Through the rain in Oxford, Mississippi, Kentucky evened the weekend series with a 4-1 victory over No. 10 Ole Miss in game one of today’s seven-inning doubleheader.
Mason Hazelwood was remarkable this afternoon. The Lexington native went five and two-thirds innings in the victory. Hazelwood gave up no runs in today’s outing and only allowed five hits. Hazelwood picks up his second victory on the year to bring his record to 2-2, and Carson Coleman picked up his third save of the season, slamming the door in the final two innings.
T.J. Collett got it going for the Cats with a solo shot to straightaway center field with one out in the top of the second to give the Cats an early lead on his eighth long ball of the year. Collett has been scuffling the last few weeks at the plate, so much so he got moved to the five-hole, and it proved to be beneficial today.
After an RBI single from Coltyn Kessler to extend Kentucky’s lead in the third, the Cats went yard once more in the fourth. This time, it was another welcomed two-run home run from Dalton Reed who has also been scuffling on offense the last month or so to give Kentucky a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
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The transition from JUCO to the SEC has not been kind to Reed, but hopefully, today’s home run will help to get him going.
Kentucky fell just short of the seven-inning shutout when Ole Miss’s Kevin Graham hit a pinch-hit solo home run to put Ole Miss’ only run on the board with one out in the seventh.
Game Three is underway, first pitch was at 5:25. Golden Spikes nominee, Zack Thompson is on the bump for this one as the Cats try to take their first series in conference play this season.
Check out the highlights from game two:
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