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.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

Whether he is working sporting events or not, he always loves talking sports. He is a prolific tweeter, so if you want to stay “in the know” about sports in the Bluegrass, follow Andrew on Twitter @ADChernoff. If you have a story idea for our sports team, send it to Andrew at Andrew.Chernoff@charter.com.

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