Georgia defense downs Cats in first series game


Kentucky junior Breydon Daniel runs to third 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

Hailey Peters

Conference play continued at Kentucky Proud Park on Thursday evening as the Kentucky Wildcats hosted the No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs. Even with strong batting from the Cats, Georgia’s defense ended the game the same as every conference game has for the Cats so far this season: in a UK loss. This one was 7-3.

Georgia’s talent overpowered the Cats in the beginning, scoring a solo home run early in the second and pushing their field defense to ground out all three batters that Kentucky sent in the first two innings.

Junior Breydon Daniel surged the Cats’ spirit with his fifth home run of the season in the third. Leading off the inning, Daniel rocketed the ball over the left field gate.

The Bulldogs pushed back in the fourth, taking advantage of the weaknesses on Kentucky’s defensive side. They scored four runs in a row off four hits, made possible due to an error and a fielder’s choice from the Cats.

The fifth saw another RBI from Georgia, made possible by a fielding error on Kentucky’s behalf. This was followed by the Cats walking a batter and an unearned run scored when a Georgia batter flied out.

Starting pitcher Jimmy Ramsey was relieved at the end of the fifth inning after the Bulldogs went up 7-1. In the five innings he pitched, Ramsey retired 12 batters.

Daniel launched his second home run of the game in a nearly identical fashion in the fifth to net Kentucky’s second run. With his second run, he became the second player to hit a multiple home run game at Kentucky Proud Park, following senior Ryan Shinn last weekend.

Georgia’s defense continued to triumph over the Wildcats throughout the remainder of the game. In all nine innings, the Cats only notched 4 hits and touched base only 9 times.

The seventh saw the only error from Georgia’s defense. A fielder’s choice error allowed Daniel to reach and a throwing error from the opposing pitcher sent redshirt sophomore Zeke Lewis to third. Sophomore Coltyn Kessler rang in another run for the Cats on an RBI hit immediately following the Georgia error.