UK Baseball

Bat Cats hit four homers, clinch series over Georgia

Thomas McCarthy hit two of Kentucky's four home runs Saturday, and the Cats pounded out 17 hits to beat Georgia 12-5 and clinch just their third Southeastern Conference series win of the season.

McCarthy finished with four RBI, and Taylor Black added four more with a grand slam in the second inning that gave the host Cats a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs came back with four runs in the third, but UK starter Corey Littrell (6-5) recovered and pitched effectively through the sixth inning while the Cats steadily added to their lead, including a two-run shot by Luke Maile in the fifth. The sophomore catcher from Covington Catholic leads UK with nine homers this year.

Littrell, a freshman out of Louisville Trinity, gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out six. Four of the hits came in the third, when he hit leadoff batter Curt Powell with a pitch. (Littrell plunked Powell again in the sixth.)

The Cats last won an SEC series on April 24, against Arkansas. The only other team they bested this season is last-place Tennessee, on the opening weekend of league play. They hadn't beaten Georgia in a series since 2007. But the Cats have 29 hits and 19 runs in two wins against the Dogs this weekend.