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Colton Cleary shines out of bullpen as Kentucky Wildcats top Miami Redhawks

Cats extend home winning streak to seven games.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senior left-hander Colton Cleary helped continue Kentucky's string of impressive pitching performances on Thursday with four innings of shutout relief in the Wildcats' 6-4 win over Miami (Ohio).

Kentucky (9-6) won its seventh consecutive game at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Cats jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings. After UK starter Sean Hjelle (2-1) surrendered four runs to the Redhawks, Cleary came on to pitch four flawless innings. The Nicholasville, Ky., native did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out four in recording his second save of the season. 

Cleary, a transfer from the University of Cincinnati, has not allowed an earned run through six appearances this season.

Tristan Pompey, Zach Reks, Kole Cottam and Troy Squires each had two hits to lead UK at the plate. Reks and Luke Becker each drove in a pair of runs for the Cats.

Cole Gnetz started for Miami (3-8), allowing five runs on four hits and two walks in a brief outing that lasted only 1.1 innings. He dropped to 0-3 on the season.

Kentucky returns to action on Friday at 4 p.m. ET in Game 2 against the Redhawks. Game 3 is slated for Sunday due to an expected winter storm on Saturday in Lexington.

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