The Kentucky Wildcats (4-3) moved above .500 for the first time this season with a 8-7 win in 15 innings Sunday over the Appalachian State Mountaineers.

After a scoreless two innings, the Mountaineers jumped on UK starting pitcher Dillon Marsh in the top of the third. A sacrifice fly by Bailey Welch put Appalachian State on top 1-0. With two men out and a man on first, Kentucky turned to reliever Dillon Harper to hold App State to one. The move would not pay off as RBI singles from Robbie Young and Phillip Cole extended the Mountaineers lead to 3-0.

In the top of the fourth, the Mountaineers extended their lead even further as Phillip Idol hit a sacrifice fly to help run Harper out of the game. With Carson Coleman on the mound for UK, Luke Drumheller delivered a two-out single to score another App State run extending the lead to 5-0.

Needing a spark, Austin Schultz delivered for Kentucky as he ripped a solo home run down the left-field line in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Appalachian State lead to 5-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Kentucky continued to chip away as freshman John Rhodes delivered a pinch-hit double to score Breydon Daniel and later scored on an RBI single by Matt Golda to cut the Mountaineer lead to 5-3. With two men out and a runner on first, Trae Harmon came up clutch as he slugged a two-run home run to tie the game at five.

Tied at five in the bottom of the seventh, Golda gave UK their first lead of the game as he slugged a solo home run to left to put the Cats up 6-5.

Appalachian State would respond in the top of the eighth as Jack Lipson blooped a single to right field scoring Tyler Leek to tie the game at six.

In the bottom half of the inning, Kentucky reclaimed the lead as Zeke Lewis delivered a sacrifice fly in his first at-bat of the game to put UK up 7-6.

Down to their final out against Kentucky closer Hunter Rigsby, the Mountaineers found a way to stay alive as Robbie Young ripped a double to center field to score Luke Drumheller and tie the game at seven and eventually force extra innings.

After a quiet 10th and 11th, Kentucky loaded the bases with two men out in the bottom of the 12th for Breydon Daniel. Daniel would be unable to deliver as he grounded out to second to end the frame and push the game into the 13th.

The Cats would have another chance to win it with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th with TJ Collett at the plate. Off the bat, it looked as if it was over, but Drumheller made a diving stop for Appalachian State to record the out and push the keep into the 14th.

In the bottom of the 15th, Oraj Anu finally sent the few fans left at Kentucky Proud Park home happy as he drew a bases loaded walk to seal the victory.

With the win, Kentucky completed a series sweep over Appalachian State and extended their winning streak over non-power five opponents to 26.

The Wildcats will be back in action Tuesday when they play host to Tennessee Tech.

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