The Cliff opens for business Tuesday as UK baseball hosts Murray State and Wright State

Sophomore pitcher Kyle Cody pitches during the game between the University of Kentucky baseball team vs. University of Louisville at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville, Ky.,on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Photo by Michael Reaves

By Derek Terry

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UK baseball is set to have its 2015 home opener against Murray State (3-7) on Tuesday after spending the first two weeks of the season on the road.

According to UK athletics, the game will start at 1:30 p.m. because of impending evening rain, and will be the first of two games in two days at Cliff Hagan Stadium. On Wednesday, UK will host Wright State (5-4) at 4 p.m.

The Cats were scheduled to open their season at home on Feb. 25 against Morehead State, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather. And a weekend series against Canisius College that was set for Feb. 27 was also canceled, as the Cats opted to go to Port Charlotte, Fla., where they won all four games over the weekend.

Two of those wins came against Nebraska-Omaha, which included a 14-inning thriller on Friday. The Cats rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the ninth inning and senior Thomas Bernal’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th gave UK the win.

UK (7-3) also defeated Northeastern, 5-4, and Mount St. Mary’s, 8-2, to round out the four-game sweep.

Tuesday’s game with Murray State will be the first of a seven-game home stand for the Cats. A weekend tilt against Massachusetts will round out UK’s first games of the season in Lexington.

The Cats enter the week’s matchups riding a five-game winning streak. Over the weekend’s games, UK posted a 1.74 earned run average and hit .313 with six homeruns and 62 runs scored. Overall, UK has a 4.01 ERA with 86 strikeouts.

Murray State has hit .229 on the season with five homeruns and on the mound has a 6.54 ERA with 83 strikeouts. Wright State, on the other hand, has hit .279 with seven homeruns. The Raiders have a 3.81 ERA with 58 strikeouts.

Helming the mound for UK this season has been Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, Kyle Cody. He pitched seven no-hit innings on Saturday and is off to his best start at UK. According to UK athletics, Cody has pitched 14 innings on the year, striking out 8 and walking just three.