LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 6 Kentucky baseball team was unable to find the comeback magic on Sunday, dropping the finale of its three-game showdown against No. 3 Texas Tech 5-3 at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Still, the Wildcats claimed their first series win over a top five team since 2016 as conference play opens next weekend.
Texas Tech used two swings of the bat to take an early lead and then answer the Cats' rally before its bullpen held strong over the final six innings. Designated hitter John McMillon crushed a no-doubt, three-run home run in the second inning to give the Red Raiders a 3-0 lead and second baseman Gabe Holt got an 0-2 pitch from Justin Lewis into the wind blowing out to right field for a two-run shot in the fourth.
Lewis, who suffered his first loss of the season, did not pitch poorly but the two mistakes cost him. He finished with 10 strikeouts and only six hits allowed but also hit two batters and walked three with uncharacteristic command issues.