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Kentucky Wildcats make it a 4-0 road trip with victory at Western Kentucky

Cats pass first test as ranked team.

Kentucky completed a season sweep of in-state rival Western Kentucky and capped a perfect road trip on Tuesday with a 4-3 victory in Bowling Green.

The newly ranked No. 19 Wildcats stranded 13 runners, but rode the impressive pitching of starter Zack Thompson and three relievers to the win. UK was coming off a three-game weekend sweep of Texas A&M to begin SEC play.

Thompson, a freshman left-hander, allowed only two runs on four hits over five innings to improve to 2-1 on the season. Chris Machamer, Zach Pop and Logan Salow combined to allow only one run over the final four innings with Salow pitching a flawless ninth to pick up his fourth save.The UK staff struck out nine batters and walked only three.

The UK staff struck out nine batters and walked only three.

Kentucky (16-6) was led at the plate by senior outfielder Marcus Carson, who went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer. Kole Cottam and Troy Squires also had run-scoring hits for the Cats.

Jeff Ciocco (0-3) started and took the loss for WKU, allowing all four runs in his four innings on the mound. The Hilltoppers' bullpen did their best to keep the team in the game, pitching five scoreless innings on the back end and working out of bases-loaded jams in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. 

Hunter Wood led WKU (7-15) with two hits and two RBI.

Kentucky, which beat the Toppers 17-2 on March 1 in Lexington, is now riding an eight-game win streak. The Cats return to SEC play this weekend against No. 11 Ole Miss in a three-game set at Cliff Hagan Stadium.


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