By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 6, 2011) Scoring a single run in the top of the eighth inning, the Kentucky Wildcats (5-6, 0-0 SEC) broke the 1-1 tie and held on to down the Utah Utes (2-6, 0-0 MWC), 2-1 in the third game for both teams at the 2011 Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
Catcher Michael Williams singled to the left side on a 1-0 pitch to score Braden Kapteyn from third for the winning run.
Utah got on the board first in the bottom of the first when short stop James Brooks scored from third on a sacrifice line out to left field by first baseman C.J. Cron.
Kentucky evened it up in thee top of the fourth when Kaptlen scored his first run of the game on a Brian Adams single down the third base line.
Jordan Cooper got the win for the Wildcats, going seven complete innings giving up one earned run on three hits and striking out nine.
Trevor Gott, pitching two innings, was crediting with the save.
Josh Chapman, pitching 3.1 innings of relief got the loss.
Kentucky leaves the 2011 Houston College Classic with a 1-2 record and will face Eastern Kentucky at home on Tuesday evening.
Utah posted a 2-1 record in their first appearance at the Classic. They will now head to the west coast to play UC Davis on Thursday evening at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament in Santa Clara, Calif.