BATON ROUGE, La. — Star right-hander Ryan Eades dominated on the mound and No. 2 LSU rode a four-run third inning to a 9-1 series-clinching victory against No. 7 Kentucky in front of 11,608 at Alex Box Stadium.
The win gives LSU (29-2, 10-1 in the Southeastern Conference) the best start in the history of its storied program.
Eades worked 82⁄3 innings — striking out six and allowing only four singles and one walk — in improving to 7-0 in his eighth start of the year.
The Tigers, the SEC's leading offensive club, roughed up UK starter Jerad Grundy (5-3), who worked six innings and allowed career highs in hits (15) and runs (nine).
The Tigers scored a run in the second and added four more in the third to rock Kentucky (22-8, 6-5 in the SEC).
Zac Zellers went 2-for-4 for Kentucky and catcher Micheal Thomas and A.J. Reed both singled to account for UK's four hits in the game. Zellers reached safely for a 13th consecutive game.
Austin Cousino added a ninth-inning walk and Max Kuhn brought him in with a sacrifice fly for UK's only run.
The Tigers got all the runs they would need in the third. Sean McMullen doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch. Alex Bregman singled him home with a smash through the left side. After Raph Rhymes singled, Mason Katz brought home both Bregman and Rhymes with a double down the left-field line. Katz scored on Christian Ibarra's groundout.
LSU tacked on a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth when a two-out fly ball to right got lost in the lights, allowing two runs to score.
UK is now 3-3 against top-25 teams in 2013 and 1-2 against top-10 foes. The Wildcats fell to 16-5 against right-handed starting pitching.
LSU now leads the series 45-25-1, including a 25-7-1 mark in Baton Rouge.
The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. UK will send junior southpaw Corey Littrell (4-0, 2.17 ERA) to the mound.
Kentucky at LSU
When: 1 p.m.
Radio: WLAP-AM 630