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Settled in here at Cliff Hagan Stadium for game 1 of UK-Alabama series. What a Chamber of Commerce day for baseball in Lexington. First Pitch at 7 pm; also being shown live on CSS...
**One note early, UK has moved 3B Thomas McCarthy from his customary spot No. 2 spot in the order all the way down to No. 8; He went 0-6 with 4 K's at Indiana the other night and is hitless in his last 14 at bats; 5-for-34 (.147) in last 9 games
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Hopefully the shuffling of the batting order pay dividends. McCarthy entered his senior season as one of, if not the, most reliable returning hitters on the team. UK really needs him to break out of his slump in the near future.
And that's not the only change. Zellers, Flynn, and Williams moving up in the line-up, with AJ Reed dropping back some.
UK *really* needs to take care of business this weekend.
Alabama enters the game having lost 6 of its last 7 SEC games, but did score a late-inning victory over Miss. State in its last SEC game.
Alabama has lost 6 of last 7 SEC games entering tonight; Also has 3 hitters batting under .200, 2 more under .235
If our bats can be revived to their level of several weeks back, hits when they're needed most, we should get a much needed sweep of the Tide here at home.
Hearing some stories in the press box about the home plate ump for tonight's game. Apparently, he is widely viewed as the worst ump in the league.
A smoked line drive and bloop inside RF line have Alabama in business right away
Taylor Rogers gets out of 0-out, runners on corners jam with pop up, then fields own position to start 6-4-3 double play
Top 2nd: Kentucky 0, Alabama 0
Rogers strikes out the side in Top 2nd
Wouldn't you know it, Thomas McCarthy's first at bat tonight after being moved to 8th in order will come with 2 runners on; McCarthy works a 9-pitch at-bat after falling behind 0-2; rips a 2-run double over the RF's head; 2-0 UK, B-2
Alabama coming right back at UK in T-3; single, infield single w/ throwing error by 2B, line drive single up middle; 2-1 UK; 2-on, 1 out. Rogers laboring here in top of 3rd; walks a guy to load bases after having him down 0-2; still 1 out
Rogers limits the damage in T-3rd after loading bases with 1 out, but Alabama ties the game at 2
Kentucky has loaded the bases with nobody out here in B-3rd; cleanup hitter Luke Maile up
Maile drives in a run on fielder's choice, followed by Riddle's RBI groundout; Kentucky 4, Alabama 2; B-3rd
Alabama is going to give starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull the hook after 2.2 IP; He was already up to 77 pitches
Kentucky 4, Alabama 2 through 3 innings at Cliff Hagan Stadium
Quick shutdown inning for Rogers in top 4th; UK 4, Alabama 2; B-4th
Austin Cousino's flare to RF just tied the Kentucky single-season record for hits by a freshman with 71
Kentucky 4, Alabama 2 through 4 innings
Some slick fielding gets Kentucky through T-5th unscathed; SS Reida deftly picks ball that caromed off mound for DP; Flynn diving grab in RF
Kentucky has a solid threat snuffed out after pair of leadoff singles; Flyout to CF then hard hit ball right at SS for 6-4-3 DP; UK 4-2, T-6
Official attendance at Cliff Hagan Stadium tonight: 2,456
Another relatively clean inning for Taylor Rogers (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K). Kentucky leads 4-2 heading to bottom of 6th
I think some bunting practice is in order this week.
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