UK baseball unable to overcome Aggies' explosive start

April 20, 2014 


    Tennessee Tech at Kentucky

    When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

    Radio: WLAP-AM 630

A.J. Reed hit his NCAA-leading 16th homer of the year but Texas A&M plated five runs on five consecutive two-out hits in the first inning to post a 14-2 win over visiting Kentucky and salvage the series.

Reed now has 33 career homers, tying him with John Shelby (2004-06) for 11th in UK history. His 16 bombs mark the most for a UK player since Collin Cowgill and Sawyer Carroll each hit 19 homers in 2008.

UK got a two-hit game from Thomas Bernal, also getting hits from Marcus Carson, Zach Arnold, Dorian Hairston and Kyle Barrett. Hairston and Arnold each notched pinch-hit singles in the eighth inning.

Carson — making his first career SEC start in centerfield — replaced All-American Austin Cousino, who had his team-high streak of 151 straight starts end due to illness.

UK starting pitcher Andrew Nelson (1-4) suffered the loss, working four innings, allowing 10 hits and eight runs, walking one.

The Wildcats got on the board in the top of the first inning as Reed drilled a two-strike, two-out homer over the leftfield fence.

Kentucky's only other run came in the top of the sixth inning, as Ka'ai Tom singled through the right side with two outs and stole second base against Aggie starter Grayson Long, who did not check the runner on back-to-back pitches. Bernal then smashed a double into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Tom.

UK was seeking its sixth SEC road sweep in program history, and its first since 2008 (Tennessee).

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