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Bat Cats Drop NCAA Opener in 21 Innings

Reported by: Dan Rieffer
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Updated: 6/02/2012 11:16 pm
The Kentucky baseball team lost its NCAA tournament opener to Kent State in 21 innings Friday in Gary, Indiana.

GARY, In. - After six hours and 38 minutes and 21 innings, Kentucky lost its NCAA tournament opener to Kent State 7-6 in the Gary, Indiana regional Friday night.

The Golden Flashes scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 21st inning. Kentucky stranded the tying and winning runs at second and third in the bottom half.

UK erased a one-run deficit in the bottom of the 7th. Kent State retook the lead in the top of the 8th. Kentucky tied it up again in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings.

Neither team would score again until the 18th inning. Kent State claimed the lead in the top half. UK answered with the tying run in the bottom half to extend the game again.

The contest is the second longest in NCAA tournament history.

Kentucky will play an elimination game Saturday at 4 PM ET against the loser between Purdue and Valparaiso.
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