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Kentucky Throttles Furman, 16-3, In Saturday Baseball Action

Feb. 17, 2007

Box Score

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jason Kipnis homered twice in a nine-run sixth inning to highlight a 3-for-5 performance and lift 26th-ranked Kentucky to a 16-3 win over Furman Saturday in the second game of three-game weekend baseball series at Furman Stadium.

With Kentucky leading 6-3, Kipnis, a freshman left fielder from Northbrook, Illinois, led off the sixth inning with a solo home run to left field off Furman reliever Butch Pucetas. After teammate Billy Grace followed with a three-run roundtripper later in the frame, Kipnis came to bat for the second time in the inning and took advantage of stiff breeze blowing to left field to clear the fence with his second home run -- a two-run shot off Furman reliever Ian Parry that capped the nine-run Wildcat barrage.

Kentucky, which registered three home runs and three triples in the contest, roughed up Furman pitching for 16 hits, including three each by Kipnis and Brian Spear. Wildcat pitchers, meanwhile, kept Furman's bats in the rack for a second straight day, limiting the Paladins to only five hits while recording 13 strikeouts.

Kentucky starter Chris Rusin (1-0) earned the win after surrendering three runs, including just one earned, and three hits while recording seven strikeouts over five innings.

Making his collegiate debut, Furman freshman pitcher Richard Magrath (0-1) took the loss. The Conway, S.C., product gave up five hits and five runs, including four earned, and walked four over 3 1/3 innings.

Furman broke on top in the first inning, using two hits, a couple of Kentucky errors, and a hit batsman to take an early 3-0 lead.

The Wildcats, however, immediately began their comeback, getting on the board with a Antone DeJesus sacrifice fly in the second and scoring three runs in the third, highlighted by a pair of RBI doubles by Spear and Anthony Ottrando to take a 4-3 lead. Kentucky tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before taking control of the contest with the nine-run sixth.

Sunday's series finale is scheduled for noon.