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Kentucky Baseball

Kentucky Blanks Western Kentucky 15-0 for Fifth Straight Win

March 13, 2019
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Kentucky squared off against Western Kentucky in the final game of their eleven-game homestead. Western Kentucky came into the game on a six-game losing streak after starting the year 6-2. Kentucky pushed that losing streak to seven games, blowing out the Hilltoppers 15-0.

Dillon Marsh started on the mound for the Cats, looking for his second win of the season. The freshman from Elizabethtown, PA had been inconsistent this year, but threw four innings and allowed just one hit to move to 2-1 on the year. The pitching staff dominated the Hilltopper’s offense, allowing just one runner to reach second base all game.

Kentucky’s offense was led by TJ Collett and Dalton Reed, who each had 4 RBIs on the day. Collett had an especially good day, going 2-4 with a home run and a triple. The triple was the first of his career.

Game Summary

Kentucky got the bats started early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of five WKU errors. All nine UK hitters reached the batter’s box in the first inning, highlighted by TJ Collett’s three-run homerun over the right field fence. The homerun, his fifth on the season is the most on the team.

The Wildcats took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth when Dalton Reed singled to drive in two more runs and push the UK lead to six. Ryan Shinn led of the sixth with a double, setting up Collett for his RBI triple when the Wildcat first baseman roped a ball to left center that was out of reach of the diving arms of the left fielder. Those extra base hits started a rally which saw two more runs scored in the bottom of the sixth.

Kentucky added six more runs to their 9-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh, an inning that saw 8 straight UK hitters reach base safely. Kentucky’s bullpen maintained the lead created by their offense, allowing just two hits in five innings.

UK scored fifteen runs but the pitching staff didn’t let the big lead keep them from allowing just three hits and zero walks in the game. Today marks just the second game all season the WIldcats allowed no walks and is their second shut out in the past four games.

Kentucky travels to Baton Rouge this weekend to take on LSU in their first SEC series of the year. Friday will be the first game on the road for the Wildcats in almost three weeks. LSU will come into the series ranked 13th with a 12-1 record at home. It will be the first SEC series for both teams.

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