#6 Kentucky scored a combined five runs in the eighth and the ninth innings to run away from South Carolina in a 9-4 win. Logan Salow struck out ten in 4.2 innings in relief to guide Kentucky to their 31st win of the season. Heading into the final three weekends of the season, UK is tied for the overall SEC lead and first in the East.
UK could not battle back from an early deficit yesterday, but the tide changed today. Ross Grosvenor homered in the second off Justin Lewis to give USC a 1-0 lead. But the BatCats came back in a hurry. Tristan Pompey drove in Marcus Carson with a RBI single in the third to tie the game at one. Evan White broke the tie with his sixth home run of the year, a two-run home bomb off Josh Parke.
The bottom of the order added an insurance run in the top of the fourth. Troy Squires doubled with one out and Tyler Marshall singled to drive in UK’s fourth run of the game.
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South Carolina came into the weekend with a losing streak of four consecutive series. The Gamecocks were hungry to end the streak, and it showed in the fifth. John Jones hit a two-run home run off Lewis and Carlos Cortes tied the game with a RBI double. With one out in the fifth, Logan Salow entered and ended the rally.
Salow dominated in a way that he never had today. The senior struck out the side in the sixth and the seventh innings and finished with ten total punchouts. Salow shutting down the Gamecocks could not have come at a better time. USC had just tied the game and looked ready to add more, but Salow shut the door for the final 4.2 innings.
While Salow dominated on the mound, UK’s offense found a late-inning spark. Marshall drove in his second run of the game to break the 4-4 tie, and Pompey picked up two more RBI with a two-out single to right.
With UK leading 7-4 in the ninth, the Cats got some insurance thanks to Riley Mahan. The defending SEC Player of the Week hit a two-run home run off USC’s top reliever Colie Bowers. The Gamecocks went down without a whimper in the ninth as Salow struck out two more to wrap up a 9-4 win for UK.
After winning two of three in Columbia, UK won their first series at USC since 1999. The coach of that UK team? Keith Madison. Kentucky does not have a midweek game this week due to finals week, (Thank the Lord, reporters gotta study too) but they are back in action next Friday at home against Georgia.