I set out early in the morning to make the drive from Cbus to Lexington. During the entirety of the drive and game, I did not see a cloud. After making my way to the stadium, I saw a bunch of Kentucky's finest and thought to myself, "This should be a good spot."
My instincts were correct. I had a great view of the action and there was a nice breeze.
The baseball was solid at the start, too. Ohio got into trouble in the first two innings, both times with two outs, but came away relatively unscathed. The vaunted Kentucky offense left a handful of runners on base, it it could have been much worse.
Meanwhile, Sean Hjelle was fantastic for Kentucky. The 6'11 hurler from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, did a great job of keeping the ball low, and the Bobcat's hitters in check.
Eventually the Wildcat's offense started to take off and they built a 6 run lead heading into the bottom of the 7th.
The Bobcats got their first 1 2 3 inning and opened the 8th with Spencer Ibarra. If they were going to make a move, it was time. They started the inning with by putting the first two batters on. Rudy Rott went yard, making the score 6-3. The Wildcats were able to clean up the inning after that.
The Bobcats kept the Wildcats off the board in the bottom half of the inning.
Ohio was down to three outs, down by three.
The first runner reached on a walk. The Bobcats faithful were loudly cheering while the catcher went to the mound. Tyler Finkler battled with a couple of foul balls before advancing the runner with a bunt. A wild pitch sent him to third with Ibarra at the plate.
He lined a shot at the left fielder. "Go big blue!" thundered throughout.
A shot up the middle brought home the run. Kentucky fans upped their "Go Big Blue.", as Ohio fans responded with "Rudy!", for Rott, as he approached the plate. He hit a hard grounder right to the first baseman to end the game, 6-4, Kentucky.