After dropping last weekend’s series to LSU, the UK Baseball team is back on track after a mid-week win against the Bellarmine Knights. This was the second match between the two teams this season. The first was a close one, with the ‘Cats winning 4-3. This one was…not so close.
Kentucky’s offense found a groove early, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Coltyn Kessler got things started off with a loaded-bases RBI to score Austin Schultz. Oraj Anu scored TJ Collett next with a SAC fly, followed by another RBI single from Chase Estep. Junior college transfer Jacob Plastiak homered to center field to top off the inning, his first home run as a Wildcat.
See it up, POWER UP.@jakeplas02 sprinting around the bases and teammates jacked up for his first blast!
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) April 13, 2021
Schultz added another homer in the bottom of the second to extend the Kentucky lead to 7-0. The junior outfielder had a big night offensively, going 3-4 at the plate.
After going three scoreless innings, the ‘Cats found the board again in the bottom of the sixth. John Rhodes found his first hit of the game with a two-out RBI double to centerfield, scoring Cam Hill. Kessler couldn’t find anything at the plate with two Wildcats on base, though, and the ‘Cats went into the top of the seventh with an 8-0 lead.
Kentucky’s pitchers came to play tonight as well, racking up 10 strikeouts in the first four innings alone. Starter Zach Kammin struck out seven on his own before freshman Wyatt Hudepohl got some pitches in, ending with four K’s in two innings. Kentucky ended the game with 17 strikeouts from five different pitchers.
The Wildcats batted in four more runs in the bottoms of the seventh and eighth, giving them a 12-0 win and their second-largest margin of victory on the season. This was their third shutout of the season.
The 21-9 ‘Cats will travel to Athens this weekend to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. First pitch for Friday’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. and can be watched on SEC Network.