UK BASEBALL | Wildcats Top Rival Cardinals in High-Scoring Game
04/18/2017 10:38 PM
Two weeks ago, the Wildcats came up short against their biggest rival.
That script was flipped on Tuesday night.
The #10 Kentucky baseball team held on to a 11-7 win over #2 Louisville in Lexington.
With the victory, the Wildcats (26-12, 10-5) snap a six-game losing streak to the Cardinals (31-5, 15-3).
UK jumped out of the gate early, scoring the first 11 runs of the game, including five in the first inning.
Four of those five first-inning runs came courtesy of RBI singles.
The following inning featured four more Kentucky runs, two of which were courtesy of a two-run homer by Connor Heady.
Two more Kentucky runs were scored in the bottom of the fourth inning, giving UK its largest lead (11-0) of the night.
But, like Kentucky in the first match-up between the two schools, Louisville did not give up.
In the fifth, UofL’s Logan Taylor got the scoring started for the visitors thanks to his two RBI double.
The following inning, UofL’s offense continued to shine, highlighted by a Drew Ellis three-run homer.
By the end of the sixth inning, Louisville trailed by only four, but that’s as close as it got.
UK pitcher Zack Thompson picked up the win on the mound Tuesday, tossing seven strikeouts in five innings of work. He gave up four earned runs.
UofL’s Shane Hummel was handed his first loss of the year, after not making it out of the first inning.
UK’s Thompson had some help from his defense while he was on the mound. The Cats turned a 7-2-6 triple play in the top of the second inning.
Up next for the Wildcats is a three-game series against #9 LSU beginning on Friday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. First pitch in game one of the series is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals will look to bounce back when they face Duke in a three-game series. First pitch of game one takes place Friday at 6 p.m. ET inside Jim Patterson Stadium.
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