June 02, 2012
Some crazy numbers from UK's 7-6, 21-inning loss to Kent State in the opening round of the NCAA Regional:
-- Official game time: 6 hours, 37 minutes. It was the second-longest game in NCAA postseason history (the record is 25). The first pitch was scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game didn't end until nearly 11 p.m. -- and the second game of the opening round in the Gary Regional, Purdue vs. Valparaiso, had to be played afterward.
-- 38 different players from both teams were used, including 10 pitchers who threw a combined 678 pitches and recorded 47 strikeouts.
-- UK's bullpen threw 17.1 innings and gave up three runs.
-- UK's Michael Williams caught all 21 innings.
-- UK's A.J. Reed played the first nine innings as a DH, the next three at first base, and then pitched nine innings -- what would normally be a complete game -- in relief. At the plate, he finished 1-for-9 with one RBI and four strikeouts; on the mound, he gave up seven hits and two runs with eight strikeouts.
-- The teams combined for 38 hits in 182 plate appearances.
-- Only two errors were made by the teams -- one each.
-- Kentucky left 23 runners on base. Kent State stranded 20.
-- UK's second game of the postseason will start just a little more than 17 hours after the end of its first game ended, with a 4 p.m. Saturday first pitch in its win-or-go-home game.
-- After the game ended, UK's players had to stick around to take an NCAA-mandated drug test. They hadn't eaten since 9 a.m., according to media coordinator Brent Ingram.
-- The College Baseball Hall of Fame asked for the Kent State lineup card after the game, according to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal.
-- UK had only played one other extra-inning game this season, a 12-inning, 6-5 loss at Indiana. Which now means UK is 2-for-2 going extras in games played in the state of Indiana and 0-for-every other game.