Brian Westerholt

North Carolina Tar Heels hold off Kentucky Wildcats for 6-5 win

Zach Reks' four hits not enough for Cats.

For the second straight day to open the season, Kentucky brought to the potential go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth inning against North Carolina, but could not get the clutch hit it needed to beat the No. 17 Tar Heels.

The Wildcats (0-2) stranded 11 runners on Saturday in a 6-5 loss to UNC in Chapel Hill. They stranded 10 runners in Friday's opener.

Red-hot Zach Reks collected four hits and pushed his early batting average to .917, while Kole Cottam added three hits, but the rest of the UK lineup could only manage three on the day. The Cats played without preseason All-American first baseman Evan White, who sat out due to soreness. He is expected to be available for Sunday’s series finale.

North Carolina was led by third baseman Kyle Datres, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Brian Miller and Brandon Riley also drove in runs for the Tar Heels.

Jason Morgan (1-0) worked 5.2 innings for UNC, allowing one earned run on five hits and two walks. Josh Hiatt recorded his second save in as many days, facing the final five Wildcats.

Zach Logue (0-1) took the loss for UK, allowing three earned runs on six hits and four walks over 4.1 innings.


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