After a rough weekend against Georgia, the BatCats bounced back to sweep Tennessee, winning game three 7-2 in their final regular season SEC homestand. Their record improves to 36-16 (18-9 SEC), currently tops in the SEC East (if Florida defeats Alabama they will be tied for first).
The Cats came out hot with three runs in the first inning, highlighted by Riley Mahan’s two-run triple. Mahan tore up Tennessee; this weekend he was 9-of-12 with a double, triple, 3 homeruns and 6 RBIs.
Tennessee threatened in the fourth, scoring two runs to cut the UK lead to two, but contained the damage with a double play to end the inning. Kentucky responded in the bottom of the fourth with a run to make it 5-2. Tristan Pompey’s eighth homerun of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Kentucky all the insurance they needed for the win.
The final regular season home game at The Cliff is Tuesday evening against Northern Kentucky. They’ll end the regular season next weekend in Gainesville, a series that will likely decide the SEC Regular Season Championship.