Seven arms pitch UK over Xavier

Mid-week college baseball games can often be a revolving door of pitchers taking the mound. Case in point: Kentucky used seven pitchers Wednesday to nail down a 9-6 win over Xavier at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Mid-week college baseball games can often be a revolving door of pitchers taking the mound.

Case in point: Kentucky used seven pitchers Wednesday to nail down a 9-6 win over Xavier at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The No. 17 Wildcats (18-7) started Ryne Combs and used Dylan Dwyer, Taylor Martin, Sam Mahar, Sach Strecker, Kyle Cody and Spencer Jack out of the bullpen to hold on for a 9-6 win over the Musketeers.

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Kentucky held leads of 3-0 and 6-3 before Xavier tied the game in the sixth. The Cats tacked on three more runs as Cody (3-0) worked a perfect seventhin inning and Jack worked shutout eighth and ninth innings for his first career save.

The Cats, who have led the NCAA in runs scored for the last three weeks, plated nine runs on eight hits with sophomore outfielder Dorian Hairston going 2-for-4 with a triple and one RBI. UK got hits from seven of eight starters and RBI from seven spots in the order. Max Kuhn, A.J. Reed, Ka'ai Tom, Zach Arnold, Matt Reida and JaVon Shelby each tallied hits, with Kuhn, Arnold and Shelby each notching doubles.

Xavier (12-11) starter Trent Astile (1-2) worked 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and nine runs – six earned – walking three and striking out one. Sean Campbell worked 2.1 hitless innings in relief.

Joe Forney and Jake Forrester each had two hits and drove in a run to lead the Musketeer offense.

UK will return to action on Friday, opening a series at No. 5 Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m. ET.


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