SAN DIEGO — Junior left-hander Logan Darnell threw a complete-game shutout and Kentucky turned four double plays in a 6-0 win at San Diego on Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
A 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, Darnell (2-0) needed just 90 pitches in his third career start to defeat San Diego (4-6), which was ranked No. 19 in the Baseball America pre-season poll. Darnell allowed seven hits and only faced five hitters over the minimum.
"Well, he was tremendous," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "When you throw 70 strikes in 90 pitches that is getting it done at a high level. Not only did he throw a whole lot of strikes, but he did it with three pitches. It is pretty rare that you see a complete-game, 90-pitch effort in college baseball."
UK (8-1) did most of its damage in the third inning, scoring five runs, all with two outs. Offensively, senior Gunner Glad led the way for the Wildcats with a 4-for-5 game.
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Thursday night's game
San Diego State 12, Kentucky 4: UK's trip to the West Coast got off to a rocky start as the Wildcats allowed five runs in the first three innings and lost at San Diego State.
Junior All-America right-hander Addison Reed handed Kentucky its first loss of the season, striking out six while allowing two runs on five hits in six innings.
Kentucky starter Alex Meyer (2-1) allowed seven runs and eight hits in his 41⁄3 innings, striking out seven and walking four.
The Aztecs (4-6) quickly took the lead in the first, as Jomel Torres singled and Brandon Meredith homered to left.
Kentucky tied it in the second inning, but San Diego State responded with 10 unanswered runs.