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Kentucky’s Magical Run Ends in College World Series

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The Wildcats were awakened from their dream run by a seven-run first inning, capped by a grand slam, that contributed to a 15-4 defeat to Florida on Wednesday at the College World Series.

Despite striking first Kentucky could not hold court on the mound in the first. A trio of defensive miscues – which included an error in the outfield, seeing a foul ball drop harmlessly to the turf and decision not to throw home on a single to the outfield – compounded by a hit batter with two strikes set up Brody Donay’s opposite field shot that narrowly slipped over the right field fence.

Florida, which got hot as a team after being one of the last teams into the NCAA Tournament, added two more runs on a third inning two-run flare to centerfield. UK continued to try and claw back with a second Nick Lopez RBI single and two-run Emilien Pitre home run.

But Donay was too much, delivering two home runs and five RBI as part of a three-hit day for the Gators as they methodically extended their lead.

NOTES

  • Kentucky finishes the 2024 season 46-16.
  • 46 wins are the most in school history (2012).
  • Kentucky is 27-12 in day games.
  • Kentucky is 1-2 all-time at the MCWS.
  • Kentucky is 6-2 in the 2024 NCAA Tournament.
  • UK Coach Nick Mingione is in his eighth season at the helm and now owns a 262-166 career record.
  • Mingione now is the second-winningest coach in school history.
  • UK is 14-8 in the NCAA Tournament under Mingione.

 

Courtesy: UK Athletics