Logue shines in first career start

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The first career start for Zach Logue was a dandy.

Kentucky’s freshman left-hander tossed 6.2 innings Tuesday in the Wildcats’ home opener, holding Murray State to one run and striking out seven in a 4-1 victory at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

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Logue (1-0) was making his fourth appearance of the season, but the previous three had all come out of the bullpen. The former Cincinnati Moeller standout lowered his season ERA to 1.80 and has fanned 11 batters while walking only two.

Kentucky (8-3) supported him with early offense, plating four runs in the second inning. The Cats strung together four consecutive two-out hits off Murray State starter John Lollar, including an RBI double by Zach Arnold, and RBI singles from Connor Heady and Kyle Barrett. Evan White capped the big inning with an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to all 11 games of his college career.

That's all the UK staff needed. Logue retired 14 consecutive batters at one points, getting some fantastic defensive work from Thomas Bernal at third, while senior right-hander Andrew Nelson pitched the final 2.1 to pick up his second career save.

Murray State (3-8) got a solo home run from Dalton West. Lollar (0-1) allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings for the Racers.

Barrett and Arnold each had two hits to lead the Cats at the plate. Riley Mahan, Storm Wilson, Bernal and Heady also collected hits for UK.

It was the first game of a doubleheader between the Cats and Racers, who arranged for a second game in order to take advantage of a 60-degree day in Lexington prior to the next winter storm making its approach to the Bluegrass State.

GAME TWO:
KENTUCKY 4
MURRAY STATE 3

A three-run seventh by the Cats broke open a tie game, and Logan Salow pitched two scoreless innings for the save as UK finished the doubleheader sweep of the Racers.

Freshman infielder Riley Mahan went 3-for-4 to lead the Cats at the plate, while Kyle Barrett and Ka'ai Tom each added two hits. Zach Arnold and JaVon Shelby each had an RBI double in the game-winning seventh frame.

Kentucky (9-3) got another good start from a freshman left-hander, this time coming from Brad Schaenzer, who allowed only one run on five hits and a walk over five innings. He also struck out three.

Zach Strecker (1-0) picked up the win out of the bullpen. It marked the first save of the season for Salow.

The Racers (3-9) got another solo home run from Dalton West. Andrew Bramley (0-3) took the loss out of the Murray bullpen.


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