Cats undone by early errors in loss to Murray

The Kentucky Wildcats have seen the errors of their way.

A bit too late, though, as Murray State took advantage of six UK errors over the first six innings Monday en route to a 7-5 victory over the 22nd-ranked Cats at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Murray right-hander Dan Huff (1-2) gave up four runs, including one unearned, and 10 hits over eight innings. He threw 131 pitches, struck out six and walked two.

Chris Craycraft, who came out of Henry Clay High School to begin his collegiate career with UK, closed out his former team in the ninth for Murray's first win over UK since 1997.

Inheriting a 7-4 lead, Craycraft yielded two walks and two singles to make it 7-5 with the bases loaded and no outs. But he got Cory Farris to ground into a double play and Gunner Glad to fly out.

"I couldn't find the strike zone to start out," said Craycraft, who threw 104 pitches three days earlier. "I just figured I'd get my release point back, throw the corners and let them get themselves out."

The Thoroughbreds (7-8) led 7-1 through 31/2 innings.

Two errors led to a run in the second. Wes Cunningham belted a three-run homer in the third. Another error, a walk and hit batsman triggered a three-run fourth.

UK (13-3) got solo homers from Braden Kapteyn in the second, Chad Wright in the fifth and Glad in the sixth. Farris singled and scored in the fourth and pinch hitter Chris Bisson singled in a run in the ninth.

"We did a good job of chipping away but, obviously, the whole ball game is the errors," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "You put yourself in that big a hole, it makes it really tough to get out of it. While I appreciate our kids' effort — and it was good — you can't make a game that difficult for yourself."

Wright, Glad and Murray's Cunningham all had three-hit games.

UK starter Sam Kidd (1-1) pitched better than his line score might indicate, thanks to shoddy defense. Kapteyn, Nick Kennedy and Mike Kaczmarek came on in relief.