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Kentucky Wildcats cap impressive week with series win over No. 8 LSU

UK keeps momentum rolling, takes three out of four games from Top 10 opponents during week.

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 White and Riley Mahan each added three to lead the UK offensive onslaught. The top five batters in the lineup combined to go 15-for-23 and scored 10 runs on the day.

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.

NOTES:

  • The Cats are now 19-3 at home this season.
  • UK is 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.

ON DECK:

Kentucky plays host to Xavier at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 

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