Cowgill Leads UK in win over Michigan St, 9-2

Collin Cowgill had a super charged afternoon, going 4 for 5 with a home run and five RBIs to lead Kentucky past Michigan State 9-2 on Sunday afternoon.

But Cowgill wasn't the only Wildcat to find success against the Spartan pitching staff. Catcher Justin Scutchfield knocked home three RBIs of his own, going 3-4 at the plate.

Michael Bertram, Ryan Streiby, Billy Grace, John Shelby and Ryan Wilkes also added multi-hit performances.

On the day, Kentucky sent 41 batters to the plate and finished the contests with nine runs on 18 hits.

The Batcats' monster performance made things easy on the UK pitching staff. The Wildcats threw five different guys at the Spartans, with Lexington-native Tommy Warner picking up the win, exiting with a 2-1 advantage after throwing the first four innings of the game.

Kentucky's bullpen combined to throw six innings while giving up only one run, as Chris Rusin, Brock Baber, Adam Revelette, and Zach Dials all logged innings in relief.

Antone DeJesus saw his streak of consecutive games with a hit come to a close on Sunday, as he got most of the afternoon off. He entered the game only as a defensive replacement for Steve Deaton in centerfield for the final inning, failing to make a plate appearance.

Kentucky has enough talent on its roster this year to mix-up its lineups, allowing for players to remain fresh without facing a decrease in production.

The team's depth is something that Head Coach John Cohen is very excited about. Kentucky used three different lineups to earn their three wins in San Antonio last weekend, and continued to move guys around this weekend.

"I really do like the depth, we've got 13 to 14 position players and they all deserve opprtunities to play," said Cohen in an interview earlier in the week. "…It's a good problem to have."

Finishing up the weekend with two wins and one loss, Sunday's victory improved Kentucky's overall record to 5-1 on the season. Their early season success is due in large part to their relentless offensive attack.

The Batcats have scored nine or more runs in four out their first six games, and have outscored their opponents by an average of 6.8 runs in their five wins.

Kentucky hopes for a similar performance in their home opener against Evansville on Tuesday. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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