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CATS get a win in Bowling Green!!!!

April 23, 2019 – John Turner, III – Bluegrass Sports Nation

The Kentucky Wildcats got back on the diamond Tuesday night in Bowling Green, Kentucky taking on in-state Western Kentucky University. Kentucky is coming off a weekend sweep from the University of Tennessee where they went (0-3) on the weekend. Kentucky came into tonight’s game with an overall record of (20-20) and (4-14) in SEC play. Western Kentucky came into tonight’s matchup with an overall record of (18-19-1). Kentucky took the win earlier in the season against Western with a score of 15-0.

Dalton Marsh (2-1) got the start for Kentucky and J. Ciocco (0-0) got the start for Western. The Cats got on the board first in the top of the second inning, with M. Gei hitting a triple to right center, scoring Cam Hill. In the top of the third inning, Ryan Johnson hit a solo home-run to put the score to 2-0. Western battled back in the bottom of the fourth inning, with Nelson hitting a single through the left side, scoring Wilson. The Cat’s scored three more runs in the top of the fifth, with Zeke Lewis hitting a solo home-run to left field, Ryan Johnson hitting another solo home-run, Ryan Shinn scoring on a wild pitch to put the Cats up 5-1.

In the top of the sixth inning, Ryan Johnson hit another solo home-run, making it his third home-run of the game to put the Cats up 6-1. Western scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the score to 6-3. Kentucky added two runs in the top of the seventh and four runs in the top of the eight. Western only added one more run, which was in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the score to 12-4. Kentucky added three more runs in the top of the ninth inning to put the Cats up 15-4.

Kentucky got the win with a final score of 15-4. This win puts Kentucky to (21-20) on the season. Dalton Marsh got the win for Kentucky moving him to (3-1) on the season. J Ciocco got the loss moving him to (0-1) on the season. Kentucky travels to Gainesville, Florida this weekend as they take on SEC opponent, University of Florida. The game times for this weekend are Friday at 6:30 PM, Saturday at 6 PM, and Sunday at 12 PM. Florida is ranked fifth in the SEC East with a conference record of (7-11) and Kentucky is ranked seventh, which is last with a conference record of (4-14)

Click for Game Box Score: http://bluegrasssportsnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/0423_WKU-Box.pdf

Game Recap: Kentucky improves to (21-20) on the season. Ryan Johnson hit three home-runs all last season and he hit three home-runs tonight. Kentucky scored fourteen runs, had fifteen hits, committed zero errors, and left seven runners on base. Kentucky was led at the plate by Ryan Johnson going 4-5, Ryan Shinn going 1-3, T. Harmon going 1-1, E. Curtis going 2-5, A. Shultz going 1-4, Breydon Daniel going 1-3, Cam Hill going 2-4, M. Gei going 1-4, and Zeke Lewis going 2-5. Kentucky went yard six different times tonight.

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