Zach Reks hit a two-run, go-ahead triple in the ninth inning Friday to lift No. 8 Kentucky to a 5-2 win over No. 19 Mississippi State in the first of a three-game series in Starkville.
The win pushed Kentucky (22-9, 8-2 SEC) to 4-0 on the road in league play for the first time since 1949.
Logan Salow snuffed out a Mississippi State rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, retiring a pair of batters with the go-ahead runs on second and third to set up Reks' heroics.
The winning runs came after Connor Heady drew a one-out walk, his third of the night, and Tristan Pompey followed suit with another free pass. Reks then stroked a line drive to
Kentucky had only three hits in the
It marked the Cats' 11th win against a ranked team this season, the most since the
Sean Hjelle started on the mound for
Zach Pop, Colton Cleary and
Trysten Barlow (0-1) took the loss out of the Bulldogs' bullpen.
Mississippi State dropped to 20-12 and 6-4 in SEC play.
The Cats and Dogs meet in Game 2 on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.