UK Baseball

UK freshman fill-ins turn back Gators

Freshmen Walter Wijas and Jordan Cooper held No. 7 Florida to two runs over the first six innings, and Kentucky went on to a 6-5 win Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky (22-14, 5-10 Southeastern Conference) was without sophomore pitcher Alex Meyer, UK's usual Sunday starter, because of illness. UK turned to Wijas, a freshman right-hander with 82⁄3 innings and seven relief appearances in his career entering the game.

Wijas retired the first 10 hitters he faced, carrying a perfect game into the fourth inning, when he allowed his first hits, a single and double to start the inning.

Cooper came in and threw three strong innings to pick up the win, allowing two hits, one run and striking out three.

Closer Matt Little entered in the ninth with one out and the tying run on deck. He allowed a two-run homer to All-SEC second baseman Josh Adams to cut the UK lead to one, but he got Preston Tucker to ground out to second to end the game.

The Wildcats led 6-0 after three innings, scoring three in the first, two in the second and one run in the third.

Lance Ray led the way for the Wildcats, going 3-for-3 with a walk. Chris Bisson notched two hits, while Cory Farris and Taylor Black also contributed multi-hit games.

Chad Wright extended his hitting streak to nine games.