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Kentucky Baseball: Cats take Game 2 against the Volunteers

In a game the Cats really needed to win, they got the job done to even the series at one game each

The Kentucky baseball team bounced back in Game 2 after losing Game 1 again the Tennessee Volunteers to even up the series.

Zack Thompson took the mound for his first official start since he injured his left elbow. The Wildcats lefty pitched 3 innings where he faced 11 batters and gave up no hits, walked two batters and struck out 7. Needless to say, this Kentucky team is more than happy to have him back in the rotation as the postseason quickly approaches.

Kentucky was able to get on the scoreboard right out of the gate as Kole Cottam singled to center scoring Tristan Pompey to put the Cats up 1-0.

Both teams were in a defensive battle until the 5th inning when the Vols were able to draw even with the Cats after a walk with the bases loaded tied the game at one.

Just like they have done so many times this season the Cats answered in the top of the 6th with a big three-run inning. Luke Becker stepped up with Luke Heyer and Troy Squires on base and hit a homer putting the Cats back on top 4-1.

However, Tennessee wouldn’t go away as they themselves managed to get two runs across in the bottom of the inning to keep it at a one run game, 4-3.

In the 7th, the Cats were able to put up 2 more runs after Trey Dawson scored on a fielding error by the Vols and then Heyer knocking in another run to make it 6-3 Cats.

Kentucky wasn’t done scoring yet as in the 8th they put up another 4 runs started with a SAC bunt by Dawson to allow Zeke Lewis to score. Then with two runners on Squires stepped in and hit a 3-run homer putting the Cats up 10-3.

The Cats defense was able to take care of business the rest of the way and closed out Game 2 to take the 10-3 victory and even up the series at a game each. The rubber game will be Sunday and it is a very important game for the Cats as they continue to fight for a spot in the SEC Tournament.

Go Cats!