JaVon Shelby hits two home runs, drives in seven as Kentucky Wildcats claim series over Georgia Bulldogs

Kentucky All-American third baseman JaVon Shelby hit two home runs, tripled and drove in seven Sunday to lead the Wildcats to a 14-6 win at Georgia.

The Cats bounced back from losing Friday's opener to take two out of three from the Bulldogs.

Kentucky (14-5, 2-1 SEC) also got a two-hit game from Gunnar McNeill, Kole Cottam and Luke Becker. Each also drove in a run for the Cats with McNeill pushing his season total to a team-high 23. Evan White scored five runs for UK, the most by a UK player in a game since the 2009 season. 

UK starter Kyle Cody worked 3.2 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks. Zach Logue (1-0) worked in the fifth inning to pick up his first win of the season, while Justin Lewis closed the game with four scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit and a walk. He also struck out three to earn his third save of the year.

Georgia (14-7, 1-2 SEC) saw starter Connor Jones (3-1) seven runs on five hits and two walks over 3.2 innings.

Kentucky will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Morehead State at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Beggs Wins Fifth Straight

Dustin Beggs became the first pitcher in school history to win his first five starts of the year and Kentucky got home runs from McNeill and Zach Reks to post an 11-4 win over Saturday.

A native of Roswell, Ga., Beggs shined in a return to his home state, allowing four runs on six hits and no walks over seven innings. He lowered his season ERA to 1.77 and his career ERA to 3.13, which ranks sixth in program history.

McNeill finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and Reks was 1-for-2 with his first homer. The Cats also got a three-hit game from Evan White, who drove in two, and two-hit games from Kole Cottam and Luke Becker. Seven of UK’s eight starters had hits, with all nine reaching base.

Georgia starter Heath Holder (0-2) worked 3.1 innings, allowing four hits and five runs, walking four and striking out one.

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