Devin Burkes, Kentucky (UK photo)

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Defense helps Kentucky hold off USC Upstate on opening day

SEC Extra

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Word association with last season’s Kentucky team is small ball, and there’s no doubt that it was an important part of the Wildcats’ run to a super regional. 

They bunted far more than any other SEC team—their 55 sac bunts were more than double that of the second-place team in that category—and they led the league in stolen bases with 94. 

But actually, the secret sauce to UK’s success last season was its air-tight defense, and little appears to have changed, as it flashed the leather again Friday on the way to an 11-7 win over[…]

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