Sophomore southpaw Mike Kaczmarek threw five scoreless innings, and junior Gunner Glad hit a two-run single in the first inning to lead Kentucky to a 2-0 non-conference victory against Marshall at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Tuesday.
Glad, a first baseman, lined a hit to center field to account for the only scoring in the game. He was coming off a career game against South Carolina on Saturday when he hit three home runs, scored five runs and knocked in five.
Glad is hitting .407 overall with four homers and 24 RBI.
UK (17-9, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) got a strong performance from Kaczmarek, who gave up one hit and struck out a career-best five.
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Kaczmarek was replaced on the mound by junior Tyler Henry, who threw 12⁄3 innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout.
Freshman Braden Kapteyn took over in the seventh inning and closed out the Thundering Herd, allowing no hits and no runs while striking out two in 21⁄3 innings. It was his third save of the year.
The Herd (11-15) loaded the bases in the sixth inning when Henry replaced Kaczmarek and loaded the bases with two walks and a bunt single.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Henry got Marshall clean-up hitter Victor Gomez to ground a slow roller back to the mound for the third out of the inning.
Kentucky got out of another bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning when Henry gave up a one-out double to Brandon Casamassima, then walked Rhett Stafford to put runners on first and second. UK then turned to the bullpen and Kapteyn, who walked the first batter he faced.
But he got out of the inning for good when Adam Yeager grounded out to first base.
Marshall 000 000 000—0 3 4
Kentucky 200 000 00x—2 7 1
Farrell, Mooney (6), Gatrell (6), Frith (7), Moore (7) and Shackelford. Kaczmarek, Henry (6), Kapteyn (7) and Nidiffer. W—Kaczmarek (1-1). L—Farrell (0-5). 2B—Casamassima (M), Wade (K), Wright (K).