The Kentucky Wildcats dropped a third straight game to the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a 7-4 loss Sunday as the Seahawks finished off a stunning three-game sweep at Kentucky Proud Park.
After a quiet first inning, UNCW struck first blood in the top of the second. With two on and nobody out, Tyler Marsh ripped a two-run double. Later in the inning, Brooks Baldwin and Matt Suggs hit one-run singles to knock Kentucky starter Zack Lee out of the game. With Alex Degen on the mound for Kentucky, UNCW tacked on another as Cole Weiss laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Zachary Bridges and put the Seahawks on top 5-0.
In the bottom of the third, Kentucky’s offense broke through for the first time all weekend. With a runner on first, Austin Schultz delivered a two-run home run to left field to cut the UNCW lead to 5-2. On the very next pitch, TJ Collett slugged a solo shot to right to put UK within two.
UNCW would get a run back in the top of the sixth as Baldwin delivered his second RBI single of the game to extend the Seahawks lead to 6-3.
With the lead 6-4, UNCW tacked on another run in the top of the seventh as Kip Brandenburg slugged a solo home run over the left field bullpen to extend the Seahawks lead to 7-4.
With the loss, Kentucky (5-6) was swept by a non-Power Five program for the first time since 1999 (Florida Atlantic).
The Cats will look to get their season back on track Tuesday when they host the Cincinnati Bearcats.