Kentucky snapped LSU’s winning streak at eight games as the Wildcats bested the Tigers 8-1 Saturday.
After tallying a thrilling 5-4 victory on Friday night, the Tigers were unable to figure out Kentucky starter Jerad Grundy who had one of his best performances of the season giving up only one run on six hits in six innings of work. LSU starter Ryan Eades only lasted 3.1 innings allowing six runs on nine hits.
LSU grabbed the lead in the top of the first when Arby Fields, in his new role as lead-off hitter, singled and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Hanover. Raph Rhymes doubled Fields home to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.
Kentucky answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. The Wildcats put the Tigers on ice in the fourth inning. Kentucky scored four runs in the inning with the big shot coming from the bat of freshman Austin Cousino who blasted a three-run homerun to right center. The next batter singled, and that spelled the end of Eades’ day as he was replaced for Bonvillain. The Wildcats scored two more in the seventh to bring the final score to 8-1.
The Tigers’ loss sets up a classic rubber match. When the two teams tangle tomorrow, the winner will end up in sole possession of first place in the SEC with four weekend series to go. LSU will send out Aaron Nola to try to win the series. Nola will be opposed by Corey Littrell, Kentucky’s closest thing to an ace in their weekend rotation. The Tigers will need a strong outing by Nola, and the offense will have to pick it up if the LSU is to have a chance. The good news for the Tigers is that their bullpen is pretty well stocked if needed.
Sunday’s game starts at noon.