The Kentucky baseball team is getting good at this walk-off win thing. For the second time in as many games, the Wildcats rushed the field after scoring the winning run its final at-bat, albeit in an unconventional way in Tuesday’s wet 13-3, seven-inning victory over Tennessee Tech. The game was called as a 10-run rule that the teams agreed upon before the contest. The Wildcats are now 5-3 on the season.
Zeke Lewis capped a six-run seventh inning with a three-run double to left field, sending the dugout streaming onto the field as Chase Estep slid safely across the plate. It was the Wildcats’ 27th consecutive win over non-Power Five conference opponents, the longest such current streak in the SEC.
Estep, a freshman from Corbin, Kentucky, had a breakout game despite not being in the starting lineup. He drilled the first home run of his collegiate career in the sixth inning, a no-doubt line drive into the right field bullpen, before drawing a walk and racing home from first with the winning run.
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The Cats also received big nights from John Rhodes and Austin Schultz, who continued his torrid stretch at the plate. Schultz had three hits, scored a career-high three runs, stole a pair of bases and drove in two runs to give him 11 RBI in the past five games. Rhodes, another talented freshman, had a career-high three hits and knocked in a pair of runs.
On the mound, freshman Cole Stupp earned the win in his first career start while striking out seven in 4.0 innings, allowing just two earned runs. The Georgia native struck out five straight hitters and recorded seven of the first nine outs via strikes while flashing a strong arsenal of pitches against a hot-hitting club. Redshirt freshman Will Gambino earned the first save of his career after entering the game with two on, no outs and a three-run lead in the sixth inning and retiring all six batters he faced.
A Change in the schedule:
Wednesday’s game against Eastern Kentucky has been moved up to a 1 p.m. ET first pitch at Kentucky Proud Park. All fans will receive free admission. Gates open at noon.