Mingione Handles The Bullpen Well On Sunday Sean Hjelle and Justin Lewis both had high pitch counts in the first two games, so the bullpen needed to step up if the Cats were going to have a chance to win three games in two days. Zack Thompson went seven innings against Indiana to save as much of the bullpen as possible for Sunday night. Thompson was electric as always against the Hoosiers. The freshman struck out seven in his postseason debut. After Thompson, Colton Cleary and Alec Maley managed to record the final six outs of the game despite Cleary allowing five runs in the ninth. In the second game, Brad Schaenzer went the first four innings before handing the ball to Chris Machamer. Schaenzer didn't have his best stuff, but he saved UK a few innings out of their bullpen. Machamer went 2.1 innings but a Joe Dunand home run chased the freshman in the seventh. Logan Salow was brilliant in the final 2.2 innings. The senior closer struck out four and did not allow a hit as he slammed the door on the Pack. "Get ready for chaos. Get ready for the most messed up bullpen situation you can possibly think of," Mingione said about tonight's game. Mingione will have a full, semi-rested bullpen on Monday night. He noted in the press conference that everyone will be available except Zack Thompson. If I had to make an educated guess on how the pitching situation will go tomorrow, I would say Logue for three innings, Machamer for two, and then Salow for as long as he can go. If things get interesting, Hjelle should be available for an inning or two. Mingione Gets Emotional In the Postgame Press Conference After the media asked the players questions, Coach Mingione asked for a moment to speak on Carson. He got choked up talking about the student, the person, and the player that Carson has developed into this year. (Top video by Joe Mussatto on Twitter)
Mahan- "If today doesn't define Kentucky Baseball to you, then you need to take another look at this team"– Trey Huntsman (@TreyHuntsmanKSR) June 5, 2017
Nick Mingione gets emotional in speech about senior CF Marcus Carson. pic.twitter.com/5m3HhGiZ5Z– Joe Mussatto (@joe_mussatto) June 5, 2017
Riley Mahan Is Playing Outside Of His Head The junior second baseman has stepped up in a big way in the regional. Mahan has driven in 11 runs and hit two home runs in only four games. His defense has been pretty solid and he has made some nice throws on the run. "Our offense all year has been relentless, I'm just so proud of these guys, the way they battled," Mahan said. Kole Cottam Is Kentucky's Hottest Hitter After a great showing in Hoover, Cottam has carried over his hot hitting to the regional. Cottam is now 15 of his last 30 at the plate and has collected a hit in nine straight games. The BBN Was Heard Tonight As Mingione said in the press conference, over 18,000 people have come to see this team play in the regional. The fans at the Cliff were loud and proud last night.
Here's a portion of Mingione's opening statement. pic.twitter.com/CJDuLEYMOH– Trey Huntsman (@TreyHuntsmanKSR) June 5, 2017
CATS WIN pic.twitter.com/wKpjCqRao4– Trey Huntsman (@TreyHuntsmanKSR) June 5, 2017