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Ten-Run Inning Highlights Wildcats' 21-4 Shellacking of Mountaineers

February 22, 2020
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The second game of UK's three-game series vs. Appalachian State was no routine affair. A ten-run third inning in which the Wildcats sent twelve batters to the plate was more than enough to put them over, as the 'Cats downed the Mountaineers in a 21-4 blowout.

UK LHP Mason Hazelwood worked four innings for the win, allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits, striking out six and walking two. He located 54 of 83 pitches for strikes. Zack Lee followed up with three shutout innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four while walking one. Will Gambino and Ron Cole each pitched a perfect inning to close out the game, with Cole striking out the side in the ninth.

Hazelwood beaned Andrew Greckel in the top of the second, who then stole second. Phillip Cole drove him home with a double down the left-field line.

Hazelwood struck out Andrew Leshock and Jack Lipson to strand Cole and end the top half of the inning.

In the home half of the second, Trae Harmon drew a walk after working back from an 0-2 count with one out in the second. Jaren Shelby's two-out, two-run homer to left got the 'Cats on the board.

Luke Allison lined a 1-0 pitch to left that Harmon appeared to lose in the sun, and followed by swiping second. After a walk to Bailey Welch, Luke Drumheller reached on what appeared to be a double-play grounder, but Zeke Lewis' feed to SS Matt Golda pulled him a little bit out of position to make the throw to first. Hazelwood was called for a balk, scoring Allison to tie the game and sending Drumheller to second. Kendall McGowan's homer to left gave the Mountaineers a two-run lead.

UK's offensive onslaught began in the bottom half of the third when Golda was hit by the first pitch he saw and promptly stole second. After a four-pitch walk to Curtis and a wild pitch, both runners were in scoring position. Oraj Anu followed with a slow bouncing grounder to second, beating RHP Shane Roberts to first and scoring Golda. TJ Collett brought Curtis home on an RBI ground-out, also to second. A passed ball put Anu on third. After Schultz walked, Harmon was next to be hit by a pitch, taking a fastball to the left elbow. Colton Kessler drew a bases-loaded, four-pitch walk, scoring Anu. Shelby made it back-to-back, bases-loaded walks, scoring Schultz.

After Roberts was lifted for RHP Jack Hartman, the runners advanced as Hartman was called for a balk before he threw a single pitch. Rhodes brought home two more runs on a double down the left-field line. Amazingly, Golda was once again hit by a pitch, making it twice in the same inning. Curtis immediately cleared the bases with a booming three-run homer that hit the RF foul pole. A strikeout to Anu and ground-out from Collett ended an astounding half-inning in which Kentucky scored ten runs on only three hits, with three batters hit by pitch.

UK added another run with Kessler doubled in Harmon in the bottom of the fourth, then tacked on yet another with Collett's RBI single and Harmon's three-run shot to left-center in the fifth. The 'Cats continued their assault in the seventh, starting with a lead-off single by Curtis, who advanced to second on a wild pitch, then to third on Anu's ground-out. Breydon Daniel brought him home with a single to center, then Lewis joined him on base after an error by Mountaineer 1B Robbie Young. Cam Hill, pinch-hitting for Harmon, was hit by a 2-2 pitch to load the bases. The hit parade continued when pinch-hitter Tanner Holen got plunked to force in Daniel. Shelby reached when he grounded to second to force Holen at second, allowing Lewis to score. Chase Estep popped a single to right to drive in Hill but was thrown out at second for the final out of the inning.

The remainder of the game was, surprisingly, uneventful. The two teams combined for seven hit batsmen, with Golda being hit three times. Eleven UK batters drove in at least one run. However, UK's 21 runs came on just thirteen hits. Shelby led the attack with four RBI, while Curtis and Harmon had three each, followed by Kessler and Rhodes, who each had two. This was the 125th-consecutive game in which UK has scored, and they have been shut out in only one of their past 202 games. Schultz has a nineteen-game on-base streak and now has eight RBI this week.

The Wildcats wrap up the series against the Mountaineers tomorrow at 1 PM. LHP Dillon Marsh is scheduled to take the mound vs. Appalachian State lefty Quinton Martinez.

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