By Deborah Waddell
It was a showcase of pitchers for the University of KentuckyWildcats (16-15) as they came into town Wednesday to face the UofLCards. Six pitchers took the mound for the Cats in the 5-1 UKvictory, with James Rodriguez getting the win, pitching just twowith one hit each inning.
The night was not a standout one for the Cards, with eight hitsbut just one RBI. Freshman Chris Cates got the first hit of thenight for UofL with a strong double to left center field in thebottom of the first. Two batters later, catcher Ron Braun waswalked, so with two men on and two out Ryan McKinnon stepped up tobat. UK starter Andy Myette managed to get out of the inning withno damage as the Cards stranded two runners.
The Cards had another chance to get on the board in the bottomof the second. After Daniel Burton reached second on a throwingerror by the short stop, Boomer Whiting was hit by a pitch, againplacing two runners on base with two outs. Lead off hitter NickHaley could do nothing to better the situation, and again the Catsnarrowly escaped the inning.
The top of the third proved disastrous for the Cards, as therewere two hits, two runs, and numerous passed balls and wildpitches. Justin Scutchfiel, who reached with a single, advanced tothird after a passed ball. A few pitches later he scored on a wildpitch. Spencer Graeter then hit an RBI single, and the Cats closedout the inning with a 2-0 lead.
The Cats had another two run inning in the top of the ninth, offa double by Scutchfiel and two singles from Joe Naill and SpencerGraeter.
Not wanting to give in to a shutout, the Cards came out strongin the ninth. Sophomore Nick Haley had a single, and Senior MarkJurich hit a two out double, setting up Braun for an RBI single.McKinnon was hit by the pitch, and with the bases loaded and twoouts the leading hitter for the Cards, Daniel Burton, stepped up tobat. Burton hit a short hopper to the pitcher and was out at first,ending the game and giving UK the 5-1 victory.
Sophomore Brian Halford took the loss, pitching 3 completeinnings, giving up two earned runs on three hits.
This weekend the Cards return to conference play as they hostCharlotte. First game of the three game series starts at 3 o’clockon Friday.