March 25, 2012
The series finale will be a seven-inning affair starting at 1:30 p.m. UT will send sophomore Nick Williams (2-2, 2.05) to the mound, while the Wildcats will counter with southpaw Corey Littrell (2-0, 2.45).
Following an overnight delay due to inclement weather that halted Saturday's contest with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Tennessee freshman Will Maddox looped the second pitch he saw from UK relief pitcher Alex Phillips on Sunday into center for a two-run single that cut the UT deficit to just three at 5-2.
That would be all the Vols could muster against Phillips though as he allowed just three baserunners over the final four innings to pick up the win for Kentucky. T.J. Thornton yielded one run on three hits for Tennessee, pitching four strong innings to finish out the game.
Freshman Brandon Zajac made his collegiate debut to start the contest on Saturday, earning the start on the mound for the Vols. He allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits in 2.2 innings of work. Fellow first-year Vol Conner Stevens worked the remaining 2.1 innings, yielding two runs on four hits.
Jerad Grundy worked all 4.2 frames in the entire rain-shortened contest for the Wildcats on Saturday, striking out two and giving up four hits.
The Wildcats got the scoring started in the second inning, using a pair of singles to put runners on the corners before a chopper back to the mound brought Cameron Flynn in from third for the first run of the game.
A little controversy ensued at the end of the frame as Michael Williams hit a long drive that appeared to bounce off of the top of the wall and back into play. While the drive scored another run, Williams thought it was a home run and was tagged out between first and second to end the inning. Following a lengthy discussion between UK head coach Gary Henderson and the umpiring crew, the original call was upheld, bringing the stanza to a close.
The Wildcats added another three more runs over the next two innings to take a comfortable 5-0 advantage after four. Kentucky scored once in the third with a run coming in on a two-out groundball to third by Luke Maile that was misplayed for an error. A two-run home run by J.T. Riddle in the next inning broke the game open as UK jumped out to a five-run advantage.
Tennessee threatened to get on the scoreboard and cut into the Wildcat lead in the home half of the fifth, using an infield single by Zach Luther and a double to left by Zach Osborne to put two men in scoring position with two outs. The game was halted at that moment, however, as lightning entered the area. Following a delay of one hour and nine minutes, the decision was made to suspend the contest until Sunday.