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Kentucky Wildcats' Justin Lewis shines, defense falters in 4-3 loss to Delaware

Cats continue to struggle in one-run affairs.

After winning a pair of games in blowout fashion on Friday and Saturday, Kentucky's early-season nemesis showed up again on Sunday in the finale of the Wildcats' four-game road trip through Virginia. 

A close game.

Delaware scored four unearned runs in the eighth inning to claim a 4-3 win over UK. A throwing error allowed the Blue Hens to plate the winning runs after struggling offensively for most of the day.

Kentucky starter Justin Lewis pitched seven innings of two-hit, shutout baseball only to see the win slip away. The sophomore right-hander had exited with a 3-0 lead after striking out four and walking only one. 

Logan Salow (0-1) took the loss, allowing four unearned runs on four hits after his throwing error on the potential inning-ending double play in the fateful eighth inning.

It marked the fourth time that the Cats (2-5) have lost a one-run game in the young season. 

Preseason All-American first baseman Evan White returned to the UK lineup after missing the last five games with a sore hip. He went 2-for-2 with an RBI double and a pair of walks. Marcus Carson also had two hits for the Cats.

Delaware (2-5) got 2.2 innings of perfect relief from James Meeker and Ron Marinnacio to lock down the win.

Kentucky returns to Lexington for its home opener on Tuesday against Eastern Kentucky. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.


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