The Kentucky baseball team snapped a scoreless tie with a two-out, seven-run rally in the fifth inning, and the Cats went on to beat Eastern Michigan 8-2 in the opener of a three-game series at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Friday.
UK junior A.J. Reed pitched six shutout innings and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
UK sophomore Kyle Barrett went 3-for-5 and stole two bases. Junior Max Kuhn and senior Micheal Thomas added two hits apiece.
Reed, last week's national player of the week and a Golden Spikes Award candidate, gave up two singles, walked four and struck out five.
After allowing a bunt single with two outs in the second inning, Reed faced 16 consecutive hitters without allowing a hit.
"I obviously didn't have my best stuff today, but I was able to battle through it and in the end they didn't score," Reed said.
UK Coach Gary Henderson said Reed pitched well but "threw way too many pitches. He got zeros but wasn't efficient doing it. Eastern Michigan did a nice job fouling off some pitches and that got his pitch count high."
UK broke it open in the fifth inning, all with two outs.
Barrett reached on an error, and Reed and Ka'ai Tom walked to load the bases. Thomas singled home the first run. Matt Reida walked to force in another run, and Thomas Bernal followed with a two-run single. Connor Heady drove in two runs with a double, and Barrett capped the rally with an RBI single to make it 7-0.