Wildcats set to take on rival Louisville at home


Kentucky junior Breydon Daniel blows a bubble with his gum as he waits on second base during the game against SIUE on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 6-4. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Madison Dennis

The Kentucky Wildcats baseball team will face their rival No. 7 ranked Louisville Cardinals for the second time this season Tuesday night. Kentucky comes off a series win against Ole Miss this past weekend, the team’s first SEC series victory of the season, and will look for redemption against the Cardinals after being defeated by them earlier this season.  

This will be the 110thmeeting between the two teams, Kentucky leading the series 73-41-1. The rivals have met already earlier this season when the Cards took the victory 8-3, but Kentucky hopes to win to split the series with Louisville for the third straight year.  UK currently has a record of 20-16 overall after its wins against Ole Miss and in SEC play, 4-11. Louisville will enter the game with a record of 28-8. 

After homering in both game of Sunday’s doubleheader wins over Ole Miss, junior first baseman/designated hitter TJ Collett was awarded SEC Player of the Week. Overall, the Cats have scored in over 100 consecutive games dating back to the 2016 season. Currently, the streak is the third-longest in program history. 

Louisville is coming off four straight victories, including a series sweep at North Carolina State. After these wins, the Cardinals sit first in the ACC.

Currently, UofL’s pitching is ranked in the top-15 and leads the ACC with a 3.14 ERA. Freshman Alex Binelas was named the ACC Player of the Week, while his fellow teammate Reid Detmers earned ACC Pitcher of the Week. Binelas has gone 8-for-15 with a .533 batting average in his recent games this season. In the last four victories, the Cardinals have had 45 runs on 56 hits.

First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Kentucky Proud Park and the game will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus.