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Kentucky Baseball completes sweep of Austin Peay

A series sweep to start 2019 for the Bat Cats.

Via @UKBaseball on Twitter

The Kentucky Wildcats completed a road sweep of Austin Peay with an 11-1 victory Sunday afternoon.

After a quiet three and a half innings that saw Kentucky’s freshman starting pitcher Dillon Marsh and Austin Peay’s Josh Rye locked in a pitching duel, the Govs were able to strike first blood.

Garrett Spain ripped a single in the bottom of the fourth inning to score Parker Phillips and give Austin Peay a 1-0 lead.

The Governors put more pressure on the Cats in the bottom of the fifth with runners on second and third with two men out.

However, it was Kentucky who got a huge momentum boost as Carson Coleman entered the game out of the Kentucky bullpen and picked up a critical strikeout to fire up the Kentucky dugout.

With momentum on their side, the Cats offense came to life in the top of the sixth inning.

Junior college transfer Dalton Reed who hit a home run in his first Kentucky at-bat Friday provided more power as he slugged a three-run shot to right center to give the Cats a 3-1 lead.

Following another scoreless inning in relief by Coleman, the Cats offense went back to work in the top of the seventh. Cam Hill’s double-play ball scored a run to make it 4-1. Later that inning with two men out and a runner on third Kentucky’s other junior college transfer Jaren Shelby came up big with an RBI double to put the Cats up 5-1.

The Cats added six more in the top of the eighth to make it an 11-1 ball game as Breydon Daniel, Hill, Shelby, and TJ Collett all drove in runs.

With the Cats bullpen in cruise control, Kentucky finished off Austin Peay clinching the ten-run win and series sweep.

Coleman earned the win on the mound for Kentucky while Rye took the loss for the Govs.

The 3-0 Wildcats will be off until Friday when they travel to Lubbock Texas to take on the No. 3 team in the country in the Texas Tech Red Raiders.