|Kansas State 7, Kentucky 5
|LSU 6, BYU 5
Kansas State Uses Five-Run Fifth Inning to Beat Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A five-run fifth inning spurred Kansas State to a 7-5 win over No. 8 Kentucky, handing UK its first loss of the 2013 season, on Thursday evening at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Park, during day one of the Carravelle Resort Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina.
Kentucky (3-1) suffered its first loss of the year as K-State erased a three-run UK lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with a five-run frame that included seven consecutive hitters reaching base safely.
The Wildcats got a 3-for-4 game from sophomore third baseman Max Kuhn to lead UK at the plate, with J.T. Riddle extending his hitting streak to seven games with a 1-for-4 game, adding a walk. Over the first four games of 2013, Riddle has reached base safely in 17-of-23 trips to the plate.
Kentucky also got hits from A.J. Reed and Matt Reida, with Austin Cousino scoring a run and Lucas Witt contributing a sacrifice fly. Reed launched a towering homer to rightfield with two outs, his first homer of the year.
Reed (1-1) worked 4.1 innings in the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs, not issuing a walk and striking out three. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound lefty left in the fifth after allowing three consecutive seeing-eye singles to score a pair of runs. Sophomore right-hander Chandler Shepherd took over for Reed with two on in the fifth inning, allowing three consecutive hitters to reach and two runs to score on the Reed pitching line. Shepherd worked two innings, allowing five hits and one run, walking two and striking out one. Freshmen Zach Strecker and Dylan Dwyer came on in relief in the seventh and each struck out their respective hitter with runners on base. Dwyer worked a shutout inning with a strikeout, while freshman righty Kyle Cody got the final out of the eighth inning.
Kansas State (3-1) starter Joe Flattery worked four innings, allowing four hits and two runs, walking two and striking out two. Levi MaVorhis (1-0) replaced him to start the fifth inning, working two innings, allowing two hits and one unearned run, striking out one. Lefty Landon Busch got an out in the seventh, with Jake Matthys working 1.2 shutout innings of relief.
UK will return to action on Friday at Pelicans Park, facing Elon at 11 a.m. ET. UK will send senior southpaw Jerad Grundy (1-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound to face Phoenix ace senior lefty Dylan Clark (1-0, 1.50 ERA).
The Wildcats got on the board in the top of the fourth inning, loading the bases with no outs on a walk from Reed and singles from Riddle and Kuhn. After a Bernal grounder to third got the lead out at the plate in the form of Reed, Witt hung a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Riddle from third base. Down 1-2 in the count, Reida then scored Kuhn with a two-out single smashed into centerfield.
In the top of the fifth inning, UK got a run to stretch its lead to 3-0. Cousino led off with a hard-hit ball to second base that went as an error, with the centerfielder motoring to second on a hit-and-run with Zac Zellers. Reed then smashed a single through the right side to score Cousino from second base.
The Cats took a 5-3 lead after batting around on five singles in the bottom of the fifth inning. Austin Fisher got hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, taking second on a groundout. Shane Conlon, Jared King and Ross Kivett each singled on seeing-eye infield knocks, scoring two runs and chasing Reed from the game. Shepherd then walked the bases loaded with Jon Davis and Damion Lovato singled home two with a seeing-eye single through the left side. R.J. Santigate then singled to keep the stretch of seven consecutive Cats hitters to reach and Shepherd walked Blair DeBord on four pitches to force home a run.
Conlon pushed the lead to 7-3 with a two-out homer over the rightfield fence. Conlon finished the game 5-for-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Reed launched his first homer of the year with two outs in the ninth, cutting the K-State final margin to 7-5. He scored Jeff Boehm, who drew a walk to leadoff the ninth.
Walk Off Single Lifts LSU Over BYU
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU (5-0) scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn a walk-off victory by a score of 6-5 over BYU (2-3) Thursday night at Alex Box Stadium.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, third baseman Christian Ibarra tied the game at 5-5 with a one-out, solo home run over the left field wall.
After a walk to Chris Sciambra and singles from Mark Laird and Alex Bregman, outfielder Raph Rhymes delivered a bases-loaded, walk-off single to clinch the win.
The Tigers will return to the field Friday as they take on Southeastern Louisiana (3-1) at Alex Box Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. on Cox Sports Television and on LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates (98.1 FM in Baton Rouge).
"This game was really a grind from the beginning," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, "but I'm extremely proud of our players for earning the win against a very solid BYU club. We fell behind early, battled back, and fell behind again but our players never doubted themselves. It's much nicer to be on the positive end of a game like this. We're pleased to win tonight, but we realize there are areas in which we need to improve."
LSU took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning Thursday with a solo home run from first baseman Mason Katz, his first dinger of the season.
BYU quickly answered in the third inning with four runs of their own, including a three-run home run from centerfielder Jaycob Brugman, giving the Cougars a 4-1 advantage.
The Tigers pulled closer in the third inning with a two-RBI double from second baseman JaCoby Jones to cut the BYU lead to 4-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Bregman hit a high fly ball to shallow right that fell just inside the foul line, tying the game at 4-4. But BYU would rebound again and regain the lead with another RBI hit from Brugman in the top of the eighth.
Right-hander Joey Bourgeois (1-0), who was credited with the win, struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning, propelling the Tigers to the ninth-inning magic.
BYU closer Matt Milke (0-1) was charged with the loss as he allowed the winning runs in the ninth.
LSU starter Aaron Nola gave up four runs but struck out six throughout his six innings of work.
LSU outfielder Mark Laird had another solid night at the plate going 4-for-5, while Ibarra finished 2-for-3 including the game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth.