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Kentucky Baseball destroyed 20-7 by Indiana in first road loss of season

Eric Decker03/15/22

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For a team that already struggles with pitching this year, adding massive wind to the equation sure doesn’t help anything. Seth Logue and the rest of the staff were battered on Tuesday while the Hoosiers combined for five home runs as Kentucky fell to Indiana 20-7 in Bloomington, the first road loss of the season for the Bat ‘Cats.

Pitching falters massively in final pre-conference tune up

Seth Logue got the nod for Kentucky on Tuesday in their first away game since the season-opening series in Jacksonville, AL. The sophomore had been impressive in his first three starts, holding a 2.50 ERA over the span. He was given a four-run lead before even taking the mound against IY, but it took just as quick to lose it.

Logue allowed hits to the first four batters, three of them going for extra bases. The string of hits was capped off by a 3-run shot by Matthew Ellis. Logue gave up one more in the inning before giving up another dinger to Hunter Jessee in the second. He went out for the third inning but failed to record an out, giving up another home run to Ellis. In all, the starter finished with seven hits and seven earned runs on the day. It skyrocketed his ERA up to 5.40 on the season.

The Hoosiers would continue the onslaught all game, adding at least one run in every inning the rest of the way. Mason Moore allowed two to cross the plate when he came in for relief. The freshman from Morehead, KY walked two batters and hit another in his 1.1 innings of work.

Wyatt Hudepohl gave up a home run to Jessee to start off the fifth inning, his second of the game. A double for the next batter and he was gone too. Mason Hazelwood came in after him, allowing another earned run and walking three batters, giving Indiana 11 runs after six innings.

The Hoosiers added four more runs off Jackson Nove and five off of Evan Byers to get them to 20. Woof.

The bats continued to surge despite the loss

It was fun for about a minute in Bloomington. One pitch into the game and Ryan Ritter had his third leadoff home run in four games. A few batters later and Daniel Harris ripped an RBI triple into the right-center gap and gave Kentucky a 4-0 lead in the top of the first.

The bats cooled off until the fifth inning with the Wildcats already down 8-4 at the time. Three consecutive singles brought Alonso Rubalcaba up to the plate with the bases loaded. He lined a three-run double down the left-field line to make it a one-run game at the time. However, that was the closest it would get for Kentucky before the pitching staff allowed Indiana to blow the game wide open.

The Wildcats finish up their initial non-conference tilt with a 14-4 record. We’ll see the ‘Cats in Fayetteville for their first SEC series against No. 3 Arkansas. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and will be broadcasted on the SEC Network+.

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2022-12-04