Wildcats edge Mississippi with 2 runs in 8th inning

April 26, 2013 

UK infielder Matt Reida is congratulated after scoring on the Austin Cousino double in the third inning against Georgia at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, KY, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Photo by Matt Goins

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The Kentucky baseball team scored two runs in the eighth inning to edge host Mississippi 3-2 in college baseball Thursday night.

The Cats had lost their last seven games and hadn't won in Oxford since 2007.

A double by Matt Reida, a walk to catcher Greg Fettles and a single by freshman Kyle Barrett, who had been trying to bunt, loaded the bases for UK with no outs in the eighth. Two runs scored on ground balls.

Sophomore relief pitcher Chandler Shepherd threw 2 1/3 innings for the win. Starting pitcher A.J. Reed allowed only four hits and two unearned runs.

The Wildcats (25-6, 8-11 Southeastern Conference) got their first run when Austin Cousino hit a homer in the first inning. It was the sophomore's sixth homer of the year and the 15th of his career.

The Dublin, Ohio, native finished with two of UK's three RBI, going 1-for-4, including driving in the tying run in the eighth.

Ole Miss got two hits, including a double from third baseman Andrew Mistone.

The series continues with a game Friday night at 7:30 and Saturday at 3:15.

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