BatCats lose tough one to Western, 7-6

After an explosive offensive performance this weekend Kentucky's bats suffered a major letdown on Tuesday en route to a disappointing 7-6 defeat at the hands of Western Kentucky.

The Batcats were unable to get anything going at the plate, managing only two hits in the first seven innings and stranding 11 runners for the game.

They found themselves trailing the Hilltoppers 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth when the lineup made their only push of the game, scattering 4 singles and tying the contest at five apiece.

But in the ninth, Zach Dials balked with a runner on third to give Western Kentucky the lead again. With a runner on second, Western's Casey Hamilton ripped a liner to left-center plating another Hilltopper run.

Kentucky would try to rally again in the final inning, closing the deficit to 7-6 on an RBI double from John Shelby, but it wouldn't be enough. Chad Adcock closed out the game with a pair of flyouts to the outfield to make the 7-6 score final.

This weekend against Northwestern, Kentucky faced quality pitching and teed off on it, scoring at least 10 runs in every game of the series. Tuesday's performance at the plate was a disappointing one.

"I think it's a failure of the coaching staff," Head Coach Cohen said after the game. "I think we just didn't have our kids ready to play today. Under NCAA rules you can't practice seven days a week, so we had to take a day off yesterday before our ball game and it showed."

Freshman Chris Rusin got his first start of the season, as UK is still searching for a pitcher who can get them through the middle of the week. Rusin threw four strong innings, but hit the wall in the fifth, giving up four of his six hits allowed and three of his four earned runs in that inning.

"I was really pleased with the things that he did today," Cohen said. "He deserved to win the game."

Western didn't hit the ball hard. Four of their hits were infield singles. But they took advantage of the runners they had, scoring seven runs with only one extra base hit.

Kentucky had execution problems all afternoon. The Batcats stranded 11 runners on the game and the defense committed three costly errors.

"This is one of the top two or three worst games we've played since I've been at the University of Kentucky. We took horrible swings, we defended the field horribly, and we just have to come out here tomorrow and fix it tomorrow."

The loss moves Kentucky to 9-3 for the season. They look to rebound on Wednesday as they continue their home stand against Marshall at 4 p.m.

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