On a bitterly cold night at Jim Patterson Stadium, two freshmen stepped up for Kentucky.
Zack Brown and Logan Salow combined for six shutout innings in relief as the No. 19 Wildcats beat No. 10 Louisville 4-2 to finish a sweep of the home-and-home, midweek season series.
It was the first sweep by Kentucky of Louisville since 2011 and snaps the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak that included a sweep of then-No. 8 Houston last weekend.
“Well, it’s good to win,” Kentucky coach Gary Henderson said in a news release. “It’s a game we want to win every year, just like they do. It’s a rivalry game. It’s not more important than a league game. I get that every year, twice a year. But we’re very glad to win, just like we are every other midweek or in-state team. But Louisville’s a good club, Dan (McDonnell) does a great job and it’s a good win for us. It’s always good to win a tight game on the road because it gives your kids confidence going forward.”
Salow relieved starter Ryne Combs (2 IP, 1 H 2 R) with the bases loaded in the third and no one outs and limited the damage to two runs. Brown followed with two scoreless innings and Kyle Cody pitched the ninth for his third save. Kentucky won despite mustering just five hits, as four Louisville errors led to four unearned runs.
Top 25 Upsets
Charleston Southern at (11) South Carolina: “As big a win as we’ve had.” That’s how Charleston Southern coach Stuart Lake, a former South Carolina assistant, put it after CSU beat the Gamecocks 4-1.
It was Charleston Southern’s first win over South Carolina since 1997.
“It’s special to me to come home and win,” Lake said. “I grew up a Carolina fan, I coached there and had success, and now to see the hard work pay off with a win over them means a lot. Most of all, we’d like the win to give us some momentum heading into these last four conference series.”
Starter Joe Pistacchio (2 IP, 2 H 0 R) and reliever Denis Buckley (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K) held the Gamecocks hitless for 5 2/3 innings and scoreless until the ninth.
“Those two guys were so good,” Lake said of his pitchers. “We were kind of pitching backwards, wanting Joe to get us out of the gate strong, and he did. Coach (Adam) Ward tried to take (Buckley) out, but he was so determined to finish it. It was good to get (Austin) Weekley in there to end it.”
Weekley got his seventh save as he struck out Tanner English, who was the potential tying run, to end it.
(16) Rice at Lamar: Nine different Lamar players had a least one hit as the Cardinals out-hit the Owls 15-5 in a 10-1 win.
“I told the guys tonight to take a look at that scoreboard because Rice doesn’t have to look at that very often,” coach Jim Gilligan said. “It was a great effort tonight to score that many runs against an opponent like that, and then to turn around and hold them to five hits on such a great hitting night with the wind blowing out is really something.”
Justin Eckols and Jude Vidrine each had three hits for Lamar.
Other Top 25 Results
(3) Cal Poly at Cal State Bakersfield: Freshman righthander Justin Calomeni (8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K) got his seventh win and sophomore Brian Mundell drove in four runs as the Mustangs won their seventh in a row, 9-1.
Jacksonville at (4) Florida State: Josh Delph and Danny De La Calle each had three hits and junior Billy Strode (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K) was solid as the Seminoles won, 6-1.
“Danny De La Calle is very important to our ballclub,” Florida State coach Mike Martin said. “We all know that Danny’s been struggling offensively. Meat (Mike Martin Jr.) has been spending a lot of extra time with him. He is starting to see the ball better. It was a big night for him and we are just hoping that he continues to work and get better offensively.”
Texas-Arlington at (6) Texas: Ben Johnson and Tres Barrera combined for seven RBIs and Longhorns relievers totaled eight innings of one-run ball as Texas routed UT Arlington 10-2.
Jackson State at (8) Alabama: Tucker Hawley pitched seven no-hit innings in relief of Jake Hubbard and Ben Moore hit a grand slam as the Tide beat Jackson State 8-1. It was Hubbard’s first start and second appearance since Tommy John surgery last season.
“It was good to get Jake Hubbard back on the mound, he did a good job with the two innings he pitched,” Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Tucker Hawley came in and did a nice job and finished the game. He made some quality pitches and went through quick clean innings for us.”
Florida Gulf Coast at (9) Florida: The Gators had 15 hits and Ryan Harris (2 IP, 1 H 0 R) earned the victory in his first career start. Taylor Gushue had three hits and two RBIs.
Southern Miss at (12) Louisiana State: Andrew Stevenson was 4-for-4 and Christian Ibarra knocked in four runs as LSU pulled away in a 13-5 win.
(14) Houston at Sam Houston State: The Cougars scored all of their runs with two outs to end a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win. Sophomore Josh Vidales knocked in two runs for Houston.
Middle Tennessee State at (18) Vanderbilt: The Commodores jumped out to a four-run first inning and piled on the runs to back Walker Buehler in a 19-1 win. Buehler (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 9 K) got his seventh win. John Kilichowski, Hayden Stone and Adam Ravenelle finished off the win, combining with Buehler for 15 strikeouts to set a team season high.
Coastal Carolina at (22) Clemson: Garrett Boulware and Tyler Krieger each had four hits and Boulware homered in a 9-6 win over Coastal at chilly Doug Kingsmore Stadium. It was the first meeting between the schools since 2012.
Alcorn State at (24) Mississippi State: The Bulldogs used a seven-run eighth to pull away for a 13-2 win. Alex Detz had three hits and four RBIs and Wes Rea added two hits and knocked in a run. “It was a good night for our baseball team,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “I thought we had some good at-bats and made some things happen on the bases. On the mound, we had some pitchers throw strikes and they gave us a chance to have success.”
Georgia at (25) Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets scored three runs in the first in support of Ben Parr (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K) and cruised to a 4-1 win, snapping a three-game losing streak against the Bulldogs. The season series between the two rivals is now tied 1-1, as the home team won each game. They’ll meet again May 13 at Turner Field.
Other Notable Results
Bedlam is right.
Oklahoma scored three times in the 18th inning to beat Oklahoma State 12-9 in 18 innings Tuesday in the longest game in the history of Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The contest lasted six hours and was the first baseball game between Big 12 opponents (though it was not a league game) to go beyond 16 innings since the 2012 season, according to The Tulsa World.
Kolbey Carpenter’s double snapped the tie in the 18th and Hector Lorenzana and Craig Aikin followed with run-scoring hits.
The Sooners jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first on Austin O’Brien’s grand slam, then added four more in the second to take a commanding 8-3 lead. Trailing 9-4 heading into the eighth, OSU scored three runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to force extra innings—and then each team was held scoreless until the 18th. Kindle Ladd (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K) earned the win with brilliant relief work.