Sweet Revenge: UK Pitcher Remains Perfect

Just one week from the day, UK sophomore pitcher Greg Drombrowski saw a near flawless performance turn into a team loss after he handed over the ball in the middle of the 8th inning against visiting LSU.

This time, UK baseball head coach John Cohen was not about to allow history to repeat itself, nor Drombrowski going to give the third-year coach a reason to.

"Greg really battled and made some great pitches to get out of some jams," Cohen said. "The bases were loaded against him without the ball leaving the infield and it didn't affect him. He stepped up and showed his maturity and poise as a pitcher."

Seven days after he no-hit the 8th-ranked Tigers for five innings and allowed just two hits in 7 2/3 innings, Drombrowski put together another Sunday pitching gem for the visiting Wildcats, in a 4-1 series deciding victory over Tennessee in Knoxville.

In the rubber contest between the two teams tied at a game a piece, Drombrowski (5-0) pitched a complete game masterpiece, giving up just one run on nine hits, striking out six and walking just two. All nine hits were singles.

"Anytime you can get a win on the road against a good SEC opponent, you are very fortunate," the 5-foot-11, 180 pound sophomore said. "I'm just thankful I could go all nine innings and help my team get the win today."

The humble New York (NY) native, however, downplayed the achievement.

"You can never put any extra presusre on yourself to perform," Drombroski explained, "because it can work against you. I just tried to keep my composure and remain calm."

"Really, I'm just happy to be pitching."

The Wildcats (20-5, 4-2) are happy he's pitching as well. With Sunday's victory the Wildcats recorded their second straight SEC series victory over a Top 15 team.

"It's a huge win for us as a team," Drombrowski said. "It just give us even more confidence than we already had and it proves to ourselves, as we already knew, that we can go on the road and win anywhere."

Sunday's 4-1 victory was even more impressive considering UK did it on the road, where they struggled so mightily a year ago.

"I think it will be a great stepping stone for the rest of the season," Drombroski added on the road victory.

Drombrowski, who had not walked a batter in 35 2/3 innings and in 52 1/3 overall dating back to last season before giving up his first two free passes Sunday, is now 5-0 on the year and is shortly developing into UK's best pitcher.

"The walk was something we called for to set up the double play," coach Cohen said. "You hate to see a streak end on something like that. But the way Greg pitches, with all the groundballs he gets, its something that we felt could help us and it did."

The win clearly proved the former Rome Free Academy HS standout is ready for the prime-time, Sunday start.

"I like pitching anytime," the gunslinger concluded. "Whether it's a mid-week game or a weekend game, I just love to pitch. I'm comfortable with any time Coach (Cohen) needs me."

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