A.J. Reed homered and drove in another run with a two-out single in the seventh inning to help give Kentucky a much-needed win over No. 15 Indiana, 5-3, on Tuesday night in the home finale at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (29-22), which now has seven wins over Top 25 teams during an up-and-down season, has a three-game series at Missouri to close out the schedule before heading to Hoover, Ala., for the SEC Tournament. Every game from this point on could be crucial to the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament hopes.
Indiana (38-12) trailed 2-0 entering the sixth inning, but got a solo home run from Dustin DeMuth against UK starter Jerad Grundy and took the lead in the seventh on a two-run single by Ricky Alfonso against the Wildcats' bullpen.
But UK's Micheal Thomas connected for his third home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh and Reed plated Matt Reida, who had singled, for the go-ahead run. The Cats added an insurance run in the eighth on an Austin Cousino single, steal of second, and a RBI single by Reida.
Trevor Gott recorded his 12th save of the season, needing just nine pitches to finish off the Hoosiers in the ninth inning. The Cats have now won 86 consecutive games dating back to the 2011 season when leading after eight innings and 88 of 89 since Gott joined the program.
Grundy worked his sixth quality start of the season, allowing only one run on four singles and two walks before giving way to the UK bullpen. Chandler Shepherd (5-0) picked up the win after 1.1 innings of spotless relief.
Luke Harrison (4-2) took the loss for IU in relief of starter Will Coursen-Carr, who allowed only two runs on five hits and a walk.
Kentucky banged out 10 hits, led by Reida's 3-for-4 night. Reed, an Indiana native, hit his 13th home run of the season, the most for a Wildcat since first-team All-Americans Sawyer Carroll and Collin Cowgill hit 19 in 2008. Kyle Barrett extended his hitting streak to a team-high 15 with a first-inning single.
The Cats begin their series with Missouri on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
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