Kentucky (21-10, 5-6 SEC) sent 13 batters to the plate in the eighth inning to pull within one run of Florida. The Gators added what proved to be two huge insurance runs in the top of the ninth as UK scored two of its own in the bottom half of the inning and had the tying run at second base when the game ended.
The Gators evened the three-game weekend series at 1-1 on the heels of UK's 17-1 win on Friday.
UK junior starter Chandler Shepherd (5-2) suffered his second straight conference loss after opening the first three years of his SEC career without a defeat. A native of Louisa, Ky., Shepherd worked 5.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and seven runs – four earned – walking two and striking out one.
A week after working 8.2 innings in a win over No. 4 LSU, Florida standout freshman Logan Shore (3-1) picked up the win with seven shutout innings. Shore, who entered with a 1.35 ERA in a team-high 40 innings, allowed only three hits and three walks, striking out three.
After a wild eighth inning that saw Florida use five pitchers out of the bullpen, A.J. Puk recorded the final two outs in the ninth inning to secure the win for the Gators.
The Wildcats were led at the plate by Reed, who belted his 11th homer of the year, a three-run shot in the eighth inning. Reed went 2-for-4 with a walk and four RBI, with UK also getting a 3-for-6 game from Cousino. UK got two RBI singles from Max Kuhn and Greg Fettes, with Kyle Barrett, Micheal Thomas and Thomas Bernal each adding hits. Freshman second baseman JaVon Shelby doubled for the sixth time, going 2-for-4 with a walk.
The series will conclude on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.