A three hour rain delay did not keep the Commodores and Cats from playing game two but it did result in another loss for the No. 19 UK baseball team.
Kentucky grabbed a 1-0 lead when Vanderbilt’s starting pitcher, Patrick Raby, had early command issues. The one run would be all the Cats could manufacture all night.
Freshman Jimmy Ramsey got his first career start but the offense could not give him the much-needed runs after a few hard-hit balls gave Vandy the lead for the remainder of the game.
Ramsey went a career-high six innings and struck out nine batters, also a career-high.
The Cats dropped game two at Hawkins Field by a final score of 5-1 and brought their SEC record to 13-16.
BBN’s reaction to the lack of success in the 2018 season
Fans have had no problem voicing their opinion this season via Twitter and other social media platforms and Friday’s game was no exception. The Cats arguably had a stronger team as a whole this year than they did last year and have not lived up to the preseason hype at all.
The coaching staff seems to be grasping at straws to find a lineup that works and have started utilizing players that have been with the team for multiple seasons and that fans never expected to see in a starting position.
Or in another case, using a player for relief who has never pitched in his collegiate career.
Conference play has proven to be a major challenge for the 2018 club and this is not the way the Cats needed to finish out the season.
How the series loss will factor into postseason rankings
Another series loss against an unranked opponent is not looking good for the chances of UK being a regional host again this year.
The pitching staff is certainly not what it normally is as Justin Lewis, Chris Machamer, Carson Coleman and Zach Haake are all out with injury right now and it is not helping the team’s chances.
Less than ideal for the struggling squad, especially as they head into postseason play.
The series and regular-season finale has been pushed back and will start three hours after the original starting time at 5 p.m. ET.