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Zack Thompson pitches Cats past Sam Houston State

Herald-Leader staff report

Kentucky’s Zack Thompson pitched against Sam Houston State on Saturday at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Kentucky’s Zack Thompson pitched against Sam Houston State on Saturday at Minute Maid Park in Houston. UK Athletics

Zack Thompson threw six shutout innings and Luke Heyer hit a home run for the third time in two games to lead No. 8 Kentucky to a 7-2 victory over Sam Houston State in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The Cats improved to 10-1 on the season, their best start since the 2013 club opened 11-1. They will seek a weekend sweep when they face Louisiana on Sunday.

Thompson, a sophomore lefty from Selma, Ind., worked around a pair of bunt singles by Sam Houston State leadoff-hitter Mac Odom, giving up just two other hits while striking out seven and walking just one to earn his second win of the season.

Freshman Jimmy Ramsey pitched a scoreless seventh and junior Zach Haake, making just his second appearance since returning from injury, struck out five over the final two innings.

Heyer crushed a two-run home run to left field in the second inning, giving him two game-winning RBI in as many days. His seventh home run of the season kept him one ahead of sophomore T.J. Collett for the team lead after Collett delivered a two-run shot in the seventh inning.

That was more than enough offense for the Cats, who have produced 67 runs in the past six games, all mostly without All-American Tristan Pompey. He has made just one pinch-hit appearance in that span because of an injury ankle.

Next game

Kentucky vs. Louisiana

Noon Sunday in Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston (WLAP-AM 630)

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