Kentucky puts its school-record 20-game home winning streak on the line this weekend with a three-game series against Mississippi.
Kentucky (28-2, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) has the best overall record in the conference and leads Florida by a game in the Eastern Division.
The Cats are ranked No. 1 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and No. 8 by Baseball America.
Mississippi (20-8, 5-4) won two of three games from then-No. 1 Florida last weekend and is a game out of first in the West. The Rebels have won four of their past five games and are ranked 21st by Collegiate Baseball and 10th by Baseball America.
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UK leads the NCAA with a .333 team batting average, and its 28 wins are the most in the nation. UK tops the SEC in slugging percentage (.508), on-base percentage (.426), runs (247), hits (347), RBI (226), doubles (66), total bases (529) and hit batters (58).
UK will send its regular weekend rotation to the mound. Junior left-hander Taylor Rogers (4-1, 4.65 ERA) will face Ole Miss sophomore right-hander Bobby Wahl (5-0, 1.91) on Friday. Wahl was named national and SEC pitcher of the week for his 3-0 shutout of Florida last Friday.
On Saturday, UK junior lefty Jerad Grundy (3-0, 3.41) opposes senior right-hander R.J. Hively (3-1, 1.71). On Sunday, UK sophomore southpaw Corey Littrell (4-0, 1.88) will start against sophomore right-hander Mike Mayers (2-2, 4.05 ERA).
The Rebels are led by All-America infielder Alex Yarbrough, who is hitting .426 with eight doubles, two triples, three homers and 33 RBI.
Kentucky 19, Dayton 6
UK stayed unbeaten at home late Wednesday night, hitting six home runs in a 19-6 victory over Dayton at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky got two homers from catcher Luke Maile and a grand slam from outfielder Zac Zellers in a game that started two hours late because of a rain delay and did not end until almost midnight.
Thomas McCarthy, J.T. Riddle and Matt Reida also homered for UK. Reida's was the first of his career.
Dayton 410 000 100— 6 13 2
Kentucky 162 151 12x—19 24 3
Bury, Konrad (2), Haughn (3), Lahrman (4), Miller (6), Sagerman (7), Hauschild (8) and Jeffery, Duggan (8). Shepherd, Mahar (1), Reed (6), Martin (7), Drake (8), Wijas (9) and Maile, Thomas (7). W—Mahar (2-1). L—Konrad (3-2). 2B—Ryan, Stewart, Gayda, Cousino, Maile, Boehm, Zellers, Hoagland and Thomas. HR—McCarthy (4); Maile 2 (8); Zellers (4); J.T. Riddle (3); M. Reida (1).
Records—Dayton 12-18, Kentucky 28-2