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UK claims series over Ole Miss
Posted Apr 27, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. -- Max Kuhn’s RBI single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning drove in the winning run as No. 24 Kentucky posted a 5-4 come-from-behind win over No. 16 Ole Miss to claim the best-of-three SEC series.
OXFORD, Miss. -- Max Kuhn’s RBI single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning drove in the winning run as No. 24
posted a 5-4 come-from-behind win over No. 16
to claim the best-of-three SEC series.
Kentucky (26-17, 9-12 SEC) bounced back from losing its last three league series to cool off the Rebels, who entered riding a six-game SEC win streak.
“A lot of things to like about the club today,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “Max Kuhn had two hits today. No errors for the second day in a row, that was good. (Starting pitcher) Corey Littrell was outstanding. He got better after the home run. He really competed well.
"Really pleased with (closer) Trevor Gott’s poise after giving up the two hits in the ninth. He calmed down and made the pitch he needed to make. We had a few tough defensive plays during the course of the game that we made. I thought Micheal Thomas caught really well. I was really pleased with our body language and how we approached it today.”
Kentucky fell behind 1-0 in the first tinning before taking a 2-1 lead after four. Ole Miss reclaimed the lead with a two-run homer by Austin Anderson in the fifth inning.
The Wildcats evened the game at 3-3 on Greg Fettes’ solo homer in the sixth and took a 5-3 lead in the eighth with a pair of runs driven in by Kuhn.
Gott worked around two hits in the ninth inning for his school-record 10th save of the season and the 21st of his UK career.
“It is huge for us,” said Littrell, who allowed only three runs on seven hits and one walk over a strong eight-inning performance. “We needed that confidence. We needed that win, to win the series on the road too. That was huge for us just as a team to get out mojo back.”
Littrell (5-3) earned the 20th win of his UK career, moving him into sixth place in program history.
Kyle Barrett, A.J. Reed and Kuhn each collected two hits to lead the UK offense.
Ole Miss dropped to 31-13 overall and 11-9 in the SEC.
The Cats won a series in Oxford for the first time since 2007 and only the third time in program history. The other came in 2001.
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