LEXINGTON, Ky. — After dropping the first rivalry game, No. 10 Kentucky answered with an 11-7 win against No. 2 Louisville on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats (26-12 overall, 10-5 SEC) lost 5-3 to the Cardinals (31-5 overall, 15-3 ACC) on April 4, setting off a 7-game swoon in which they went just 4-3. However, Kentucky maintained its lead on the SEC East, as it’s still 2 games ahead of both Florida and South Carolina.
Kentucky’s win against Louisville was not without theatrics, as the Wildcats turned a non-traditional 7-2-6 triple play — a feat that has only occurred once in Major League Baseball history.
Kentucky ran out to an 11-0 lead after 4 innings before Louisville answered with 7 total runs in the fifth and sixth. However, the Wildcats pitching held strong after that hiccup.
The Wildcats were led at the plate by Connor Heady’s 2-run home run, as well as 3 hits and 2 RBI by Tyler Marshall.
The win against Louisville will mark the beginning of a difficult week for Kentucky. After the highly ranked Cardinals leave town, the Wildcats will welcome No. 8 LSU in what will be a pivotal SEC series.
Kentucky is coming off a weekend series victory against Missouri. The Cats took 2 of 3 games from the Tigers and maintained their first-place standing in the SEC East. Kentucky is tied for the second-best conference record with Auburn and Mississippi State. Only Arkansas (11-4) has a better conference mark.