The Kentucky baseball team arrived in Knoxville for a three game series with Tennessee a little bit hobbled. Sure, they were still ranked in the top 25 and their overall record was still good (27-17) going into last night’s game.
Their SEC record (9-12) was a bit of a different story. Last weekend they hosted the No. 21 ranked Ole Miss Rebels and were promptly swept at home. Saturday was real ugly as Ole Miss beat the Cats 18-5 in a game that wasn’t really that close. Prior to the three game home series against Ole Miss, UK lost their last road game at Texas A & M 14-2. So they entered Lindsey Nelson Stadium on a four game SEC skid in which they had been outscored 53-17.
It was safe to say that the 15-1 victory over the Vols was a welcome sight.
A.J. Reed put in work on both sides of the diamond. He pitched eight innings and only allowed one run on three hits. He also went yard which gives him 20 home runs on the season. That leads the nation.
Kentucky’s offense was clutch as well when it came to two out hits.
#UKbaseball now has an SEC-leading 142 two-out RBI in 2014 and is the only school in the SEC with at least 100 two-out RBI.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) May 2, 2014
With Kentucky leading 5-1, outfielder Storm Wilson got in on the action and impacted the game. He went yard as well. His homer was of the inside the park variety.
It was a nice game all the way around for Kentucky. A series win over the Vols would be good for this team. A sweep would be even better as it would get them back to .500 at 12-12 in SEC play as they head into their final two series of the season (Auburn at home, Georgia on the road).
They have to take it one game at a time and handle business before they can think about bringing out brooms on Saturday.