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Baseball is coming off a 6-2 loss to 12th-ranked Kentucky on Friday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Alabama Baseball suffered a 6-2 loss to 12ThKentucky took top spot Friday night at Kentucky Proud Park. After the series opener, the 11thThThe Crimson Tide is now 22-8 this season and 4-6 in the Southeastern Conference.

After scoring low early, Kentucky became the first to score a single goal in the second game. Then Alabama got on the board and started the fifth period with a run of their own, which resulted in the game being tied in the home team's half with just one player at a time. The tie wouldn't last long as the Wildcats scored three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth, putting the game out of reach. The Tide continued to struggle, reaching the leadoff man in each of the final five innings, but only topped by one run in the seventh, making the final 6-2.

The win went to Trey Pooser (3-0), who threw 7.0 innings of two-run baseball, giving up six hits and drawing one walk to go with three strikeouts. Alabama Ben Hess (3:2) suffered defeat despite a solid start. The junior allowed five runs on four hits and four walks with nine strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

“Overall, (Kentucky) just did the little things that they needed to do better than us tonight. We can sulk about it, we can be angry about it, and I can sit here and scream about it, or we can acknowledge it and try to grow from it. We have to come out and try to be a little better tomorrow.

How it happened

  • B2 | The Wildcats started the inning with a hit-by-pitch. The leadoff man then advanced to second base with a wild pitch before an RBI single brought him home. (1-0, Kentucky)
  • T5 | Will Hodo took the lead with a brace. He then advanced to third with a sacrifice bunt from Mac Guscette before he scores on a Max Grant Bag colorful. (1-1)
  • B5 | Two walks put two players ahead before a one-out double got the go-ahead run. After the second out, a walk loaded the bases before a single to center crossed a pair. (4-1, Kentucky)
  • B6 | Nolan McCarthy extended the lead with a two-run home run to left. (6-1, Kentucky)
  • T7 | Hodo opened the frame with a single before reaching in the next at-bat on an RBI double from Guscette. (6-2, Kentucky)

Post-game notes

  • Crimson Tide pitchers totaled 11 strikeouts on the night and posted double-digit K's in a total of 16 games, including five of the last six.
  • Gage Miller Reached base safely in all 29 games he appeared in. This is the longest base streak by a Crimson Tide hitter since Taylor Dugas' 34-game streak at the start of the 2012 season. The 34-game streak was part of Dugas' 46-game streak, which includes the most recent 12 games of the 2011 season belonged.
  • Ian Petrutz has reached base in 18 consecutive games. He has also gotten on base in all 10 SEC contests so far.
  • Petrutz has scored one goal in his last seven games. During that stretch, the junior is batting .464 (13-28) with four doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, six runs scored and four walks.
  • Will Hodo extended his winning streak to seven games. During the streak, the junior is batting .423 (11-26) with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, eight runs and four walks.
  • TJ McCants extended his hitting streak to six games.
  • Justin Lebron extended his winning streak in SEC play to nine games. During that stretch, the rookie is batting .406 (13-32) with one homer, three RBI, six runs, three walks and one hit-by-pitch.

The Crimson Tide and Wildcats return to the diamond on Saturday for first pitch at 1 p.m. CT. The second game of the series will feature experienced left-handers Greg Farone on the mound for UA with fellow Kentucky starter Dominic Niman. Fans can watch the contest live on SEC Network+ on Saturday.

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