Kentucky Wildcats blow 5-0 lead, fall 10-6 in decisive game of Auburn series

After winning their first four SEC series to begin the season, Kentucky has fallen upon hard times.

The Wildcats dropped their third consecutive league series on Saturday, blowing a 5-0 lead against Auburn in a 10-6 loss at Plainsman Park.

Kentucky (26-17, 10-10 SEC) had its ace on the mound in the form of Dustin Beggs, but he could not hold the big early lead. The Tigers roughed up Beggs for six runs on seven hits and four walks over seven innings. Dylan Dwyer (2-1) took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in Auburn's four-run eighth inning.

Centerfielder Anfernee Grier, who hurt UK with four RBI in Friday night's opener, once again powered Auburn (20-23, 7-13 SEC). He had two more hits and four more RBI on Saturday. Left fielder Jackson Burgreen also had two hits and a pair of RBI for the Tigers.

Casey Mize (2-2) pitched the final three innings in relief for Auburn, holding the Cats scoreless.

Kentucky wasted a strong offensive showing, including a three-hit night for JaVon Shelby, who had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs. Zach Reks also had three hits for the Cats, including a home run.

The teams meet in the series finale on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on SEC Network+ and heard on the UK Sports Radio Network.

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