Kyle Cody shines as Kentucky Wildcats claim series over Tennessee Vols

Kyle Cody tossed a gem Sunday as Kentucky won its third consecutive SEC series to begin league play.

The senior right-hander allowed only two runs and struck out eight over seven-plus innings as the Wildcats defeated Tennessee 10-2 in the rubber match of the weekend series at Knoxville's Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Cody (3-1) gave up only five hits and two walks.

Kentucky (20-8, 6-3 SEC) has now won series over Georgia, top-ranked Florida and Tennessee to open SEC play, claiming the Saturday and Sunday games after losing the opener in each of the three matchups.

The Cats held onto a 3-1 lead late into the game before adding four insurance runs in the eighth and three in the ninth to seal the win.

UK pounded out 13 hits in the game, led by a 3-for-5 day and two RBI from Zach Reks. Gunnar McNeill and Evan White each collected two hits in extending their school-record hitting streaks to 23 and 21 games, respectively.  Troy Squires added a double and three RBI for the Cats.

Tennessee (17-11, 3-6 SEC) starter Andy Cox worked 7.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. Cox (2-3) walked two and struck out four.

Kentucky returns to action Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium against in-state rival Louisville. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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