Gott sets UK save record in win over Ohio

Kentucky junior pitcher Trevor Gott recorded his 16th career save Tuesday, closing the door on the Wildcats' 6-3 win over Ohio and breaking the school record.

Kentucky junior pitcher Trevor Gott recorded his 16th career save Tuesday, closing the door on the Wildcats' 6-3 win over Ohio and breaking the school record.

Gott broke the record previously held by Lorhn Frazier (1990-93) by recording the final two outs against the Bobcats at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

"It is an honor. All the good arms that have thrown here, even to be mentioned in that category is an honor," Gott said of the accomplishment.

In his 16 career saves, Gott has allowed only four hits and three walks over 17.1 innings while striking out 25.

"There is some comfort in there from a coaching perspective," UK head coach Gary Henderson said of the 2010 Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year out of Lexington's Tates Creek High School. "There is some real confidence from a player perspective. It has been really fun to watch him and he keeps getting better."

Gott has picked up five saves in six opportunities for Kentucky (14-2) this season. Senior outfielder Zac Zellers hit a two-run homer, his first long ball of the year, to lead the the 9th-ranked Wildcats at the plate.

UK collected nine hits in the game with seven position players picking up knocks. Zellers and freshman Kyle Barrett each had two hits. Austin Cousino, J.T. Riddle, Max Kuhn, A.J. Reed and Zach Arnold each had one hit. Arnold picked up his first career RBI on his first career hit.

Freshman starter Ryne Combs worked four innings in his second career start for the Cats. He allowed one run on five hits, walking one and striking out three. Fellow freshman Tyler Cox worked two innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out three. A third UK freshman, Zach Strecker (1-0) picked up the win by working 2.1 innings ahead of Gott. He allowed only one single and struck out one.

"Any time you go 8.1 (innings) of freshmen pitching and get a win, it is good in that respect," Henderson said. "Nice to see Trevor come in and set the record but really happy with the three freshmen pitchers, who overall did a nice job today."

Ohio (3-11) starter Sean Kennedy (2-1) worked 2.2 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs, walking four and striking out two.

UK returns to action Wednesday at home against Cincinnati at 4 p.m. ET.

NOTES:

• Zach Arnold made his first career start. J.T. Riddle made his team-leading 82nd consecutive start.

• Max Kuhn ripped his team-high fifth double of the year in the second inning. He has now reached base safely in all 16 games this year.

• UK is now 18-1 when wearing its black/white uniform combination in the last two years and 4-0 in 2013.

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