LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Wildcats baseball team clinched their weekend series against Northern Kentucky University 7-6 Sunday, in game one of a doubleheader at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Dustin Beggs made his home debut, and struck out eight batters over seven innings pitched.
Amazingly, Beggs registered first-pitch strikes to 24 of 27 batters as he led the Cats to the victory.
It only took Beggs 76 pitches with 58 of those going for strikes, while retiring the first nine batters he faced to start the contest.
UK sits at 11-3 overall, and Beggs moves to 2-1 on the mound after his incredible performance.
The Cats jumped on top early with two runs scored in the third frame, added one run in the fourth, and four runs plated in the sixth frame.
NKU made it interesting plating runs in the fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth frames.
Zach Arnold and designated hitter Dorian each collected three hits, while JaVon Shelby put up a two hit, two RBI performance.
Ka’ai Tom went 1-for-3 on the afternoon together with his two-out, two-RBI base hit in the third frame that gave the Cats their first lead. Riley Mahan, Marcus Carson and Connor Heady all had a base hit.
Logan Salow was strong, stepping in during the eighth frame to get two outs on the mound in advance of Matt Snyder registering the final out of the inning.
In the ninth inning, it was Zach Strecker who logged two outs on the bump, opening the door for Zach Logue to come in and register his first career save and correspondingly the last out of the contest.
Justin Watts (1-1) pitched three frames for NKU (2-10), while giving up four hits, two runs, and fanning four batters.
The series will end later on Sunday, with the game broadcast live on SEC Network+ and WatchESPN.