'Cats smash Army, 9-2; move to 3-0

Kentucky found themselves clinging to a 3-2 lead against Army in San Antonio on Saturday afternoon when their offense came alive, rallying for six runs off of four hits in the eighth to power the Wildcats past the Black Knights 9-2.

A pair of throwing errors by the Wildcat infield landed Army leadoff hitter Kyle Scogin on third base with no outs in the first inning. Barnes Connell lifted a fly ball to left field that allowed Scogin to score the first run of the game on a sacrifice.

Shaun Lehmann doubled in the third inning, and Kentucky manufactured a run of their own, utilizing a sacrifice bunt and fly to tie the game at one apiece.

Kentucky and Army both scored in the fifth.

Ryan Strieby lead off the sixth inning with a walk. He advanced to third on a Sean Coughlin single and scored on a wild pitch from Black Knight reliever Dan Pluff.

Strieby drew another walk to start a Wildcat rally in the eighth. Coughlin and Collin Cowgill singled, and Brian Hastings successfully delivered on pinch hit opportunity to pad Kentucky's lead to 5-2.

An Army error allowed another run to cross, and a Ryan Wilkes walk loaded the bases for Antone DeJesus to clear with a two out double that gave Kentucky a 9-2 advantage.

Wildcat starter Greg Dombrowski gave up only two runs on eight hits after logging seven innings. Dewayne Oxford and Zach Dials shut down the Black Knights for an inning apiece to seal the victory for UK.

Antone DeJesus led the charge for the Kentucky offense, going 3-4 on the afternoon with five RBIs. He has recorded a hit in every game for the Wildcats this season.

The win at Wolff Stadium improved UK's record to 3-0 to start the season and marked their best start since 2000.

Kentucky will finish their weekend stay in Texas on Sunday at 11 a.m. with their second game against Texas-San Antonio.


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