Luke Heyer hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and Kentucky plated a third run in the final frame on a wild pitch as the No. 6 Wildcats beat the No. 9 Auburn 5-4 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (16-6, 1-3 SEC) bounced back from being swept in its first SEC series last weekend at No. 5 Arkansas. It marked the Wildcats' third win over a Top 10 team this season.
Trailing 4-2 in the ninth, UK got a leadoff single from Luke Becker. With one out, Heyer blasted his team-leading 11th homer of the season over the wall in right-centerfield.
Back to back singles by Ryan Johnson and Kole Cottam put the game-winning run at third. Zeke Lewis came on to pinch run for Johnson and scored on a wild pitch from Auburn's Elliott Anderson to touch off a wild celebration by the Cats.