Vandy evens series with UK at 1-1

The No. 5 Commodores rode a three-run first inning explosion and Jared Miller's strong starting performance to 9-3 win over the Wildcats on Saturday in Nashville to even the weekend series at one game apiece.

Fifth-ranked Vanderbilt jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and rode Jared Miller's strong starting pitching performance to a 9-3 win over No. 17 Kentucky on Saturday in Nashville to even the weekend series at one game apiece.

The Wildcats could not dig itself out of the early hole, thanks to Miller taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning against the SEC's top offensive club.

Miller (6-1) allowed three runs -- one earned -- on six hits through six innings of work. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound junior left-hander struck out four and walked three as Vanderbilt improved to 22-6 overall and 4-4 in SEC play.

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Kentucky (19-8, 4-4 SEC) started Chandler Shepherd (5-1), who suffered his first loss of the season. The junior right-hander allowed a career-high 11 hits and seven runs in six innings on the mound. It was his first loss in SEC action.

Dansby Swanson went 4-for-5 and had a two-run home run to highlight the Commodores' offensive day at the plate. He later added a double off the wall, just narrowly missing a two-homer game.

Bryan Reynolds and Rhett Wiseman each added three hits for Vandy, which banged out 16 against five UK pitchers.

Austin Cousino, Max Kuhn, A.J. Reed and Storm Wilson accounted for UK's four hits on the afternoon. Kuhn and Kyle Barrett each drove in a run for the Cats.

The rubber match will be played Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with UK in search of its first series win at Vanderbilt since 2008.

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