Cats take series opener at A&M

Kentucky rallied for three runs with two outs in the ninth inning Friday, including the go-ahead hit by Ka'ai Tom, to claim the opener of a three-game weekend series at Texas A&M, 6-3.

Kentucky rallied for three runs with two outs in the ninth inning Friday, including the go-ahead hit by Ka'ai Tom, to claim the opener of a three-game weekend series at Texas A&M, 6-3.

The No. 19 Wildcats had bookend three-run frames in the first and ninth innings in support of A.J. Reed's seventh win on the mound.

Kentucky (25-13, 8-8 SEC) got on the board in the first first when Thomas Bernal drove in Reed and Micheal Thomas with a single down the left-field line. The Cats made it 3-0 on a bases-loaded walk to Tom.

Texas A&M (23-16, 7-9 SEC) answered with three runs in the bottom of the second as the Cats and Aggies appeared to be headed for a high-scoring affair, but the score remained locked at 3 after eight innings.

JaVon Shelby singled to get the Cats' winning ninth started. After a sacrifice bunt by Austin Cousino, Max Kuhn was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, forcing the Aggies to intentionally walk the SEC's top hitter, Reed.

The Aggies' Corey Ray got what appeared to be a huge strikeout of UK's Thomas for the second out, but Tom responded with a two-out single to right field to drive in Shelby with the go-ahead run. Bernal followed with a two-run single up the middle to give the Cats two insurance runs.

Kyle Cody replaced Reed after A&M got a lead-off single in the ninth. He induced three ground outs to give UK the win and pick up his fourth save of the season.

Ray (4-3) took the loss for the Aggies, giving up three earned runs on three hits, two walks and two hit batsmen over 1.2 innings of work. Kentucky knocked out A&M starter Jason Jester after only one-third of an inning, roughing him up for three runs on four hits and two walks.

Bernal went 3-for-5 with four RBI to lead UK at the plate. Shelby had two hits.

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