Wednesday May 21, 2014Florida Falls to Kentucky 4-2 in SEC Tournament
HOOVER, Alabama – The Florida baseball team fell behind early and could never recover on Wednesday against Kentucky, losing 4-2 in the second round of the 2014 SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. UF will play again on Thursday in game two of the early session against South Carolina.
The Wildcats struck early, plating two runs in the top of the first on a RBI double by Ka’ai Tom and a sacrifice fly by Thomas Bernal. The Gators got a run back in the second inning on a RBI groundout by Peter Alonso, scoring Braden Mattson, who led off the inning with a double.
Kentucky added to its lead in the third inning when Max Kuhn hit his eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot into the left field bullpen.
The Gators added another run in the sixth inning. Richie Martin drew a one-out walk, followed by a single from Harrison Bader and a walk by Taylor Gushue to load the bases. Mattson worked the count full and hit a sacrifice fly to right center field to score Martin, but Kentucky ended the threat with a lineout to second base.
Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan
“I thought it was a good game. Obviously Kentucky got off to a great start scoring two in the first and two in the third. Bottom line was we didn’t hit well enough. Credit Kentucky’s pitchers. Kyle Cody’s fastball had life to it, and Chandler Shepherd did a nice job coming out of the bullpen. Credit Kentucky as they did a nice job on the mound tonight.”
Logan Shore, RHP
“I felt all right. There are always going to be calls where I thought they should have gone my way, but they didn’t. Those are some of the things you have to battle through. I settled down in the second, third, fourth and fifth inning. Credit Kentucky. They can really swing the bat.”
- UF is now 55-57 all-time in SEC Tournament play.
- Logan Shore gave up his first home run of the season, totaling 87 innings before allowing his first home run.
The Gators will face South Carolina on Thursday in the second game of the morning session (approximately 1:30 p.m. ET). The game will be broadcast on Sports South and Sun Sports.
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