Logue Sparkles in First Career Start as UK Tops Murray in Opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In his first career start, freshman Zach Logue worked 6.2 innings, allowing just one run and striking out seven, leading Kentucky to a 4-1 win over Murray State in the first game of a home-opening doubleheader, on Tuesday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (8-3) took an early 3-0 lead with a three-run frame in the second inning, adding a run in the fourth and working around a solo homer for the Racers to leadoff the seventh inning.
The Wildcats were paced at the plate by a two-hit game from junior centerfielder Kyle Barrett and junior catcher Zach Arnold, who added a double. UK saw doubles from Zach Arnold and Evan White, with White extending his hitting streak to all 11 games of his NCAA career. The Wildcats also got hits from Thomas Bernal, Riley Mahan, Connor Heady and Storm Wilson.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Logue (1-0) worked 6.2 innings, allowing four hits and one run, walking one and striking out seven. Logue retired 14 consecutive hitters from the third inning to the sixth and did not allow a hit after a one-out triple in the third inning. Senior Andrew Nelson took over with two outs in the seventh inning getting out of a minor jam and recording the final seven outs to record his first save of the year and the second of his career.
Murray State (3-8) starter John Lollar (0-1) worked five innings, allowing eight hits and four runs, walking three and striking out two. MSU also used Tanner Edge, who allowed just three walks and one hit over three innings.
The Wildcats struck first in the bottom of the second inning, collecting four consecutive two-out hits to take a 3-0 lead. Mahan singled on a hard-hit ball up the middle with two outs, scoring on Arnold's double off the glove of the diving centerfielder. Heady then singled up the middle, scoring Arnold from second base. Barrett then singled through the right side with Heady motoring home for the third run of the frame.
After a one-out walk and a hit-and-run pushed Heady to second base, White painted a double down the leftfield line, scoring Heady and giving UK a 4-0 lead.
Murray State got on the board to leadoff the seventh inning, as Dalton West belted a solo homer over the leftfield fence.