Emptying the UK/UofL notebook: Zych to pen, Glad miffed over hit-by-pitch after home run

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You can read my full recap of the University of Kentucky 5-0 shutout over the University of Louisville in the post below, but there were plenty of notes from the game and post-game interviews that didn’t fit in the story. So I thought I’d break those nuggets down in a notebook post:

  • UofL coach Dan McDonnell said you should expect to see more of sophomore Tony Zych out of the bullpen like Tuesday: “He’s struggled a little bit here. He’s been starting for us on Sunday, we feel like we’re going to push him to the bullpen for a few weeks and let him get back to having some success.”
  • McDonnell on bullpen performance: “Midweek baseball in college baseball is all about the guys coming out of the bullpen. Maybe for the first time this year we didn’t pitch well out of the bullpen.”
  • McDonnell also pointed out that UofL was just inches from two would-be home runs: Freshman Kyle Grieshaber thought he had a home run in third (he made it all the way past second base in his trot) but the third base umpire ruled the ball foul to the dismay of McDonnell and the Cards, and senior Phil Wunderlich doubled to lead off the fourth on a ball that landed on the top of the 30-foot wall in right before bouncing back into play.
  • UK senior first baseman Gunner Glad was visibly annoyed when he was hit in the at-bat after his home run. After the game he laughed off the play, but bit his tongue before saying too much: “I don’t know about that, I’ve got no comment about that. I mean they can do what they want to do.”
  • UK coach Gary Henderson was relieved that the Cats are finally starting to drive in runners when they get them on base: “I don’t know if we can talk any more about that without doing it. We’ve obviously had some struggles with that early on.”
  • UofL senior shortstop Adam Duvall stayed in the game after being hit by a pitch in the third inning, but didn’t come back on defense to start the bottom of the frame.
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