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Kentucky offensive explosion routs Tennessee Tech

83 days ago
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Chase Estep drove in four runs and Oraj Anu had a career night as Kentucky scored a 13-0 run-rule victory in seven innings over Tennessee Tech on Tuesday evening. It was UK's first shutout victory of the season.

The Wildcats (28-23) now turn their attention to regular season-closing three-game series with No. 18 Auburn that opens Thursday. The Cats control their own destiny in the race for Hoover and have a magic number of two to reach the Southeastern Conference's postseason event.

Estep delivered a three-run double and Anu tied his career high for both hits and RBI, falling only a home run short of the cycle for the Cats. Daniel Harris IV extended his hit streak to 12 games and Jake Plastiak smacked a pair of doubles as well.

In the game, UK had six doubles and a triple, as well as a pair of stolen bases while scoring in each of the first five innings.

NOTES

  • UK has scored in 292 of 297 games under Coach Nick Mingione.
  • Mingione now has 171 all-time wins at UK; four behind mentor John Cohen for third on UK list.
  • UK is 18-6 in non-conference games this season and 109-36 in the Mingione era, including 95-14 vs. non-Power Five foes.
  • The UK pitchers have struck out 516 in 51 games.
  • Junior IF Chase Estep reached base safely in 47 of the 51 games this season.
  • He has 12 multi-RBI games this season and 16 in his career.
  • Senior OF Oraj Anu went 3-for-4 with a triple, double and four RBI.
  • Anu tied his career high with three hits.
  • He also tied his career best with four RBI.
  • He has eight multi-hit games this season and 26 in his career.
  • He has six multi-RBI games this season and 16 in his career.
  • He has a hit in 9 of 10 games since returning returning to the starting lineup on April 26.
  • Senior IF Daniel Harris IV now has a 12-game hit streak.
  • He extended his on-base streak to 15 games.
  • He also stole his 13th base in 14 attempts and is 44-of-49 on his career.
  • Junior IF Ryan Ritter extended his reached base safely streak to 12.
  • He stole a bag and now is 21-on-21 on his career.
  • Redshirt Freshman C Devin Burkes has reached safely in 7 straight games.
  • Senior IF Jake Plastiak went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two doubles.
  • He has 12 doubles on the season.
  • He has 16 multi-hit games this season and 19 in his career.
  • He has 11 multi-RBI games this season and 15 in his career.

ON DECK

Kentucky will host No. 18 Auburn to open the final SEC series of the season on Thursday evening. First pitch is 6:30 p.m. ET on SECN+. The radio call will be on the UK Sports Network.