LOUISVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Battle of the Bluegrass continues to be one of the most competitive and passionate rivalries in college sports, throughout the majority of both schools’ athletic programs.
Kentucky and Louisville split the season series last year, and Louisville got the upper hand on Tuesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium, winning 4-2.
“Just look at this last game, it came down to the last pitch I mean that’s what you expect out of two good teams competing, it’s going to come down to the last pitch and who makes the last play,” Kentucky manager Nick Mingione said.
The Wildcats managed to get seven hits on strong pitching but could not convert those opportunities into runs, leaving 10 runners on base.
“The strikeouts with runners in scoring position, our inability to put the ball on play with guys in scoring position definitely hurt us tonight but we had our opportunities,” Mingione said.
Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz threw out the ceremonial first pitch and shot some energy into Patterson Stadium, and Cameron Masterman followed that up by shooting some energy into a 1st inning pitch, hitting a solo home run to take a 1-0 lead.
Two more runs in the 3rd inning gave them a 3-0 lead before UK got on the board in the 6th inning. They loaded the bases with no outs but only managed to get one run out of the opportunity, a sacrifice fly by Jacob Plastiak.
The Wildcats put their rally caps on in the top of the 9th when Daniel Harris doubled down the right field line, scoring Jase Felker to get it to within two runs. Chase Estep stepped to the plate with two runners on and an opportunity to tie or take the lead, but grounded out to end the game.
These teams were scheduled to face off last week at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington before the game was postponed due to inclement weather. There is no word on when or if that game might be rescheduled.
Kentucky prepares to face Vanderbilt this weekend at home, looking to break a skid of three straight SEC series losses.