LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Behind the arm of junior right-hander Scott Wade and the bat of senior first baseman Robert Newton, Kentucky topped Miami (Ohio) 6-3 on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Applebee's Park.
"We got another solid pitching performance today, this time from Scott Wade," Kentucky coach Keith Madison said. "We put 12 hits on the board, played sound defensively, and it's nice to respond with a win after dropping one yesterday. I'm proud of the way our guys played despite the weather and cold temperatures."
The Wildcats (5-6) pounced on Miami (1-1) starter Adam Keel in the first when leadoff hitter Spencer Graeter ripped his third double of the season down the right field line. Sophomore Caleb Stewart, who was held without a hit for the first time in five games in yesterday's 3-2 loss to the Red Hawks, responded with a single to center to score Graeter.
Robert Newton then drove his third home run of year over the wall, giving the Cats an early 3-0 advantage. For the day, Newton went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI.
Wade possessed good control on the mound, walking none while fanning 10 in eight complete innings. But Miami sliced a chink in Wade's armor in the third when center fielder Eddie Tillitz doubled to center and left fielder David Cook answered with a round-tripper to left, brining the RedHawks within one run.
UK responded by crossing the plate twice in the third when Stewart walked, Newton doubled to score Stewart and designated hitter Gordon Tyler singled to left to bring home Newton. An insurance run was added in the eighth after sophomore Brent Stephens ripped a pinch-hit single down the right field line and scored on an infield single by third baseman Russ Rutherford.
Sophomore right-hander Mark Galvin entered in the ninth and slammed the door on the RedHawks, striking out left fielder Sam Sellery swinging with a runner in scoring position to earn his first career save.
Kentucky and Miami will finish Holiday Inn North Classic play Sunday at 2 p.m. at Applebee's Park. Lefty Craig Snipp (0-0, 3.86, 9 K) will take the mound for Kentucky.
Miami 002 001 000 3 7 2
Kentucky 302 000 01X 6 12 1
Win: Wade (2-1)
Loss: Keel (0-1)
Save: Galvin (1)