LEXINGTON – February 25, 2020 – JOHN TURNER, III – BSN
The Kentucky Wildcats hit the field Tuesday afternoon taking on Tennessee Tech University at Kentucky Proud Park with a 4 PM start time. Kentucky was coming off a four-game winning streak, sweeping Appalachian State this past weekend in all three games. Kentucky looked to stay undefeated at home and add another one to the win column.
Freshman, Cole Stubb got the start for the Wildcats and Fisher got the start for the Golden Eagles. Tennessee Tech got on the board first in the top of the first inning with a single from Johns, scoring Roberts to give them a 1-0 lead. Kentucky responded in the bottom of the first inning, with Austin Shultz hitting a single to center field, scoring Drew Grace. John Rhodes singled to left field, scoring Oraj Anu and Austin Shultz to give the Cats a 3-1 lead after the first. Tennessee Tech responded in the top of the second, managing to get one run across, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
In the bottom of the third inning, Austin Shultz doubled to left field, scoring TJ Collett. Austin Shultz scoring off a throwing error to put the Cats lead to 5-2. Breydon Daniel then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing in Oraj Anu to put the lead to 6-2. Tennessee Tech added one in the top of the fourth to cut the Cats lead to 6-3, which ended up being the last run the Golden Eagles would get across. The Cats went on to score in the bottom of the sixth, with a solo homerun from Freshman Chase Estep, being his first collegiate homerun of his career. The Cats added six more runs in the bottom of the seventh, increasing the score to 13-3, ended the game after seven innings.
Trip Lockhart was awarded the win to put him to (1-0) on the season and to improve the Wildcats to (5-3) on the season. Will Gambino was given the save for Kentucky to give him his first save of the season. Kentucky was lead offensively from Austin Shultz going (3-4) with two RBI’s, John Rhodes going (3-4) with two RBI’s, Matt Golda going (2-4) with two RBI’s, Zeke Lewis going (1-1) with three RBI’s, Chase Estep going (1-2) with a homerun and one RBI, and TJ Collett going (1-4). Austin Shultz extended his streak to twenty-one consecutive games reaching base. Kentucky scored thirteen runs, had eleven hits, committed two errors, and left five runners on base in tonight’s game.
Kentucky gets back on the diamond Wednesday afternoon, taking on Eastern Kentucky University at 1 PM at Kentucky Proud Park with free admission to all. Kentucky is (5-0) on the season at home and look to keep things rolling against the Colonels who are coming off a big win this past weekend against the #11 ranked LSU Tigers down in Baton Rouge. Everyone get out and support the Cats or you can get your coverage here at Bluegrass Sports Nation.