Senior left-hander Jerad Grundy worked eight shutout innings and struck out a career-high 12 on Saturday in leading Kentucky to a 7-0 win over Akron in Game 2 of the teams' weekend series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Grundy (3-0) allowed only two hits -- a pair of singles -- and did not issue a walk. He retired the first eight batters he faced, including seven via strikeout.
"I worked ahead for the most part," Grundy said. "I got a lot of contact early. I also had a lot of three and five-count at-bats. We made all the plays that we needed to and didn't give them any extra outs."
"Jerad did a great job," UK head coach Gary Henderson said. "... I thought he was on top of it the entire day and I was really glad to see him improve."
Grundy lowered his season ERA to 0.46 as the Zips failed to advance to second base in the entire game.
Kentucky (9-1) broke open a scoreless game in the fourth inning on A.J. Reed's solo home run, his fourth of the season. The sophomore first baseman went 3-for-4 on the day with a walk and three RBI.
The Wildcats added three-run frames in the fifth and sixth innings.
Freshman catcher Greg Fettes had a career-high 3-for-4 game with two RBI and two runs scored in his second start. UK also got a two-hit game from leftfielder Lucas Witt, who went 2-for-3 with two steals. Austin Cousino, Zac Zellers and J.T. Riddle each added hits, with Riddle extending his hitting streak to a club-best 13 games.
Akron (0-8) starter John Valek (0-2) worked 5.2 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs – five earned – walking two and striking out two. Zach Beaver, Andrew Fanning and Daulton Mosbarger each worked an inning in relief.
UK and Akron will conclude the series on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Cats will send junior lefty Corey Littrell (0-0, 6.52 ERA) vs. Akron junior right-hander J.T. Brubaker (0-2, 5.25 ERA).
Grundy dominates as Cats blank Akron
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