College baseball: Michigan State 6, Kentucky 1

Spartans snap UK's nine-game winning streak

March 10, 2013 

  • Sunday

    Michigan State at Kentucky

    When: 1 p.m.

    Radio: WLAP-AM 630

Michigan State right-hander David Garner shut down the NCAA's highest-scoring offense in a 6-1 victory over Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Saturday.

Garner, a junior who was drafted out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds, retired the first 11 batters he faced and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He allowed four hits and one run in 81⁄3 innings, walking one and striking out six.

The loss snapped Kentucky's nine-game winning streak. UK (12-2) had won 11 in a row at home dating to last season.

Kentucky fell behind 1-0 in the third inning on Anthony Cheky's first home run of the season. Michigan State added two runs in the sixth and three runs in the eighth.

Kentucky did not have a base runner until A.J. Reed's two-out walk in the fourth.

Paul McConkey's single an inning later broke up the no-hitter, and his solo homer in the eighth spoiled Garner's bid for a shutout.

Jeff Boehm and Max Kuhn had the other two hits for the Cats. Kuhn, who singled in the ninth, has reached base in every game this season.

The final game of the three-game series is Sunday at 1 p.m.

UK left-hander Jerad Grundy allowed six hits and three runs in 52⁄3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Cheky's blast to right off Grundy was the first home run allowed by the Kentucky pitching staff in a span of 290 plate appearances.


Sunday's pitching matchup is UK junior left-hander Corey Littrell (1-0) against sophomore right-hander Mick VanVossen (0-0, 6.30).

J.T. Riddle made his team-leading 80th consecutive start for Kentucky.

UK's nine-game winning streak was its longest since a 22-gamer in 2012.


Michigan State at Kentucky

When: 1 p.m.

Radio: WLAP-AM 630

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