Aggies avoid sweep

Texas A&M jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first inning of Sunday's series finale against Kentucky and coasted to a 14-2 win to avoid a sweep by the No. 19 Wildcats.

Texas A&M jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first inning of Sunday's series finale against Kentucky and coasted to a 14-2 win to avoid a sweep by the No. 19 Wildcats.

UK was seeking its first road sweep in Southeastern Conference play since 2008, but Aggies starter Grayson Long assured that would not happen. Long (5-1) allowed only two earned runs and struck out eight over eight innings on the mound.

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Kentucky (26-14, 9-9 SEC) had scored 17 runs in winning games on Friday and Saturday at Blue Bell Park. The lone highlight in the finale, however, came off the bat of junior first baseman A.J. Reed, who belted his NCAA-leading 16th home run of the season, the 33rd of his career with the Cats.

Texas A&M (24-17, 8-10 SEC) supported Long's impressive outing with a 16-hit attack. Ten of those came against UK starter Andrew Nelson (1-4), who surrendered eight earned runs over four innings of work.

The Aggies were led by second baseman Ryne Birk, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBI. Left fielder Jace Statum followed with two hits and three RBI, while right fielder Nick Banks added three hits, a home run and two RBI for A&M.

The Cats return to action Tuesday at home against Tennessee Tech in a 6:30 p.m ET game.


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