A pair of homers and quality pitching, not to mention three double plays, added up to a 6-2 Kentucky victory over Georgia on Friday.
Dorian Hairston hit a three-run shot and Ka'ai Tom added a solo blast as the Wildcats won the opener of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Zack Brown (5-5) worked into the seventh inning before Logan Salow and Zach Strecker came in to squeeze out of bases-loaded jams in the seventh and eighth.
Brown gave up two runs on nine hits over 61⁄3 innings. He struck out six and walked one. First-pitch strikes were common.
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"I definitely wasn't as sharp tonight," Brown said. "Two-seam, it wasn't as good on occasion. Curveball, it just lost its sharpness quicker than usual. ... I just battled in there tonight. I didn't have my best stuff, but found a way."
Brown exited with the bases loaded and one out.
Salow came in and got Skyler Weber to ground into a 5-2-3 double play.
The Bulldogs again loaded the bases with one out in the eighth.
This time Strecker, notching his first career save, got pinch-hitter Zack Bowers to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.
UK's other double play came in the second inning, when Jared Walsh lined to shortstop Connor Heady, who doubled Daniel Nichols off at first.
"I told the kids after the game I'm really proud of the effort of infield defense," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "Tremendous tonight. And everybody got involved."
UK (27-21, 12-12 SEC) put two on with one out in each of the first three innings.
The first two times, the Wildcats were unable to cash in.
However, with two outs in the third, Hairston socked his fourth homer of the season, to left field, to give UK a 3-0 lead.
"(Georgia starter David Sosebee) hung a curveball the first at-bat and then he hung it again in the second at-bat," Hairston said. "It was a 2-1 count and I took advantage of it."
Georgia (22-26, 7-17) got on the board with a run in the fifth.
Walsh led off with a double, took third on a groundout and scored on Mitchell Webb's single up the middle.
UK responded in the bottom of the inning when Tom belted a solo home run to right-center.
Georgia came back in the sixth when Weber led off with a home run to right, cutting UK's lead to 4-2.
Once again, UK responded in the bottom of the inning, as Kyle Barrett's two-out double down the left-field line gave the Cats a 6-2 lead. Umpires went to a video review to verify that the ball was fair.
"That was big, wasn't it?" Henderson said. "The ball down the line, that was huge. Two more runs there really created a cushion, and now you're not afraid of the next guy running it out of the yard and you've got a real problem, or a tie game. A big night for Kyle Barrett."
Barrett finished with four of UK's 12 hits. Tom and Storm Wilson had two hits each.
Walsh had three of Georgia's 11 hits.
The series will resume Saturday at 2 p.m., with UK righthander Dustin Beggs squaring off against lefty Ryan Lawlor.
UK has taken four straight series from the Bulldogs, who last took a series in 2010.