Eighth-ranked Kentucky got a multi-hit game from junior J.T. Riddle to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and junior Trevor Gott struck out all four hitters he faced for his 12th career save, leading the Wildcats to a 6-2 win over Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The result extended UK's home winning streak to seven games as UK endured a rain delay for the second consecutive game.
Gott, a Tates Creek product, came on in a bases-loaded jam and two outs in the eighth to face the game-tying run. He got a strikeout to get out of the threat and then fanned the side in the ninth to secure the win.
It was Gott's first save of 2013 and his 12th career save. He has moved into a tie for third place for career saves with former UK star left-hander Andrew Albers (2005-08) and is just three saves shy of the UK all-time mark.
Kentucky (7-1) also got hits from A.J. Reed, Max Kuhn, Zac Zellers, Matt Reida, Kyle Barrett and Micheal Thomas, with Reida smacking a double and two RBI.
All-America center fielder Austin Cousino had his team-leading streak of 14 consecutive games reaching base safely snapped with a 0-for-3 game and a sacrifice fly. Cousino has now reached base safely in 66 of 70 career collegiate games.
Riddle improved his average to .529 (18-for-34) with his 2-for-3 game. He leads the team with 12 runs overall, with three doubles, a triple and homer, eight RBI, a 3-1 walk-strikeout ratio and two steals.
Akron at Kentucky
When: 4 p.m. Friday
Radio: WWTF-AM 1580