Dom Day: Dominic Niman Shines in Kentucky’s Run-Rule Victory

Dom Day: Dominic Niman Shines in Kentucky’s Run-Rule Victory


Dominic Niman provided the best outing of the season by a Kentucky starting pitcher and Emilien Pitre led an offensive barrage with four RBI as the Wildcats run-ruled Lipscomb 16-1 in seven innings on Saturday afternoon at Kentucky Proud Park to claim the weekend series.

Niman, a graduate transfer, was sharp from the opening batter. He fanned Jesus Pacheco on three pitches for his 200th collegiate strikeout and allowed only one run while striking out five across six innings. It was UK’s first quality start of the season, defined as a starting pitcher allowing three earned runs or fewer in at least 6.0 innings pitched. His only hiccup came in the fourth inning but it was short-lived as he shook off a cramping calf to quiet an experienced Lipscomb lineup.

Offensively, the Wildcats (9-1) gave Niman plenty of cushion while scoring in each of the first four innings before capping it with a seven spot in the sixth. Pitre was 3-of-4 with three runs and four RBI while smacking doubles to both the right-center and left-centerfield gaps. Nick Lopez added a career day with two hits in three at-bats with three runs, two RBI, two walks, a double and a stolen base.

Every UK starter had either a hit and/or RBI in the game.

UK will go the sweep of the Atlantic-Sun Conference preseason favorite on Sunday afternoon.



  • Kentucky now is 9-1 in 2024.
    • This is UK’s best start since 2022 when the Cats started on a 10-1 run to open the season.
  • UK Coach Nick Mingione is in his eighth season at the helm and now owns a 225-151 career record.
    • Mingione needs 33 victories to become the second-winningest coach in school history.
    • UK is 87-34 in the month of March under Coach Mingione.
    • Mingione is 142-41 in non-conference games overall.
    • Mingione is 123-16 vs. non-Power Five opponents.
  • Kentucky’s bullpen has pitched 14.0 consecutive scoreless innings.
  • Kentucky went 2-of-2 on stolen base attempts in the game.
  • The Wildcats drew nine walks and were hit by two pitches.
    • UK has drawn 17 free passes and been hit by four pitches in the series.
  • Graduate LHP Dominic Niman went 6.0 innings, yielding one run on four hits, walking one and striking out five.
    • He is 3-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.81.
    • He notched his 200th career strikeout by sitting down the opening batter of the game on three pitches.
    • It is UK’s first quality start of the season, defined a three earned runs or fewer in six or more innings pitched.
  • Junior C Devin Burkes went 1-for-2 with a run, an RBI and two walks.
    • For the series, Burkes is 4-of-6 with three runs, four RBI, two steals and three walks.
  • Junior IF Emilien Pitre went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs, four RBI, two doubles, a stolen base and a walk.
    • He had a pair of doubles.
    • The four RBI tie a career high, set last season at LSU.
    • It was his 22nd career multi-hit and 17th career multi-RBI game.
  • Junior OF Ryan Waldschmidt went 1-for-3 with three runs, two RBI, two walks and a double.
    • The three runs tied a career best.
  • Senior IF Ryan Nicholson had a pinch hit, two-run single.
  • Senior IF Nick Lopez went 2-for-3 with three runs, two RBI, two walks, two doubles and a steal.
    • It was his third multi-hit game of the season.
    • He set new career highs in runs and RBI.
  • Freshman INF Ethan Hindle earned his first collegiate start.
    • He drove in his first career run with an RBI groundout in the fourth.



Kentucky hosts Lipscomb looking to sweep the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed on SECN+.  Audio coverage will be provided by the UK Sports Network on and 98.5 FM (Lexington).

Related Stories

View all