In his first home at-bat, Kentucky freshman A.J. Reed hit a grand slam with winds gusting to 35 mph as the Cats cruised to a 13-4 win over Buffalo in their home opener.
Chilly weather at Cliff Hagan Stadium didn't slow UK (4-0), which also got homers from Austin Cousino and Zac Zellers.
A 6-foot-4, 235-pounder, Reed smashed his first career homer in the first inning to erase a 2-1 Buffalo lead. Reed, a 25th-round draft pick by the Mets last year, led the Cats with the first six-RBI game for a UK player since Lance Ray hit two three-run homers in a win over Louisiana State in 2010.
UK starter Taylor Rogers (2-0) allowed three runs on four hits in six innings, striking out a career-high nine for his second straight start. He also fanned nine in the season opener against Wofford in South Carolina.
Softball wins 2nd straight
Brittany Cervantes had both RBI, and Kara Dill went 3-for-3 as the Kentucky softball team beat Jacksonville State 2-1 Friday for its second straight win. Chanda Bell got the win for UK (6-5), giving up four hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.
Hogs take early SEC lead
Arkansas' Makeba Alcide won the women's pentathlon Friday to give the Razorbacks an early advantage at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Kentucky's Nutter Field House. UK didn't have any athletes competing in the only event completed Friday.
Freshman Daniel Buckles (Grayson Co.) ran a career-best time of 7.60 in the 60-meter dash, part of the men's heptathlon to be completed Saturday.
Competition starts at 11 a.m., and events will be streamed live on ESPN3.com from 2-7:30 p.m.