Apr 27, 2013 7:00 PM
Max Kuhn's RBI single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning forced in the eventual game-winning run and No. 24 Kentucky got a dynamic start from Corey Littrell and a clutch-relief outing from Trevor Gott, to post a 5-4 comeback win at No. 16 Ole Miss, on Saturday afternoon in front of 9,032 at Swayze Field.
Kentucky (26-17, 9-12 Southeastern Conference) fell behind after the first inning, 1-0 before rallying to even the game in the second and take a 2-1 lead after four innings. Austin Anderson then lifted the Rebels to the lead with a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth inning. The Wildcats evened up the game on Greg Fettes' solo homer in the sixth and took a 5-3 lead in the eighth with a pair of runs, with Kuhn's RBI single driving in the eventual game-winning run. Gott took over in the ninth and worked around two hits and a run to nail down his school-record 10th save of 2013 and the 21st of his career.
UK starter Corey Littrell (5-3) worked eight strong innings, allowing seven hits and three runs, walking one and striking out six. Gott took over to start the ninth inning and allowing a pair of hits and a run to score, battling around the game-tying run at second base to end the game on a strikeout and lift the Wildcats to the series win.
The series victory for UK in Oxford is its first since the 2007 season and just the third in program history, with UK also winning two of three at Ole Miss in 2001.
Ole Miss (31-13, 11-9 SEC) starter Sam Smith worked 4.2 innings, allowing two hits and two runs, walking two and striking out two. Aaron Greenwood took over in the fifth inning, working two innings, allowing four hits and one run, striking out three. Lefty Matt Denny (1-1) got an out in the seventh, allowing two unearned runs, with Tanner Bailey also getting two outs in the seventh. Jeremy Massie got four outs in relief in the eighth and ninth.
UK will break for finals next week and return to action with No. 14 Arkansas in a three-game series, starting on Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.