Junior catcher Luke Maile smashed a single up the middle with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring shortstop Matt Reida from second base and lifting No. 23 Kentucky to a 5-4 baseball victory over Canisius on Sunday.
The Wildcats (16-0) completed a three-game sweep of Canisius (7-7) at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky had to rally twice as Canisius took one-run leads in the sixth and seventh innings.
UK is off to the third-best start in program history, eclipsing the 15-0 start of the 2000 team. In 2007 and 2008, UK set the school record with 19-0 starts.
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Canisius took the lead with three runs on five hits in the top of the sixth inning for a 3-2 advantage.
UK tied it in the bottom of the inning when Maile doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Cameron Flynn.
After Canisius again forged ahead in the seventh, Maile tied it 4-4 with a two-out RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Maile, Zac Zellers and J.T. Riddle paced Kentucky's nine-hit attack with two apiece.
Austin Cousino, who entered the contest with a 14-game hitting streak, went 0-for-3.
UK starting pitcher Corey Littrell worked five innings, allowing one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Alex Phillips, the last of five UK pitchers to take the mound Sunday, got the final two outs in the ninth for his first win of the year.
Canisius starter Devon Stewart tossed 62⁄3 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs, walking one and striking out two. Nathan Linesman (3-1), the second of three Canisius pitchers, took the loss.
UK returns to action Tuesday when it plays host to Wright State at 4 p.m.