UK Baseball

No. 14 South Carolina sweeps doubleheader against No. 17 Bat Cats

Brison Celek smashed a one-out single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift No. 14 South Carolina to a 7-6 walk-off win over No. 17 Kentucky in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Columbia, S.C.

After South Carolina won the opener 5-2, the Gamecocks jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second game entering the sixth. UK (24-14, 7-10 Southeastern Conference) got a two-run homer from Greg Fettes to narrow the margin before A.J. Reed struck for a three-run, go-ahead homer in the seventh for a 6-5 UK lead.

In the eighth inning, UK called upon junior closer Trevor Gott. Graham Saiko, who had gone 0-for-9 on the day, drilled the first pitch into the outfield for the game-tying run.

The outcome snapped UK's stretch of 64 straight wins when holding a lead after the seventh inning. The Cats had been 19-0 this season when holding a lead after the seventh.

Gott (4-1) took his first loss of the year, working 22⁄3 innings in relief, allowing five hits and one run, walking one and striking out two. He is now 20-for-24 in his career in save chances.

Gott hadn't lost a game since April 19, 2011.

■ After Kentucky got a two-run homer from Zac Zellers to open the scoring in the top of the sixth inning in the opener, South Carolina scored four runs on five hits in the bottom half of the inning in a 5-2 victory.

UK starter A.J. Reed (2-5) was handed his fifth loss of the year, tossing 51⁄3 innings, allowing nine hits and four runs, three earned. The sophomore struck out four and surrendered no walks.