Wednesday turned out to be a beautiful day for Kentucky's baseball team.
Beautiful with a sunny game-time temperature of 72 degrees at Cliff Hagan Stadium, and beautiful with a 9-4 victory over Morehead State.
A nice way to bounce back from Tuesday's ugly 12-3 loss at Western Kentucky.
"I think anytime you lose it's important to come out and play well the next day," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "Obviously a little hiccup in the fourth inning with the two balls that left the yard. But overall a positive step forward."
UK (16-8) got two hits each from Ka'ai Tom and JaVon Shelby, and two RBI apiece from Storm Wilson, Zach Arnold and Connor Heady.
The Wildcats also had four pitchers come out of the bullpen to combine on 51⁄3 innings of two-hit, no-walk, shutout ball.
First out of the pen was former Lexington Catholic star Taylor Martin, who worked a career-high 22⁄3 innings of one-hit ball to notch his first career win.
"(Tuesday) night was rough," Martin said. "We came out and took care of business today. It was good."
UK wasted no time in jumping on the Eagles (11-12).
Arnold's two-run single highlighted a five-run first inning in which the Cats batted around.
Shelby, reaching base safely for a 16th game in a row, got a gift single in the inning when MSU center fielder Ryan Kent and right fielder Brandon Rawe bumped into each other.
Wilson's solo homer to left field, an opposite-field shot, made it 6-0 through three innings.
"I wasn't really trying to do too much with that pitch," Wilson said. "It was an 0-1 count and ... go with the wind to help me out, and I was doing what I could do with it, and it worked out."
UK right-hander Zach Pop ran into trouble in the fourth, surrendering two-out, two-run homers to Nick Newell and Alex Stephens. That cut the lead to 6-4.
Martin came in with a man on and Kent representing the tying run at the plate. He got Kent on a fly ball to the warning track in left-center.
"It was up there pretty high. I kind of got nervous there for a second," Martin said. "But it ended up coming down and Tom made a nice play."
Zach Strecker, Logan Salow and Spencer Jack followed Martin to the mound.
The Cats widened the margin to 8-4 in the sixth, when No. 9 hitter Heady knocked a two-run double down the third-base line.
Tom added a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning.
"I thought the last eight innings we played well," Morehead Coach Mike McGuire said. "Unfortunately, we miscommunicated in the outfield there in the first inning; it led to a big inning. They may have gotten a run or two, but certainly the miscommunication led it to a five-running inning.
"That's a tough hole to battle out of. I thought our guys did a good job competing and battling, and we got ourselves back in the ball game."
Serious business awaits the Wildcats this weekend, when they visit top-ranked LSU for a three-game Southeastern Conference series.
"We're going to obviously need to play well. They're a very talented team. It'll be a good challenge for us. All those other coaching clichés," Henderson said with a smile. "But we're looking forward to it. A chance for us to do something."
UK, 2-4 in SEC play, took two of three games at home from No. 20 Mississippi State last weekend.