Wofford hands Kentucky Wildcats 5-4 loss in baseball season opener

Kentucky saw its streak of four consecutive season-opening wins snapped Friday as Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year Matt Milburn turned in a strong outing to lead Wofford to a 5-4 win over the No. 25 Wildcats in Spartanburg, S.C.

Milburn (1-0) struck out 10 batters over six innings, scattering six hits and one walk while allowing only one earned run. The Terriers' Will Stillman worked the ninth inning for the save.

Kentucky got multi-hit games from third baseman JaVon Shelby and second baseman Luke Becker while centerfielder Storm Wilson hit the Cats' first home run of the season, but it wasn't enough to topple the Terriers, who are coming off a school-record 39-win season in 2015.The Wildcats hurt their chances with 15 strikeouts on the day.

The Wildcats hurt their chances with 15 strikeouts on the day.

Third baseman Max McDougald went 3-for-5 with an RBI while designated hitter Mack Nathanson had a solo home run to highlight Wofford's offense.

UK starter Zack Brown (0-1) worked 3.2 innings, allowing nine hits and four runs. He was relieved in the fourth inning with a runner on first by senior Zach Strecker, who escaped the jam. Strecker worked 3.1 innings, allowing three hits and one run. Logan Salow took over in the eighth with a runner on first and no outs. Salow worked out of the jam with three outs.

Kentucky returns to action Saturday, playing George Mason at noon ET at USC Upstate. The game will be broadcast live on the UK Sports Radio Network, with Dick Gabriel voicing the action. Fans in Lexington can hear the game live on 1580-AM or online at

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