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.
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
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
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