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Cats go extra innings to top Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In a back-and-forth affair that saw No. 7 Kentucky plate go-ahead runs in the 11th and 12th innings, the Wildcats posted a 6-5 win in 12 innings over red-hot Indiana behind strong offensive games from J.T. Riddle and Cameron Flynn and a dominating pitching performance from A.J. Reed, on a Wednesday night at Sembower Field.

Kentucky (38-11) improved to 23-2 in non-conference action with the win, as UK posted a thrilling 6-5 win in its first extra-inning game of the year. UK has now won the fourth most games in the program’s 107-year history, sitting just six wins away from the school-record of 44 wins set in 2006 and 2008. The win over the Hoosiers comes against an IU team that entered the game winners of six of its last seven games and sitting second place in the Big Ten.

The Wildcats plated single runs in the second and third, with IU owning a 4-2 lead entering the sixth inning before two RBI from Brian Adams tied the game. With both UK and IU’s closers working, the game went into the top of the 11th locked in a 4-4 tie before the Wildcats plated a run to take a lead into the bottom of the frame. IU rallied to even it behind a leadoff double in the bottom of the 11th. In the top of the 12th, UK got a leadoff hit from Riddle, who scored from third base on a two-out balk with Austin Cousino at the plate. Freshman Sam Mahar then locked down his first career save with three outs in the bottom of the 12th.

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