The Kentucky Wildcats Baseball team failed to salvage the final game of a three-game series against No. 3 Texas Tech, as they fell by a final score of 19-4 on Sunday afternoon.
It did not take long for the Red Raiders to get on the board. In the top of the first inning, Texas Tech touched up Kentucky starter Dillon Marsh, as Josh Jung hit a run-scoring single, and Tanner O’Tremba walked with the bases load to make it a 2-0 game.
However, the Red Raider lead did not last for long. In the top of the second Zeke Lewis hit an infield single that scored Dalton Reid and Breydon Daniel was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Jaren Shelby and tie the game at 2-2.
In the bottom of the third, however, the wheels fell off.
With two on and nobody out O’Tremba hit a three-run home run to left field to make it a 5-2 Texas Tech lead. The following batter walked chasing Marsh out of the game after only two-plus innings of work.
Alex Degen came in from relief and was unable to stop the bleeding as he threw a wild pitch that allowed another run to score and ended his day after just 0.1 of an inning.
Kentucky’s third pitcher of the inning did not fare much better. Texas Tech made it three straight games of putting together six-run innings as Kentucky’s Cole Daniels gave up a two-run single to Brian Klein making it an 8-2 Texas Tech lead.
In the bottom of the fourth things went from bad to worse for the Wildcats. Texas Tech plated four runs off of the fourth Kentucky pitcher of the game Cole Ayers as Max Marusak hit a sacrifice fly to right field and Dru Baker, Josh Jung, and Brian Klein all hit RBI singles making it a 12-2 ball game.
In the top of the sixth Kentucky got back on the board thanks to a Jaren Shelby RBI single to make it 12-3.
With a big lead, Texas Tech showed no mercy. The Red Raiders tacked on three runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to push their lead to 19-3.
Shelby would drive in another RBI single in the top of the eighth to make it a 19-4 game, but it was far too little and far too late as Texas Tech closed out the series sweep of Kentucky.
Marsh took the loss for Kentucky while Mason Montgomery earned the win for Texas Tech.
The Wildcats (3-3) will be off tomorrow but will return to action on Tuesday for the first game at Kentucky Proud Park. Tuesday the Cats will be playing host to Eastern Kentucky followed by Northern Kentucky at home on Wednesday. Both games will be televised on SEC Network Plus.