Cats rally over Arkansas in series finale

Down to its last out and trailing No. 14 Arkansas by two, Kentucky got a game-tying single by Kyle Barrett and a walk-off RBI single by Zac Zellers to claim a 4-3 win over the Razorbacks and salvage the third game of the weekend series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Down to its last out and trailing No. 14 Arkansas by two, Kentucky got a game-tying single by Kyle Barrett and a walk-off RBI single by Zac Zellers to claim a 4-3 win over the Razorbacks and salvage the third game of the weekend series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The comeback effort allowed the Wildcats (27-18, 10-14) to avoid a sweep at the hands of the red-hot Razorbacks. Arkansas was riding and eight-game SEC win streak after winning Friday's opener 2-1 and the first game of Saturday's doubleheader 5-3.

The Arkansas (32-16, 15-8 SEC) pitching staff owns the NCAA's top team ERA at a microscopic 1.79, but UK freshman Kyle Cody showed he was up to the challenge in his first career conference start. The 6-foot-7 right-hander worked seven innings, allowing only three runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out five.

The Razorbacks took advantage of two UK errors in the first inning to grab a 3-0 lead, but Cody bounced back to throw six shutout frames to complete his outing.

"It didn't go his way in the first," UK head coach Gary Henderson said. "A lot of ground balls got through, and then obviously we kicked two,which was really disappointing and put him in a bad spot. And his rhythm was not great until probably the fourth inning. He never got command of his change-up at all, but he found his breaking ball, found some fastball rhythm. I'm really proud of Kyle's effort and production."

Chandler Shepherd (4-0) worked a scoreless ninth inning for the win, giving him 2.2 shutout frames in a two-day span for the Cats.

Arkansas starter Randall Fant worked 5.1 innings, allowing three hits and one run, walking two and striking out five. Landon Simpson (1-1) suffered the loss.

Kentucky collected eight hits in the win. Barrett and Zellers each notching two-hit games. Zellers hit his third homer of the year, with UK also getting singles from Greg Fettes, J.T. Riddle, Matt Reida and Max Kuhn. UK's four runs against the Razorbacks marked the first time since April 19 that Arkansas had allowed more than three runs in a game, a span of seven contests.

In the opener, Arkansas got a two-run homer from Tyler Spoon in the first inning and a two-run shot from Brian Anderson en route to a 5-3 win.

The Cats got solo homers from Greg Fettes and A.J. Reed against Arkansas ace Ryne Stanek (6-2), but could not muster much additional support for UK starter Corey Littrell (5-4).

UK returns to action Tuesday, playing host to Wright State at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

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