Baseball travels to nationally-ranked Indiana

After scoring a school-record  58 runs over the  weekend, UK baseball travels to   Indiana University on Tuesday to square off in a matchup of Top 25 teams.

No. 22 UK (13-3) will take the field against No. 17 Indiana (7-6) after taking two of three games over the weekend. The Hoosiers are also coming off a series win, defeating Jacksonville University in the final two games of their three games series last weekend.

After dropping the first game in the series 10-8, UK opened the floodgates outscoring the Cardinals 50-4 in the final two games.

Senior Micheal Thomas led the charge over the weekend, hitting .615 (8-for-13) with two doubles, two home runs and 13 runs batted in. Junior first baseman A.J. Reed and sophomore outfielder Kyle Barrett stretched their hitting streaks to 18 games each. Reed belted his eighth home run, and Barrett stretched his streak of reaching base safely to 35 games after two multi-hit games. The Cats got a hit from every player who had an official at-bat on Sunday.

In 16 games, UK has hit .345 as a team with 45 doubles, four triples, 14 home runs and 182 runs scored.

On the mound, the Cats are led by Reed (3-0, 1.38 earned run average) and Chandler Shepherd (3-0, 2.42 ERA).

UK has a 2.51 ERA as a pitching staff.

Indiana enters the game winners of five out of their last six games. In that span, the Hoosiers defeated No. 10 University of Louisville, the University of Toledo, Xavier University and Jacksonville University.

The Hoosiers are led by catcher Kyle Schwarber (.333 batting average, 18 hits, two home runs and seven RBI) and junior infielder Sam Travis (.320 batting average, 16 hits and 11 RBI).

UK defeated Indiana, 5-3, in their most recent meeting in 2013 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The first pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday at Bart Kaufman Field.

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