NORFOLK, Va. —
Junior first-team preseason All-American A.J. Reed belted a two-run home run and a grand slam in the fifth inning — becoming the first player in school history with two homers in one inning — and worked seven innings on the mound, leading Kentucky to a 16-2 win over St. Joseph’s in the Old Dominion Invitational college baseball tournament Friday afternoon at Bud Methany Complex.
A Terre Haute native, Reed had a historic game with his damage in the fifth inning, marking a first in the 100-year-plus history of the program. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound southpaw belted a two-run homer with no outs in the fifth, then came back up with the bases juiced later in the frame and ripped his second career grand slam over the center-field fence.
“The most striking thing about it is that they were both hit to the center of the park,” Kentucky coach Gary Henderson said. “A.J. has hit three home runs now and they have all been center field or middle-opposite field. That has been great to see. His swing has been good. His at-bats have been good. It is nice to see him get rewarded for what he was doing.”
With game-by-game box scores complete back to the 2002 season, Reed becomes the first Wildcat to homer twice in an inning, with his six runs batted in also a record for one frame.
A first-team preseason All-America selection by Baseball America, Reed finished 2 for 4 with six RBI, a walk and three runs scored. For the season, Reed is hitting .381 (8 for 21) with two doubles, three homers and 12 RBI, slugging .905.
Reed’s heroics were not limited to the batter’s box. He worked a season-long seven innings on the mound, allowing six hits and one run and striking out four batters without issuing a walk.
UK will return to action today vs. tournament host Old Dominion at 4 p.m.
In other college baseball Friday:
• Indiana State 10, Lipscomb 6 — At Nashville, Tenn., Indiana State recorded its fourth straight victory and opened the Mule City Classic with a victory over host Lipscomb.
The Sycamores never trailed in the contest, scoring a single run in the first, two in the third, and three in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead they never relinquished.
ISU used five pitchers with Kurt Kudrecki (1-1) earning his first victory of the season, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing a run on three hits while striking out seven and walking six.
Junior center fielder Landon Curry has now hit safely in the first five games of the season as he led off with a single. He raced around the bases to score when redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Hayes of Terre Haute drove a pitch off the left-field wall for a double and a 1-0 Sycamore lead.
Hayes picked up two more runs batted in in the top of the third with the Sycamores’ first home run of the season over the right-field fence. Cody Zimmerman had doubled down the left-field line before Hayes homered.
Indiana State picked up three more runs in the fifth. Hayes led off the inning by reaching on a wild pitch after swinging on a third strike. He stole second and went to third on another wild pitch before scoring on an RBI single to right by Brian Romero. Later, Romero and Connor McClain scored on a triple into the right-field corner by Jeff Zahn.
After Lipscomb scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, the Sycamores came back with one of their own in the top of the sixth. Curry walked to open the frame and advanced to third after Hayes bunted and reached safely on a throwing error by the Bison’s catcher. Mike Fitzgerald was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Tyler Wampler walked to score Curry from third.
Indiana State made it 8-1 in the seventh as Zahn led off with a single and advanced to third before Zimmerman drove a two-out RBI single through the middle of the infield.
Lipscomb scored two in the seventh and two in the eighth to cut into the ISU advantage.
The Sycamores were able to gain two of those runs back in the top half of the ninth. Zahn led off with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Derrick Hannahs. Curry was hit by a pitch and stole second before Zahn scored and Curry went to third on a wild pitch. Curry scored on Zimmerman’s second RBI single of the game to put Indiana State up 10-5.
Zimmerman and Zahn ended up with three hits.
ISU (4-1) will play at Belmont at 1 p.m. today in its second game of the Mule City Classic. Lipscomb (0-5) will host Dayton today.
• Wilberforce 96, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College 83 — At Clinton, despite having three players score in double figures, it wasn’t enough as Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College fell to Wilberforce in its final home game of the women’s basketball season Wednesday night.
The visiting Lady Bulldogs opened the game with the first basket and were able to obtain a 10-point lead at the 14:54 mark of the first half. The Pomeroys cut their deficit to three points at the 7:59 mark on a layup by Chelsea Weaver. But Wilberforce responded and took a 47-36 lead into halftime.
The Pomeroys were eager to cut into the Wilberforce lead in the second half, but were only able to get as close as 13 points on five separate occasions. Wilberforce weathered a variety of SMWC comeback attempts and secured the 13-point victory.
The Woods was led by Ja’Breena Gardner with 17 points. She also finished with a team-high eight rebounds and four steals. Chelsea Weaver was one point shy of Gardner, finishing with 16 points and five assists. The only other Pomeroy to score in double figures was Madeline Pea, who chipped in with 12 points.
Wilberforce had five players score in double figures, led by Kendra Moss with 26 points (along with 17 rebounds).
The Pomeroys (8-15) have one game remaining in the regular season — 1 p.m. today against USCAA foe UC-Clermont at Cincinnati. This will mark the second meeting between these schools, with SMWC winning the first matchup 89-82 on Feb. 8.
Wilberforce improved to 9-19.