The Kentucky Wildcats five-game winning streak was snapped Friday as they were defeated 8-0 in the series opener with the University of North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks.

Not only did the Cats five-game winning streak come to an end, but the loss ended a 27 game winning streak over non-Power Five opponents and marked the first time in 127 games that Kentucky was held scoreless. 

Friday’s ballgame did not get off to the best start for Kentucky, starting pitching Jimmy Ramsey. The Seahawks plated a pair of runs in the top of the first after Cole Weiss and Jac Croom both hit one-run singles to give their team an early 2-0 lead.

In the top of the fourth, UNCW added onto their lead as Kip Brandenburg scored on a wild pitch by Ramsey to make it 3-0 Seahawks.

Two innings later, UNCW attacked Kentucky reliever Braxton Cottongame as Matt Suggs and Weiss slugged back to back solo home runs to extend the Seahawks lead to 5-0. 

In the top of the ninth, the Seahawks added three insurance runs with UK reliever Ron Cole on the mound. Croom lined a two-run double and Ron Evans hit a sac-fly to give UNCW an 8-0 lead.

While UNCW put runs on the boards, Seahawks starting pitcher Zarion Sharpe kept the Wildcats offense at bay. Sharpe tossed seven scoreless innings with four strikeouts and only four hits allowed. 

In the final two frames, UNCW Blake Deatherage blanked the Cats to finish off a shutout victory for the Seahawks and snap Kentucky’s hot streak. 

The Cats and Seahawks will meet Saturday again at 1 p.m. 

 

 

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