The Kentucky Wildcats picked up their second victory of the week Wednesday as they defeated the Murray State Racers .. at Kentucky Proud Park.

Before Kentucky starting pitcher Cole Stupp could record an out in the top of the first, the Racers found the scoreboard. With a runner on first and no one out, Ryan Perkins smashed a two-run home run to right-center field to put Murray State on top 2-0. Later in the inning with still nobody out, Brock Anderson hit an RBI triple to make it a 3-0 lead. Stupp would get his first out on a ground ball from Skylar McPhee, but Anderson came home to score to give the Racers a four-run first inning.

In the bottom half of the inning, Kentucky got a run back as TJ Collett singled home Austin Schultz to cut the Murray State lead to 4-1.

An inning later, the Wildcats began to rally. After a leadoff double by John Rhodes, Murray State starting pitcher Joe Ivey walked three straight Kentucky batters, including allowing a free pass to Chase Estep with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 4-2.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Justin Thomas came into pitch for Murray State. He was able to get the Racers out of the inning as he Tanner Holen hit a fly ball to right field that scored Matt Golda but saw Zeke Lewis thrown out at third base. He then got Jaren Shelby to fly out to end the inning with the score 4-3. 

In the bottom of the third, Kentucky took the lead with another big inning. With two on and one out, Rhodes hit a one-run single to tie the game at four. Later in the inning, Golda hit a two-run double and Estep hit a one-run single to put UK on top 7-4.

Murray State would get two runs back in the top of the fourth as Jordan Holly hit a sacrifice fly and Jake Slunder hit an RBI double to cut the UK lead to 7-6 and run Stupp out of the game.

Kentucky got a run back in the bottom of the fifth as Golda hit a sacrifice fly to pick up his third RBI of the game and extend the Cats lead to 8-6.

Down two in the top of the ninth, the Racers got to UK closer Hunter Rigsby. Bryson Bloomer hit a one-run single to put to move Murray State within one. Later in the inning, Anderson lined a double to score Holly to the game at eight.

In the bottom of the ninth, Rhodes sent fans home happy as he launched a solo walk-off home run to left field to give Kentucky a second straight victory. The home run was the first of Rhodes’ college career.

Kentucky (7-6) will be back in action Friday when they open a three game series with Bradley University at Kentucky Proud Park.

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