Cats clinch weekend series with rout of Buffalo

Kentucky vs. Austin Peay at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff.

Chris Angolia

UK baseball clinched its first weekend series of the year with a win Saturday over the Buffalo Bulls by a final score of 14-3.

Senior Dustin Beggs continued to roll on the mound for the Cats going seven innings, allowing two runs on just two hits. Beggs also struck out eight Bulls over his seven innings of work.

As for the Cats offense, they jumped on Bulls starter Brandon Mumaw early.

In the first, Storm Wilson led off by getting hit by a pitch and Evan White followed with a single putting two runners on with no outs. Then with JaVon Shelby at the plate, Wilson and White executed a double steal, putting themselves on second and third. Wilson would come into score when Shelby hit a sacrifice fly giving the Cats the early 1-0 lead.

After Tristan Pompey struck out, Gunnar McNeill ripped a two out single scoring White and bringing the Cats lead to 2-0 after one.

The Cats then broke things open in the second.

They put themselves in business by putting runners on first and second with one out, and White came through with a one-out, two RBI triple increasing the Cats’ lead to 4-0. Shelby was then hit by a pitch and stole second putting runners on second and third.

Pompey followed Shelby with a single through the left side scoring White and Shelby, and just like that the Cats lead had ballooned to 6-0.

After three, the Cats were up 8-0.

The Bulls were able to get one run back in the fourth off a Vinny Mallaro solo shot, but the Cats would respond in the bottom half of the inning.

Freshman Kole Cottam ripped a two-out, two-RBI single bringing the Cats’ lead to 10-1.

In the fifth, Pompey led off by belting his team-leading fourth homer of the year, putting the Cats up ten, 11-1.

Beggs continued to roll in the sixth, retiring the Bulls in order and continued to be rewarded for his solid pitching. After Wilson led off the bottom half with his third double of the game, White followed by picking his fourth hit of the game as well as his fourth RBI of the game.

With the Cats ahead 12-1, Buffalo put another run on the board in the seventh courtesy of a two-out RBI double by Mike Abrunzo, trimming the Cats lead to ten, 12-2.

Riley Mahan led off the bottom half by belting his second homer of the year in the bottom of the inning, quickly getting the run back for the Cats.

Both the Bulls and Cats each added another run in the eighth and freshman Daniel Tillo came on in the ninth to seal the 14-3 victory for the Cats.

Beggs’ performance Saturday has showed people that he has come to play in his final season in Lexington. His performance Saturday increased his record to 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA and over his 21 innings of work, Beggs has surrendered just eight hits while striking out 23 through the three starts.

The Cats (6-3) are going for the series sweep of Buffalo Sunday at The Cliff when Kyle Cody gets the start.