Cats win slugfest

Two of the NCAA's top offensive baseball teams squared off Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington. They lived up to the advanced billing.

Two of the NCAA's top offensive baseball teams squared off Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington.

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.

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Reida's career-best night included his first home run of the year, two doubles, two walks and four RBI. Kentucky (27-14) also got a go-ahead two-run homer from Micheal Thomas in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Cats pulled ahead for good against the NCAA's team leader in runs scored.

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.


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