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March 11, 2014

Oh snap: Reed's 18-game hitting streak falls in No. 20 UK's loss at No. 16 IU

BLOOMINGTON — No. 16 Indiana mounted two-run rallies in the first and fourth innings and the Hoosiers ended the hitting streak of Terre Haute native A.J. Reed at 18 games to post a 7-2 win over No. 20 Kentucky on Tuesday.

Despite going hitless, Reed remains the NCAA leader in home runs (8) and RBI (28) for a potent Wildcats’ offense.

Kentucky (13-4) dropped its first game with the Hoosiers in the last four meetings, with the meeting marking the first time in modern UK history (2003-present) that the two teams faced off as top-20 foes.

Indiana got two-run frames in the bottom of the first and fourth innings, adding a run in the fifth inning. Indiana used homers from Dustin DeMuth and Kyle Schwarber to stretch its lead after the first-inning rally.

UK starter Dylan Dwyer (1-1) suffered his first career loss in his fourth career start. The Murray, Ky., native worked 7 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and seven runs, striking out a career-high nine. After throwing a complete-game shutout vs. Cincinnati last Wednesday, Dwyer had his streak of 12 1/3 consecutive shutout innings snapped in the first inning.

Kentucky junior right-hander Spencer Jack came on with runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, allowing a hit and getting a double play to get out of the eighth.

The Wildcats were led at the plate by Max Kuhn and Micheal Thomas, with Kuhn belting his second homer of the year during a 2-for-4 game. Thomas also collected a 2-for-4 game, with UK also getting a RBI double from Austin Cousino, who extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games, with Thomas Bernal singling in the ninth.

Kyle Barrett and Reed had their hitting streaks snapped at 18 games, which marked the longest hitting streak for Kentucky since Caleb Stewart hit safely in 20 straight in 2004.

Indiana (8-6) starter Kyle Hart (2-1) worked eight strong innings, allowing five hits and two runs – one earned – not issuing a walk and striking out eight. The Hoosiers then turned to weekend starter Joey DeNato, who got one out, before Scott Effros got the last two outs of the game.

UK will return to action on Wednesday, playing host to Northern Kentucky at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. m.

Indiana added two runs in the fourth inning, as Casey Smith reached first base on a fielder’s choice. With Smith on the run on a two-out pitch, DeMuth homered over the rightfield wall. The homer snapped the UK streak of not allowing a home run in 122 consecutive innings, dating back to opening weekend vs. VMI.

UK cut into the lead in the top of the fifth, as Barrett chopped a grounder to the right side, reaching on an error, and then stealing his ninth base of the year. Cousino then doubled down the leftfield line, making it a 4-2 Indiana lead.

A first-team preseason All-American catcher, Schwarber got the run back for the Hoosiers in the bottom of the fifth, smacking a two-out solo homer over the centerfield fence.

 

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