Baseball suffers a 9-2 loss at Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ole Miss couldn’t take a lead early Saturday at Kentucky Proud Park, losing 9-2 to the Wildcats.
Hunter Elliott drew a decision, allowing two unearned runs over 4.1 innings of work with four strikeouts. Riley Maddox struggled with the relief loss, giving up a pair on three hits and a walk in 1.1 frames.
Just like the day before, Ole Miss (18-8, 3-5 SEC) jumped on the Wildcats early to take the lead in the first. Jacob Gonzalez hit the first pitch of the game for a single. After Bench Justin was bitten, Tim Elco single left to score Gonzalez and Bench headed home TJ McCant sacrifice fly, making it 2-0 Rebels.
The Wildcats responded with a run in the half court, taking advantage of a dropped pick pitch in the third that would have ended the inning, with Chase Estep scoring on wild pitch.
Kentucky (18-10, 3-5 SEC) threatened again in the second, putting two in scoring position on a single and a double. However, Elliott was able to escape, beating the runner to the sack on a floor for the first to retire the side.
The rebel advance lasted until the fifth, when an attempted pickup that sailed wide proved costly. The errant throw allowed the runner to move up to third, eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly. Kentucky added two more in the sixth to go 4-2 on John Thrasher’s triple RBI and Hunter Jump’s single.
Kentucky then added two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth, putting the game out of reach and tying the series at one game apiece.
The Rebels and Wildcats will play for the series Sunday at noon CT. Sunday’s action can be seen on SEC Network+ and heard via the Ole Miss Radio Network.
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