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Indiana Downs CATS in Dramatic Fashion

Indiana catcher Peter Serruto - photo by Brendon D. Miller - Bluegrass Sports Nation

The Hoosiers hit three-run game-winning home run in the seventh inning

LEXINGTON – June 3, 2023

On the verge of advancing to the Lexington Regional final, Kentucky was stunned on a late home run, falling 5-3 at Kentucky Proud Park on Saturday night in front of the largest crowd in Kentucky baseball history.

The Wildcats (37-19) now will face West Virginia at noon ET on Sunday in an elimination game.

UK took a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning, sending the record crowd of 6,094 into a frenzy. With two outs in the bottom of the inning Indiana catcher Peter Serruto lined a 3-2 pitch just over the right field fence to give Indiana a 4-3 edge.

To that point, UK starting pitcher Zack Lee turned in a career effort. After allowing a leadoff home run on the first pitch he threw he blanked the Hoosiers for the next 6.2 innings until Serruto laid off a pair of close pitches and then connected for his third home run of the season.


  • UK Coach Nick Mingione is in his seventh season at the helm and now owns a 213-148 career record.
    • UK is 5-4 in the month of June under Coach Mingione.
    • Mingione is 5-4 in the NCAA Tournament, 5-2 in the Regional round.
    • Mingione now is 5-2 vs. Indiana.
    • UK is 21-4 in non-conference games this season.
  • UK is hosting its third-ever regional, all three of which Mingione has been on staff (2006, 2017, 2023).


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