Cats top Richmond 10-1

Thomas Bernal and Ka'ai Tom (pictured above) each drove in three runs, while the Kentucky pitching staff shut down Richmond's bats in a 10-1 win on Saturday in Wilmington, N.C.

Kentucky (2-0) scored early and often, plating three runs in the first inning, three in the third and three in the fourth. The Wildcats got multi-hit games from four players, including two apiece for Bernal, Tom, Evan White and Connor Heady.

Storm Wilson scored four runs for the Cats, stealing a career-high four bases. He's the first UK player to steal four bases in a game since Chris Bisson at Auburn in 2010.

JaVon Shelby, Greg Fettes and Zach Arnold each added one hit for UK.

Preseason All-America selection Kyle Cody started for the Cats, working four shutout innings in his season debut. The junior right-hander allowed four hits and one walk, striking out six.

Senior right-hander Andrew Nelson (1-0) took over in the fifth inning after Cody reached his pitch count. He worked two shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four to earn the win.

Richmond (0-2) starter Zak Sterling worked three innings, allowing six runs.

Kentucky returns to action Thursday, traveling to Los Angeles for a game against USC. First pitch is slated for 9 p.m. ET. The Cats will play a three-game series with UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 20-22.


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