The Associated Press

STARKVILLE – Kentucky sprinted to an early 7-0 lead and beat Mississippi State 10-6 Saturday, setting up a Sunday rubber match.

The Bulldogs (17-7, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings but could draw no closer than a three-run defecit. Jason Kipnis started the scoring with a two-run double in the second inning for Kentucky (24-3-1, 4-3-1 SEC). Tyler Howe followed with an RBI double. Antone DeJesus then added an RBI single.

The Wildcats expanded the lead with three runs in the fourth inning, thanks in part to a pair of outfield miscues by the Bulldogs.

Justin Pigott (2-3) pitched six innings for the Bulldogs. He allowed 12 hits and nine runs, all earned. Jesse Carver and Greg Houston threw in relief.

Andrew Albers (5-0) pitched 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win for the Wildcats. Aaron Lovett completed the contest, earning his third save.

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