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
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
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.