After an exciting first two games of the series, the Kentucky Baseball Team was back in action today for the finale against the No. 8 Florida Gators.
The ‘Cats came close to winning the series in last night’s match, but a Gator homer in the top of the ninth with two outs changed things dramatically. Today’s game was not so intense.
Florida struck first in the top of the first inning. They scored a single run in both the second and third as well, taking a 3-0 lead with the Kentucky offense struggling to answer. The ‘Cats threatened in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with only one out. Unfortunately, though, they couldn’t convert.
The Gators tacked on two more before Kentucky could finally find the scoreboard in the eighth inning. Back-to-back solo homers from Coltyn Kessler and Oraj Anu cut the Florida lead to 5-2, bringing some life to the Kentucky dugout.
The excitement was short-lived, though. Florida pushed through four more runs in the top of the ninth, extending their lead to 9-2 where the score would stay.
The series was an intense one, featuring some major chirping between the dugouts. There was controversy at the end of last night’s game after Austin Strickland appeared to throw a game-ending strike three, but the umpire did not see it that way. The next pitch brought a Gator single to centerfield to tie the game, followed by their three-run homer to take the lead.
Home crowd is irate. Thought the game should have been over. Strickland getting into it with the home plate umpire, who has struggled royally tonight, and has to be warned to calm down.
— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) May 8, 2021
The Kentucky dugout seemed unhappy with a few calls today as well, including this play that was confirmed safe at the plate…even after a review.
After further review, this was confirmed SAFE at the plate ?
— Austin Miller (@AustinMillerTV) May 8, 2021
The Bat ‘Cats are now 27-17 overall and 11-13 in SEC play. They will welcome Morehead State to Kentucky Proud Park on Tuesday for a midweek showdown. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network+.