Cats drop Game 3 to Tide 3-2 but stay focused
The pitching for Kentucky this weekend was nothing short of phenomenal. The three starting pitchers threw all but two innings of the series, with Chris Rusin's complete game Saturday being sandwiched by seven inning starts from James Paxton and Alex Meyer Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Meyer scattered four hits, including a ball that bounced off backup shortstop Andy Burn's arm in the 8th inning, and struck out 11 Tide batters. Alabama came into the weekend series as one of the top batting teams in the nation, and led the SEC in hitting, averaging almost 10 runs per game.
That type of outing had to boost Meyer's confidence.
"Absolutely," Meyer agreed. "I have kinda had the confidence all along. As long as I get ahead in the count, I know I'll be fine. But it feels good. They (Alabama) are a very good offensive team, and to go out and hold them to four hits in a game is a pretty good job, and hopefully I can go out and do it again."
Coach Henderson commended both freshmen pitchers today on their outings.
"I'm really happy and pleased and impressed with Alex Meyer's peformance." Henderson said, glowing about the freshman despite the loss. "And I was pleased with (freshman) Braden Kapteyn, although he hit a guy in the 9th it was a tough situation for him to come in and he did a great job."
The performances have to give the Cats confidence as they will face two teams battling the Wildcats for a berth in the SEC tournament the next two weekends. Kentucky (7-14) will host Tennessee (6-15) and Auburn (8-13) the next two weekends, and will need as many wins as possible.
Can it be done?
"Oh sure," Coach Gary Henderson said when asked about whether the team is still focused on making the SEC tournament. "I just told the team that if we get the same three pitching performances we had this weekend, and compete as hard as we did this weekend, we'll get to Birmingham."
Kentucky will next face in-state rival Louisville Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Clint Tilford is tentatively named as the starter for the contest.
AllWildcats Top Stories
On Campus: September 30Practice is starting around the country for many schools, and several are using it as a huge recruiting weekend. Kansas has the biggest group of visitors coming in, but also…
Scout HoopsYesterday at 6:03 AM
Four Downs: Cats Who Must Play Big at BamaIn this edition of All Wildcats' "Four Downs," we take a look at four Kentucky players who need to come up big in Saturday's game at Alabama if the Cats want to turn in a…
AllWildcatsThursday at 7:52 PM
VIDEO: Stoops on Final Prep for No. 1 BamaKentucky head coach Mark Stoops met with the media for the final time on Thursday before the Wildcats head to Tuscaloosa for this week's game against No. 1 Alabama.
AllWildcatsThursday at 2:58 PM
Calipari Restructures StaffKentucky head coach John Calipari announced Friday that he is restructuring his basketball coaching staff for the upcoming season.
AllWildcatsYesterday at 12:49 PM
South's No. 27 DE Postpones Multiple VisitsTagged as the 12th-ranked defensive end in the Sunshine State, Jordan Wright says he's postponing visits with suitors out of the Big Ten and ACC.
Scout FootballYesterday at 9:58 AM