The University of Kentucky baseball and softball teams both knocked off No. 1 on Friday night.
After the Wildcats softball team closed out a 3-1 victory over top-ranked Louisiana State in Lexington, the UK baseball squad overtook No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge, 5-4 in 12 innings.
Ka'ai Tom delivered a two-out, two-run double in the top of 12th inning to provide the baseball team's winning runs in front of 11,118 fans at Alex Box Stadium.
Kentucky (17-9, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) trailed 2-0 early after RBI from LSU's Jake Fraley and Chris Sciambra and were no-hit until the fifth inning by Tigers starter Jared Poche. But the Wildcats broke through with five hits in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. LSU (22-4, 4-3) bounced back quickly, taking advantage of a UK throwing error to tie things in the bottom of the seventh.
UK escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 11th, and the teams remained locked 3-3 until the 12th.
Kentucky's Kyle Barrett smacked a two-single through the right side and Evan White forced him to second after getting hit by a 3-1 pitch. Tom then skipped his double over the head of first baseman Chris Chinea to score Barrett and a White for a 5-3 lead. LSU scored one in its half of the 12th, but UK held on for the win. UK starter Zack Brown pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and three runs, walking three and striking out three. With the tying run on third and two outs in the seventh, UK turned to Dylan Dwyer, who escaped the jam. Dwyer worked one inning, allowing a walk, before Andrew Nelson got the final out of the eighth. Junior Zach Strecker (2-0) took over to start the bottom of the ninth, working three innings, allowing four hits and issuing two intentional walks. Logan Salow and Spencer Jack came on in relief in the 12th to close things out, with Jack picking up his fourth save of the year. Kentucky was led at the plate by three hits from senior third baseman Thomas Bernal. The win was UK's seventh over a No. 1-ranked team under Coach Gary Henderson. The series will resume on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT at Alex Box Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network Plus (online only) and can be heard in Lexington on Fox Sports 1580-AM radio.