Another slow start both the starting pitcher and the Commodore hitters hurt Vanderbilt again as they fell to Kentucky 7-4 on Saturday afternoon and dropped their 2nd SEC series thus far of the 2017 season.
One big inning hurt the Dores on Friday night and that exact same thing doomed Vanderbilt in game two as well. A five-run 3rd inning blew the doors open for the Wildcats and immediately put the Commodores down and behind yet again.
Dores starter Kyle Wright didn't have his A-plus stuff again today. He started the 3rd inning with a walk and then was proceeded with a double to the wall from Evan White. Three big hits from Wildcat batters Luke Becker, Riley Mahan and Kole Cottam pushed the Wildcats lead out to 5-0 and they wouldn't look back.
Kentucky would then rely on the pitching of sophomore Zach Logue and he wouldn't disappoint. The Wildcats starter kept the Vanderbilt hitters off balance all day and ended up throwing eight innings, allowing one run while giving up only six hits and striking out seven.
Logue had a much better performance than Commodores pre-season All-American on Saturday. Wright has struggled this year and it appears to be continuing. His control wasn't on par as he walked four batters, giving up nine hits while only striking out four. Wright also allowed seven runs in five innings of work. At this point of the year, a slump could be used for the junior right hander.
Vanderbilt and especially Jeren Kendall worked the team back into the game or attempted to, starting in the 8th inning. Kendall blasted a solo shot over the wall in the 8th to finally get the Commodores on the board. His 9th home run of the season would be followed in the 9th where the junior outfielder sent a three run home run over the fences to bring the game to within three. However that would be it and the Wildcats would close things down and win game two of the three game set.
The Commodores will attempt to salvage the series today as freshman pitcher Drake Fellows is expected to take the mound. The right hander was suspended during last weekend's home series against Texas A&M. His addition back into the rotation is big for Vanderbilt and a guy they will be leaning on today as they try to find a win in Lexington.
Kentucky will counter with right hander Justin Lewis. Game three will air on the SEC Network Plus with the 1st pitch set for Noon central.