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Kentucky Wildcats outlast Murray State 9-7 in final tune-up for SEC play

Cats rally in late innings to claim 9-7 win.

Tyler Marshall's two-run double in the seventh inning helped Kentucky come from behind to post a 9-7 win over Murray State on Tuesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

It was the Wildcats' final tune-up for SEC play, which begins this weekend at Texas A&M.

Kentucky (12-6) remained unbeaten in 10 games at home despite falling behind 3-0 in the first inning and the Racers breaking a tie on a three-run home run by Brandon Gutzler in the top of the sixth. 

Senior left-hander Colton Cleary earned his first win as a Wildcat after Marshall's go-ahead hit. He tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, while senior left-hander Logan Salow closed it out with his second save of the season.

Tristan Pompey and Riley Mahan each had two hits and two RBI for UK. Connor Heady also had two hits, including his fourth home run of the season. The senior infielder (pictured above with new UK head coach Nick Mingione) has established new career highs for both home runs and RBI this season. 

Kentucky starter Zack Thompson pitched only 3.1 innings, but struck out six batters in a no-decision. The freshman left-hander struggled with his control on a frigid, 30-degree day in Lexington, walking four to go along with two hits.

Murray State (9-7) reliever John Lollar (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits over his two innings on the mound. 

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