Kentucky got at least one hit from 8 of 9 spots in the lineup and took down Tennessee 10-2 on Sunday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville.
The victory gave the visitors from Lexington a Southeastern Conference series victory and marked the Orange & White’s third league series defeat. Tennessee won 14-5 on Friday.
A 3-1 Wildcats lead got busted open with a four-spot in the eighth on two singles and two walks.
Nick Senzel doubled and singled for Tennessee (17-11, 3-6 SEC). He scored the Vols’ first run on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Rodgers in the bottom of the fourth.
A fielder’s choice off the bat of Vincent Jackson brought home Benito Santiago with no outs in the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-2.
The visitors put the game away with three more scores in the top of the ninth off reliever Daniel Vasquez, who did not get an out. Alex Harper-Cook came on and struck out a pair without giving up a score in the one frame.
Tennessee did not get the dominant start from left-hander Andy Cox that it needed. The senior gave up five runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks.
Jon Lipinski gave up a pair of run sand got a pair of outs in the eighth.
Gunna McNeill and Zach Reks had multi-hit games for the No. 24-ranked Wildcats (20-8, 6-3). Kyle Cody (3-1) fanned eight and walked two in seven innings. Zach Strecker worked a near-perfect eighth and ninth.
Kentucky 5, Tennessee 4: On Saturday, the Vols lost a one-run lead in the seventh, rallied with two runs in the ninth but it wasn’t enough.
Tennessee ace Zach Warren (4-2) gave up nine hits and four runs in 7 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks. He was outdueled by Dustin Beggs (7-0), who fanned eight in eight frames. Sean Hjelle got his fourth save.
Senzel doubled twice and drove in a pair. Leno Ramirez doubled, singled and brought in one.
The Vols host Morehead State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Eastern before an SEC weekend at South Carolina. Harper-Cook will get the start for the midweek contest.