Kentucky, who had used an explosive offensive attack in their previous wins against Army and Texas-San Antonio, ran into a huge roadblock named Joel Boeschen. Boeschen threw seven strong innings, striking out an impressive 10 batters while giving up only 6 hits to the dangerous Wildcat lineup.
Most importantly, he was able to keep the Kentucky from having one of their patented big innings. In all three of their wins, the Bat Cats had at least one inning where they scored four or more runs. They were unable to hang a crooked number up against Boeschen, notching only a single run in the first, fifth, and eighth innings.
Wildcat ace Aaron Tennyson, who looked dominant in his first outing of the year against Army, ran into trouble in the fourth. He opened the inning hitting the leadoff man and then allowing him to reach second on a wild pitch. A single and a sacrifice fly allowed the run to come home, but after which Tennyson settled down and escaped the inning giving up only one run.
Tennyson cruised through the fifth and sixth innings, but in the seventh, down 2-1, the Arkansas State offense stepped up, lacing a single and a double and hanging three more earned runs against Tennyson before he was lifted.
The Indians would strike again in the ninth when Michael Williams, Jr. lifted a three-run bomb over the left field fence. Arkansas State reliever Tim Eggart then closed the door with a three-up and three-down 9th inning.
Sophomore outfielder Antone DeJesus went 2-3 with one RBI on the afternoon to improve his hit streak to 11 games dating back to last year's season.
The loss was Kentucky's first of the year, as their record falls to 3-1. They will be in action tomorrow in a double-header, playing Lamar at 2 p.m. and getting their chance at revenge against Arkansas State at 8 p.m.