LEXINGTON, Ky --- Kentucky's Joseph Blanton struck out 13 in eight innings on Friday, but the Wildcats let another lead slip away in the ninth inning in their home opener.
Miami (Ohio) plated two runs in the ninth inning against Cory Hahn to claim a 3-2 victory in the Holiday Inn North Classic at Applebee's Park.
Hahn, who earned the win for the Cats in their 3-1 victory over No. 17 Texas A&M on Monday, gave up a leadoff single to Miami's Ry Edington and surrendered the game-winning home run to pinch-hitter Michael Carlin two batters later.
"It hurts to lose like this again," said Kentucky coach Keith Madison, whose team dropped to 4-6 on the season. "Joseph Blanton pitched outstanding today, and it's really unfortunate that we could not come through to get him the win. We must find someone or someway to keep us from losing these close games."
Miami was playing its season-opener.
Junior designated hitter Gordon Tyler smacked his second home run of the season off All-MAC left-hander Chris Leonard to give the Cats an early 1-0 lead in the second.
UK crossed the plate again in the eighth when junior center fielder Seth Morris reached base on an infield single and was brought home on a bases loaded sacrifice fly to left by junior third baseman Russ Rutherford.
The Cats threatened again in the ninth, placing runners at first and third
with no outs. But Miami's Billy Keininger fanned Caleb Stewart and Morris before getting a Spencer Preston pop-up to end the game.
Keininger (1-0) earned the win for Miami, while Hahn (2-3) is credited with the loss. Blanton posted an impressive line, giving up one run on three hits with two walks in 30 batters faced.
The RedHawks and Wildcats will continue their three-game series on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. both days.
Miami (Ohio) 000 000 102 - 3 5 2
Kentucky 010 000 010 - 2 7 2
Win: Kieninger (1-0)
Loss: Hahn (2-3)