LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky split a Friday doubleheader with No. 8 LSU, falling 4-3 in a hard-fought nightcap that saw the Tigers manage one more hit in a critical spot than the No. 10 Wildcats could muster.
The Cats (27-13, 11-6 SEC) maintained their two-game lead in the SEC
The Cats left 14 runners on bases, going 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
LSU played a big part of those numbers as well, particularly late in the game. First baseman Nick Coomes, who also had a game-tying two-run single in the fifth inning, made two tremendous defensive plays in the final two innings. He robbed Zach Reks of a game-tying double in the eighth with a diving stop and snatched a double away from Riley Mahan to begin the ninth.
The Tigers (27-13, 10-6) pushed across the winning run in the eighth with a two-strike single by Josh Smith, an infield hit by Michael Papierski and
The teams will play the rubber game on Sunday at 1 p.m. as heavy rain is forecast for the area on Saturday.