The day after the Cats had an exciting win on Senior Night against Mississippi State, they came out with another exciting finish Saturday, as they were able to capitalize on opportunities late to pull out the victory and lock up the series with a 4-1 victory.
This one started looking like it was going to be another high scoring game after the Bulldogs quickly took a 1-0 lead right out of the gate off an RBI single through the right side.
However, the game would turn into a pitcher’s duel, but Kentucky had their fair share of chances.
In the 1st, after a bunt single by Luke Becker a single by Luke Heyer would advance the runner to third with two outs but the Cats failed to get the game tied at one.
Both teams would battle defensively, then in the 4th inning the Cats were able to get a runner into scoring position with two away, but again they were unable to get him across to score keeping the lead at 1-0 for the Bulldogs.
The 6th inning looked to be the inning that Kentucky finally got the game tied after a lead off double by Tristan Pompey. On a flyball to center Pompey was able to advance to third but an outstanding play by the Bulldogs shortstop would bring the inning to a close and once again keep the Cats off the scoreboard.
Kentucky went into the bottom of the 8th trailing 1-0 and that’s when the bats finally got going and they took advantage of their chances that they failed to convert on earlier in the game. With the bases loaded and nobody out Luke Becker hit a 2 RBI single scoring Trey Dawson and Pompey to give the Cats a 2-1 lead.
Then Luke Heyer put down a SAC bunt that was mishandled by the Mississippi State defense and allowed two more runs to score giving the Cats a late 4-1 lead on the Bulldogs.
In the 9th, Mississippi State got a runner on and hit two long fly balls to the warning track, but the Cats defense was able to take care of business and close out the game for yet another exciting victory at the Cliff.
The Cats will go for the sweep tomorrow in what will be the final regular season game at Cliff Hagan Stadium. That game will begin at 3 PM.