The Kentucky Wildcats (24-15) are headed to Bowling Green for a mid-week baseball game at Bowling Green Ballpark against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (21-19). After losing six consecutive games in a row, the Wildcats are taking a beating in the five college baseball polls.
The Wildcats were unranked for the first time this season in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls. They have dropped all the way to 24th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll while dropping to 25th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. Finally, they are 24th in the Perfect Game USA poll.
The Wildcats send freshman right-hander Kyle Cody (3-2, 6.21 ERA) to the pitching mound against Hilltoppers junior right-hander (1-1, 6.46 ERA) in the second game this season between the two squads.
The last time these two teams faced off, the Hilltoppers won 6-3 at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington. Cody got the start in that game as well, pitching 4.2 innings.
As a team, the Wildcats have hit .270, with a .379 slugging and a .377 on-base percentage, including 48 stolen bases. Defensively, the Cats have fielded .968, turning 43 double plays, picking off nine runners and allowing only 19 steals in 31 attempts. On the mound, the Cats have a 3.39 ERA in 347.1 innings, allowing 98 walks and striking out 279 batters.
Freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett is leading the Wildcats this season with a .352 batting average.
Ryan Huck leads the Hilltoppers with a .341 batting average with eight doubles, 11 homers and 37 RBI.
The Wildcats need to getting a winning streak going. After today, the Wildcats have weekend series against Ole Miss, Arkansas, Vandy, and Missouri. There are two midweek games remaining: Wichita State and Indiana. It is important that they end this season on a high note.
Fans can listen to the game on WLAP 630-AM in Central Kentucky and the UK Athletics website elsewhere. Neil Price is behind the micrpphone for the UK IMG Network.