Murray State tops Cats in 12-inning affair

Kentucky's second extra-inning affair in as many games did not go as well as the last.

Murray State got a game-winning single from Derek Yoder in the 12th inning Tuesday to give the Racers a 4-3 win over the visiting Wildcats in UK's final non-conference game of the regular season.

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Kentucky (30-21) was coming off a thrilling 10-inning win over Auburn last weekend, but fell behind 3-0 against the Racers. The Cats battled back to tie the game in the top of the seventh, highlighted by Max Kuhn's three-run homer to left-centerfield.

It remained knotted at 3-3 until the 12th when Murray's Anthony Bayus led off with a single and advanced to second base with two outs. Kentucky intentionally walked the Racers' No. 5 hitter, Michael Hargrove, to get to Yoder, but the designated hitter made the Cats pay with a sinking liner just in front of a diving Storm Wilson.

An off-night for the UK offense, one of the best in the SEC and the national standings, included just five hits.

Murray (21-28) got a strong starting effort from Andrew Bramley, who worked 6.1 innings of three-hit, two-run baseball before giving way to relievers Sheldon Baxter, Tyler Saltsman, BT Wichman and Jon Lollar (2-0). The Racers' pen combined to give up just one run on two hits over the final 5.2 innings.

Logan Salow (2-3) took the loss for the Cats, putting the go-ahead run on base before Zach Strecker surrendered the game-winning single to Yoder.

The Cats return to action Thursday, traveling to Georgia for their final SEC series of the season.


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