SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Sean Hjelle and Tristan Pompey delivered on their preseason accolades and the bullpen was lights out as No. 8 Kentucky opened the 2018 season with a 6-1 victory over Wofford at Russell C. King Field.
Pompey homered and had hits from both sides of the plate to lead an offensive attack that smacked three home runs and took advantage of its opportunities. A three-run second inning began with a two-out walk by Kole Cottam and two-strike hit by pitch for Troy Squires before Luke Heyer crushed a three-run homer to right-centerfield.
Meanwhile, Hjelle was dominant in retiring the first 10 hitters of the game and needing just 27 pitches to get through the first three innings. The junior preseason All-American and reigning Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year gave up just two hits and one run in six innings of work.
Redshirt freshman Carson Coleman relieved Hjelle and struck out five of the seven batters he faced in his collegiate debut then gave way to senior Alec Maley, who struck out all three hitters in his inning of work. Together the two didn't allow a hit and struck out eight while recording the final nine outs.
Top 2nd - Kole Cottam walked. Troy Squires was hit by a pitch. Luke Heyer hit three-run home run to RCF. UK 3, Wofford 0.
Top 3rd - Tristan Pompey homered to straightaway CF. UK 4, Wofford 0.
Top 4th - Kole Cottam homered to RF. UK 5, Wofford 0.
Top 5th - Luke Becker doubled off the RF wall. Ben Aklinski singled up the middle to score Becker. UK 6, Wofford 0.
Bottom 6th - Alex Malsch walked to lead off the inning and scored on Mack Nathanson's two-out double into the LF corner. UK 6, Wofford 1.