Texas A&M showed Kentucky why it is the No. 1 baseball team in the nation, banging out five home runs to sweep Saturday's Southeastern Conference doubleheader at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Blake Allemand and Mitchell Nau went deep as the Aggies won the opener 5-2.
Nau, Nick Banks and J.B. Moss homered in a 6-3 second-game win.
The series was reduced from three games to a pair of seven-inning contests Saturday because of heavy rain Thursday and Friday.
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UK was facing the No. 1 team for a second weekend in a row. Last week, the Cats took two of three at LSU, knocking the Tigers from the top perch. Texas A&M replaced LSU at No. 1.
After the sweep, UK Coach Gary Henderson had a lengthy meeting with his team.
"The basic message was, we've played four weeks. We're still a young group and we've got a great opportunity in front of us to continue to get better," Henderson said. "The things we need to get better at we can and we're in control of, so that was the message after the game."
Overshadowed in the losses was a five-hit day by UK second baseman JaVon Shelby. He went 3-for-4 in the opener and 2-for-2 in the nightcap. He drove in two and scored once.
"I did pretty good," Shelby said. "Got Louisville on Wednesday and back at it with Arkansas next week. ... It wasn't our day today."
In the opener, the Aggies (30-2, 9-2 SEC) overcame an early 1-0 deficit by scoring twice in the fourth and three times on fifth-inning homers by Allemand and Nau.
UK, meanwhile, left 11 runners on base.
"We had all kinds of opportunities," Henderson said. "Had the hits, but we just didn't get a timely hit in the first game to drive some runs across."
Back-to-back infield singles and a sacrifice bunt set the table for A&M in the fourth.
One run scored on Ronnie Gideon's groundout, and Moss singled in another.
In the fifth, Allemand drilled a two-run homer off the top of the old scoreboard in right field. One out later, Nau banged a solo shot to right-center.
UK (18-13, 4-7) took a 1-0 lead in the first.
Kyle Barrett led off with a triple. One out later, Ka'ai Tom was hit by a pitch.
Shelby grounded into what was nearly a 1-6-3 double play, but first baseman Hunter Melton's foot came off the bag. Shelby was safe as Barrett scored.
But the Wildcats left the bases loaded in the second and fourth innings.
Their best chance came in the fourth, when two singles and a walk filled the bags with one out.
Andrew Vinson came on in relief of A&M starter Grayson Long and got Thomas Bernal to pop out to second and Marcus Carson to fly to center.
UK's only other run came in the seventh on Storm Wilson's sacrifice fly. But the Cats again stranded runners at second and third.
In the second game, A&M jumped to a quick lead on a two-out, two-run homer by Banks in the first inning.
Bernal, who had a four-hit day, socked a solo homer in the second to halve the deficit. But A&M's Nau matched that in the third to give the Aggies a 3-1 lead.
UK tied with a pair of runs in the fourth, getting RBI singles from Shelby and Bernal.
UK starter Dustin Beggs had retired seven in a row when he was taken down in favor of Kyle Cody to open the sixth inning.
Cody hit the first batter he faced and gave up a one-out RBI double to Logan Taylor.
With two outs, Moss cracked a two-run homer.
"Obviously, between leaving the ball up in the first game and not driving the runners in, that was really the difference," Henderson said. "... In the second game, the kids fought back in the fourth and tied it up going into the top of the sixth, doing a good job. Then obviously the ball leaving the yard again is the difference."
Next up for UK is a Wednesday trip to Louisville.
"That's the only thing on our mind right now," Shelby said. "Everybody knows a few guys on Louisville, so it's going to be a dogfight out there."