UK Baseball

Wade lifts Cats on walk-off slam

With two outs and down one run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, sophomore shortstop Chris Wade belted the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence to propel Kentucky to a series sweep with a 9-6 win over Indiana State Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

"I was just trying to make good contact and hit the ball hard," said Wade, a Lexington Christian graduate.

"I was definitely not thinking about the home run, I just wanted to make good contact. When we were down, we kept the positive energy up in the dugout and never thought we were going to lose. The guys did a good job to get on base in the ninth and Clint (Tilford) kept us in the ball game on the mound."

UK (9-2) got its second walk-off win in the last four games. The Cats beat Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday with Chris Bisson's walk-off homer.

Indiana State got out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and made it 6-1 before the Cats started their comeback in the seventh inning.

The Wildcats got five shutout innings in relief from Tilford, a junior right-hander who picked up his first win of the year. The West Paducah native came into the game with UK down five runs and shut the door on the Sycamores. Tilford gave up just two hits while striking out three and walking one.

"I think he (Tilford) really stepped up and was the star of the game in my opinion," UK Coach Gary Henderson said.