Tom hits for cycle in UK win over UC

Senior outfielder Ka’ai Tom made history Wednesday, becoming only the second player to ever hit for the cycle as a Kentucky Wildcat.

Tom went 4-for-5 with a single, double, triple and a two-run homer to lead UK to a 9-1 win over Cincinnati at Marge Schott Stadium. The Hawaii native and All-SEC member saved the easiest task for last, singling in the eighth inning to join the exclusive club previously occupied only by All-American Jeff Abbott in 1994.

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Tom has shined in the first 16 games of the season, batting .450 with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 19 RBI. He has also scored 17 runs and stolen four bases.

UK also got two-hit games from Cincinnati native Riley Mahan and JaVon Shelby against the Bearcats. Mahan, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, extended his hitting streak to eight games.

The Cats got another solid starting pitching performance, this time from sophomore Robert Zeigler, who allowed just one run on two hits and two walks with five strikeouts through 3.1 innings. Dylan Dwyer (2-0) came out of the bullpen to pick up the win, escaping a fourth-inning jam and tossing 2.2 frames of scoreless relief.

Cincinnati (4-10) starter Mitch Patishall (0-1) took the loss, working 2.1 innings and allowing three runs on four hits and four walks.

Kentucky (13-3) extended its winning streak to 11 games in its final non-conference test before opening SEC play at No. 6 South Carolina this weekend. The streak is the sixth-longest in program history.

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