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Career-high four RBI by Shelby powers UK baseball team to win; softball Cats finish 5-1


Sophomore JaVon Shelby had a career-high four RBI as Kentucky posted a 12-7 win over No. 16 UC Santa Barbara to conclude its four-game swing in Southern California (UK Athletics Photo)

Sophomore JaVon Shelby had a career-high four RBI as Kentucky posted a 12-7 win over No. 16 UC Santa Barbara to conclude its four-game swing in Southern California (UK Athletics Photo)

 

Behind a home run and a career-high four RBI game from sophomore JaVon Shelby, Kentucky posted a 12-7 win over No. 16 UC Santa Barbara to conclude its four-game swing in Southern California, on an overcast Sunday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
 

Kentucky (3-3) got a career-high four RBI game from Shelby, who belted a three-run first inning homer to give UK an early advantage. He finished 2-for-5, with UK also boosted by a career-best four hits from sophomore rightfielder Storm Wilson. UK also got two-hit games from Thomas Bernal and Ka’ai Tom, and got hits from Riley Mahan, Evan White and Kyle Barrett.
 

The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the top of the third inning with three-run frames in the first and third innings, with UK also getting two-run innings in the sixth and eighth.
 

Kentucky starter Logan Salow worked season-long 3.1 innings in his first start of the year, allowing five hits and three runs, walking two and striking out four. The Wildcats called on lefty Dylan Dwyer (1-0) with one out and a runner on base in the fourth after Salow reached his pitch count. Dwyer worked 3.1 innings without allowing an earned run, scattering four hits and striking out three.
 

Kentucky junior Zach Strecker got an out in the seventh inning in relief of Dwyer. Andrew Nelson started the eighth inning before freshman Zach Logue came on to get out of the frame. Logue faced a bases-loaded, no out jam, getting a double play and a strikeout to take UK into the ninth. Senior righty Spencer Jack worked the ninth inning.
 

UC Santa Barbara (6-1) starter Justin Jacome (1-1) worked four innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs – four earned – walking one and striking out four. James Carter worked two innings in relief, before Joe Record started the seventh inning. UCSB also used Alex Garcia in relief in the eighth inning.
 

Kentucky is scheduled to play the first of 12 straight home games Wednesday, when the Wildcats host Morehead State. Game time is 4 p.m.
 

Wildcat softball team splits final games in Nutter Collegiate Classic
 

The No. 9 University of Kentucky softball team completed play in the 2015 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Saturday with a loss to No. 3 Oklahoma and victory over San Diego State, who is receiving votes in the national rankings. The games concluded a 5-1 weekend in one of the nation’s most prestigious early season tournaments.
 

Kentucky (11-3) started the day with a 7-3 loss to highly ranked Oklahoma, who won the 2013 Women’s College World Series and played in the WCWS last season. UK responded in its final game of the tournament, taking down San Diego State 5-2, who won the Mountain West Conference last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
 

The games completed play for UK in the event with the Wildcats posting a 5-1 record against some of the best competition in the nation. UK started the tournament with a victory over No. 10 Arizona, which marked Kentucky’s second victory this season over a top-10 team. The Wildcats also posted wins over LIU Brooklin, Long Beach State and Oregon State, who has received votes in the national rankings this season.
 

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Sophomore pitcher Meagan Prince started for Kentucky against San Diego State, picking up her sixth win of the season after four strong innings. The native of Martin, Tenn., allowed two earned runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk. She was relieved to start the fifth inning by junior Kelsey Nunley, who tossed the final three innings with only two hits allowed and no runs with five strikeouts.
 

The save was Nunley’s first of the season and third of her career to rank fourth all-time in school history.
 

The Wildcats are back in action on Friday when they travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., to play in the Frost Classic, hosted by Tennessee Tech. Kentucky meets the host team Friday at 1:30 p.m., followed by a game against Wright State.
 

From UK Athletics


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