The Cats beat #1 LSU last night, twice

Courtney Hesslerover 6 years

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14lsu.600.1 I imagine this is how the #1 ranked LSU baseball and softball teams felt last night after they fell to the Cats in both match ups. The baseball team strung it out to 12 innings and the softball team tossed seven to both pull out the wins. Here is a break down of the matchups:   Baseball  (5-4) The Cats (17-9,3-4) fell behind early after LSU brought home two runs in the second inning with RBIs from Jake Fraley and Chris Sciambra. LSU Jared Poche' was working on a no hitter, before the Cats broke that up in the fifth inning. The Cats then collected a total of five hits in the top of the seventh, givinig them at 3-2 lead. The Tigers tied it after a throwing error. The game stayed at a standstill until the bottom of the 11th, when the Tigers rallied on a leadoff single from Jake Fraley.
Jared Foster then rolled a ball into the hole on the left side, with shortstop Connor Heady ranging to his right and his off-balance throw sailing wide of the bag. Greg Deichmann then grounded into a double play that pushed Fraley to third base with Mark Laird at the plate. After UK intentionally walked the bases loaded with two outs, Conner Hale ripped a line drive in the gap on the right side, plunking Alex Bregman with the hit, ending the 11th inning.
At the top of the order, Kyle Barett smacked a single throughout the right side of the field and Evan White forced him to second after a hit on a 3-1 pitch. Ka'ai Tom hit a 1-2 offering, skipping the ball over the  head of first baseman and bringing in two runs for the 5-3 lead. LSU scored one in the bottom of the inning, but it was not enough to overcome the Cats' late rally.     Softball   (3-1) Junior pitcher Kelsey Nunley did work for the Cats, tossing seven innnings with three strikeouts and only one run, with catcher Griffin Joiner leading the offense with a 3-for-3 night with two runs batted in and a HR. This victory over LSU is the first-ever for the No. 15 Cats over a No.. 1 ranked  team in program his tory. Kentucky (22-8) handed LSU (32-2) its second loss of the season, marking the Wildcats fourth win over a ranked foe. Here is a neat little breakdown UKathletics did.   Maise Steed went 2-for-3 in the game, extending a hitting streak to five games. Christian Stoke went 1-for 3, while Breanne Ray scored the game winning run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly. Both teams will continue the battle against the Tigers today. Baseball is this evening at 7:30, while the girls have a noon start time in Lexington. Get out and enjoy the game if you can. Go Cats!  @Sealey_KSR

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