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Burns' two-run shot caps Cats' rout

Andy Burns hit his fourth homer of the year, and the University of Kentucky baseball team rolled over Evansville 7-1 Tuesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Right-hander Nick Kennedy tossed three shutout innings for a save in his first appearance since the beginning of the 2009 season. Kennedy missed all but two games last year because of injury.

Burns was one of five Cats with two hits. The 6-foot-2 third baseman added his third double of the season. Gunner Glad, Keenan Wiley, Braden Kapteyn and Michael Williams each had two hits and two RBI for UK (10-1).

Freshman Jordan Cooper (1-0) picked up the win, allowing six hits and one earned run and striking out four in his first start. He threw 44 strikes out of 55 pitches.

Evansville kept it close until the eighth when the Cats scored four runs.

Kapteyn and Williams started things off with back-to-back doubles. Then junior Taylor Black scored pinch runner Brian Adams on a single through the left side. Sophomore Chad Wright reached on a fielder's choice, and Burns brought him home one batter later with a shot to left center.

The Cats' first three runs were unearned. A passed ball and a wild pitch scored two in the second inning with Evansville starter Scott Scheumann (0-2) on the mound, and a throwing error in the third led to another run.

Greg Wallace's two-out double in the third inning accounted for the Purple Aces' only run.

The Cats won their third straight game after falling to San Diego State last week.