The Wildcats continued their trend of losing the opening game in league play, falling 3-1 Thursday night at Ole Miss in the first of a three-game set. UK has now lost Game 1 in eight out of nine series this season.
The No. 6 Rebels got a strong start from Brady Bramlett (7-2), who scattered seven hits over 5.1 innings while striking out seven. He battled the Cats' Zack Brown (2-10), who allowed only two earned runs over six innings for a hard-luck loss.
Brady Fiegl, Will Stokes and Wyatt Short pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief out of the Rebels' bullpen, which is 33-0 this season when leading after six innings. Short picked up his 10th save with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning.
Ole Miss (37 -13, 15-10 SEC) used timely hits to claim the win. The Rebels got a two-out RBI single from Holt Perdzock in the second inning, a two-out RBI single from Cameron Dishon in the fourth and a two-out RBI single from Colby Bortles in the seventh to produce its three runs.
Meanwhile, UK's only run came on a solo home run by Tristan Pompey (pictured above) in the third inning.
Kentucky (29-21, 13-12 SEC) got three hits from Evan White and Luke Becker, but went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The teams meet again on Friday in the second game of the series. Kentucky sends senior right-hander Dustin Beggs to the mound seeking his ninth win of the season. Ole Miss will counter with sophomore left-hander David Parkinson. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network + via the WatchESPN app. It also will be available on the UK Sports Radio Network.