BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Kentucky’s No. 11 rebounded from its worst loss of the season with a resilient 13-10 win over top-ranked LSU Friday night at Alex Box Stadium, a night after being overwhelmed by a run-rule loss.
Birthday senior Chase Stanke had three hits and four RBIs with a two-run homer and a pair of RBI singles to lead a charge that came from almost every player who came between the lines .
The Cats improved to 28-6 overall and 10-4 in Southeastern Conference play.
Sophomore Nolan McCarthy had a bases-loaded triple to drive in three and Jackson Gray and Emilien Pitre joined Stanke with three hits apiece, as Kentucky hammered 14 hits. Pitcher Mason Moore was excellent in relief, Darren Williams got the win and Ryder Giles had a monstrous six outs to earn the stoppage.
- Kentucky is 35-9 in its last 44 games dating back to last season.
- UK are 19-10 in their last 29 games against SEC opponents.
- UK are 14-18 all-time against No. 1 ranked teams.
- The UK is 10-31-1 all-time in Baton Rouge.
- British coach Nick Mingione is in his seventh season at the helm and now holds a career record of 204-135. UK are 47-47 in April under coach Mingione. Mingione is 4-9 against LSU
- UK have scored in 332 of 339 games under coach Mingione.
- Great Britain scored five runs in the fifth and five in the seventh, the 26th and 27th times they have scored four or more runs in one inning.
- LSU scored 17 of its 26 runs in the series by batters who reached base by walking, hitting on pitches or errors.
- Infielder Emilien Pitre went 3 for 5 with a run and two RBIs. He had his 11th multi-hit game of the season. He has seven hits in the series.
- First baseman Hunter Gilliam got back on track by going… He had his 13th multi-hit game of the season. He reached 200 career hits.
- Outfielder Jackson Gray went 3 for 6 with two runs.
- Outfielder Nolan McCarthy boasts a 10-game hitting streak throughout his career and has safely reached the goal in 13 consecutive games. He had a goal-loaded triple in the fifth. He has seven multi-RBI games this season.
- Receiver Chase Stanke went 3 for 4 with two runs, four RBIs and a walk. He’s the first Wildcat to hit a home run on his birthday since Luke Becker did it in 2018. It’s his first home run at Kentucky. He added RBI singles in the fifth and seventh. This is his second multi-RBI game of the season. He had his first multi-hit match as a Wildcat.
- Right-hander Ryder Giles made his first save in blue with two innings of work, including a late game double play.
ON THE BRIDGE
Kentucky and LSU will settle the series Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The radio call will be on the UK Sports Network (630 AM WLAP, locally) and it will be broadcast on SECN+.