LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Riley Mahan's sixth-inning grand slam broke open Kentucky's elimination bracket game against Indiana and highlighted an 18-hit attack by the top-seeded Wildcats in a 14-9 victory on Sunday to stay alive in the Lexington Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
Kentucky (41-21) will return to the field at Cliff Hagan Stadium at 7 p.m. ET tonight to face third-seeded N.C. State (36-23) in a rematch of Saturday's 5-4 win for the Wolfpack. If the No. 8 Wildcats win that game, they'll play N.C. State again Monday in the championship game.
To get there, UK's bats came to life against the Hoosiers. Mahan, a junior second baseman, went 4-for-5 with five RBI to lead the way. The grand slam, a towering drive down the right-field line off IU reliever Cameron Beauchamp, was his team-leading 15th home run of the season.
The Cats also got multi-hit games from Zach Reks (3), Tristan Pompey (2), Evan White (2), Kole Cottam (2), Marcus Carson (2) and Connor Heady (2). The red-hot Cottam, who is 14 for his last 28, belted his seventh home run of the season. Carson added his sixth long ball.
Kentucky starter Zack Thompson (8-2) took advantage of the massive run support, cruising through most of his seven innings no the mound. The freshman left-hander from Indiana allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven to earn his second win of the season against the home-state Hoosiers.
Indiana (34-23-2) put up five runs in the ninth inning to make it more respectable, including a two-run homer by Craig Dedelow, his team-leading 19th of the season. The Hoosiers hit three other home runs on the day, including long balls by Tony Butler, Logan
Cal Krueger (5-2) starter and took the loss for IU, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks over 3.1 innings on the mound.