Cats roll past Rebs

Ole Miss and Kentucky, each clinging to their SEC Tournament life, met in game one Thursday night in Lexington. And it was the homestanding Wildcats who moved a step closer to Hoover with a 12-4 victory.

Ole Miss, now 33-21 on the season and 14-14 in SEC play, fell behind 2-0 in the first inning and trailed 5-0 before scoring two runs in the top of the fourth to close the gap.

After the Wildcats, 40-14 and 15-13, moved out to an 8-3 lead, the Rebels had a chance in the top of the sixth to cut into the lead. After an out, Michael Guerrero singled and Zach Miller walked. Tim Ferguson grounded out to the third baseman to move Miller and Guerrero to second and third respectively. Brett Basham then drove a ball deep to right field that didn't get out of the park, and the Rebs still trailed by five runs.

That would be the Rebels' last big threat in this one as UK continued to pull away for the eight-run victory.

Both teams hit the ball well. Kentucky just managed to make the most of its opportunities. The Wildcats had 15 hits and the Rebels 11. UK had two errors to Ole Miss' one.

Sawyer Carroll swung the big stick for the Wildcats, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a two-run home run and six RBI in the contest. It was on one of his doubles, a two RBI shot to left in the bottom of the fourth, that proved to be a scary moment for Ole Miss. Lance Lynn moved behind the plate to back up a throw, slipped where the artificial turf meets the grass, and suffered a knee injury. Mike Bianco said there would be more evaluation of it Friday.

"Credit them," Bianco said of UK. "They battled at the plate. Offensively we swung it OK. We just missed the big hit."

Bianco said it's almost now or never for his team.

"Tomorrow night's a huge game," he said. "We have to be able to bounce back. We need a good day out of Drew (Pomeranz), and we need to score early."

Cody Overbeck paced the Rebels, going 3-for-5 in the contest. Jordan Henry and Fuller Smith were each 2-for-5. Guerrero was 2-for-4.

Lynn (6-3) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Brett Bukvich came in after Lynn's injury, and Rory McKean finished things up later.

Chris Rusin (6-2) picked up the win for the Wildcats as he allowed three runs, only two earned, on nine hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Freshman LHP Drew Pomeranz gets the start for Ole Miss in Friday's 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time game, while sophomore LHP James Paxton will go for the Wildcats.

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