Cats Settle For Split With #1 Vanderbilt

No. 19 Kentucky's series upset hopes came up short, as the Wildcats split a modified doubleheader with No. 1 Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky (26-9-1, 6-8-1 Southeastern Conference) earned the dramatic come-from behind win in the regularly scheduled Sunday game, 8-6, courtesy of a Sean Coughlin game-winning two-run home run in the eighth inning. UK rallied with four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a two-run lead and even the series.

The second game Sunday was the completion of Saturday's game two, which was suspended in the top of the sixth inning due to inclement weather. The contest was resumed 20 minutes after the thrilling finish to the original Sunday game. The Wildcats resumed the contest seeking the series upset, trailing 2-1 with runners on first and third and no one out.

Vanderbilt (32-6, 9-6 SEC) rallied with three runs in the sixth before Kentucky escaped the frame. UK answered with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning, before allowing four unanswered in the final two innings. Kentucky got home runs from Sawyer Carroll and Anthony Ottrando in the sixth.

Kentucky will return to action on Wednesday with a make-up game with in-state rival Morehead State. The contest was originally scheduled for March 28 but was rescheduled due to weather concerns. First pitch Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. EDT.