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Kentucky Wildcats bash four more homers in 8-3 win over Tennessee Volunteers

Cats hitting .429 as a team with eight home runs in taking first two games of UT series.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Riley Mahan went 3-for-4 and hit his team-leading 12th and 13th home runs of the season on Saturday as Kentucky clinched a series win over Tennessee with an 8-3 win over the Volunteers at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Mahan, a junior infielder, has four long balls in his last five games. With four more RBI against the Vols, he leads UK with 52 on the season. 

The No. 8 Wildcats, who collected 19 hits on Friday in a 15-5 win over UT, added 14 more in Game 2. The SEC's top offensive club is hitting .429 against the Vols this weekend as they take aim at a sweep on Sunday. 

Kentucky (35-16, 17-9 SEC) moved within a half-game of Florida in the SEC East. The Gators play at Alabama tonight. 

In addition to Mahan's big day at the plate, the Cats got two hits apiece from Evan White, Zach Reks and Troy Squires. White and Marcus Carson also homered for UK, which has belted eight long balls in the first two games of the series.

The run support helped Chris Machamer (1-0) pick up his first win of the season in relief of UK starter Zach Logue in the fifth inning. Machamer tossed 4.1 hitless innings out of the bullpen.

Tennessee (26-21, 7-17 SEC) got only 2.1 innings from starter Garrett Stallings (3-3), who surrendered six runs on eight hits. 

The Vols got home runs from Andre Lipcius and Jordan Rodgers, but UK minimized the damage with both being of the solo variety. UT had only three other hits on the day.  

NOTES:

  • It was Mahan’s 21st multi-hit game of the season and 38th of his career.
  • White has five consecutive games with at least two hits.
  • Tristan Pompey has reached base safely in 22 straight games.


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