Kentucky baseball looked to build off their big showing last week, but unfortunately, the Cats struggled over the weekend in Tuscaloosa, losing the series 2-1 to the Tide.
The Cats got the week started on a high note when they played Miami (OH) at home in the midweek game.
Kentucky struck first in the 3rd off a RBI double by Tristan Pompey and a 2 RBI double by Luke Becker to give the Cats an early 3-0 lead. They added one run in the 4th and 5th to continue to build the lead.
In the 6th, Kentucky tacked on 5 more runs, but none of them were off hits. Every run was due to a wild pitch by Miami and smart baserunning by the Cats gave them a 10-0 lead.
However, the game was far from over as in the 7th Miami rallied to score 7 runs and make it a ballgame going to the 8th. Fortunately, the Cats added another 3 runs in the 8th and would take the game 13-7. Winning pitcher was Daniel Harper (2-1).
Friday was the first game of the weekend series against Alabama. Trey Dawson gave the Cats a 1-0 lead in the 2nd with an RBI single, but Bama would come back in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.
The Tide scored again in the 3rd and in the 6th Kole Cottam hit a homer run for the Cats to make it a 1-run game, 3-2. However, Bama scored in the 7th and went on to beat the Cats 4-2.
Saturday, the Cats looked to take game 2 of the series. It was a defensive battle for the first 6 innings ,and in the 7th Cottam singled to give the Cats a 1-0 lead. In the 8th Bama answered with a grand slam to take a 4-1 lead on Kentucky.
The Cats tried to make the comeback in the 9th, but only plated one and came up just short again losing game two, 4-2.
The Cats looked to avoid the sweep on Sunday and were successful. Alabama scored 2 runs in the 1st but that was all the offense they would have.
Kentucky got on the board in the 2nd off a homer by Cottam and tied it up in the 6th on a double by Ryan Shinn.
In the 7th, the Cats took the lead on a homer by Pompey and extended it on a RBI single from Luke Heyer. Kentucky added one more in the 9th and would avoid the sweep with a 5-2 win. Winning pitcher was Justin Lewis (5-2).
The Cats move to 19-9 on the season and this week face rival Louisville on Tuesday at home before the weekend series against South Carolina which is also in Lexington.
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