Kentucky baseball breaks losing streak in win over Lipscomb


Kentucky sophomore Cam Hill drops his bat and runs to first base during the game against Canisius College on Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Hailey Peters

After dropping yet another SEC series over the weekend, the Kentucky Wildcats added another game to their win column Wednesday night in their 6-2 road victory against the Lipscomb Bisons. The Cats’ victory pushes their season record to 17-15.

Throughout the first four innings, the game remained completely scoreless. Although Lipscomb had four hits over the course of those innings, Kentucky kept the Bisons out of scoring a run with heightened field defense, knocking the home team out even with fully loaded bases in the second.

Kentucky starting pitcher Dillon Marsh set the bar high for Kentucky pitching through the first four and a half innings, successfully striking out five batters and retiring 12 altogether that went up to face him.

Daniel Harper rang in his third win of the season after preventing any further runs for the Bisons after their string of scoring in the fifth and sixth innings.

The fifth inning saw the first runs of the game from both teams. Kentucky banked two runs off an RBI hit from senior Alex Rodriguez that sent junior T.J. Collett and sophomore Cam Hill home after their respective single hits earlier on in the inning. The Bisons responded with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to cement both teams on the scoreboard.

On the last pitch of the sixth inning, Lipscomb tied the score 2-2 off no hits. The final play ended the Bisons’ play in the sixth with a double play from the Wildcat field defense, but not before a Bison runner reached home to tie the game.

In the top of the eighth, Kentucky took advantage of faulty pitching and defense from the home team to score an additional run from no hits. Three walks and a reach on a throwing error allowed junior Breydon Daniel to bring the Cats back into the lead. Immediately after, junior Jaren Shelby homered with two other Kentucky runners on base to propel the Cats’ score far past that of the Bisons.

When Lipscomb batted for their halves of the eighth and ninth innings, they sent three batters up and all three went down thanks to Harper and closing pitcher Carson Coleman.

The Kentucky Wildcats continue their road trip and their SEC schedule with a series against the Ole Miss Rebels this weekend. The first game of the series is set for Friday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.