March 24, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Following a delay of one hour and nine minutes, Saturday's game between Tennessee and No. 2 Kentucky has been suspended until noon on Sunday due to continued rain and lightning in the Knoxville area. The series finale will take place 30 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended contest.
Kentucky currently leads 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Tennessee's Will Maddox is at the plate with runners on second and third and two outs.
Freshman Brandon Zajac made his collegiate debut 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, 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, it was determined that the correct call was made, 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.
The contest will resume at noon on Sunday, followed by a seven-inning game to complete the weekend series.