Rodriguez allowed a home-run on the second pitch of the game to leadoff hitter Chuck Moore, but allowed just one run on three hits in six innings pitched after settling in. Matt Scott (1-0) worked the final three innings for Kentucky, garnering the win for the Cats.
Offensively, the Cats got a home run from Freshmen Billy Grace to take the lead in the fourth, 2 -1. Grace and Shelby, both true freshmen, played a vital role in the Cats getting their first victory of the year.
Shelby, from Lexington, struggled in his first start at shortstop making two errors, but quickly redeemed himself when he started a ninth inning rally by doubling to the corner. Shelby, would later score the winning run from second on the 2-out single by Gilvin.
"It's great to get this first win," Cohen said. "But this is a 100-mile journey and we're only in the first half of a mile, so it's easy for me to put this in perspective. We have a long road ahead of us, but we're very proud of our team today."
The rest of the weekend was rained out. Saturday's games were both cancelled to Sunday, where the Cats led Maryland 2-1 before the game was called due to rain in the middle of the third.
As a result, the BatCats at 1-0 will schedule a Wednesday game with Georgetown College to prepare for this weekend's series with Eastern Michigan. A complete preview will be posted for the weekend.