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Kentucky Baseball sweeps doubleheader vs. Canisius College

The Cats stay undefeated at home this season.

Via @UKBaseball on Twitter

The Kentucky Wildcats finished their three-game series with the Canisius College Golden Griffins this afternoon, as the team’s played a doubleheader after Sunday’s scheduled game was moved to today due to impending snow.

For the Bat Cats, the series was a great success as they finished off a sweep of Canisius this afternoon.

Game 1:

In Game 1, the Cats got a solid effort from starting pitcher Dillon Marsh.

The freshman tossed 5+ innings, struck out six batters and gave up only two runs and three hits.

Offensively, Kentucky’s bats were hot.

Already leading 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Ryann Shinn hit a solo home run to right field for the second home run all-time at Kentucky Proud Park, as Kentucky extended their lead to 3-0.

In the fifth inning, Kentucky added two more runs, as both Zeke Lewis and Breydon Daniel picked up RBI singles to push UK’s lead to 5-0.

With the score 7-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Dalton Reed hit his first home run at Kentucky Proud Park, as his two-run bomb extended Kentucky’s lead to 9-2.

With the score 9-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Kentucky added more insurance, as both Lewis freshman Austin Schultz hit run-scoring singles to push the lead to 12-3. That would be the final as the Wildcats took Game 1 of the doubleheader.

Game 2:

In Game 2, Kentucky again got their offense going with the long ball.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Breydon Daniel slugged a two-run homer to give UK their first lead of the ball game.

The home run would not stop the Griffs, however, as they rallied to take the lead back at 3-2 thanks to small ball in the fourth inning.

Canisius held on to the lead until the bottom of the 5th inning. That’s when the Cats clawed back with one swing, as Jaren Shelby hit a two-run single to give the Cats a 4-3 lead.

With the lead, Kentucky’s bullpen, led by Hunter Rigsby’s two perfect innings in relief, was able to lock down the victory, as the Cats closed out a one-run win.

The two wins Saturday provided Kentucky (8-3) with their fifth straight win as they drive closer to conference play.

Kentucky will back at home Tuesday to take on Wright State. The game can be watched on SEC+.