The Kentucky Wildcats picked up their fifth straight victory Tuesday with a 13-3 win over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Kentucky Proud Park.
Despite the win, the game got off to a rough start for UK as Tennessee Tech wasted no time jumping on Kentucky freshman Cole Stupp. After a leadoff double by Brett Roberts, the Golden Eagles jumped on the board first as Gavin Johns drove him in with a double of his own to give his team an early 1-0 lead.
The Tennessee Tech would not last for long as in the bottom of the first, Austin Schultz delivered an RBI single to tie the game at one. Later in the inning, the Wildcats pulled ahead as John Rhodes delivered a two-run single into left field to put UK up 3-1.
In the top of the second, the Golden Eagles cut Kentucky’s lead in half as Roberts singled home Paul Steffensen who had reached on a TJ Collett error.
The Wildcats would widen their lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the third as Schultz doubled home Collett and later scored on an error while Breydon Daniel lined a sacrifice fly into center to score Oraj Anu.
Down four, the Golden Eagles continued to fight as in the top of the fourth, Steffensen delivered a one-run single to cut the UK lead to 6-3.
In the bottom of the sixth Chase Estep delivered the lone home run of the game as he delivered a solo shot down the right field line for his first career homer and to put UK on top 7-3.
Kentucky put the Golden Eagles away in the bottom of the seventh as Coltyn Kessler drew a bases-loaded walk, Matt Golda hit a two-run double and Zeke Lewis delivered a three-run triple.
With a 10 run UK lead and rain pouring down, both coaches agreed to call the game after seven innings giving Kentucky their 27th straight victory over a non-Power Five opponents.
Despite the impressive showing, Kentucky’s win did not come without a price. Utility man Elliot Curtis left the game on a cart after sliding into second base in the top of the first inning. His injury comes just one game after losing Cam Hill to the season with a broken wrist.
The Wildcats will be back in action Wednesday when they host the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at 4 p.m. EST.