Losing early may not be a bad thing for UK baseball


Update: Today’s game with Elon has been pushed back to 3 p.m.

Last year, Kentucky baseball did not lose its first game of the season until March 23.

This year, Kentucky baseball lost its first game of the season on February 21.

And that might not be such a bad thing. Not that losing is desirable, mind you. But last season as Kentucky’s surprising winning streak grew to 22 games, so did the pressure. By the end of the season, when UK lost in the Gary Regional, the Cats seemed a bit of a tired team.

This year’s club, ranked 8th by Collegiate Baseball, won its first three games last weekend in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It rallied on the final day from four runs down in the eighth inning to beat USC-Upstate 11-10 for the third win.

There was no such luck Thursday in Myrtle Beach. Kansas State scored five runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 7-5 victory. Seven consecutive Kansas State batters reached base.

J.T. Riddle continued his hitting streak. The second baseman went 1-for-4 to extend his streak to seven games. A.J. Reed hit a two-run homer but struggled on the mound, allowing seven hits and four runs in 4.1 innings.

Kentucky, now 3-1, plays Elon this morning at 11 o’clock.

But according to Dick Gabriel, it may not start on time.

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