Kentucky dropped their fourth game in a row on Friday night and it wasn’t pretty.
The Kentucky Wildcats (22-12) fell to the Alabama Crimson Tide (23-13) by a final score of 10-1. The Bat ‘Cats struggled to find their rhythm all night with mistake after mistake. All in all, the game proved to be one of Kentucky’s worst outings of the season and was that way from the first pitch.
Alabama was the first team to strike. In the second inning, junior T.J. Reeves got the Crimson Tide rolling with a single. Only a few moments later, Owen Diodati followed Reeves up with a deep double to right field, leading to ‘Bama’s first run of the night.
After a short-lived attempt on offense for the ‘Cats, Alabama picked up right where they left off. ‘Bama’s Peyton Wilson drilled a double to start the inning. Not to be outdone, sophomore William Hamiter smacked a ball off the wall for a triple and, more importantly, another run for the Tide.
‘Bama was able to score again before heading into the bottom of the third inning and took a comfortable 3-0 lead. Kentucky may have been freezing cold all night, but first baseman T.J. Collett was looking to change the Wildcats’ luck in the bottom of the fourth. Collett scored Kentucky’s first and only run of the night after going yard to right field for his 11th homer of the season.
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— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) April 23, 2021
Although the fifth and sixth innings were long, both teams went scoreless. The Tide headed into the seventh inning still ahead 3-1. Unfortunately for the Bat ‘Cats, the Tide came alive in the seventh inning.
Before Kentucky could blink, ‘Bama had players on second and third base. For the second time on the night, Hamiter capitalized on his moment. He batted in the man on third with a single. Kentucky began to sense they were in danger and looked to switch up their strategy.
That new strategy’s name was Austin Strickland. Despite Kentucky’s change of pace, their struggles continued. The Ohio native was unable to find the strike zone leading to three walked hitters and two more runs upon entering the game. As you may have expected, Strickland didn’t stay in the game for long.
Sadly for Big Blue Nation, the next option didn’t do much better. After Strickland’s shortcomings, Daniel Harper took to the mound. He proceeded to give up a deep shot to right field and had an error with the catcher for another two Alabama runs.
The Crimson Tide didn’t give the Bat ‘Cats time to recover before blasting another shot into centerfield. When the dust had settled, Alabama essentially skipped into the bottom of the seventh beating the ‘Cats 10-1.
Kentucky’s batting looked as atrocious as their fielding. They were unable to find anything in the seventh or eighth inning and headed into the ninth inning needing a miracle.
That miracle never came. The ninth inning was over as quickly as it had started. Kentucky was destroyed by the ‘Tide 10-1. The Bat ‘Cats only found three hits on the game, while Alabama was able to get 11 hits. Furthermore, the ‘Cats had two errors in the field and even more mental mistakes.
F | Alabama 10, UK 1
Saturday game scheduled for 2 pm ET. With rain expected throughout the day stay tuned for any potential schedule changes.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) April 24, 2021
The ‘Cats won’t have long to recoup as they are scheduled to take on Alabama again at 2 p.m. ET tomorrow.