LEXINGTON, Ky. - The largest regular season home crowd in Kentucky history opened up the 50th and final season of Cliff Hagan Stadium as Xavier held on to defeat the Wildcats 3-2 in 10 innings on Tuesday night.
The Musketeers (1-3) scored a pair of runs in the first innings before being shut out over the next eight innings but the No. 8 Cats (4-1) couldn't capitalize on several late scoring chances in their first defeat of the season. A double with an error that allowed the batter to advance to third and a sacrifice fly proved to be the difference in the extra frame.
UK fought back valiantly and tied the game on sophomore designated hitter T.J. Collett's blast on the deck in right-center field in the sixth inning, but couldn't push across a run in the bottom of the ninth after loading the bases with one out. Ultimately, the Cats left 11 runners on base in the game.
Senior left-hander Brad Schaenzer pitched five innings and freshman right-hander Jimmy Ramsey kept the Cats in the game with 3.1 innings of relief work but it wasn't enough on an unseasonably warm night in the Commonwealth.
The Cats return to the diamond on Friday night to begin a three-game weekend series against Oakland. Junior All-American Sean Hjelle is expected to get the start in the 4 p.m. opener.