Take 2: 'Cats take series, defeat #8 LSU, 6-3

Kentucky defeated 8th ranked LSU Tigers again on Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium, and with the 6-3 victory they have secured their first SEC series win of the season. This is the first time the University of Kentucky has won a series against LSU since 1994.

Both series wins have come as a result of dominant pitching performances from UK's starters. Saturday's belonged to senior pitcher Craig Snipp.

Snipp continued his impressive 2006 campaign, throwing eight and one-third innings while giving up only three earned runs on four Tiger hits. He struck out six LSU hitters and walked only two.

"Coming in, we knew that [LSU] was a very aggressive team," Snipp said. "They don't like to see a lot of pitches, so we worked on throwing our pitches early in the count and making their hitters chase them."

On Saturday, Snipp was lights out, and the win improved his record to 4-0 this season. He has started four games and has recorded a quality start in all of them.

Kentucky carried a 6-2 lead into the top of the ninth. Wildcat reliever Brock Baber got the call with the bases loaded, one out, and LSU threatening but he yielded only one more Tiger run before nailing down the 6-3 win to pick up his third save of the season.

Kentucky's offense was not as explosive on Saturday as it has proven it can be, and much of that was due to the efforts of LSU starter Louis Coleman and reliever Chas Dardar.

The Batcats struck out eight times and stranded six baserunners on the afternoon. But they were able to scatter nine hits and plate enough runs to give Snipp the decision.

"We didn't swing it great today," Head Coach John Cohen said, "but we did enough. We really got ourselves out a lot, but that's going to happen offensively. You can't depend on offense all the time, but you can depend on defense and pitching and we got it done today."

Billy Grace had a nice day, going 2-3 with 2 RBIs. Grace belted his fourth home run on the year, hitting a solo shot over the left-center wall in the fourth inning. Grace had not seen action since hitting two home runs and tallying 5 RBIs in Tuesday's win over Cleveland State.

The Wildcats hope to complete a three-game sweep of the five-time national champions on Sunday, with the final game of the series scheduled to start at noon.

"This is big for our program and our players are so excited about what's going on right now," Cohen said. "We're going to come out tomorrow and play as hard as we can and focus in. This is a chance to sweep a very good baseball team, but I know LSU will be ready tomorrow."

Kentucky has not swept a series against an SEC foe since 2000, when they won three straight against Vanderbilt.


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