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Kentucky Wildcats sweep Tennessee Volunteers, stay in thick of SEC race

Cats take three from Vols, set up showdown at Florida next weekend with SEC title implications.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Sophomore outfielder Tristan Pompey went 3-for-4 and hit his eighth home run of the season on Sunday in leading Kentucky to a 7-2 win over Tennessee and a three-game sweep of the Volunteers. 

The No. 8 Wildcats (36-16, 18-9 SEC) took care of business in their final home series at Cliff Hagan Stadium before heading to Florida next weekend with the SEC championship on the line. If UK can win two out of the three games in Gainesville, Nick Mingione's club can claim a piece of the East Division title and possibly the overall league title. 

Kentucky added to its league-leading offensive numbers by banging out 15 hits in the series finale against UT. The Cats tallied 48 hits over the weekend, including nine home runs. 

Riley Mahan, who went 9-for-13 with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBI in the series, added three more hits on Sunday. The junior infielder fell a home run short of the cycle in the finale. Senior outfielder Zach Reks also collected three hits for the Cats.

Freshman left-hander Zack Thompson picked up his second victory of the week, getting starter Justin Lewis out of a jam in the fourth inning and pitching 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Logan Salow pitched the final 2.1 innings to pick up his 10th save, the second-most in a single season in school history.

Tennessee (26-22,7-18 SEC) starter Zach Warren lasted only 2.1 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and one walk. He dropped to 2-5 on the season.

Kentucky gets a final tune-up for the Florida series on Tuesday night in the home finale against Northern Kentucky. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. ET.

NOTES:

  • Kentucky’s 36 wins on the season are the most since the 2014 team won 37 games.
  • The 18 SEC wins for Kentucky are the second most in school history, tying the 2012 and 1988 clubs.
  • UK is now 25-5 at Cliff Hagan Stadium, marking just the fifth time in UK history the Cats have won at least 25 games at home.
  • Kentucky has gone 71 games without being shutout, the eighth-longest such streak in school history.
  • Evan White now has 215 career hits, tying him for 10th on UK’s all-time career hit list with Chad Green (1994-96).


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