th and one in the 5th to make it a 4-3 ballgame.
Squires did the dirty work in the 6th laying down a SAC bunt to allow a run to score. WCU would score two in the bottom of the 6th to tie it up at 5 going into the 7th.
A Luke Becker homer in the 7th and an RBI groundout by Ryan Johnson would give the Cats the lead and they would go on to win it 7-5. Winning pitcher was Carson Coleman (2-0).
For the weekend, the Cats had to make another road trip, this time to Athens for a big series with Georgia.
Game 1 was a very exciting game to say the least. Georgia controlled this game most of the way scoring in the 2nd and third to take a 4-0 lead.
In the 4th, Luke Heyer hit an RBI single to get the Cats on the board. However, the Cats went into the 9th inning trailing 4-1 and just like they have several times this season they made a big comeback.
TJ Collett doubled to right to make it a 2-run game and then Ben Aklinski stepped in and hit a 2 RBI single to tie up the game 4-4 in the 9th to send it to extras.
In the 11th inning Trey Dawson stepped in and hit a 2 RBI double to give the Cats a 6-4 lead and eventually the win. Winning pitcher was Chris Machamer (2-1).
Saturday was a double header for the Cats as they would play game 2 and 3 of the series.
In Game 2, the Cats scored first but the Bulldogs took a big 7-1 lead in the 3rd. Kentucky never quit fighting and almost made yet another comeback but unfortunately came up just short as the Bulldogs took game 2, 9-7 over the Cats.
The rubber match was a huge game for the Cats and their SEC hopes and it was a defensive battle throughout the entire game.
Both teams were struggling to get runs across although Kentucky had some great chances throughout Georgia would make some great defensive plays to keep it a 0-0 game after 7 innings.
In the 8th, Kentucky broke the tie with an RBI single to third base scoring Tristan Pompey and scoring the lone run of the game as the Cats were able to hold the Bulldogs scoreless and win the game 1-0 and take the series 2-1 over Georgia. Winning pitcher was Jimmy Ramsey (2-1).
The season doesn’t get any easier for the Cats as this week they have a midweek game at Louisville and then they have a huge home weekend series against the number 1 team in the country Florida Gators at the Cliff.