LEXINGTON, Ky. – T.J. Collett blasted his fourth home run of the season but Kentucky couldn’t hold a late lead, losing 12-3 to Boston College on Wednesday afternoon at Kentucky Proud Park. It was the Wildcats’ first defeat in their new home park.
The Cats (8-4) led 2-1 with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning when reliever Jimmy Ramsey induced a ground ball to first base, but Boston College speedster Sam Frelick won the foot race to the bag and two runs scored to give the Eagles a lead it would not relinquish. It was just the fourth loss in 76 games the past three years when the Cats led after the seventh inning.
Collett gave the Cats an early lead with a solo home run onto the concourse in left-centerfield and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth after he doubled with two outs and came home on Jaren Shelby’s RBI single through the left side. The junior designated hitter now has three doubles and four home runs and notched his team-high fifth multi-hit game of the season.
UK will return to the field on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET when it hosts Middle Tennessee in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Saturday and Sunday’s games are set for 1 p.m. first pitches.
Bottom 4th – T.J. Collett homered to LCF. UK 1, Boston College 0.
Top 5th – Sam Frelick homered to LF. UK 1, Boston College 1.
Bottom 6th – Collett doubled to LF and scored on Jaren Shelby’s single to LF. UK 2, Boston College 1.
Top 8th – Joe Souzzi, Gian Martinelli and Dante Baldelli walked to load the bases. Yish ran for Martinelli. Frelick beat out a ground ball to 1B, scoring Souzzi and Yish. Brian Dempsey tripled to LCF, scoring Baldelli and Frelick. Boston College 5, UK 2.
Top 9th – Souzzi singled to LF and moved to third on Morrisette’s double to RF. Souzzi scored on a wild pitch, Morrisette moved to third. Peter Burns walked. Baldelli reached on an error, Morisette scored and Burns advanced to second. Connor Bacon walked to load the bases. Frelick grounded out to SS, scoring Burns. Dempsey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jack Cunningham walked, scoring Baldelli. Bacon scored on a wild pitch. Jake Alu singled to CF, scoring Dempsey and Cunningham. Boston College 12, UK 2.
Bottom 9th – Dalton Reed doubled and advanced to third on Coltyn Kessler’s single to RF. Reed scored on a wild pitch. Boston College 12, UK 3.
- Kentucky has scored in 76 consecutive games and 152 of the past 153 dating to the 2016 season. The lone shutout came in a seven-inning game. The current streak now is tied for the seventh-longest in school history.
- Junior 1B/DH T.J. Collett went 2-for-4 with a home run, double, two runs and an RBI.
o Collett now has four home runs on the season and 15 for his career.
o It was team-high fifth multi-hit game of the season and 15th of his career.
- Senior OF Ryan Shinn doubled in the eighth inning to extend his reached base safely streak to 11 games.
- Sophomore C/INF Coltyn Kessler singled in the ninth to extend his career-long hitting streak to six games.
- Freshman LHP Cole Daniels pitched 0.2 innings, walking one and striking out two.
o Daniels entered with runners on second and third and stranded both.
o He has recorded 11 outs this season, nine by strikeout. The other two outs came on a double play.
UK will return to the field on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET when it hosts Middle Tennessee in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Saturday and Sunday’s games are set for 1 p.m. first pitches. All three games will be aired on SEC Network Plus. Audio coverage can be found via UKathletics.com.