Baseball Knocks Off Charleston Southern, 6-3
Feb. 11, 2000
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Brandon Webb retired the first 13 Charleston Southern hitters he faced, striking out eight, and pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Wildcats to victory in its season-opener, 6-3.
"I'm extremely pleased with our overall team effort today," UK Coach Keith Madison said. "You get a real good feeling seeing your pitchers walk just one hitter and your defense commit no errors in the first game of the season." Webb (1-0) was embroiled in a pitcher's dual with CSU starter Chad Humbert for most of the afternoon, but in the end out-pitched his counterpart, allowing only two hits while Humbert (0-2) allowed six. Humbert didn't allow a UK hitter to hit safely until freshman Seth Morris broke the stalemate with his first career hit in the third inning.
The Cats scratched through for single runs in the fourth and fifth as Breck Price and Andy Green drove in runs without hitting the ball out of the infield. Webb maintained the Cats' lead by not allowing a hit until one was out in the fifth when David Martindale dropped a low-flying base hit into short left-centerfield. Webb teamed with relievers Joseph Blanton and Breck Price to strike out a combined 15 Buccaneers, nine by Webb. Blanton, a freshman making his collegiate debut, struck out four in 2.1 innings, but battled wildness as his three wild pitches led to all three CSU runs. Price struck out the only two batters he faced to close the game.
CSU cut the lead in half with a run off Blanton in the seventh as Kyle Leon
was chased home by a wild pitch and a ground out by Ted Malikowski after
doubling to left field. But the Cats took back control of the game in the
eighth as John Wilson's second hit of the afternoon was sent far over the
right-centerfield fence for the defending SEC home run champion's first
round-tripper of the season. Two batters later, Vince Harrison followed
suit with Kendrick Shanklin on first base. Harrison's second hit of the day
landed short of Wilson's drive in the bushes just beyond the right-field
fence. Lead-off hitter Beau Moore also collected a pair of hits and scored
"We had some outstanding individual performances today. Webb had great control and some great stuff and Jeff Meade helped him out with some outstanding defensive plays."
The Cats and Buccaneers will meet again tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. Starting and making his collegiate debut for the Cats will be freshman Scott Wade.