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Kentucky Wildcats stay alive in Lexington Regional with 14-9 romp over Indiana

Cats will return to field Sunday night needing first of two wins against N.C. State.

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 Sowers and Austin Cangelosi, but two of them were solo shots.

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.


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