Slumping Cats drop series to Vols

Tennessee's Zack Godley turned in a workhorse performance Sunday in a 130-pitch complete-game effort against Kentucky in leading the Volunteers to a 5-0 series-clinching win at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Tennessee's Zack Godley turned in a workhorse effort Sunday, throwing a complete-game shutout as the Volunteers beat Kentucky 5-0 at Cliff Hagan Stadium to win the weekend series.

Godley (3-4) did not allow an extra-base hit on the day, scattering six singles and two walks while striking out seven. The senior-right hander, a member of the 2012 USA Collegiate Baseball National Team, threw 130 pitches, 82 for strikes.

Kentucky (24-11, 7-8 SEC) has now lost five of its last six after opening league play with three consectuive series wins. The Wildcats were swept by LSU last weekend in Baton Rouge.

The Cats and Vols were locked in a scoress game through the first five innings before UT broke through against UK starter Corey Littrell for three runs in the sixth. The visitors added two runs in the eighth against Littrell (4-2) who lost his first rubbermatch game in two years.

Littrell allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks in 7.1 innings. The junior left-hander struck out three.

Tennessee (16-18, 5-10 SEC) took the lead in the sixth inning after Will Maddox was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame and A.J. Simcox bunted for a single down the third base line. Christin Stewart then doubled home two runs to deep left-center. Pierce Bily followed with a single to right to score Stewart.

The Vols got two insurance runs for Godley in the eighth on a walk to Stewart, who scored on a double off the left-field wall by Bily. Bily then stole third before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Zach Luther.

The Wildcats collected six singles on the day, one each by Kyle Barrett, Austin Cousino, J.T. Riddle, Max Kuhn, Matt Reida and Paul McConkey.

Kentucky returns to action Tuesday, playing host to No. 8 Louisville at 6:30 p.m. ET. New UK football head coach Mark Stoops will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.


* UK suffered its first loss of 2013 wearing black and white uniforms, dropping to 6-1 in 2013 and 20-2 the last two years.

* Junior second baseman J.T. Riddle made his team-high 101st consecutive start.

* Senior Zac Zellers had his five-game hit streak and 17-game reached safely streak snapped.

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