Kentucky Falls to Texas A&M at College World Series

Kentucky Falls to Texas A&M at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. – An All-American was on his game and one inning got sideways, conspiring to send Kentucky into the elimination portion of the bracket at the College World Series. Texas A&M ace lefty Ryan Prager delivered 6.2 hitless innings and the Aggies took finally cracked the Mason Moore code on their way to a 5-1 victory at Charles Schwab Stadium.

The Cats now will face Florida on Tuesday night in an elimination game. The Cats (46-15) previously had been 6-0 this NCAA Tournament.

Moore and Prager both looked impenetrable the first half of the game, trading quick innings and stellar defensive plays. Moore made three spectacular defensive plays and A&M narrowly averted allowing a run in the second when it threw out James McCoy by an eyelash on a bunt attempt.

Things came undone for the Wildcats in the sixth after Moore issued a leadoff walk and double to open the inning. A two-run single through the infield and another walk then gave way to a two-run double lined over McCoy’s head in right field.

UK finally broke up Prager’s no-hit bid on Ryan Nicholson’s line single with two outs in the seventh



  • Kentucky now is 46-15 in 2024.
  • 46 wins are the most in school history (2012).
  • Kentucky is 19-4 in night games.
  • Kentucky is 1-1 all-time at the MCWS.
  • The attendance was 25,327.
  • Kentucky is 6-1 in the 2024 NCAA Tournament.
    • UK’s run of not trailing at the of a full inning in the NCAA Tournament ended at 41. The Cats had not trailed this season after an inning and only once after a half-inning.
  • UK Coach Nick Mingione is in his eighth season at the helm and now owns a 262-165 career record.
  • Mingione now is the second-winningest coach in school history.
  • UK is 14-7 in the NCAA Tournament under Mingione.
  • Senior Ryan Nicholson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
    • It was his 23rd home run of the season, tying the school record for a single season.
    • He broke up A&M’s no-hitter in the seventh.
  • Junior Mason Moore completed 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
    • His NCAA Tournament dominance in his career ended in the sixth inning.
    • At that point he had allowed just one earned run (two total) in his first 28.2 career NCAA innings.



Kentucky will face Florida on Tuesday night in an elimination game.

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