Freshman southpaw Taylor Rogers struck out a career-high eight in seven shutout innings and outfielders Cory Farris and Chad Wright each contributed three RBI as Kentucky posted a series-clinching 11-2 win over IPFW Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Rogers, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound freshman making his fourth career start, allowed only four hits and two walks. Rogers (3-0) owns a 4.30 ERA in 23 innings.
Wright led the Cats with a 3-for-5 game, adding his fourth steal of the year. Farris launched his second homer of the season and was 2-for-4.
Third baseman Andy Burns went 1-for-5 with two RBI, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games, while Keenan Wiley went 1-for-4 to extend his streak to eight.
Neiko Johnson, who stole a career-high four bases Friday night, added two more steals, raising his season total to a league-leading 15-for-15.
Starter Ryan August took the loss for IPFW (1-11), going three innings and allowing five hits and one run.
Kentucky (12-2) improved to 7-1 at home.
Rifle team 4th in nationals
Despite a 594 in air rifle from Ashley Jackson and a second-place team finish in that event, the Kentucky rifle team finished in fourth place at the NCAA Rifle Champions, with host Texas Christian University claiming the NCAA title.
Softball Cats fall 3-2
Kentucky scored two runs in the sixth inning but couldn't complete the comeback, falling 3-2 at Auburn. UK (14-7) lost its conference opener. Sophomore Chanda Bell took the defeat despite striking out 11 Auburn batters.
Diver Faulkner qualifies
Junior diver Lisa Faulkner qualified for the NCAA Championships on the three-meter board at the NCAA Zone Diving Competition at Purdue. Faulkner placed fifth overall among the 46 competitors by earning a combined mark of 627.60 in the event.
Golf women in 19th
Kentucky's women's golf team stands 19th entering the final round of the Tiger/Wave Classic after carding a second-round 326 Saturday in New Orleans. Freshman Ashleigh Albrecht recorded a 6-over-par 78 to lead the Wildcats in the second round.