Kentucky unleashed a staggering offensive attack on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at No. 21 South Carolina.
The No. 6 Wildcats collected 20 hits, drew nine walks and had four more batters reach base via either errors or being hit by
It was the most runs the Cats have scored in a league game since
Sophomore outfielder Tristan Pompey continued his sizzling month with a 4-for-5 night that included a home run and four RBI
Becker joined Pompey with a long ball and drove in five runs. Squires added three hits and three RBI.
The run support was pure luxury for UK starter Sean Hjelle (7-2) who tossed six innings of three-hit, shutout baseball. The 6-foot-11 sophomore right-hander also struck out six Gamecocks.
Will Crowe (4-4) started on the mound for South Carolina sporting an impressive 3.25 ERA, but the Cats battered him for seven runs (four earned) on 10 hits and three walks in just 4.2 innings of work.
Kentucky (30-13, 13-6 SEC) made Nick Mingione the first coach in program history to reach the 30-win plateau in his first season with the club and pushed its lead to four games over South Carolina (24-16, 9-10 SEC) in the East Division. The Cats lead second-place Florida by two games and opened play Friday within one game of Mississippi State for the overall conference lead.
The series resumes on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Kentucky junior left-hander Zach Logue (5-3, 4.20 ERA) will face South Carolina sophomore right-hander Adam Hill (2-3, 2.36).