UK Baseball

Bat Cats crush Gators, even series

The Kentucky baseball team pounded Florida for 18 hits, including four from surging Thomas McCarthy, and won 14-1 Friday to even the series in Gainesville.

UK got three-hit games from Neiko Johnson, Taylor Black and Chad Wright. Johnson collected a career-high four RBI and four runs scored on a 3-for-5 game.

McCarthy, the reigning Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, owns a nine-game hitting streak and has seven consecutive games with at least three hits.

The 14 runs and 18 hits are the most allowed by the Gators this season.

UK starter Alex Meyer (7-5) went seven strong innings, allowing only five hits and one run, walking three and striking out nine. Meyer allowed only one run, coming in the fifth inning.

A native of Greensburg, Ind., Meyer tossed his 10th quality start of the year in his 14th start. In his three-year career, Meyer owns 253 strikeouts, good for fifth in UK history, coming in 2112⁄3 career innings. On the year, Meyer has struck out 110 in 101 innings, passing Chris Rusin's 109 strikeouts during the 2009 season and moving into eighth-best in UK single-season history.

UK junior lefty Alex Phillips tossed the final two innings without allowing a run.

Florida (40-15, 21-8 SEC) starter Hudson Randall (8-2) went over four innings, allowing seven hits and five runs, walking one and striking out three. The ace righty entered the game in the conversation for SEC Pitcher of the Year accolades, owning a 2.14 ERA.