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Justin Lewis overcomes illness to help Kentucky Wildcats take series over Mizzou

Sophomore right-hander allows only one run over five innings in gutsy starting effort.

Kentucky's impressive season to date was personified by Justin Lewis' effort on Sunday at Missouri.

The Wildcats' sophomore right-hander had spent most of the previous 24 hours with an illness but still managed to give UK five strong innings in a series-clinching 6-1 win over the Tigers. Lewis (5-2) allowed only one run on three hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out four.

The UK bullpen took it from there, pitching four scoreless innings of relief with closer Logan Salow going the final three innings for his eighth save of the season.

Kentucky (25-12, 10-5 SEC) has now won four of its first five SEC series this season. The Cats sit atop the East Division standings with a two-game lead and are only one game back in the league's overall standings.

Tristan Pompey went 2-for-4 to cap a weekend which saw the Cats' sophomore outfielder go 8-for-12 and reach base in 11 of 15 plate appearances. UK also got two hits from junior first baseman Evan White -- the 56th multi-hit game of his career -- while Marcus Carson (2), Luke Becker, Riley Mahan, and Troy Squires each drove in runs. 

Brett Bond's fourth home run of the weekend accounted for the Tigers' lone run. Missouri dropped to 26-11 overall and 7-8 in SEC play.

Kentucky returns to Lexington to face rival Louisville on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can listen on the UK Sports Network via UKathletics.com and iHeart Radio, as well as on 630 AM WLAP, and watch on the SEC Network.


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