It looked as if the Kentucky Baseball team would not win today but the Cats rallied late in the game to take the lead and escape Spartanburg with a win. The Cats are off to a 3-0 start to the 2013 campaign.
A heavy snow storm in South Carolina postponed this game’s start from Saturday afternoon until 1 PM today. Early on, it appeared that the Cats would not have any problems, offensively, but their bats did not fall asleep. Not even late in the game.
The Spartans of USC Upstate were a team to be reckoned with, after putting up 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th, and they would have won the game had it not been for the Wildcat rally.
Corey Littrell, the junior out of Trinity, had a rough start to the game. The left-handed was spotted for 7 runs, 5 of which were earned. His departure from the game led to relief from Ryne Combs (collegiate debut), Chandler Shepherd, and closer Trevor Gott (1-0)
J.T. Riddle hit a solo shot to right to start the 8th inning rally. His fly out in the 9th inning ended a streak of 9 consecutive hits.
In the 9th inning, head coach Gary Henderson made a smart decision when he chose to pinch run Kyle Barrett for A.J. Reed. Barrett’s speed is what allowed the Wildcats to win the game in the top of the 9th by scoring their 11th run.
It was not a pretty game and does not even come close to the Sunday afternoon blowout against Niagara but the Wildcats got the win and that’s all that counts.
The Cats head to Myrtle Beach, S.C. this upcoming weekend to face Elon, Coastal Carolina, and Kansas State. All 3 games will be at Pelicans Park. The Cats will have their home opener a week from Tuesday when they host the Murray State Racers.