Baseball goes 3-0 in Coca-Cola Classic to open season

The UK baseball team opened the 2008 season in perfect fashion, winning all three of its games in the Coca-Cola Classic in Mobile, Ala.

The Cats (3-0) defeated Xavier 10-1 on Saturday, then topped Fairfield 13-3 and South Alabama 10-3 in a doubleheader yesterday.

Junior pitcher Scott Green worked just five innings in the win against Fairfield yesterday but struck out a career-high 10 batters in his first start since 2005.

Collin Cowgill led the charge during a six-run seventh inning against South Alabama in the Cats’ second game yesterday. With UK already up by two, the junior center fielder belted a three-run homer to put the game out of reach. The home run was the first of the season for Cowgill, who was named MVP of the Coca-Cola Classic. The Lexington native batted .308 during the tournament with five runs scored, a home run and five RBIs.