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Sean Hjelle tosses shutout as Kentucky Wildcats take series opener at Texas A&M

Sophomore right-hander dominates Aggies in Game 1 of weekend series.

Sean Hjelle pitched a complete-game shutout Friday in leading Kentucky to a 6-0 win over No. 22 Texas A&M in the Wildcats' SEC opener.

The sophomore right-hander allowed only four hits and struck out a career-high nine batters as UK took the first of a three-game weekend series in College Station, Texas.

It marked the first time the Aggies (14-5, 0-1 SEC) had been shut out in league play since the 2014 season.

“That was a team effort,” said Hjelle, who improved to 3-1 on the season. “We don’t win that game with our offense and defense. (Pompey) hits that first-inning home run, which was just awesome. Marcus Carson and Zach Reks were laying out for balls all night. Just a really good team win.”

Kentucky (13-6, 1-0 SEC) got a solo home run from Tristan Pompey to set the tone in the first inning against Aggies starter Brigham Hill, a deep shot over the 400-foot sign in straight-away centerfield.

Tyler Marshall had a three-RBI night for the Cats. 

The UK defense was stellar as well. Marcus Carson made a pair of running catches on the warning track and Zach Reks ended the Aggies’ eighth inning with a diving grab in left-center field with a runner on base.

Game 2 is slated for Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. 

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