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Kentucky Baseball Rallies to Defeat Hilltoppers in Ninth Inning

Photo by Keyli Chisesi (Go Big Blue Country)


Kentucky baseball continued their hot start to the 2018 season but for 8 innings on Tuesday night, it looked like they were going to drop a game to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.


For most of the night, the Wildcats could not get anything to go their way but the rally caps must have worked in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Hilltoppers built a 3-0 lead through the top of the 9th, as the Wildcats could not push a run across the plate. However, that changed when Ryan Johnson belted a solo home run with one out in the inning.



With Kentucky trailing 3-1 and two outs left in the game, Luke Heyer reached on an infield single. Ryan Shinn’s flyout was the second out of the inning, leaving the Wildcats with an uphill climb, needing two runs to tie the game and only one out to work with.


Trey Dawson kept the Cats alive with a double to left center field, advancing Heyer to third base. The fifth year senior Troy Squires singled home Heyer and Dawson to tie the game at 3-3. Squires advanced to second on an error by the third baseman and later advanced to third on a wild pitch to set up the game winning play in the video below.


Watch as Squires scores the winning run on a passed ball, moving Kentucky to 8-1 on the season.

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