C-Howe Down! Christian Howe Eats for First Collegiate Victory
Kentucky native Christian Howe picked up the first win of his collegiate career on the mound and No. 17 Kentucky capped a nearly flawless midweek schedule with a 9-2 victory over Tennessee Tech on a warm Tuesday evening at Kentucky Proud Park.
The Wildcats improved to 34-13 on the season by scoring the game’s final nine runs. UK finished its midweek non-conference schedule at 10-1 and continue to bolster its case for the postseason.
Howe, a redshirt freshman right-hander from nearby Danville, Kentucky, struck out four in two hitless innings, dominating the Golden Eagle hitters with a diving fastball. Offensively, Jackson Gray roped his sixth triple of the season and Hunter Gilliam reached 10 home runs with an opposite field line drive to give the Cats a lead they would never relinquish.
- UK Coach Nick Mingione is in his seventh season at the helm and now owns a 210-142 career record.
- Kentucky is 129-39 in non-conference games under Coach Mingione.
- Mingione is 96-46 at Kentucky Proud Park.
- UK finishes the season 10-1 in midweek games.
- UK is 20-3 in non-conference games this season.
- UK is 38-36 in the month of May under Coach Mingione.
- Mingione now is 4-0 vs. Tennessee Tech.
- UK has scored in 345 of 352 games in Mingione’s tenure.
- UK is 10-9 when the opponent scores first.
- UK has 15 triples this season, its most since 2007 (22).
- UK scored six runs in the sixth inning, the 30th time this season the Cats have scored at least four runs in an inning.
- Outfielder Jackson Gray went 2-for-5 with a run, two RBI and a triple..
- He has reached base safely in 39 of 57 plate appearances.
- Gray has six triples this season, tied for 6th on UK’s single-season list, two behind the record of eight.
- Designated hitter Chase Stanke had a two-run ground rule double.
- Outfielder James McCoy went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run.
- He also made his debut on the mound, striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning.
- First Baseman Hunter Gilliam went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, three walks and a stolen base.
- He now has 10 homers on the season.
- He leads the team with 60 RBI.
- Infielder Jase Felker went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI singles.
- He stole his 16th
- Pitcher Christian Howe earned his first collegiate win.
- He struck out four in 2.0 hitless innings.
- Pitcher Colby Frieda made his first career start.
- He walked three, allowed one run and one hit in 1.0 inning.
Kentucky takes its final road trip of the regular season with a short drive down I-75 to face Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday. The radio call will be on the UK Sports Network (630 AM WLAP, locally) and it will be streamed on SEC Network+.