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Strong outing for Zack Thompson as Kentucky Wildcats down Indiana Hoosiers

Freshman lefty fans 10 in UK's 5-2 victory.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman pitcher Zack Thompson has been a huge part of Kentucky's success in mid-week games during this surprising season for the Wildcats.

The left-hander from Indiana turned in another strong outing Tuesday night against his home state Hoosiers, allowing only two runs on three hits and striking out a career-high 10 in leading No. 8 UK to a 5-2 win at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

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Kentucky (33-16) has not lost a mid-week matchup since April 4 at Louisville. Prior to that, the last mid-week setback was March 8 at Cincinnati. 

In his last five appearances -- four of them starts -- Thompson (6-2) has allowed only six runs on seven hits while striking out 27 batters. He's 3-0 with a save and a 2.83 ERA over that stretch of games.

The UK bullpen tandem of Chris Machamer and Logan Salow pitched the final three innings on Tuesday, holding Indiana (27-17-2) scoreless the rest of the way. The duo allowed only two hits, struck out five, and Salow picked up his ninth save of the season.

Tristan Pompey continued his torrid hitting with a 3-for-4 game that raised his season average to .379. The sophomore outfielder, who has reached base in 20 straight games, doubled and scored three runs to lead UK at the plate. Evan White added a pair of doubles and drove in a run, while Zach Reks had two hits and a pair of RBI. Luke Becker and Troy Squires each had one hit and drove in a run for the Cats. 

Indiana starter Brian Hobbie (2-5) gave up two runs in each of the first two innings. The Hoosier bullpen was strong, but the IU offense could not muster anything but solo home runs by Matt Lloyd and Luke Miller against the UK staff. 

The Hoosiers had won eight of their last 10 games and carried a No. 21 RPI into Tuesday's game.

Kentucky, which improved to 22-5 at home tihs season, returns to SEC play this weekend with a three-game series against Tennessee at Cliff Hagan Stadium.


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