LEXINGTON, Ky. (3/20/14) — The No. 27 Kentucky baseball team will host No. 1 South Carolina in the first home Southeastern Conference series of the 2014 season, with first pitch in the series opener Friday slated for 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The series will resume Saturday 2 p.m. ET and conclude Sunday 1 p.m. ET.
All three games will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with the Voice of UK Baseball, Neil Price, and Dick Gabriel calling the action. Fans in Central Kentucky can hear the games live on WLAP 630-AM, WKJK 108-AM in Louisville and online at UKathletics.com. Saturday will be televised live on FSN, with Tom Werme (play-by-play) and Larry Conley (color) calling the game. The Sunday game will be available live on ESPN3.com.
The matchup will mark a series with the NCAA’s top scoring team, Kentucky, and the nation’s top pitching staff, South Carolina. Entering the series and through official NCAA stats Monday, Kentucky ranks as the nation’s leading scoring team, with 194 runs scored and 9.7 runs scored per game. Meanwhile, South Carolina ranks as the nation’s No. 1 team in ERA (1.36) and shutouts (nine), heading into the SEC’s second week.
Kentucky (15-6, 1-2 SEC) is coming off a 10-3 midweek win over Western Kentucky Tuesday, getting the first win of the year from sophomore southpaw Sam Mahar, who fired three shutout innings in relief. UK got a three-hit game from senior catcher Micheal Thomas, who leads the SEC in average, and two-RBI games from Austin Cousino, Storm Wilson, Marcus Carson and Matt Reida.
Last weekend, UK ventured to Alabama, ranked No. 21 in the preseason, with the Crimson Tide securing a 3-0 win to open the series, behind a game changing defensive output, including a bases-loaded triple play, two double plays and the robbing of a would-be game-tying home run. The two teams then split a series-concluding twinbill, with UK getting a 7-2 win in the first game behind homers from Cousino and Thomas. Chandler Shepherd worked into the eighth inning for his fourth win. In the finale, UK took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning behind a three-run homer from NCAA homer and RBI leader A.J. Reed. Alabama rallied in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out, two-run homer to tie the game and keep Andrew Nelson from a complete game in his first career SEC start. The Tide then got a two-out, two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th for the win to secure the series rubber match.
UK fell in the rankings to No. 23 in the Perfect Game poll and No. 27 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association top-30 this week, going unranked by USA Today and Collegiate Basebal.For more information and details about the game, go to ukathletics.com.
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