UK Baseball Starts With Two Wins

Kentucky kicked off their 2006 campaign on Friday with a double-header in San Antonio, defeating Army 9-0 and Texas-San Antonio 10-4.

UK Baseball News & Notes - Friday

Wildcat ace Aaron Tennyson dominated the Army lineup and the heralded Kentucky offense picked up right where it left off last season as UK breezed past the Black Knights 9-0 in game one.

Tennyson struck out six batters and threw seven shut-out innings to pick up the victory. Tennyson has now won seven of his last eight decisions.

The Wildcats lineup, which has been bolstered as one of the SEC's best, jumped all over Army's 2005 All-American pitcher Nick Hill. Kentucky, sparked by a first inning three-run homer from Billy Grace, took a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never slowed down. Hill was relieved after giving up six runs on six hits in just five innings.

Kentucky tallied nine runs for the game taking advantage of eight hits and four Black Knight errors. Dewayne Oxford made his first appearance in a Kentucky uniform, pitching the final two innings to shut the door on Army.

In game two it was the bullpens turn to shine. After falling behind 4-1 after three innings, Head Coach John Cohen handed the ball to Craig Snipp. Snipp pitched a gem, holding Texas-San Antonio scoreless for the final six innings and tallying five strike outs along the way.

The Wildcats trimmed Texas-San Antonio's lead to 4-3 when catcher Sean Coughlin launched a two-run blast into the bleachers. Roadrunner starter John Ruffin was lifted after the sixth inning and Kentucky took advantage by lighting up the bullpen for seven runs in two innings to lift the Cats past Texas-San Antonio, 10-4.

The win over Army gave Cohen his third season-opening win in as many tries, and marked the first time Kentucky had won three straight season-openers since the 1989-91 seasons. It also marked Cohen's 200th victory as a head coach.

The Kentucky players have high expectations for this season.

"We're not trying to just win, we're trying to go to the next level," said Wildcat second baseman John Shelby. "We want to go to regional and eventually go to the college World Series. We're trying to get Kentucky on the map."

The 2-0 start on Friday was the first step on a long journey to contend in the insanely tough Southeastern Conference. Kentucky will finish their weekend stay in San Antonio with one more game against both Army and Texas-San Antonio.

UK Baseball News & Notes - Friday

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