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Dustin Beggs moves to 7-0 on season as Kentucky Wildcats top Tennessee 5-4

Needing a win to even its series with Tennessee, Kentucky called upon its ace Saturday, and Dustin Beggs delivered.

The senior right-hander improved to 7-0 on the season, extending the best start in UK program history by tossing eight strong innings against the Volunteers in a 5-4 win at Knoxville. Beggs scattered seven hits, struck out eight and walked none.

Kentucky (19-8, 5-3 SEC) bounced back from a 14-5 shellacking at the hands of UT in Friday night's opener.

Freshman Sean Hjelle worked the ninth inning for the Wildcats, stranding the tying run at second and the winning run at first to claim his fourth save of the season.The Wildcats had 13 hits in the win, including two-hit games from Storm Wilson, JaVon Shelby, Dorian Hairston, Riley Mahan and Kole Cottam. Cottam, the Tennessee AA High School Player of the Year in 2015, went 2-for-4 with a double, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth for

The Cats had 13 hits in the win, including two-hit games from Storm Wilson, JaVon Shelby, Dorian Hairston, Riley Mahan and Kole Cottam. Cottam, the Tennessee AA High School Player of the Year in 2015, went 2-for-4 with a double, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. 

Gunnar McNeill and Evan White extended their record-breaking hitting streaks with hits in the contest. McNeill stretched his to a program-record 22 games and White has hit safely in 20 consecutive games. 

Tennessee (17-10, 3-5 SEC) started Zach Warren (4-2), who allowed three earned runs on nine hits over 7.1 innings.

The series will conclude on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. 


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