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Kentucky Wildcats take weekend series from No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels

UK takes two out of three from No. 11 Ole Miss, moves to 5-1 in SEC play.

Kentucky is off to its best start in Southeastern Conference play in five years.

The No. 19 Wildcats wrapped up their three-game series against No. 11 Ole Miss by taking the rubber match 4-1 on Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Coming off a three-game sweep at Texas A&M, UK (18-7, 5-1 SEC) has won both of its first two league series. The Cats improved to 8-4 against ranked opponents.

Sophomore right-hander Justin Lewis (4-1) worked seven innings, allowing only one run on seven hits while striking out eight and walking none. He handed it over to the Wildcats' bullpen with Zach Pop and Logan Salow recording the last six outs. Salow, who has not given up an earned run in 19 innings on the mound this season, notched his sixth save.

Zach Reks went 2-for-2 and drove in UK's first run of the game. Tyler Marshall also doubled, scored a run and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Ole Miss (15-9, 3-3 SEC) starter Will Etheridge (1-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks over three innings of work. 

The Cats, who are 12-1 at Cliff Hagan Stadium, return to action on Tuesday night against Cincinnati, who defeated UK 2-1 on an error in the 10th inning of their March 8 meeting in the Queen City.

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