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Zach Logue's great outing helps Kentucky Wildcats take series from Vanderbilt Commodores

Cats open SEC play by winning three straight series over ranked teams.

Kentucky has gotten off to one of its best starts ever in league play, claiming its third consecutive series with a 7-4 win Saturday over No. 22 Vanderbilt.

The No. 16 Wildcats (21-7, 7-1 SEC) have won the first two games of the series and will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium. They have previously won series over ranked league foes Texas A&M and Ole Miss to match the program's best start since 1992.

It also marked UK's first series win over perennial power Vanderbilt since 2009.

Once again, the Cats got strong starting pitching from Zach Logue (5-1). The junior left-hander worked a career-high eight innings, allowing only six hits and one walk while matching his personal best with seven strikeouts. His lone mistake was a solo home run to preseason SEC Player of The Year Jaren Kendall. 

Kendall later added a three-run homer in the ninth inning off UK reliever Colton Cleary to account for all of the Commodores' runs on the day. 

The third inning proved to be decisive. Kentucky scored five runs in the frame, the last four coming with two outs against the Commodores' highly touted pitching prospect, Kyle Wright (1-4). Luke Becker singled, Riley Mahan tripled and Kole Cottam singled to produce the two-out runs. 

Evan White, Tyler Marshall, and Cottam each had two hits to lead UK. Six different Cats drove in a run, led by two RBI from Cottam. Tristan Pompey extended his hitting streak to eight games and drove in a run.

Vanderbilt dropped to 17-11 and 3-5 in SEC play. 

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