ATHENS, Ga. — A.J. Reed hit a school record-tying 23rd homer — tops in the NCAA — and senior Matt Reida added a grand slam in the eighth inning, but Kentucky fell short in its bid to sweep Georgia in Athens for the first time in 38 years, falling 11-10 Saturday afternoon at Foley Field.
The Cats (32-22, 14-16 Southeastern Conference) trailed 11-3 entering the eighth, but they couldn't finish the sweep after scoring six runs on six hits in the eighth. UK won the first two games of the series, 13-0 and 10-0, to clinch its fourth straight series over the Bulldogs.
With the victory, Georgia (26-28-1, 11-18-1 SEC) clinched a berth in the 12-team SEC Tournament, which begins Tuesday in Hoover, Ala. The Bulldogs entered the game with a half-game lead over Auburn for the final spot.
Reed went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, including the leadoff homer in the eighth. Reed finished the regular season with a .359 average, 14 doubles, one triple, the 23 homers and 70 RBI, leading the NCAA in slugging (.788).