March 15, 2014
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats got a pair of two-run home runs in the first inning from Austin Cousino and Michael Thomas en route to a 7-2 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in game one of Saturday's Southeastern Conference doubleheader. Thomas was 4-for-4 at the plate, with three RBI and two runs scored.
The winning pitcher for Kentucky (14-5, 1-1 SEC) was Chandler Shepherd (4-0), who went 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on nine hits with five strikeouts. Spencer Jack held the Tide to a hit and a walk in the final 1.1 innings to close it out.
In his fifth start of the season, Justin Kamplain (2-2) took the loss after five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts. After Kamplain was lifted, Jay Shaw surrendered a run on three hits, and Tucker Hawley struck out two in two perfect innings.
Wade Wass was 2-for-4 with a single, a double and an RBI to lead the Tide (11-6, 1-1 SEC) offense. Will Haynie went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Mikey White was 1-for-4 and reached base safely for the eighth consecutive game. Kyle Overstreet also posted a multiple-hit game, going 2-for-5.
After Kentucky took the early 4-0 lead, Alabama got on the board in the third inning on an RBI single by Wass. Kentucky stretched its lead to 7-1 with two runs in the sixth and a run in the seventh, before the Tide got a single run in the eighth inning a sacrifice fly by Austen Smith.
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Alabama Game Notes
*Through 94 all-time meetings between the two schools, Alabama has a 57-37 record against Kentucky.
*Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard is now 5-6 in his career when facing the Wildcats.
*Will Haynie's second-inning single extended his hitting streak to seven games.
*With a single, Mikey White has reached base safely in eight straight games.
*Kyle Overstreet went 2-for-5 to record his sixth multiple-hit game this season and the 23rd multiple-hit game of his career.
*Wade Wass registered a 2-for-4 game for the fourth multiple-hit game of his career.
*Wass continues to lead the Tide in doubles with his seventh of the season.