LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior left-hander Jerad Grundy limited top-ranked LSU to one run in six innings Saturday, and the second-ranked Wildcats belted two home runs en route to an 8-1 victory over the Tigers at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky improved to 34-6 overall and 12-5 in the SEC, while LSU dropped to 32-8 and 12-5. The teams are tied for first place in the overall SEC standings.
The teams conclude the series at noon Sunday. Freshman right-hander Aaron Nola will start on the mound for the Tigers, while Kentucky will counter with sophomore left-hander Corey Littrell.
Grundy (4-1) worked 6 innings, allowing just one run on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. UK reliever Alex Phillips blanked the Tigers over the final 3 innings, give up two hits with one strikeout.
LSU starter Ryan Eades (5-2) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered six runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings with two walks and one strikeout.
"It was just one of those games," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "Ryan wasn't real sharp, and I thought we made some poor plays defensively that might have made a difference had we executed the right way. We also had several hard-hit balls that were lined right at somebody, but that's the nature of baseball. We have to turn the page and look forward to the chance of winning this series (Sunday)."
LSU opened the scoring in the top of the first when center fielder Arby Fields singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Tyler Hanover and scored on left fielder Raph Rhymes' double to left-center.
Kentucky responded with two runs in the bottom of the first as first baseman Luke Maile produced a sacrifice fly and right fielder Cameron Flynn delivered an RBI single.
The Wildcats erupted for four runs in the fourth against Eades to take a 6-1 lead. Center fielder Austin Cousino launched a three-run homer, his seventh of the year, to highlight the uprising.
UK expanded the lead to 8-1 in the seventh on a two-run homer by Maile, his 11th of the year.
LSU left-hander Brent Bonvillain pitched effectively after relieving Eades in the fourth inning, retiring the first eight batters he faced and limiting the Cats to two runs on two hits in 3.2 innings with no walks and three strikeouts.
Wildcats rough up Eades, even series
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