Cats rally against Cincinnati for second straight comeback win

Junior infielder Javon Shelby (5) hits the ball during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won the game 8-4. Photo by Hunter Mitchell | Staff

Chris Angolia

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UK Baseball captured its fifth consecutive victory Wednesday with an 8-4 comeback win over the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Things were scoreless through the first two innings after Cats starter Zach Logue worked out of a jam in the second.

The Cats made some noise in the third when Tristan Pompey and Troy Squires both reached to start the inning and after moving to second and third with one out, Pompey came into score on an Evan White sac-fly.

White was named the SEC player of the week for his performance last week, which saw him go 9-12 with a homer and eight RBIs in the series against Buffalo. He continued to thrive at the plate Tuesday, going 3-4 with three RBIs.

“Im just feeling really comfortable in the box right now,” White said regarding his recent performance at the plate.

The Bearcats answered the Cats quickly in the fourth when Woody Wallace hit a two-run homer to right giving Cincinnati a 2-1 lead.

In the fifth, the Cats were able to load the bases with two outs in the inning but JaVon Shelby popped out to end the inning, keeping the score at 2-1.

Logue’s day was finished in the top of the sixth when he was replaced by Bo Wilson with two outs in the inning. Wilson went on to get the final out of the inning and the score remained 2-1.

Logue pitched five and two-thirds innings giving up two runs on six hits along with three strikeouts in his first start of 2016.

In the seventh, the Bearcats were able to add to their lead after a two-out triple by Kyle Mottice followed by a Manny Rodriguez RBI single making it 3-1.

Following the Rodriguez single, A.J. Bumpass walked and Coach Gary Henderson turned to Zach Strecker who surrendered an RBI single to Connor McVey scoring Rodriguez and bringing the Bearcats lead to 4-1.

In the bottom half of the seventh, the Cats offense finally got going.

After back-to-back walks to start the inning by Zach Reks and Pompey, the Cats had two on with no one out. After a failed sac bunt by Squires, runners remained on first and second with one out. Storm Wilson drew a walk loading the bases for White.

White singled through the right side scoring Squires and Pompey, it was White’s third hit of the day, cutting the Cincinnati lead to 4-3. Shelby was then hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Riley Mahan who tied the game with an RBI single.

Gunnar McNeill stepped in with the bases loaded and took the first pitch he saw down the left field line for a bases clearing double, and just like that the Cats saw a 4-1 deficit turn into a 7-4 lead. Pompey then scored McNeill on a sacrifice fly making it 8-4.

Sean Hjelle came on in the ninth looking and slammed the door, striking out the side, giving the Cats the 8-4 victory.

The Cats moved to 8-3 with the victory and they are back in action Wednesday when the face off against Murray State at 4 p.m. at The Cliff.