BatCats, Gibson pound #7 Auburn, 8-0

Auburn, Ala. ---- While most Kentucky fans were pinned in front of their television sets late Friday evening to watch the Cats of March pound Florida A&M in the NCAA Tournament, in the south, the Baseball Cats were making a little Madness of their own.

Kalen Gibson pitched 8 2/3 and Matt Scott got the final out in the ninth to preserve an 8-0 shutout victory over the seventh-ranked Auburn Tigers, Friday night.

Gibson allowed just one hit the entire game for Kentucky and was not seriously threatened until the ninth inning.

Auburn's All-SEC Pitcher Arnold Hughey was rocked for nine hits and 6 runs in just seven innings of work.

John Shelby continued his masterful freshmen campaign, going 3-5 with 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored and Caleb Stewart added 4 hits and 3 runs as the Cats pounded the Auburn Tigers' pitching staff for 13 hits on the night.

It was the first loss of the season suffered by Hughley, and just the fourth of the year for the unanimous preseason Top 10 Tigers.

Gibson, however, was the story for Kentucky. The sophomore from Webster County struck out six Tiger batters and moved his record to 2-0 on the season. He allowed his defense to make plays throwing 77 of his 128 pitches for strikes, walking just five batters. His leadership helped to improve Kentucky's record to 13-5 and 1-0 in the SEC this year.

The win officially kicked off Southeastern Conference play for both teams. The Cats look to take the series with a victory tomorrow. Gametime is slated for 3:00 Central time. Seth Stanley (4-0) is slated to pitch for the Cats, while Auburn will send left-hander Mike Felix (2-0) to the mound.

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