Sophomore left fielder Chad Wright got two hits and two RBI, and freshman southpaw Taylor Rogers allowed only a run in six innings as Kentucky posted a series-clinching 4-3 win over Bowling Green Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky picked up its fifth consecutive win to open the season. Rogers (2-0) was again splendid on the mound, allowing just six hits, walking two and striking out three. Rogers has tossed 132⁄3 innings, allowing one run with an 0.66 ERA.
"I was pleased that he was able to get out of (jams) and he had a base runner every inning. I was pleased that he made those adjustments," UK Coach Gary Henderson said.
Offensively, Wright led the way for the Wildcats, going 2-for-4 and adding his first steal and double of the season. Pre-season All-American Chris Bisson had a 1-for-3 afternoon, with a walk, and Andy Burns, Keenan Wiley, Gunner Glad, Lance Ray and Taylor Black each got a hit.
UK freshman right-hander Jordan Cooper followed Rogers and came one out shy of the save, allowing four hits and two runs with two strikeouts. After forcing a double play with two out in the ninth, Cooper loaded the bases, forcing Henderson to turn to sophomore right-handed closer Braden Kapteyn, who got the final out to pick up his first save of the season.