(Photos courtesy UK Athletics)

In what has become a disturbing trend, Kentucky’s baseball Wildcats missed more than one opportunity to pick up a vital win and saw another one slip away Tuesday night at Louisville.  U of L used strong defence and just enough pitching to hold off the Wildcats, 4-2 at Jim Patterson Stadium. The game ended with the tying runs on base for the Wildcats.

The Cats (21-16) paid dearly for their mistakes, allowing a first inning Cam Masterman home run on an elevated fastball and then yielding a two-out, two-run single in the third inning after loading the bases with a pair of walks and a hit by pitch. After closing the gap to 3-1, three walks in the seventh aided another Cardinals run. For the game the Cardinals managed just four hits despite entering with six regulars hitting .310 or better.

Righthander Seth Logue took the loss for UK, striking out three in 2.2 innings

The No. 13 Cardinals robbed Ryan Ritter, who had six RBI here last season, of a three-run home run in the second inning before perfectly executing a defensive shift to grab an out on a Chase Estep line drive, and later turned a double play on a chopper to third to erase a runner. Still, the Cats had the tying run on second base in the ninth after Daniel Harris IV smacked a RBI two-out double. Harris was tagged for the game’s final out as he tried to advance from second to third on a chopper hit in front of him. He pounded the turf as he lay on the field following the game’s last play.

The Wildcats scored their first run in the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with nobody out. But they managed just the lone tally as Jacob Plastiak’s sacrifice fly came both before and after strikeouts.

Kentucky will return to Southeastern Conference play this weekend against No. 19 Vanderbilt, the College World Series runners up in 2021. First pitch Friday night is at 6:30; you can hear the game on WLAP-AM 630 and see the game streaming live on SEC Plus.

 

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