UK baseball team wins 22nd straight, moves a win away from longest SEC streak

March 21, 2012 

Luke Maile

CHET WHITE

Thomas McCarthy had four hits and Luke Maile had three, including his sixth homer of the season, as Kentucky's baseball team ran its record to 22-0 with a 10-7 victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday night at Marge Schott Stadium.

UK freshman starter Chandler Shepherd (2-0) pitched 52⁄3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs. He struck out two and didn't walk anyone.

Kentucky won its school-record 22nd straight game and leads the NCAA in wins and longest winning streak. UK has now equaled the second-best winning streak in the history of the Southeastern Conference.

LSU owns the SEC record with a 23-game winning streak in 2008.

Maile got on base in all six plate appearances. He was 3-for-3 with two RBI, a double, the homer, two walks and he was hit by pitch.

All of UK's starters got hits as A.J. Reed, Cameron Flynn and Michael Williams got two each.

Overall the Cats got 17 hits and benefitted from three Cincinnati errors.

Cincinnati starter Grant Walker (1-1) lasted less than four innings, allowing seven hits and five runs.

The Wildcats took the lead with three runs in the first against the Bearcats (8-11). Maile, Flynn and McCarthy drove in runs. Reed had a single to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

In the third inning, Maile smashed his sixth homer of the year, hitting the first pitch well over left-center field fence.

From there, the Wildcats scored in every inning except the seventh and had two in the ninth, knocked in by Flynn and McCarthy.

Kentucky 301 111 012—10 17 0

Cincinnati 000 002 401—7 10 3

Shepherd, Wijas (6), Peterson (7), Phillips (8) and Williams. Walker, Pascuzzi (4), Lathuras (5), Gentile (7), Atkinson (8), Isler (9), Hills (9) and Saylor and Jackson (7). W—Shepherd (2-0) . L—Walker (1-1). Save—Phillips (1). 2B—Maile (K), McCarthy (K). 3B—Proctor (C), Kline (C). HR—Maile (K).

Records — Kentucky 22-0, Cincinnati 8-11.

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