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UK baseball team turns back Austin Peay, 6-3

UK players including 19-Austin Cousino, 7-Lucas Witt, 2- Zac Zellers, celebrated the win after the University of Kentucky defeated Mississippi State in baseball at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington Ky., Saturday, March 23, 2013. This is game 2 of a scheduled 3-game weekend series. UK won 3-2. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
UK players including 19-Austin Cousino, 7-Lucas Witt, 2- Zac Zellers, celebrated the win after the University of Kentucky defeated Mississippi State in baseball at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington Ky., Saturday, March 23, 2013. This is game 2 of a scheduled 3-game weekend series. UK won 3-2. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Freshman right-hander Kyle Cody pitched a strong 5 1/3 innings Tuesday night and the University of Kentucky baseball team went on to beat Austin Peay 6-3 at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Eight of Kentucky's nine starters delivered base hits as the No. 13 Wildcats improved to 23-9.

UK got two runs in the fourth, a run in the fifth and three in the sixth, and fended off an eighth-inning Austin Peay (25-8) rally,

Cody (3-1) allowed four hits and one run, walking two and striking out four. Sophomore Chandler Shepherd took over in a one-out, two-on jam in the sixth, allowing a run to score on a groundout before escaping. Shepherd worked 1 2/3 innings, getting into the eighth, allowing a pair of leadoff hits that came around to score on the UK bullpen. Walter Wijas got three outs in the eighth after replacing Shepherd.

Junior Trevor Gott took over to start the ninth with UK holding a three-run lead. The right-hander picked up his eighth save of the year and the school-record 19th of his career, striking out the side in the ninth.

Austin Peay starter Zach Hall (3-2) worked five innings, allowing five hits and three runs --two earned -- walking three and striking out four. Kentucky will return to action on Friday, beginning a three-game series with Tennessee at Cliff Hagan Stadium, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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