Castle Pitches Complete-Game Five Hitter as Kentucky
Evens Series with 5-1 Win Over Vanderbilt
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky starter Heath Castle pitched
a complete-game five hitter and Vanderbilt committed
a season-high four errors as the Wildcats defeated the
Commodores 5-1, Saturday, May 10 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
With the win, Kentucky pulls even in the three-game
Southeastern Conference series while improving its record
to 21-29 overall and 7-18 in the SEC. Vanderbilt slips
to 24-24 overall and 11-15 in league play.
Castle (6-4) allowed only five singles in the game
and gave up one run (earned) while walking three and
striking out five. He retired 13 in a row from the first
through fifth innings before walking Zach Simpson to
lead off the sixth inning.
Vanderbilt starter Robert Ransom (3-3) set a career-high
with eight strikeouts in the loss. In six and a third
innings, he surrendered only five hits, one earned run
and two walks.
Vanderbilt errors opened the way for all five of Kentucky's
runs. VU's Warner Jones dropped a two-out routine fly
ball in right field that extended the fourth inning.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead on the following play,
a run-scoring single to left field by Brad Pickrell
that scored Caleb Stewart.
Kentucky broke open a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning,
scoring four times. UK's Joe Naill reached first base
on a throwing error by VU third baseman Tony Mansolino
to start the frame. After Casey Gilvin sacrificed Naill
to second, the Wildcats recorded back-to-back doubles
to chase Ransom. Spencer Graeter doubled to left field
to score Naill with the eventual game-winning run. Mike
Breyman doubled into the alley in left-center field
to plate Graeter and give UK a 3-1 advantage.
Commodore reliever Matt Buschmann entered the game
and gave up a single to Stewart, moving runners to first
and third. Caleb Brock's sacrifice fly brought in Breyman
to give the Wildcats a 4-1 lead. Pickrell then doubled
to center field to score Stewart for a 5-1 UK lead.
Vanderbilt had tied the score at 1-1 in the top of
the seventh. Jonathan Douillard's RBI single to left
field brought in Tony Mansolino from second base. The
Commodores had runners on first and second with only
one out but pinch hitter Rucker Taylor hit into an inning-ending
double play to halt the Vanderbilt threat.
Kentucky grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on
an unearned run.
Vanderbilt's Warner Jones dropped a two-out fly ball
in right field that prolonged the inning for the Wildcats.
Pickrell followed with a single to left field that scored
Vanderbilt's four errors were uncharacteristic. The
Commodores entered the week leading the SEC in team
defense with a .975 fielding percentage. The most recent
NCAA rankings (through April 27) listed VU as the seventh-best
fielding team in the nation.
The series concludes Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.