MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Kentucky beat James Madison 8-3 Saturday before losing to Coastal Carolina 4-1 to split a doubleheader.
Freshman right-hander Sean Bouthilette got his first collegiate win after giving up just two hits over five scoreless innings in the first game of the day. Bouthilette, an Elizabethtown native, struck out three and walked just one batter.
Fellow freshman Cory Farris was the offensive star of the opener, going 2-for-4 with four RBI. Farris, a Florence native, was the designated hitter and batted in the fifth spot for the second game in a row.
UK jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Keenan Wiley led off with a walk and Chris Wade laid down a perfect push-bunt single. After Chris McClendon drew a walk to load the bases, clean-up hitter Troy Frazier got an RBI with a bases-loaded walk. With the bases still loaded, Farris ripped a two-RBI single into the opposite field, scoring Wade and McClendon.
In the second game, UK's top five hitters in the order combined to go 0-for-19, with Marcus Nidiffer, Spencer Korus and Chris Bisson getting the only hits of the game.
Clint Tilford started for the Cats, giving up three runs — one earned — over 31⁄3 innings. Tyler Henry lasted the next 42⁄3 innings, surrendering two hits and one run.
The Cats fell to 2-1 with the loss to Coastal Carolina (2-0), which UK will play again Sunday in its final game at Myrtle Beach.
James Madison 000 000 030—3 8 4
Kentucky 310 011 02x—8 9 1
Valadja, Munson (4), Futter (6), Weiner (8) and Knight (8). Bouthilette, Meyer (6) and Darnell (9). W—Bouthilette (1-0). L—Valadja (0-1). 2B—Herbek (JM).
Kentucky 000 010 000—1 3 2
Coastal Carolina 020 101 00x—4 6 2
Tilford and Henry (4). Fleet, Rein (7) and McCully (9). W—Fleet (1-0). L—Tilford (0-1). S—McCully (1). 2B—Korus (UK), Bortnick (CC).