After the loss to NKU earlier in the week, the #6 University of Kentucky Wildcats rebounded by beating the previously undefeated #3 Texas Tech University Red Raiders, by a score of 10-4. The Wildcats are now 13-2 on the season and continue to look very good. If you remove the two inexplicable midweek losses at home, the Wildcats are undefeated and likely ranked in the top 3 nationally. The Wildcats will send Zach Thompson to the mound on Saturday, trying to earn the series win. The game’s first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
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UK starter Sean Hjelle was masterful again, allowing 6 hits and 2 earned runs in 7 innings. This brought his season ERA down to a ridiculous 1.35, in 26 and 2/3 innings, putting him among the NCAA leaders. Kole Cottam was the offensive MVP of the game, going 2 for 4, with 4 RBI, including a double and a homerun. Cottam’s good night raises his batting average to .357 on the season. Tristan Pompey added a key RBI in the bottom of the 8th inning, to increase the UK lead from 7-4 to 8-4, allowing some breathing room for the bullpen in the 9th inning. Two more runs scored in the 8th on a wild pitch by Andrew Davis. In the top of the 9th, Jimmy Ramsey could not close the game for the Wildcats, walking the first two batters with no outs. UK brought in senior Alec Maley to finish the game, hoping to preserve the win. He did not finish however, allowing an unearned run, on an error by Luke Becker. Junior Zach Haake was brought in and he allowed 2 runs, cutting the lead to 10-7. Haake then struck out Josh Jung for the second out, but was lifted for Chris Machamer. Machamer came in and proceeded to come in and shut down the Red Raiders, sealing the win for UK and starter Sean Hjelle.
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