Sixth inning rally lifts Cats over Xavier 6-2


Junior lefty Logan Salow earned his first win in 2016 against Xavier by tossing three hitless innings. He appeared in his seventh game of the year in relief of Wednesday.

Chris Angolia

UK baseball got back on the right track Wednesday, picking up a 6-2 victory over the Xavier Musketeers improving its record to 18-7.

Thanks to a six-run sixth inning, the Cats were able to open up the scoring after both teams went scoreless through five. Five different hitters picked up RBI in the inning, including Gunnar McNeill, who ripped an RBI double increasing his hitting streak to 20 games ­— the longest hitting streak in the Southeastern Conference. Riley Mahan, Kole Cottam, Storm Wilson and Tristan Pompey also drove in runs in the inning.

The Cats have had ample success against left handed pitchers this season, and Wednesday’s duel against Xavier’s Greg Jacknewitz proved to be another victim of the UK bats. UK is now a perfect 6-0 against starting left-handed pitchers.

UK’s pitching staff put together a solid outing, allowing two runs on just four hits.

Zach Logue got the start for the Cats, going three innings allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three. Logan Salow came in to replace Logue and tossed three innings of no hit ball. The junior lefty’s only blemishes were the two walks that he issued. Both Musketeer runs came courtesy of extra base hits, and outside of those two blemishes, the pitching staff turned in a much needed performance after yesterday’s loss.

Salow appeared in his seventh game of the year in relief and the 53rd of his career. With Wednesday’s victory, he notched his first win of 2016 and moved to 4-5 in his career.

UK now heads to Knoxville to open up a weekend series with Tennessee in its third SEC series of the year.

The Vols head into the series with a record of 16-9 on the year and 2-4 in SEC play.

Top five prospect junior third basemen Nick Senzel leads the Vols on offense. Senzel heads into the series with the Cats boasting a .360 batting average along with 32 runs scored and 35 RBI. Zach Warren is set to get the start Friday in the opener for the Vols. Warren boasts a 4-1 record on the year with a 2.83 ERA while striking out 36 hitters over his 35 innings of work.

For the Cats, Evan White and McNeill will be looking to stay hot at the plate after extending their hitting streaks to 18 and 20 games, respectively. Both boast a batting average above .375, and they will be looking to continue their ways this weekend.

On the mound, Zack Brown is looking for his first SEC win on Friday, and it will be key to UK’s success if it can get a good outing from Brown.

As for UK, it will be looking to win its third straight SEC series to start the year in conference play, beginning with Friday’s matchup which is set for 6 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.