Kentucky scored three runs off South Carolina closer Tyler Johnson in the eighth inning and added a pair of runs on a homer by Riley Mahan off Colie Bowers in the ninth to defeat the Gamecocks 9-4 and hand them their fifth straight series loss.
Junior infielder Tyler Marshall’s single in the eighth in drove in the game-winning RBI. It was Marshall’s second game-winning RBI of the season and fourth of his career.
“They’re an awfully good team,” South Carolina Coach Chad Holbrook said of UK. “They had a big two-out hit there in the eighth. … We struggled kind of to close them out.”
The sixth-ranked Cats took the series 2-1, and took a series in Columbia, S.C., for the first time since 1999.
No. 21 South Carolina has not won a weekend series since late March.
“We didn’t play bad baseball today … ,” Holbrook said. “Today the opponent outperformed us.”
Kentucky, at 31-14 overall, leads the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division at 14-7. Western Division co-leaders Mississippi State and Auburn are also 14-7 in league play.
Logan Salow struck out a career-high 10 batters in 4 2/3 innings to earn the victory. Salow did not allow a hit, retiring 14 of the 15 batters he faced. A walk was the lone baserunner.
“Logan Salow is terrific,” Holbrook said. “He’s got a special breaking ball. He’s got good stuff. We were no match for him.”
Marshall finished 3-for-5 at the plate with a run and two RBI.
Evan White also homered for the Cats. Zach Reks was 3-for-5 and Marcus Carson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Justin Lewis started for UK, giving up four runs, all earned, on seven hits and no walks in 4 1/3 innings. He had four strikeouts.
Kentucky has gone 64 games without being shut out, tied for the eighth-longest such streak in school history.
Georgia at Kentucky
6:30 p.m. Friday