Freshman left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers had about as good a collegiate debut you could ask for with seven and two-third shutout innings in a 6-0 University of Kentucky victory over West Virginia. Rogers allowed six hits on the game and struck out two while walking just one. Freshman right-handed reliever Jordan Cooper finished the game with one and two-thirds shutout innings. Cooper allowed two hits and one walk and struck out one.
At the plate the Cats were led by senior center fielder Keenan Wiley who was 3-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Redshirt junior designated hitter Neiko Johnson was 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Junior second baseman Chris Bisson, sophomore left fielder Chad Wright and sophomore first baseman Braden Kapteyn each drove in a run for the Cats. (Box Score)
BluGrass Baseball POG: Taylor Rogers — There’s really no competition for this award. If Rogers had only kept his team in the game today you could have considered that a success for his collegiate debut, but he did much better while being almost unhittable on the afternoon. If the Cats can get close to this kind of production from the freshman lefty this season the loss of James Paxton will be easier to absorb.