Cats Sweep Charleston Southern
Feb. 12, 2000
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Backup catcher Jason Wolfe drove in four runs and freshman starter Scott Wade pitched 5-2/3 innings in his collegiate debut as the Cats moved to 2-0 on the young season with a 13-2 trouncing of Charleston Southern.
Wolfe went 3-for-5 with a pair of run scoring doubles as he spelled All-American John Wilson behind the plate. Wilson was the team's designated hitter in the game and drove in a pair of runs despite going hitless. Third baseman Vince Harrison produced his second multi-hit game in as many days, going 3-for-4 and scoring two runs.
Unlike yesterday when Brandon Webb kept the Buccaneers off the bases and the Cats out of trouble, CSU (1-4) was able to put pressure on the Cats in Wade's outing. The Kingsport, Tenn. native showed some rookie jitters as he hit two batters and committed a pair of errors on pick off attempts, one of which led to a CSU run. But Wade (1-0) showed the savvy of a veteran as he escaped his first career outing without allowing an earned run. Wade pitched out of situations with men on second and third with two out in the first, men on first and second with one out in the third and a man on third and no outs in the fourth. Wade struck out four and walked just one.
Kentucky opened the scoring in the second with a pair of runs on five hits. Robert Newton led the inning off with a double and, after a bunt single by Harrison, was chased home on catcher Wolfe's single through the hole at short. Seth Morris then knocked home Harrison with a bloop single to right. A bunt single by Beau Moore loaded the bases with one out, but Tim Brooks got Andy Green to hit a foul pop to the catcher and Aaron McGlone to ground to second, ending the threat.
The same players did more damage the next inning as Harrison started a
two-out rally with a base hit followed by doubles by Wolfe and Morris that
led to two more runs. Morris scored the fifth UK run when the CSU shortstop
made an error on a ball hit by Jeff Meade. Brooks (0-1) made it out of the
third, but just barely. He faced one batter in the fourth and was pulled
after Green knocked a single back up the middle for the tenth hit given up
The Cats broke the game open in the sixth inning and again in the eighth as the CSU first baseman missed the throw from shortstop on a ground ball hit by Green to allow Meade and Moore to score in the sixth. After a fly out to left by Aaron McGlone moved Green over to third, Wilson drove in the UK second baseman with a ground out to shortstop. In the eighth, the CSU first baseman made another error as he made an errant throw to second that put Brad Pickrell and McGlone on second and third with one out. After Wilson was intentionally walked to load the bases, a single by Newton and a sacrifice fly by Harrison each plated a runner before Wolfe's second double of the afternoon drove home two more to close the scoring. The Bucs made four errors in the game that led to three unearned runs by Kentucky.
In addition to Wade's promising outing, the Cats got good relief work from Austin Madison, Nick Zielke and Jarrod Reynolds. The trio pitched a combined 3-1/3 innings and allowed just one run.
The Cats will conclude their road trip with a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon against Howard University. Game one will begin at noon with each game scheduled for seven innings. Starting and making his collegiate debut for the Cats in game one will be freshman Rob Corrado. The game two starter is yet to be determined.