Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals both enter midweek clash ranked in Top 25

The first of two regular-season matchups between Bluegrass State rivals Kentucky and Louisville features both baseball clubs ranked in the Top 25.

The No. 11 Cardinals will play the No. 16 Wildcats on Wednesday at UK's Cliff Hagan Stadium with both teams seeking to keep their momentum rolling and improve their resumes with an eye on the postseason.

First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET with UK's Zach Logue taking the mound against UofL's Kade McClure.

Logue (pictured above) is a sophomore left-hander who brings a 1-0 record and a 4.02 ERA into the matchup. The Ohio native has appeared in eight games this season with two starts, striking out 11 batters over 15.2 innings of work. McClure, a sophomore right-hander, comes into the game with a 6-0 mark and a 2.31 ERA. He's been sensational this season, allowing only 15 hits over 35 innings and striking out 29.

Kentucky (22-9, 8-4 SEC) is coming off a weekend series in which it took two out of three games from Alabama, the Cats' fourth consecutive league series win against no defeats this season. UK and Mississippi State are the only SEC programs to accomplish that feat this season.

The Cats' 8-4 start to an SEC slate is the second-best in program history, just behind the 2012 club’s 9-3 start. UK has only started 8-4 or 9-3 four times in school history, including 1988, 1992 and 2016.

Junior outfielder Zach Reks leads UK with a .371 batting average. Junior designated hitter Gunnar McNeill is hitting .363 with seven doubles, five home runs and 33 RBI while sophomore first baseman Evan White is hitting .356 with eight doubles, two triples, two homers and 28 RBI.

Louisville (24-7, 10-5 ACC) is coming off a series against fifth-ranked Florida State, losing two out of three in Tallahassee, Fla. The Cards will squeeze in a game against Western Kentucky on Tuesday night before making the trip to Lexington.

Nick Solak leads UofL with an eye-popping .455 average, eight doubles, one triple, one home run and 15 RBI. Colby Fitch is hitting .439 with four doubles, five homers and 18 RBI. Corey Ray, perhaps the team's top MLB prospect, is hitting at a .331 clip with 10 doubles, one triple, nine homers and 38 RBI, stealing 28 of 33 bases. 

Kentucky leads the all-time series with Louisville, 69-39-1, including a 33-15 record in games played in Lexington. Louisville swept the meetings last season and have won three consecutive in the series, after eliminating UK in the 2014 NCAA Louisville Regional Championship game.

It has typically been an extremely competitive series with UK holding an 11-10 edge since the annual meetings began in 2006.

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