After a winless week against their biggest rivals, Kentucky is back in the win column with a 15-4 victory over Western Kentucky with six home runs.
Ryan Johnson had a home run derby today in Bowling Green. Johnson, who hit three home runs all of last season hit three home runs tonight. The first home run came on a leadoff home run in the third to give Kentucky a 2-0 lead. In his next at-bat, Johnson went deep on the heels of Zeke Lewis’ second career home run to go back to back in the fifth. To cap it off, in the next inning Johnson went deep one final time with two outs to give Kentucky a 6-1 lead. Johnson finished his day going 4-4 with three RBIs.
Johnson wasn’t the only Cat letting the ball fly around the park tonight. Austin Schultz hit a two-run home run in the seventh for his second home run of the year, then in the eighth Ryan Shinn continued his breakout season when he hit his 12th home run of the year to put Kentucky up 12-3 in the eighth.
Before the home run derby started in Bowling Green, Marshall Gei got it going for the Wildcats with a triple in the second that scored Cam Hill.
The Cats would put on three more in the ninth. The first two runs came on a two-run double from big Trae Harmon then A-Rod hit a sac-fly to left field to score Harmon to make it 15-4 in the ninth. Braxton Cottongame came in and shut the door in the ninth and Kentucky walks out of Bowling Green with a 15-4 win to put them back over .500 at 21-20 (4-14).
Dillion Marsh was excellent in the win today as well. He went five innings, giving up four hits and two runs while striking out seven Hilltoppers. Marsh improved to 3-1 o the year after tonight’s victory.
Kentucky will be back in action Friday night when they take the trip down to Gainsville to take on the Florida Gators at 6:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network+.
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