SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
- The No. 23 ranked Kentucky Wildcats scored seven runs over the final three innings to rally for a 14-13 victory over Monmouth University in baseball action on Saturday afternoon. Kentucky (9-1) notched four runs in the eighth and a pair in the ninth to earn the win. Monmouth (0-2), which led 13-7 going into the bottom of the seventh, was powered by junior Nick Pulsonetti
's five RBI and three runs, while sophomore Jamie Rosenkranz
, senior Bobby Dombrowski
and junior Matt McEndy
each drove in a pair.
The Hawks got on the board in the top of the first when junior Ryan Terry
drilled his first home run of the season over the left field wall.
The Wildcats answered with five runs in the bottom of the first, all off of Monmouth starter Nick Vallillo
, knocking the senior off the hill after 2/3 of an inning.
Trailing 5-1, the Hawks scored 10 runs over the next two innings to grab an 11-5 advantage. In the top of the second, MU registered six runs on seven hits, including Pulsonetti's grand slam. McEndy delivered his second RBI hit of the game to start the Hawks' four-run third frame, knocking in freshman Danny Avella
, who tripled. Rosenkranz delivered a two-run double, with two down, to push the Hawks in front by six scores.
Kentucky got two runs back in the bottom of the third, but the Hawks answered with a pair in the top of the sixth, on Dombrowski's two-run double, to claim a 13-7 lead.
UK pulled within 13-8 in the bottom of the seventh on three singles, and climbed within 13-12 in the home half of the eighth.
Trailing by one going into the bottom of the ninth, the Wildcats knotted the score when Neiko Johnson connected on a lead-off homer to left center. After a hit-by-pitch, and a wild pitch were issued by Andy McDonnell
, sophomore Stephen Prosapio
hit three consecutive batters to drive in the winning run.
Freshman Dan Smith
, in his collegiate debut, worked 6.0 innings of relief, allowing one earned run on seven hits, with three strikeouts.
In the game, Monmouth hit 10 batters, issued four walks, and surrendered 15 htis.
The Hawks collected 14 hits, as each member of the starting lineup recorded a hit, led by Dombrowski's three knocks. Sophomore Josh Boyd
, Rosenkranz and McEndy registered two hits apiece.
Monmouth's game with San Diego State, scheduled for later today, was postponed due to rain. The contest will be made up tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. [Pacific]