Both teams were covered from head to toe in the on a very cold day in the last Friday game of February 2020. And with that, the Cats just couldn’t get it going to lose their first game at home this season to the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, 8-0.
“We didn’t do enough to win tonight,” says Kentucky Head Coach Nick Mingione on how Kentucky just couldn’t collect many winning plays. “When you really think about all of the facets, we didn’t do enough.”
So, what went wrong today for the Cats?
By leaving seven runners on base, the Bat Cats couldn’t capitalize, even with players in scoring position. The Cats threaten at times in the game but nothing was more brutal to the loss than the eighth inning. As Mingione was pinch-hitting his big bats with six outs left in the game, they still couldn’t even get any runs to come home. Today ends Kentucky’s streak of 127 games in a row to at least score one run. Entering today, they had the third-longest streak going but all things have to come to an end and it did today at Kentucky Proud Park.
“They just kept us off-balance,” says second basemen Austin Schultz. “We took some good swings that were hit right to people and then some bad swings. So we just got to come back tomorrow as a group and be committed to our plan.”
Starting pitcher, Jimmy Ramsey was given the loss in today’s action after a weird outing on this cold, windy day. Ramsey goes to 1-2 on the season in his third start on the young year. Ramsey ended the game with 5.0 IP, 9 hits and 3 ERs with 7 strikeouts.
Ramsey kept his cool in the game with minimal damage in some situations where if one pitch wasn’t on then it wasn’t going to be pretty. He also ended up with 97 pitches in the game through 5 as the Seahawks were taking him into deep pitch counts.
As the game continued on, it seemed the air was let out of Kentucky Proud Park as reliever Brandon Cottongame gave up back-to-back HRs which put the lead up to 5 and UNC Wilmington never looked back as they kept trucking through the game.
With the loss, the Bat Cat’s record goes to 5-4 on the year and are 6-1 at Kentucky Proud Park. Game two will be tomorrow at 1 P.M. EST as they look to bounce back after a brutal shutout loss today at Kentucky Proud Park.