The Kentucky Baseball Team finally got back in the win column with an 8-4 victory over Tennessee Tech.
After losing three straight SEC series, including a sweep against South Carolina last weekend, Kentucky needed some momentum heading into a huge series vs. Vandy later this week.
Today, neither team scored in the first inning but then combined for seven in the second. Tennessee Tech loaded the bases in the top of the inning and hit a pair of singles that scored three runs. Kentucky responded in the bottom of the inning with a three-run home run by Austin Schultz. Later in the inning, they also loaded the bases but got just one more run to lead 4-3 after two.
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— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) May 18, 2021
In the third, Tech recorded a solo homer and Zeke Lewis had an RBI double to retake the lead, 5-4.
The game’s next score came in the bottom of the fifth, where Ryan Ritter got on base and scored without UK recording a single hit. Ritter was hit by a pitch to get on base, then stole second on a passed ball, and then he advanced to third after a flyout. On another wild pitch, he stole home and scored to give the ‘Cats a 6-4 advantage.
The Kentucky pitching staff didn’t give up a single run after the third inning, despite using six different arms throughout the game.
The offense was hammering away. They wound up adding a solo home run in the seventh by Cam Hill, and then Zeke Lewis scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to make it a final score of 8-4.
Kentucky needed a convincing win after a disappointing weekend, but the one that lies ahead will be just as tough as the ‘Cats face Vandy in their final series of the regular season.