Snipped: Cats charge back with win, 6-1

Saturday's game against Lamar University was put on hold for six hours because of rain, but the delay didn't slow Kentucky starter Craig Snipp, who threw a complete game against the Cardinals to pick up the win 6-1.

The start was Snipp's first of the season and the win moved him to 2-0 on the year. Last weekend he earned the decision win by logging six innings in a relief appearance against Texas-San Antonio.

Head Coach John Cohen recognized Snipp's talent in an interview earlier in the week.

"He's got a great curve ball and changeup," Coach Cohen said. "He knows how to get in and out of the zone. He can elevate it or sink it and is just the complete college pitcher."

The complete college pitcher completely shut down Lamar University's lineup. Snipp threw all nine innings giving up only one run and six hits, of which only one was for extra bases. He struck out eight batters and walked only four.

After the hiccup against Arkansas State, Kentucky's offense got on the board early, scoring in the top of the first inning.

Antone DeJesus singled to lead off the game, extending his hit streak to 12 games over the last two seasons. A balk and a wild pitch that should have retired Brian Hastings on strikes allowed DeJesus to advance to third. Catcher Sean Coughlin singled, driving DeJesus in for the first run in the contest.

Lamar knotted the game at one apiece in the bottom of the third inning when Erik Kanaby scored off of a double by Will Henderson. The run would be the Cardinal's only one for the contest.

The BatCats struck again in the in the sixth and seventh innings. Collin Cowgill drove in two runs with a double to right-center in the sixth and Sean Coughlin blasted a solo shot to straight away center in the seventh to extend Kentucky's lead to 4-1.

Kentucky would add two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth, but they wouldn't need them as Snipp snuffed the last ditch efforts of the Cardinal's offense.

Saturday's win was good for the Cats, who dropped their first game of the year in a disappointing loss to Arkansas State the day before.

They look to maintain their early successes tomorrow when they take on Michigan State at Vincent-Beck Stadium. The game is scheduled for 12 p.m.


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