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Luke Becker's 8 RBI lead Kentucky Wildcats over Miami Redhawks

Cats complete sweep of Miami (Ohio) with 14-2 win.

Junior third baseman Luke Becker went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and eight RBI to lead Kentucky to a 14-2 win over Miami (Ohio) on Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

It marked the most productive RBI game for a Wildcat since Ryan Wilkes during the 2008 season.

“It’s about the guys getting on base for me, that was huge,” said Becker, who raised his team-leading batting average to .438 “I’ve been seeing the ball well, there’s no doubt about that. We’re just trying to get better as a team. It’s been fun.”

Kentucky (11-6) completed a three-game sweep of the Redhawks and remained undefeated at home, where the Cats have outscored opponents 97-16 in nine games.

The Cats also got home runs from Connor Heady and Kole Cottom as part of a 13-hit day. Tyler Marshall added a career-high three hits for UK.

On the mound, Justin Lewis (2-1) tossed six innings of four-hit, no-walk baseball, allowing only one earned run. The sophomore right-hander struck out four and lowered his season ERA to 2.74. Opponents have plated only one earned run against him over the last 21 innings.

Miami starter Brad Schwartz (1-1) took the loss, allowing eight runs on nine hits and two walks over four innings of work. The Redhawks dropped to 3-10 on the season.

The Cats return to action against Murray State on Tuesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.

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