Kentucky falls to Ohio 9-8

British junior infielder Chase Estep continues to crash at home plate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/UK ATHLETICS) – Kentucky spotted Ohio with a seven-point lead in the first two innings, then erased the deficit before falling 9-8 on an overcast Wednesday afternoon in Kentucky Proud Park. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 11-3 this season ahead of their final non-conference weekend streak before conference play begins.

Great Britain allowed three runs in the first and four in the second before finally leveling at eight in the eighth inning. Ohio made a run in the top of the ninth, then survived when right fielder AJ Rausch jumped near the wall to save a run.

Chase Estep stayed absurdly hot at the plate, pummeling a solo home run as part of another pair of hits that puts him among the Division-I leaders. Jacob Plastiak added a two-run brace off the center field wall.

The UK will host High Point in a doubleheader on Friday and again on Sunday before traveling to Indiana and Arkansas next week.

REMARKS

  • Kentucky is now 102-33 against non-conference opponents during coach Nick Mingione’s tenure, including 79-16 at home and 88-13 against non-Power Five opponents.
  • The British pitchers have retired 157 goals in 14 games.
  • IF Junior Chase Estep hit his fifth home run of the season.
    • He has a 12-game hitting streak throughout his career and the best on his team.
    • He has a 13-game streak with a safely hit base.
    • Estep continued his SEC Player of the Week honor by appearing in the Cats’ first inning.
    • He had his seventh multi-hit.
  • senior IF Jacob Plastiak is currently riding a safe achieved streak of 17 games in a row.
    • He has seven multi-RBI games this season and 11 for his career.
  • senior DH Oraj Anou has 80 career hits, 20 since becoming the 56and member of the school’s 100 successes club.
  • IF Junior Ryan Ritter reached base safely in 17 consecutive games.

ON THE BRIDGE

Kentucky hosts High Point this weekend with a doubleheader starting at noon now scheduled for Friday. The game will be broadcast on SECN+. The radio call will be broadcast on the UK Sports Network (98.5 FM).

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