For the first time in school history, the Kentucky State University baseball team recorded a victory over Spring Hill as the teams split a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday at Alumni Park.
“That was a very good bounce back win against a very good Spring Hill team,” said Kentucky State University head coach Rob Henry. “Brady Bibbs was strong on the mound, and Jay Poullar was clutch with the big hit when we needed it at the end. Those guys weren’t the whole story though. We’ve had players up and down our lineup, and our pitching staff battling up and downs all year long. This was a good team win.”
GAME ONE: SPRING HILL 9, KENTUCKY STATE 4
A four-run sixth inning, aided by three errors, enabled the Badgers to put enough distance between them and Kentucky State to take the opening game of the doubleheader.
Senior Joe Crisp, 3-4, (Shelbyville, KY) allowed nine runs, five earned, on 13 hits in his seventh complete game of the season.
Spring Hill jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in both the first and second innings.
Senior Artie Santomo (Florence, KY) drove home the Thorobreds’ first run of the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning.
After SHC added a run in the fourth, Kentucky State rebounded with three in its half of the inning. Senior Cam Starks (Alpharetta, GA) kicked off the frame with a double and moved to third on a single by sophomore Adren Thompson (Lexington, KY). A one-out single by senior Jay Poullard (Louisville, KY) brought home a run, and then a balk pushed another tally across the plate. Junior Chase Egnor (Shepherdsville, KY) capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to get the game to within a run.
Unfortunately, it was as close as the ‘Breds would get.
Poullard was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead KSU. It was the 11th time this season he had multiple hits and the fifth time he scored multiple runs.
GAME TWO: KENTUCKY STATE 5, SPRING HILL 4
Poullard smacked a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to save the Kentucky State baseball team from playing the ‘what-if’ game and to lead them to their first-ever win over Spring Hill. It was his second career walk-off.
For the second time in the game, the Thorobreds loaded the bases with no outs, and it appeared as – much like the second inning – that Kentucky State would fail to scratch across a run.
Three straight singles by senior Russell Sims (Harrodsburg, KY), sophomore Dom Lawson (Bloomfield, KY) and Starks had the bases full of ‘Breds. A foul out and a fielder’s choice had KSU with bases loaded and two outs.
No fear, Poullard was here, and the senior – who was hitless in three attempts – stroked a double into the left field corner setting off a field storming celebration.
Sims was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Starks was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base.
Senior Brady Bibbs, 5-0, (Hornersville, MO) allowed four earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts to earn the victory.
Kentucky State (18-13-1 overall, 7-7 SIAC) returns to the diamond noon Saturday for a doubleheader with Spring Hill to complete the four-game series.