UK baseball heads to UofL looking to complete regular season sweep


University of Kentucky junior Trey Dawson slides into third during the game against Louisville on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Charlee Schaefer

After a road SEC series win at Georgia over the weekend, the UK baseball team will head to Louisville on Tuesday to take on the Cardinals in their second meeting of the season.

In the first matchup of the year, the Cardinals were ranked but are not anymore.

The Cats won the first “Battle of the Bluegrass” but have not had the best track record at Jim Patterson Stadium. They lost the regular-season game last year and were knocked out in the super regional in that stadium, ending their season just two wins shy of the College World Series.

The Cats are riding some good momentum after taking two out of three games this weekend in Athens, Georgia. UK is 71-44 all-time versus UofL.  

Freshman right-hander Daniel Harper is expected to get the start for UK as he did earlier in the season. Harper has put in some impressive work in midweek starts in his first year with the club. He is 2-1 with a 6.46 ERA. 

Junior right-hander Riley Thompson will most likely take the bump for the Cardinals. Thompson has a 6.15 ERA and is 1-3 on the season. 

The Cards are 24-11 but have had a fairly lackluster season compared to their previous success. They are split in conference play and playing .500 ball.

The loss of so many key players after their appearance in the 2017 College World Series has made a significant impact, and they seem to still be figuring things out.

The Cats are hungry to get the win and get revenge after the devastating losses in 2017.

Players to watch:  

Tristan Pompey (UK junior, outfielder): Pompey has reached base in 64 of the last 67 games. He has already added 10 multi-hit games to the books this season and hit .400 this past week. Pompey is the tablesetter for the offense and has been superb all season in the leadoff spot. 

Logan Wyatt (UofL sophomore, first baseman): Wyatt leads the team in batting average, RBI and hits. He was named ACC Player of the Week in March and is known for his patience at the plate. 

First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Louisville.