UK baseball swept at Ole Miss


Tristan Pompey swings low for a breaking ball during the game against the Florida Gators Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Chris Angolia

UK baseball was swept in its series at No. 8 Ole Miss this past weekend, after taking a series from then No. 7 South Carolina last weekend.

Game one saw another solid outing from Zack Brown go to waste as the offense could not get anything going against Rebels starter Brady Bramlett. Evan White had a pair of doubles and Tristan Pompey picked up the lone UK run on a solo homer in the 3-1 loss.

During game two on Friday, the Rebels offense came to life against a struggling Dustin Beggs. Over his 4.1 innings of work, Beggs allowed nine runs on 14 hits and in total, the Rebels put up 14 runs with 21 hits to take game two 14-2.

In game three, the Cats were looking to avoid the sweep and things were looking good early after Pompey hit a two-run homer in the second and JaVon Shelby added a three run shot in the third.

UK starter Kyle Cody continued to pitch well and although Cody allowed four runs over his 6.2 innings, only one of those was earned. Cody’s ERA which was once above 6, is now down to 3.44. Unfortunately for Cody, he would not be able to pick up the win as the Cats strong bullpen faltered down the stretch and the Rebels were able to walk-off and sweep UK.

Since taking the series from the Gamecocks, the Cats have now lost four straight games and with the final week of the regular season coming up, UK will look to improve its case for an NCAA tournament berth.

The Cats have four games in the coming week, all against sub-500. opponents, and a big opportunity lies ahead of them and as a team that needs the wins, UK will look to take at least three games.

The Cats’ first game this week is Tuesday at Murray State at 7 p.m. in Paducah.