Cats shatter records in weekend series

Gary Henderson's Kentucky baseball squad shattered the school record for runs scored in a three-game series, plating 58 runs in taking two out of three from Ball State this weekend at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Gary Henderson's Kentucky baseball squad shattered the school record for runs scored in a three-game series, plating 58 runs in taking two out of three from Ball State this weekend at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Wildcats capped the series with a 26-3 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. They claimed a 24-1 win on Saturday over the preseason favorite to win the MAC. Ball State won Friday's opener 10-8.

"We've had a couple of good days at the plate," Henderson said. "We did a good job swinging at strikes and knowing what we could hit. We were able to collect some extra-base-hits and run the bases hard.

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"We did not hit many soft fly balls this weekend. There have been a lot of hard grounds balls and hard line drives, which is exactly what you need to do."

The program's previous high for runs in a three-game series was 47 against Tennessee-Martin in 2007.

It was a strong tune-up for No. 22 Kentucky (13-3) which opens SEC play next weekend at Alabama.

The Cats were led by junior third baseman Max Kuhn, who went 4-for-6 with a double, home run and three RBI. Senior catcher Micheal Thomas homered for the second consecutive game as part of a four-RBI day. The Elizabethtown native drove in 13 runs during the three-game series while raising his batting average to .391 on the season.

"Micheal (Thomas) is being really aggressive and competing at a really high level," Henderson said. "He is managing the pitchers well and is battling with two-strikes. He is performing at a high level and he needs to continue to do so."

Freshman outfielder Marcus Carson came off the bench to go 3-for-3 with three runs scored and four RBI.

UK got hits from every player who recorded an official at-bat on Sunday. Austin Cousino, Kyle Barrett, Dorian Hairston and JaVon Shelby each had multi-hit games. Shelby highlighted his day with a double and a triple. A.J. Reed extended his hitting streak to 18 games, going 1-for-2 with a team-leading 28th RBI.

Kentucky starter Andrew Nelson (1-0) – making his first career weekend start – worked 6.2 innings, allowing just one run on five hits, walking one and striking out four. The Omaha, Neb., native worked 10.2 innings during the week, allowing just one run.

Ball State (10-4) starter Cody Manering (1-2) worked 2.2 innings, allowing five hits and five runs, walking one and striking out three.

Jeff Drummond has covered University of Kentucky sports and recruiting for newspapers, magazines and online publications since 1988 and for Scout since 2012. A Richmond, Ky., native, he currently resides in Lexington.

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