Rally Cats - on both sides

By Mark Etheridge - March 24, 2007

Kentucky grabbed the lead in the eighth as Matt McKinney greeted reliever Louis Coleman with a leadoff triple. He scored on Brian Spear’s single through the drawn-in infied. One batter later, the freshman Jason Kipnis slammed a long home run opposite-field to left - pausing in the box to admire his handiwork. For Kipnis, it was his second home run in the series and third in five SEC games.

LSU made a bid to answer scoring a run on Steven Waguespack’s RBI single. He stayed planted at first as a pair of hitters popped up. Then the drama came as Ryan Schimpf ripped a pitch to right that went just foul. Before the pitch, home plate umpire Dennis McComb called a balk. With first base now open, Kentucky's John Cohen elected to walk Schmipf to pitch to LSU's Robert Lara - he of the .139 batting average.

Of course, Lara smacked a single to left scoring Waguespack. Up next was hot hitting Chris McGhee. McGhee roped a liner back to pitcher Aaron Lovett. With the ball headed towards center, Lovett blocked the ball like a hockey goalee and fired a strike to first to retire the speedy McGhee to end the inning.

6-5 UK in the ninth

Posted by Mark Etheridge at 07:40 PM on March 24, 2007

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