The Kentucky Wildcats are now 2-0 at home this season as Friday they opened a three-game series with the Appalachian State Mountaineers with a 7-3 victory.
After three and a half scoreless innings, Kentucky found the board first in the top of the fourth when Trae Harmon hit his second home run of the season with a towering solo shot to left field. Later in the inning, UK extended their lead to two as Austin Schultz doubled to score TJ Collett.
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In the bottom of the fifth, the Cats extended their lead to 5-0 as Collett scored Cam Hill with a sacrifice fly and Schultz hit a two-run single to score Elliot Curtis and Drew Grace.
Down five, the Mountaineers began to chip away at the UK lead in the top of the sixth. Appalachian State ran Kentucky starter Jimmy Ramsey out of the game after putting runners on second and third with one man out.
With reliever Cole Stupp on the mound, the Mountaineers began to push runs across as Bailey Welch hit a one-run single and Peyton Idol ripped a two-run double to cut the Kentucky lead to 5-3.
In the top of the sixth, the Wildcats grabbed a run back as Jaren Shelby scored on a throwing error to put UK on top 6-3.
Kentucky extended their lead to four in the bottom of the seventh as Collett hit his first home run of his senior season to push the UK lead to 7-3.
With plenty of run support, Kentucky’s bullpen combination of Stupp and Hunter Rigsby closed out the Mountaineers to secure the victory in the series opener.
Ramsey earned the victory for UK to improve to 1-1 on the season after tossing 5.1 innings of two-run ball while Appalachian State’s Tyler Tuthill took the loss after allowing five earned runs.
The Wildcats and Mountaineers will meet Saturday again at 1 p.m. EST.