Indiana worked its way out of a jam in the top of the ninth inning before using an RBI double in the bottom half to defeat Kentucky 3-2 in Bloomington on Tuesday. With the game knotted at 2-all in the top of the ninth, the Cats had runners on first and third with two outs and a chance to take the lead. But a groundout by Troy Squires ended the threat. The Hoosiers got the winning run off a double from Austin Cangelo and a single by Laren Eustace.
Zach Reks had three hits and drove in both runs for Kentucky (29-20). Riley Mahan and Dorian Hairston added two hits apiece for the Cats.
-- Former Kentucky pitcher Scott Downs is one of four SEC Baseball Legends that will be honored at the Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Ala. This year’s class also includes Arkansas’ Norm DeBriyn, Auburn’s Gabe Gross and Georgia’s Cris Carpenter.
Downs, a Mr. Baseball winner with Pleasure Ridge Park, was a three-year starter at Kentucky from 1995 to 1997 and earned first-team All-SEC honors in his final season. He won 17 games as a Wildcat and still holds the school’s career record for strikeouts with 293. He was a third-round draft selection by the Chicago Cubs in 1997 and debuted in the major leagues in 2000. Once in the majors, he transitioned from starting pitcher to reliever and spent 13 seasons in the league with the Cubs, Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.
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Men’s tennis: Sophomore William Bushamuka and freshman Ryotaro Matsumura both earned at-large bids for the NCAA singles championships, which will be held May 25-30 in Tulsa, Okla. Bushamuka (16-8) is an All-SEC first team selection who ranks 29th in the nation. The New Jersey native’s season was highlighted by a straight-set victory over reigning NCAA singles champion Ryan Shane, 7-6, 6-3. Matsumura (18-7) is ranked No. 42 in the country.