Senior right-hander Levale Speigner entered the game in the fourth inning with the score tied at 2-2 and kept the Wildcats under control while Auburn's hitters gave him some breathing room. Speigner allowed just four hits and one run in five and one-third innings on the way to improving his record to 6-0 with his second victory of the week. He also was a winner as a starter on Tuesday at Georgia Tech.
Auburn improved its record to 4-1 in the SEC and 21-5 overall while the Wildcats slipped to 0-5 in the conference and 8-13 overall. The Tigers are now 7-0 in road games this season.
UK will try to salvage the final contest of the three-game series at noon on Sunday. It will be televised regionally by Comcast/CSS. The Tigers won the opener 14-10 on Friday.
The hitting stars on Saturday were second baseman Tug Hulett and first baseman Karl Amonite, who pounded a grandslam home run in the top of the seventh inning that put the Tigers on top 8-3. His third homer of the season was one of three hits and he scored three times. Hulett pounded out his 13th and 14th doubles of the season and scored three times.
Two errors and a base on balls loaded the bases for Amonite's big blow to left center field. His homer came off of reliever Mark Galvin, who came on one out earlier when the Cats pulled starter Heath Castle, who gave up six runs in six innings to fall to 1-2 for the season. Only four of the runs were earned.
Auburn starter Arnold Hughey was pulled after 76 pitches and 3 2/3 innings of work. The lefty gave up seven hits and two runs. When Speigner got the call in relief he was able to go the distance to keep the bullpen rested for Sunday.
"Levale was the difference," Auburn coach Steve Renfroe said. "When he came in, he changed the game and the momentum seemed to shift. Offensively, Tug Hulett was tremendous and Karl Amonite's home run was the blow we needed to get us going."
Hulett also reached base on a pair of walks while third baseman Schott Schade contributed three of Auburn's 13 hits with one of Auburn's half dozen doubles.
After two scoreless innings, both teams picked up two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. The Tigers took the lead for good with a single run in the top of the sixth inning. Doubles by Amonite and Schade put the Tigers on top 4-3 and that was all Speigner would need. Amonite gave him four insurance runs in the seventh inning with the homer and the Tigers added single runs in the eight and ninth innings.