NORFOLK, Va. – Zach Logue pitched six innings of one-run baseball and Troy Squires set a career-high with four runs batted in as Kentucky continued its assault on the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex scoreboard with a 19-2 victory over host Old Dominion on Saturday evening.
The Wildcats (2-4) scored three runs in the first inning – including senior outfielder Marcus Carson’s straight steal of home – on their way to their highest scoring output since plating 26 runs against Ball State on Mar. 9, 2014. The Cats also scored four in the third inning, one in the fourth, three in the seventh, five in the eighth and three in the ninth.
The game was delayed 34 minutes in the top of the fourth due to lightning and severe storms with UK leading 8-1. The interruption didn’t affect the Cats’ momentum at all, as junior left-hander Zach Logue continued to spin a gem on the mound against the previously undefeated Monarchs (4-1). Logue earned his first victory of the season after pitching six innings, giving up just four hits, one run and striking out four. Four UK relievers yielded just a single eighth inning run on one hit over the final three frames.
In the Cats’ 20-hit barrage against seven ODU pitchers, eight of the nine starting position players recorded a hit. Junior catcher Troy Squires drove in a career-high four runs, while Carson upped his season batting average to .500 with a 3-for-4 night that saw him score three runs. Senior outfielder Zach Reks hit his first home run of the season, while junior infielder Luke Heyer went 2-for-2 with a double and his first career home run after entering as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
AT THE PLATE
The Cats’ offense was clicking for the second consecutive day, pushing its totals to 35 runs on 34 hits for the weekend. Of the 12 position players who saw an at bat, 10 recorded hits and eight had multi-hit games. UK smacked six doubles and two home runs on the evening, drew nine walks and stole four bases.
ON THE MOUND
Logue provided the Cats with their first quality start of the young season, going 6.0 innings while giving up just four hits, one run, a walk and striking out four. Junior lefty Brad Schaenzer had his fourth scoreless outing of the year and sophomore southpaw Jake Hamilton made his UK debut with a perfect ninth that included striking out each of the first two batters he faced.