Kentucky stays alive with win over Valparaiso

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Austin Cousino had three hits and drove in three runs as Kentucky survived elimination with an 8-1 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday at the Gary Regional.

The Wildcats (44-17) scored six of their runs with two outs, including a five-run sixth inning which broke open the game.

Kentucky starter Jerad Grundy (6-3) threw six strong innings to help save a pitching staff that was depleted by Friday night’s 21-inning 7-6 loss to Kent State. Chandler Shepherd pitched the final three innings in relief to earn his first save.

Andrew Bain had three hits to lead the Crusaders (35-25), who were knocked out of their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1968.

Kentucky eliminated Valparaiso from the NCAA tournament in both baseball and softball this season.