Gilliam hits go-ahead double, Kentucky wins Lexington Regional
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Hunter Gilliam hit a go-ahead double in a two-run sixth inning and Kentucky beat Indiana 4-2 on Monday night in a winner-take-all regional final.
Twelfth-ranked Kentucky (40-19) advances to the super regionals for the second time in program history. The Wildcats will play No. 5 LSU in Baton Rouge later this week. The teams split the first two matchups this season before LSU won Game 3, 7-6, in mid-April.
Devin Burkes led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and scored on Gilliam’s hit for a 3-2 lead. After a walk, Ryan Waldschmidt added an RBI double.
Kentucky starter Darren Williams faced a threat in the second inning. Indiana (43-20) loaded the bases with no outs, but Williams induced three straight ground outs to end it, allowing just one run. Mason Moore (4-1) pitched the final five innings, allowing no runs, four hits and a walk to get the win.
Kentucky’s fourth match-up against Indiana this season — after surviving two elimination games on Sunday — was in front of its largest crowd (6,796) in program history.