Graeter's 10th-Inning Run Scoring Single Gives Kentucky
6-5 Series Win
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Spencer Graeter's 10th-inning single
to right field that scored Joe Naill to give Kentucky
a 6-5 win and series victory over Vanderbilt, Sunday,
May 11 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky wins it's third Southeastern Conference series
in the past four weeks to improve to 22-29 overall and
8-18 in the league. Vanderbilt drops to 24-25 overall
and 11-16 in the SEC.
Both teams battled blustery conditions that included
southwest winds at 25 miles per hour with gusts up to
31 mph. Vanderbilt committed three errors while Kentucky
had two miscues.
Vanderbilt reliever Jensen Lewis (3-6) retired the
first two batters he faced in the 10th inning before
Naill hit a pop up behind second base that Zach Simpson
dropped for an error to prolong the inning. Lewis was
replaced with VU reliever Blake Owen who faced Graeter.
The UK second baseman hit a blooper to right field that
was knocked down by the wind and dropped fair inside
the right-field line for the game-winner.
Kentucky reliever Scott Wade (3-6) earned the win.
He pitched the final three and a third innings, allowing
only two hits and a walk. Lewis took the loss despite
striking out five and allowing only three hits and a
walk in four innings of work.
Kentucky tied the game at 5-5 when Russ Rutherford
hit a two-run home run to left field that also scored
Brad Pickrell. It marked Rutherford's second long ball
of the year.
Vanderbilt took a 5-3 lead with five runs in the top
of the sixth inning. Worth Scott pulled the Commodores
even when he hit a bases-loaded one-out double to left-center
field to chase UK starter Seth Stanley. Ryan Klosterman
drew a two-out walk to put runners on first and third
base. Klosterman then stole second base. On the play,
Kentucky catcher Caleb Brock's throw went into center
field, allowing Scott to score from third base and Klosterman
to come around and score from second base.
Kentucky grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the second inning.
Brock singled to left and scored on a two-out single
through the middle of the infield by Russ Rutherford
to give UK a 1-0 lead. Naill followed with a single
through the right side of infield to put runners on
first and second. Graeter followed with a fly ball to
center field that VU's Matt Zeller misplayed, allowing
Rutherford and Naill to score on the play.
Vanderbilt plays host to Middle Tennessee Tuesday at
7 p.m. It marks the Commodores' final non-conference
game of the season. VU concludes the regular season
when it invites Tennessee to Hawkins Field for a three-game
SEC series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday's game
starts at 6 p.m. and will be televised by Comcast Sports
Southeast. The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.