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Zach Logue shines on mound as Kentucky Wildcats edge No. 23 UC Santa Barbara

Logue tosses seven shutout innings as Cats clinch series over Gauchos.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- UC Santa Barbara came to town this weekend with the reputation of having one of the nation's top weekend pitching rotations.

Kentucky's own hurlers have proven to be up to the challenge.

A day after Sean Hjelle's gem in a series-opening 2-1 win over the No. 23 Gauchos, Zach Logue followed with seven shutout innings Saturday in the Wildcats' 3-2 victory at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Logue (2-1) allowed only four hits and two walks. The junior left-hander struck out only three, rolling 10 ground-ball outs on the day in lowering his season ERA to 2.08.

Kentucky (6-5) won for the sixth time in seven games and recorded its second consecutive one-run win after losing their first four of the season.

Riley Mahan provided the big blow for UK with a two-run home run in the sixth inning against UCSB starter Kyle Nelson. The junior second baseman pushed his team-leading RBI total to 16. Zach Reks added two hits and an RBI for the Cats.

UCSB (4-6) rallied for two runs in the ninth and had the tying run at third base with two outs before Logan Salow slammed the door on the threat with a strikeout to record his first save of the year. 

Austin Bush and Armani Smith each had two hits to lead the Gauchos at the plate.

Nelson (1-2) took the loss for UCSB, one of last year's College World Series participants, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over 5.1 innings on the mound. He entered the game with a 2.00 season ERA and only seven hits allowed over nine innings. 

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