Freshman Kyle Barrett sent a sacrifice fly to center to score J.T. Riddle with the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning and Trevor Gott got three quick outs in the bottom of the inning to clinch a 5-4 win for No. 7 Kentucky over No. 9 Louisville on Tuesday night in front of a Louisville-record 4,733 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium. It was the schools' first meeting as top-10 teams in a series that dates to 1925.
"Glad to win a really good ball game," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "Fans got their money's worth. ... It was a tight game the entire way. It was fun."
Kentucky (22-6) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on A.J. Reed's two-run homer. Louisville (22-6) took a 3-2 lead with a run in the first and two more in the third. The Cats' Max Kuhn evened the score with a solo homer in the sixth. Errors helped lead to runs for both teams in the ninth.
Kentucky freshman starter Kyle Cody worked a career-long 6 1⁄3 innings, allowing four hits and three runs.
"This is the most people I've ever pitched in front of before," said Cody, who is from Chippewa Falls, Wis. "Coming from a small town, I've never been to a stadium this big before. I had to calm myself down before the game. The main thing when I was on the mound: I had to breathe. That was the biggest thing. When you start getting base runners on, you just gotta breathe and relax and throw the ball where you want it."