They lived up to the advanced billing.
Five players had multi-hit games for No. 17 Kentucky, including a 4-for-4 night by senior shortstop Matt Reida, as the Wildcats held off Tennessee Tech 15-13 in a memorable mid-week showdown.
Kentucky and Tennessee Tech (32-11) combined for 31 hits, 10 of them home runs.
The Cats had to rally from a 7-1 hole in the fourth inning, responding with 10 unanswered runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Freshman second baseman JaVon Shelby also homered for the Cats as part of a 2-for-4, three-RBI night. Junior designated hitter A.J. Reed went 2-for-4 and added two RBI to his team-leading total of 55. Thomas Bernal also had two hits for UK.
On a night which saw 14 pitchers used between the teams, UK's Spencer Jack (2-1) emerged with the win after recording two strikeouts the eighth inning. Kyle Cody pitched the ninth inning, recording his fifth save despite allowing a run to TTU.
The Golden Eagles' 3 and 4 hole hitters had a huge night as Zach Stephens and Daniel Miles combined for seven hits (two home runs apiece), six runs scored and seven RBI.
Austin Tolle (3-1) took the loss for Tech, allowing three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings.
Kentucky returns to action on Friday, welcoming No. 12 Ole Miss for a three-game set at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Game 1 is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET.