The Kentucky baseball team scored four runs with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on for a 7-6 win over Alabama in the series opener at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Friday night.
The Wildcats put five straight runners on base with some well-placed hits and an error to beat the Tide (20-10, 4-6 SEC), ranked 24th by Baseball America.
Junior right-hander Jason Townsend replaced Adam Morgan (4-1) on the mound, but pinch hitter Cory Farris blooped an RBI single down the left-field line to score Keenan Wiley with the tying run. Lance Ray came up to pinch-hit next and hit a ground ball to shortstop Josh Rutledge, who bobbled it and threw wildly to first base. Ray was awarded an RBI single, and Taylor Black scored the go-ahead run. Farris also scored on Rutledge's error, giving Kentucky a 6-4 lead.
Junior Brett Whitaker replaced Townsend and gave up a run-scoring single to Chad Wright that scored pinch-runner Navarro Hall to give the Wildcats a 7-4 lead.
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UK junior righty Nick Kennedy (3-1) got the win despite giving up two runs in the ninth with nobody out. Matt Little came in and retired three straight batters on nine pitches for his fifth save of the season.