(UK Athletics/photo by Sarah Caputi)

After back-to-back strong pitching performances by Kentucky, the high-powered offense of No. 9 Ole Miss gained its footing and belted three home runs to knock off the Wildcats 10-1 on Sunday to win the weekend series.

UK fell to 18-11 overall and 3-6 in the Southeastern Conference with another top 15 team coming to Kentucky Proud Park on Tuesday, the seventh game against such opponents in eight games.

The Wildcats had runners on base in every inning, including the first when they put men on second and third with one out. That’s when Ryan Ritter, with Hunter Jump at third, broke for second in what appeared to be a double steal.  Jump started toward home but retreated; Ole Miss pitcher Jack Washburn stepped off the rubber and picked him off.

“The bottom line is, we had guys in scoring position and we didn’t come through with the big hit,” said coach Nick Mingione.

Junior infielder Chase Estep lined his team-leading ninth home run of the season and now has reached base safely in 28 of 29 games this season but the Cats missed a golden opportunity to win their third series of the season against Top 10 teams. UK pitchers had held the nation’s #13 offense to only four runs in the first 21 innings of the series before the Rebs broke through.

NOTES

  • UK has scored in 272 of 275 games in Mingione’s tenure.
  • Mingione has 161 wins, fifth on UK’s all-time list. He needs four wins to move into fourth.
  • UK is 33-of-37 on stole base attempts this season.
  • The UK pitchers have struck out 313 in 29 games.
  • Junior INF Chase Estep has reached base safely in 28 of 29 games this season.
  • Senior OF Hunter Jump has reached base safely in eight straight games.
  • Junior IF Ryan Ritter  has 12 multi-hit games this season.
  • Junior IF Jase Felker reached base four times with a double, two walks and HBP.

ON DECK
Kentucky hosts No. 8 Louisville on Tuesday evening. First pitch on Tuesday is at 6:30 p.m. ET on the SECN+ with Dick Gabriel and Doug Flynn. The radio call will be on the UK Sports Network with Darren Headrick. Pre-game begins at 6:15.

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