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Kentucky Wildcats clinch opening SEC series with 7-6 win over Texas A&M

Cats move to 5-3 on the season against ranked opponents.

Kentucky overcame a pair of two-run deficits over the final three innings Saturday to claim a 7-6 win over No. 22 Texas A&M.

The Wildcats (14-6, 2-0 SEC) won for the 12th time in their last 13 games and clinched their opening series in league play.

Locked in a tie game entering the ninth inning, UK got a leadoff double from Marcus Carson to begin the winning rally. Tristan Pompey moved Carson to third on a sacrifice bunt, and Zach Reks brought him home with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt. 

Logan Salow pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save, his third of the season.

Brad Schaenzer (3-0) picked up the win by tossing a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts. Zach Logue started for UK and delivered a quality start, allowing three earned runs over 6.1 innings on the mound. 

Texas A&M's Carson Sherrod (1-1) took the loss, allowing one run on two hits over the final 1.2 innings.

Carson and Reks led the UK offensive attack with two hits apiece. Carson and Storm Wilson each had two RBI for the Cats.

On Sunday, UK will go for their first sweep of a ranked opponent since doing so against No. 2 South Carolina in March 2012 and first sweep of a true road series since taking three at Tennessee in May 2008.

 


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