Kentucky's Big Inning Gives Wildcats 8-4 Win

The original baseball joke came straight from Genesis – "In the big inning." On Friday, USC slew the Kentucky Wildcats with a big five run sixth inning, but the Cats came right back Saturday with their own big inning, a five run knockout punch in the fourth inning, that gave Kentucky all they needed on the way to an 8-4 win.

South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner said, "In this game in many, many cases, one team will score more runs in one inning than the other team scores the whole game. And that's what happened tonight. They did a good job with two outs and turned it into a big inning."

After 15 straight wins without a loss in a Carolina uniform, starting pitcher Harris Honeycutt suffered his fourth consecutive loss. Tanner said, "He was pretty good except for the one inning." When asked about Honeycutt's attitude after the tough streak, Tanner said, "He's very poised, he doesn't show a lot of emotion when things are good or things are bad. He'll be back out there next weekend." Honeycutt is now 7-4 on the year.

Honeycutt was poised answering questions after the game, stating frankly," I'm just trying to be the same pitcher I have been all year long. I felt comfortable. We have a great team. We'll put things together and finish out the year on a good note." He gave up a double, a triple, a single and a home run to consecutive batters in that pivotal fourth inning. He allowed six runs and six hits while striking out four in four innings of work.

After USC finally got out of the top of the fourth inning, the bottom of the fourth proved to be painful as well, as right fielder Andrew Crisp was hit with a pitch so hard he was taken from the game and driven straight to the hospital to be examined. The ball did not hit the helmet, but hit him right in his face next to his left eye. He was back in the dugout by the time the game was over, his swollen face sporting a tattoo from the laces on the ball.

This was the second dramatic injury Crisp has had this year. He had a dramatic collision at first base with Florida star Matt LaPorta that ESPN showed repeatedly during their broadcast of the game. He said, "It did not hurt as bad as the time I ran into LaPorta down at Florida earlier this season. He said he did not have a concussion and that he was fine.

Kentucky starting pitcher Andrew Albers got the win, pitching six and 2/3 innings and giving up four runs on two hits by Jon Willard and Travis Jones. Jones continued his successful offensive assault, going seven for nine thus far in the series, including three hits and the two RBIs in Saturday's game.

Left handed pitcher Alex Farotto pitched the final five innings for USC, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out five.

USC is now 34-14 overall, and 12-11 in the SEC, tied for second behind Eastern division leader Vanderbilt. Kentucky improved to 31-14-1 overall, 10-12-1 in the SEC.

The rubber game of the series is set for 1:30 pm on Sunday at Sarge Frye Field.

Key Moment: With two outs and runners on second and third base, Kentucky third baseman Matt McKinney drove a 2-2 pitch for a triple to left center. McKinney would then score on an RBI single from Keenan Wiley followed up by a two-run homer from Mike Brown that gave Kentucky a 6-2 edge.

Notes: Eight of nine Kentucky starters had at least one hit in the game, including four multi-hit games for the Wildcats. Sawyer Carroll, Sean Coughlin, Antone DeJesus and Keenan Wiley each had two hits. Matt McKinney also drove in three runs for UK.

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