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JaVon Shelby's home run highlights Kentucky Wildcats' win over Dayton

JaVon Shelby broke out of a slump with a solo home run and Zach Strecker picked up his third win of the season as No. 22 Kentucky outlasted Dayton 4-3 on Tuesday night in a rain-soaked marathon game at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Shelby's first home run since March 20, a towering blast to left-centerfield in the second inning, got UK off to a strong start against the Flyers. It marked the seventh long ball of the season for the junior All-American third baseman.

Strecker worked two innings, allowing only one unearned run. His three wins out of the bullpen this season match his career total heading into the season.

Freshman Sean Hjelle earned his seventh save of the season by recording the final four outs of the game. He needed only 11 pitches to secure the win for UK (25-15, 10-8 SEC). Dayton fell to 14-28.

Dorian Hairston had two hits to lead UK at the plate. In addition to Shelby, Evan White, Luke Becker and Gunnar McNeill each drove in a run for the Cats.

Kentucky returns to action Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against Miami (Ohio) at Cliff Hagan Stadium.


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