Georgia completes sweep of Bat Cats

UK loses late lead for third straight day, sees losing skid reach eight...

ATHENS, Ga. --- Another pitching letdown saw Kentucky blow a late-inning lead for the third straight day at Georgia as the Wildcats lost 7-6 at Foley Field.

The Bulldogs scored five times in the seventh inning to claim the win. Georgia (23-14, 11-7 SEC) erased leads of five and three runs in the first two games. Kentucky (14-25, 3-15 SEC) saw its losing streak extend to eight, the school's longest since 1992.

Spencer Preston and Mike Ferris were the lone bright spots for UK, each hitting a home run. It was the third of the year for Ferris and Preston's first.

The Wildcats connected on back-to-back singles in the second by Seth Morris and Ferris and each advanced a base on a sacrifice bunt by Spencer Preston. With runners at second and third Brent Stephens knocked a deep sac fly to center to score Morris and give UK an early 1-0 edge.

UK got busy again in the third when Caleb Stewart reached on a fielder's choice and took third on Spencer Graeter's team-high 11th double of the season. Stewart crossed home on the Cats' third sacrifice of the game, this one a fly out to left by Robert Newton to build UK's lead to 2-0.

Georgia bounced back with to runs of its own in third when Justin Holmes reached first on a hit that deflected off UK starting pitcher Cory Hahn and advanced to third on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Russ Rutherford. Chaz Lytle's sac fly brought in Holmes and David Coffey followed up with a solo home run that hugged the right field line.

Kentucky reclaimed its lead in the fourth when Preston blasted his first home run of the season over the wall to left-center and Stephens followed the senior's lead with a triple to the gap in right. Rutherford's grounder to short allowed Stephens to cross home to put the Cats up 4-2.

The Cats put the leadoff runner on five straight times as Graeter walked to begin the fifth. Preston delivered again with a looper to right that fell between the UGA second baseman and right fielder allowing Graeter to score. The run increased UK's lead to 5-2 and was Preston's fourth RBI on the weekend.

UGA claimed a lead it would not relinquish in the seventh when Justin Holmes ripped a two-run single to right and David Coffey launched a three-RBI home run, his second blast of the day, to give the Bulldogs a safe 7-5 advantage.

Ferris' home run tacked on another run in the eighth for UK, forcing UGA coach David Perno to call in ace reliever Jeffrey Carswell to the mound. The Albany, Ga. native, recorded his third save to preserve the sweep for the Bulldogs. 
 
Kentucky will take two days off before traveling to intrastate rival Louisville for a 6 p.m. ET game at Cardinal Stadium on Wednesday, April 24.

Kentucky   011    210    010   -   6   11   3
Georgia     002     000    50X  -   7   10   1

Win: Sharpton (5-3)
Loss: Galvin (0-1)
Time: 2:24
Attendance: 2,075


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