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Kentucky Wildcats bang out 21 hits in 17-2 romp over Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

Cats sweep midweek games over in-state rivals EKU, WKU.

Kentucky posted five runs in each of the first two innings Wednesday against Western Kentucky and never looked back en route to a 17-2 win over the Hilltoppers at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Wildcats (4-5) collected 21 hits and saw seven players record multi-hit games, highlighted by senior centerfielder Marcus Carson (pictured above) with a double, triple and home run. 

Evan White, Kole Cottam and Riley Mahan also had three hits apiece for UK. White pushed his season batting average to .714, while Mahan added four RBI to his team-leading total which now stands at 14. 

Kentucky had 12 extra-base hits on the day, including home runs by Carson, White and Luke Heyer.

The run support was more than enough for UK starter Zack Thompson, a freshman left-hander who allowed only one earned run on five hits and two walks over six innings. Thompson (1-1) struck out seven Hilltoppers.

Western Kentucky (3-6) got a home run from shortstop Kevin Lambert.

Evan Acosta started for the Hilltoppers and took the loss, surrendering 10 runs (8 earned) on 10 hits over 1.2 innings on the mound.

Kentucky swept its midweek matchups with in-state rivals Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky by a combined score of 29-2. 

The Cats return to action in a three-game weekend series against No. 23 UC-Santa Barbara. The Gauchos played in the 2016 College World Series. Game times are 4 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

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