Coastal Carolina scored nine runs in the fifth inning and handed Kentucky a 14-5 loss Sunday to drop the Cats to 2-2 on their trip to Myrtle Beach.
UK starter Chris Rusin allowed seven runs — five earned — on six hits through 41⁄3 innings before being pulled. Rusin, a 2008 first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection, struck out eight without issuing a walk.
Coastal Carolina (3-0) beat the Cats (2-2) for the second day in a row. CCU starter Cody Wheeler allowed just one run and struck out six batters over six innings.
Freshman Braden Kapteyn and junior Gunner Glad each hit home runs in their first career games for the Cats, who managed nine hits. Kapteyn was 1-for-3 with two runs scored. He also pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Glad's homer came in the ninth inning on the first pitch he saw as a Wildcat.
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Junior Keenan Wiley had the only two-hit game for the Cats, going 2-for-3 with two singles.
Kentucky got the weekend off to a good start with wins over Troy and James Madison on Friday and Saturday. But Coastal Carolina topped UK 4-1 on Saturday before routing the Cats Sunday in their final game of the trip.
UK returns home this weekend to face Western Michigan in the first game of the season at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The series starts Friday.