The Kentucky Wildcats snapped their three-game losing streak Tuesday as they defeated the Cincinnati Bearcats 12-4 at Kentucky Proud Park. 

After struggling to score runs over the weekend, Kentucky wasted no time getting on the board Tuesday. In the bottom of the first with one man on base, Oraj Anu slugged his first home run as a Wildcat into the right field bullpen to put UK on top 2-0.

The Bearcats would quickly tie the game at two as in the top of the second, Jace Mercer hit a one-run single and in the top of the third, Griffin Merritt slugged a solo shot.

In the bottom of the third, the Wildcats reclaimed the lead. With runners on the corners, freshman John Rhodes came up clutch as he ripped a two-run double to put UK up 4-2.

The Bearcats would get a run back in the top of the fourth, but Kentucky would add onto their lead in the bottom half of the inning as Matt Golda and Chase Estep both hit one-run singles to extend the Wildcat lead to 6-3. Later in the inning, UK cashed in with the bases loaded as Rhodes was hit by a pitch and Coltyn Kessler drew a walk to put UK in front 8-3. 

With a six-run lead, Kentucky used the long ball to put the game away. In the bottom of the sixth, TJ Collett slugged a solo shot to extend the UK lead to 9-3.

In the bottom of the eighth Collett went deep again as he delivered a two-run home run to right field to put UK on top 11-3. Collett wasn’t the only Cat to homer twice Tuesday as later in the eighth, Anu slugged a majestic 448-foot home run to right field to give the Cats a 12-3 lead.

While Kentucky put runs on the board, the Wildcat pitching staff quieted the Bearcats bats. Starter Dillon Marsh earned the victory after pitching six innings in which he allowed just three runs and struck out eight batters.

Out of the bullpen, Daniel Harper and Ron Cole combined to toss three innings of one-run ball, allowing UK to close out an eight-run victory.

Kentucky (6-6) will be back in action Wednesday when they play host to the Murray State Racers.

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