Cats finish season undefeated in non-conference play at home with win over NKU


Pitcher Brad Schaenzer delivers a pitch during the game against the Murray St. Racers at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff.

Charlee Schaefer

No. 6 UK baseball finished the season 16-0 in non-conference play at home with their win over Northern Kentucky University on Tuesday evening, beating NKU by a final score of 10-1. 

Remaining consistent in the midweek games was key for the Cats this year and a goal that they set at the beginning of the season, and they accomplished just that. 

Winning their last five games has certainly given this team the momentum they need as they head to Florida this weekend to face the Gators in arguably one of the biggest series’ that this club has ever faced. 

In the game on Tuesday night the Cats had big at-bats from Marcus Carson, Troy Squires, Zach Reks and Connor Heady. 

Junior left-hander Brad Schaenzer finished the last regular season home game 5-0 after pitching 5.2 innings and allowing 1 earned run. His ERA is now 3.32. 

Scoring 159 runs in 16 non-conference home games certainly helped with the teams’ success at Cliff Hagan Stadium and head coach Nick Mingione attributes a lot of that success to the Big Blue Nation and all of the fans that come out to support the team. 

“I’m really appreciative of our fans, our fans have come out to support these guys and it means a lot to the coaches and ultimately, them,” Mingione said. “We go all over the league and for us to have a really neat home atmosphere, what we would call a home field advantage, is going to be key for us, so thank you to all of our fans.”

The Cats will complete regular season play after this weekend’s series in Gainesville, Florida in a much-anticipated series against the Gators, who currently lead the SEC East by one game.