News and Notes from the Wildcats victories over Army and University of Texas - San Antonio.
All-SEC second teamer Shaun Lehmann did not play in Kentucky's first or second game on Friday, instead being replaced in the outfield by Lexington (Ky.) native Collin Cowgill.
Cowgill, the Valley League Top Prospect by Baseball America over the summer months, has apparently become Cohen's choice in the outfield to play alongside DeJesus and Billy Grace.
With the game tied at 4 in the second game, pre-season All-American John Shelby broke a 4-4 tie by beating out a slow grounder. It was Shelby's only hit of Friday, but it nonetheless, broke the tie and helped lead the Wildcats to their second victory of the afternoon.
Starting pitcher Matt Robinson, returning from injury last year, showed no ill-effects and pitched without pain. Robinson struggled, however, in keeping the UT-SA batters off the basepaths, giving up 6 hits and 4 runs in just 3 innings. The good news is the senior did throw strikes and will continue to be counted on to provide UK with depth as a starter.
The story of the afternoon is junior college star recruit, Ryan Strieby (pronounced Stree-bee), whom went 2-for-3 in Friday's second game, recording 2 game changing doubles that resulted in 2 RBI's. Strieby tied the game in the seventh and opened up the lead in the eighth with another.
According to Scott Dean, UK's baseball media relations director, the UK baseball staff is projecting that Strieby will be a star in the SEC right off the bat. More on a story to come on Strieby shortly.
The early favorite to get the starting nod tomorrow against Army is sophomore Greg Dombrowski. The 5-foot-11, New York native came on midway through the year as a reliable reliever. He hurled a complete game in his only start of the year and had a tremendous summer in the Great Lakes League.
Craig Snipp came on in relief for Kentucky and put together one of his most impressive outings as a Wildcat, giving up just six hits and allowing no runs on five strikeouts.
The biggest addition to the 'Cats baseball squad this year could be Strieby's sidekick - Dewayne Oxford. Oxford played alongside Strieby at Edmonds Community College and is a dynamite closer. He came in and was impressive in his first opportunity as a Wildcat in relief, Friday. Pitching two scoreless innings in relief of senior Aaron Tennyson.