The Kentucky Wildcats baseball team demolished Ball State during a weekend series at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington. The Cats outscored Ball State 50-4 in the final two games of the series after losing 10-8 in extra innings on Friday night.
After rallying to take the lead on Friday, costly errors in the 9th and 10th innings led to the defeat. The loss broke a nine-game winning streak this season. Two-way star A.J. Reed took to the mound on Friday before leaving the game with what ended up being a no decision. Reed pitched 8 innings, allowed 7 hits, 5 runs (2 earned), walked 2, and struck out 3 batters. Reed collected 2 RBI at the plate, helping extend his lead in the NCAA.
The 24-1 win on Saturday marked the 4th largest margin of victory in program history with a winning margin of 23 runs scored. A.J. Reed and Micheal Thomas hit long balls for the Cats. It was the 8th home run of the year for Reed, who led the NCAA in homers entering the contest.
With Sunday’s 26-3 win, the Cats not only clinched the series but set a program record with 58 runs scored in a three-game series. Against Tennessee Martin in 2007, the Cats drove in 47 runs. Kyle Barrett and Reed extended their hitting streaks this season to 18 games.
Through 16 games this season, Reed leads the NCAA in both home runs (eight) and RBI (28).
The Cats will travel to Bloomington, Ind. on Tuesday to take on #11 Indiana in the afternoon.
In MLB news, former Cats pitcher James Paxton, now with the Seattle Mariners, has tweaked his delivery and working for a spot in the Mariners pitching rotation.