Freshman right-hander Kyle Cody was strong into the sixth inning and the Kentucky got balanced hitting throughout the lineup Tuesday in a 6-3 win over Austin Peay at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (23-9) bounded back from a weekend sweep at the hands of No. 2 LSU with a good showing against the Governors, who entered the game at 25-7, the best start in program history.
Cody (3-1) worked 5.1 innings, allowing only one run on four hits and two walks. Chandler Shepherd came out of the bullpen to help him escape a one-out, two-on jam in the sixth inning. Walter Wijas worked the eighth before giving way to Trevor Gott's eighth save in the ninth.
Kentucky was led at the playe by Kyle Barett, who went 2-for-5 with a two-run triple. Eight of the Cats' nine starters collected hits, including a career-first for freshman Zack Storm, who went 2-for-4. Zac Zellers, A.J. Reed, Max Kuhn,J.T. Riddle, Micheal Thomas and Matt Reida each had one hit.
Austin Peay starter Zach Hall (3-2) worked five innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, walking three and striking out four.
Cody and Hall were locked in a good pitchers' duel into the fourth inning before UK got to the APSU starter for a pair of runs. Reida's two-out single after falling behind in the count plated Reed, who had singled to open the inning. Riddle, who had walked, later scored on an oddly-struck infield single that squirted away from the pitcher.
The Cats added a run in the fifth on a single by Zellers, who stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before eventually scoring on a rundown in which Kuhn was picked off first, but bought time for his teammate to score before the out was recorded.
Austin Peay got on the board with a run in the sixth inning after Kevin Corey led off with a single and Dylan Riner walked. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners up and led to a UK pitching change. A grounder scored Corey from third, but Shepherd struck out the next Governor to end the threat.
Kentucky added three runs in the bottom of the sixth that proved to be the difference in the game. Thomas singled, Reida walked and Storm's hard smash to short could not be handled by the Austin Peay defender, scoring Thomas on a head-first slide at home. Barrett then tripled down the line in right to score Reida and Storm.
The Govs got two runs in the eighth on a double by P.J. Torres, a single by Corey, a balk and two ground outs, but could get no closer.
Kentucky will return to action Friday in the first of a three-game home series with Tennessee.
* It was the first meeting between UK and APSU since 2002. The Cats hold an 11-2 all-time record against the Govs.
* UK improved to 18-3 on the season when scoring first.
* UK is 7-1 in mid-week games.
* Zellers has reached base safely in 15 consecutive games.
* Kuhn has reached base safely in 29 of 32 games in 2013.
Cody pitches UK past Austin Peay
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