Rob Corrado (UK) (1-2) and Gary Hogan Jr. (UA) (3-6) had four innings of scoreless baseball until Spencer Preston ripped his first career triple into right field just out of the reach of a diving Ryan Fox in the fifth inning. With a Russ Rutherford walk, the Cats had runners on first and third with one down but squandered their scoring opportunity when Rutherford was caught stealing and Brad Pickrell flew out to center to end the inning.
Kentucky finally went on top to stay in the seventh when Mike Ferris singled to left-center and advanced second on his first stolen base of the season. Russ Ruthford's two-out double to center that brought Ferris home. The two wins over the Razorbacks this weekend represent the first series won for UK since it defeated Vanderbilt, two games to one, last April in Lexington. Scott Wade pitched the last shutout in conference play for the Wildcats on March 9, 2001 in a 6-0 win at Ole Miss. For the day, Corrado pitched nine complete, giving up two hits with three walks and nine strikeouts on 122 pitches.
Next up for UK, Morehead State on Tuesday, May 7 in a 6 p.m. ET game at Cliff Hagan Stadium. UK resumes SEC play next weekend at Vanderbilt.
UK 000 000 100 - 1 6 0 UA 000 000 000 - 0 2 0 Win: Corrado (1-2) Loss: Hogan, Jr. (3-6) Save: None Time: 2:17 Attendance: 1,622