Kentucky vs. Ball State -- Postgame Notes

Feb. 13, 2015

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Kentucky Baseball
Postgame Notes
UK vs. Ball State
Wilmington, N.C. -- Brooks Field

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 11, Ball State 7

Team Notes

  • With the win, Kentucky is 1-0 and with the loss Ball State is 0-1.
  • Kentucky is now 60-41-3 all-time in season openers.
    • UK has won four consecutive season lidlifters.
  • UK had a starting pitcher make their UK debut in the season opener for the first time since Taylor Rogers in 2010 vs. West Virginia.
  • UK head coach Gary Henderson is now 6-1 in season openers with the Wildcats.
  • In the Henderson era, UK is 173-7 (96%) when staked to an eighth-inning lead.
    • In Henderson's 12 previous years directing the UK pitching staff, the Wildcats are 325-14 (96%) when owning a lead after the eighth inning.
  • Kentucky will return to action on Saturday, playing Richmond at 12 p.m. ET at Brooks Field.
    • The game will be broadcast live on the UK Radio Network, with Dick Gabriel voicing the action.
      • Fans in Central Kentucky can hear the game live on Fox Sports 1580-AM or online at
    • UK’s finale on Sunday at UNC Wilmington has been cancelled by the Seahawks due to potential cold temperatures.

Individual Notes

  • Senior Thomas Bernal made his first career start at third base.
    • Bernal now has 21 multi-hit games in his career.
    • Bernal had his first career three-RBI game and was one off his career high.
  • Redshirt junior catcher Greg Fettes belted his fourth and fifth career homers and his first since the 2013 season.
    • Fettes is the first UK player with two homers in a game since AJ Reed had two in 2014 vs. Ole Miss.
    • It was Fettes’ first career multi-homer game.
    • With three hits, Fettes tied his career high, last done on March 2, 2013 vs. Akron.
    • Fettes doubled his previous career high with four RBI.
    • Fettes now has five career multi-homer games.
  • Freshman first baseman Evan White made his first career start.
    • White dropped his first career hit into shallow centerfield with two outs in the third inning.
    • White finished with three hits. 
  • Junior Kyle Barrett made his first career start in centerfield.
    • Barrett now has 23 multi-hit games in his career.
  • Junior righty Dustin Beggs made his first career start.
    • Beggs struck out the first hitter he faced as a Wildcat.
    • Beggs season debut was the best for a UK pitcher in an opening-day start since Rogers worked 7.2 innings in 2010.
  • Sophomore Storm Wilson has reached base safely in 40 of his 46 career games.
    • Wilson tied his career high with a two-walk game.
  • Junior outfielder Ka’ai Tom has reached base safely in 49 of his 54 career starts.
    • Tom tied his career high with his seventh career three-hit game.
  • Sophomore second baseman JaVon Shelby hit his fifth career homer.
    • Shelby tied his career high with three hits and three RBI.
  • Freshman southpaw Zach Logue made his collegiate debut, striking out the first hitter he faced on three pitches.
  • Redshirt freshman Tyler Marshall made his UK career.
  • Freshman Riley Mahan made his collegiate debut.
  • Sophomore outfielder Bryce Bastien notched his first career hit.
  • Sophomore outfielder Marcus Carson was hit by fourth career pitch.
  • Sophomore lefty Logan Salow made his season debut.