Cats lose momentum, fall to Northern Kentucky


Junior outfielder Storm Wilson (8) bunts 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 dropped its Tuesday matchup with Northern Kentucky by a final score of 5-4, snapping its two game win streak.

The Cats were riding high heading into Tuesday’s game after two straight wins over then No. 1 Florida as well as moving back into the top 25, but the Cats were quieted by the Norse.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second, UK starter Zach Pop struggled in the third and after a two-out, two-RBI single by NKU’s Logan Spurlin, the game was tied at 2-2.

In the fourth, the Cats retook the lead after Luke Becker homered to right, his first of the year, bringing the score to 3-2. The Norse would then put together a three-run sixth inning, with two of the runs being unearned.

UK would get one more back in the sixth, but it would prove to not be enough as the Cats fell 5-4.

The lone bright spots for the Cats came on offense where Gunnar McNeill and Evan White both extended their hitting streaks to 19 and 17 games respectively.

The Cats will now look to bounce back on Wednesday when Xavier (8-16) pays a visit to Lexington. It will be crucial for UK to get back to its winning ways before traveling to SEC foe Tennessee this weekend.

The game Wednesday is set for 6:30 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium.