The Kentucky Wildcats (40-20) baseball team opened up play in the Lexington Region of the NCAA tournament with a 6-4 win over the Ohio Bobcats (31-27) in front of a packed house on a picture perfect day at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 2, 2017
Deuces weren’t exactly wild but there were several things that came in two’s. Four of Kentucky’s six runs today came courtesy of two-out hits. The other two runs were acquired via two walks with the bases loaded.
The Cats flashed deuces in the field as well. Ohio came into the game having hit into only 11 double plays all season long. How many did they hit into today? You guessed it, two.
SEC Pitcher of the Year Sean Hjelle pitched seven nearly stress free innings. Ohio catcher/infielder Rudy Rott tagged him for a three-run on his 107th pitch of the game to make the score 6-3 and make things a little bit interesting down the stretch. Hjelle also moved into double digits by picking up win No. 10 on the season.
Chris Machamer and Logan Salow came on the tie up the loose ends and finish the game.
Now the Cats will await the winner of tonight’s game between Indiana and North Carolina State at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday June 3.