Cats Defeat Florida Behind a Surprise Arm…

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The Kentucky Bat Cats (22-14 | 5-10 SEC) defeated the #7 ranked Florida Gators Sunday 6-5 behind the arm of Freshmen hurler Walter Wijas.

Kentucky Kernel reported:

For the first time in the last four conference series, UK left the weekend a winner behind an unexpected but effective arm.

With Alex Meyer, UK’s usual Sunday starter, out with mononucleosis, the Cats turned to freshman pitcher Walter Wijas on the mound. He entered the game as a question mark, having pitched only 8.2 innings in relief on the year and no more than two innings in a game.

“It was kind of like old times,” said Wijas, who was a starter in high school. “I was just throwing to the glove and throwing as hard as I can.

”While Wijas was sending Gator after Gator back to the dugout, UK was sending Cat after Cat across the plate. UK tagged Florida starter Anthony DeSclafani for eight hits and six runs in the first three innings, giving Wijas a comfortable cushion.

Suddenly only down three, Florida put a scare into UK in the ninth inning with a two-run home run by Josh Adams that closed the lead to one. But Matt Little escaped the potential comeback to pick up his sixth save of the year.

“The fact that it’s a one-run win is big,” Henderson said. “Not just a win on Sunday but to win a close one in the league is a big deal… I suspect the kids feel good about that.”

Full story via The Kentucky Kernel.

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