Cats fall in Bloomington, can’t build on strong weekend


Pitcher Zach Logue voices his frustrations to his glove as he walks off in the third inning during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Photo by | Staff.

Chris Angolia

After an impressive weekend series win over the ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, UK baseball could not pick up its third straight victory Tuesday falling to Indiana 3-2 in Bloomington.

In the loss, Zach Reks went 3-4 with a homer and two RBI and continues to thrive at the plate. The former Air Force Academy player now leads the team in hitting with an average of .341.

Dorian Hairston also brought his strong weekend into Bloomington going 2-3 with a HBP. The recent surge in Hairston’s play has been big for the Cats especially with the absence of Storm Wilson who has been battling various injuries over the last month.

UK starter Zach Logue continued to improve in his role going five innings allowing one run on four hits and adding four strikeouts.

Despite the solid performance from Logue, the Cats could not seem to hold onto the lead. The Hoosiers responded with a run in each of the two innings the Cats scored in. A pair of errors in the sixth and stranded runners in the top of the ninth resulted in UK’s downfall allowing the Hoosiers to walk-off in the ninth.

Although it was to an NCAA Tournament caliber team, the loss certainly does not help the Cats who have struggled all year with mid-weeks regardless of the opponent. As opposed to carrying a three game winning streak to Ole Miss this weekend, UK will now be trying to avoid losing back-to-back games for the second straight week.

The Rebels pose a big challenge to the Cats, especially on the road. Due to the tough task at hand, Thursday’s game one is crucial for UK and it will look to Zack Brown to get himself back on track, and the Cats back in the win column.

Game one of the series between the 29-20 Cats and the 36-13 Rebels is set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Oxford, Mississippi.