LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Justin Lewis pitched a complete game and the Kentucky offense supported him with 18 hits as the Wildcats rolled to a 10-2 win over No. 8 LSU in the rubber match of a three-game game series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Zach Reks tied his career-high with four hits while Tristan Pompey, Evan
The Cats also flexed their muscles with back to back home runs by Kole Cottam and Mahan in a third inning which turned the game into a romp. Cottam and Luke Becker each drove in three runs.
No. 10 Kentucky (28-13, 12-6 SEC) capped an impressive week in which it won three out of four games against Top 10 opponents, beating instate rival and second-ranked Louisville on Tuesday leading up to the LSU series. In doing so, the Cats maintained their two-game lead over Florida in the SEC East standings.
Handed a 4-0 lead in the first inning, Lewis (6-2) cruised through the Tigers lineup. The sophomore right-hander scattered six hits, walked only one, and struck out six in going the distance for the first time in his college career.
LSU (27-14, 10-8 SEC) starter Eric Walker (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing seven runs over only 2.1 innings on the mound.
- The Cats are now 19-3 at home this season.
UKis 14-9 vs. ranked foes this season.
- Mahan finished 11-16 for the week, reaching base safely 14-of-19 times.
- White now has 197 career hits, passing A.J. Reed for 16th on UK’s all-time career hit list.
- Becker had RBI for the series.
Kentucky plays host to Xavier at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.