The Kentucky Wildcats clinched their first series victory of the 2020 season with a .. win in game two of a three-game set with the Appalachian State Mountaineers.

Early on, the game was a back in the forth affair. In the top of the second with Mason Hazlewood on the mound for UK, Phillip Cole doubled down the left field line to score Andrew Greckel and give Appalachian State a 1-0 lead.

Kentucky would respond quickly in the bottom half of the inning as Jaren Shelby clubbed a two-run home run to put UK on top 2-1.

In the top of the third, the Mountaineers retook the lead as Luke Allison scored on a balk by Hazlewood and Kendall McGowan hit a two-run home run to put App State on top 4-2.

Then in the bottom of the third, the Wildcats offense broke out. With two on and nobody out, Kentucky played small ball to clear the bases as Oraj Anu hit a one-run single and TJ Collett grounded out to the right side to tie the game at four.

Later in the inning, Kentucky reclaimed the lead and knocked out App State starting pitcher Shane Roberts as Coltyn Kessler and Shelby, drew bases-loaded walks to put UK on top 6-4.

With Jack Hartman onto pitch for App State, the flood gates opened. A bases-loaded balk allowed Trae Harmon to score and set UK up with runners on second and third with just one out. Freshman John Rhodes would take full advantage of this situation as he ripped a two-run double to put Kentucky on top 9-4. With still just one out and two men on, Elliot Curtis delivered another Big Blue Bomb as he slugged a three-run home run down the right field line to cap off a 10 run inning for the Wildcats putting the team on top 12-4.

Up 13-4, Kentucky continued to pour it on in the bottom of the fifth. The Wildcats scored four runs in the inning as Austin Schultz hit a sacrifice fly and Harmon slugged his third home run of the season with a three-run shot to left-center to put UK on top 17-4.

The Wildcats continued their offensive onslaught in the bottom of the seventh as they plated four more runs after RBI singles from by Breydon Daniel and Chase Estep along with a Shelby fielders choice.

A 17 run lead was more than enough for Kentucky’s bullpen combination of Zack Lee, Will Gambino and Ron Cole to close out a third straight Wildcat victory.

With the win, Kentucky improved to 3-3 on the season and a perfect 3-0 at Kentucky Proud Park. The Wildcats will look to sweep the three-game series with Appalachian State Sunday at 1 p.m. EST.

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