Kyle Cody dominant as Kentucky Wildcats claim win over Vandy in series finale

For the third consecutive weekend, Kyle Cody turned in a dominant starting pitching performance for Kentucky to close out an SEC series.

The Wildcats' senior right-hander pitched seven shutout innings on Sunday at Vanderbilt, holding the No. 12 Commodores to only four hits while striking out eight in a 3-0 victory. It marked only the third shutout of the Commodores on their home field since 2012.

Cody (4-2) has allowed only three earned runs in his last 21.1 innings on the mound against Tennessee, Alabama and Vandy.

Troy Squires' three-run double in the seventh inning broke open a scoreless game and produced all the runs that No. 16 UK would need in order to avoid a sweep. Vanderbilt (28-8, 9-6 SEC) won the first two games of the hard-fought series 3-0 and 3-2.

Kentucky (23-12, 9-6 SEC) turned to freshmen relievers Justin Lewis and Sean Hjelle to close out the win. Lewis worked around a one-out walk in the eighth, stretching his scoreless innings streak to 20.2, while Hjelle notched his sixth save of the year, escaping a bases-loaded jam to end the game.

The Cats collected seven hits against the talented Vandy pitching staff on Sunday with Squires, a sophomore catcher, recording two hits and three RBI. UK also got two-hit games from Zach Reks and Storm Wilson.

Vandy starter Patrick Raby worked four scoreless innings in his first SEC start. The freshman right-hander allowed only a walk and struck out five. John Kilichowski (0-1) took the loss in relief when fellow reliever Matt Ruppenthal allowed his inherited baserunners to score on Squires' bases-clearing double.

Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday at Louisville in the second game of the home-and-home series for 2016. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. The No. 6 Cardinals won the first matchup earlier this week, 9-6 at UK's Cliff Hagan Stadium. 

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