More on Kentucky’s win over UIC is courtesy of UK Athletics.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky will advance in the winner’s bracket following a staunch offensive display, posting 10 runs against UIC and forcing an early end to the game after UK catcher Jenny Schaper hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning, which put the Wildcats up by nine and forced the run rule into effect.
Kentucky advances behind a 10-1 score to move to 32-19 overall on the season. UIC falls to 33-20 and will play Michigan at 7 p.m. ET at John Cropp Stadium after another round of rain forced the tournament into an extended rain delay. Kentucky will take on Notre Dame at 9:30 p.m. ET.
UK senior Erin Rethlake took to the mound to pitch a complete game, surrendering just one run on two hits and striking out three Flames in her five innings of work.
The UK offense didn’t waste any time providing steady run support as it jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning following two singles and a double from Brooklin Hinz, Mallory Peyton, and Lauren Johnson. The Wildcats tacked on another run in the second inning after Bailey Vick reached on an error, stole second and later came around to score after Abby Cheek grounded out to the second baseman.
Cassie Kaelber put UIC on the board in the top of the fourth after she reached on a fielding error, advanced to second and third bases on another error, and then crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
The Wildcats’ bats took full control in the next inning. Following a leadoff Alex Martens’ walk, Hinz reached on a fielder’s choice, but both she and Martens advanced a base due to an errant throw from the shortstop. Peyton stepped in with a two-RBI single down the left-field line, which stretched UK’s lead to five runs. Johnson singled for her second hit of the game, while Rachael Metzger came on to pinch hit for Rethlake and walked to load the bases before Schaper unleashed a hard-hit ball off the scoreboard in left field.
Rethlake improved to 10-4 following her eighth complete game of the season.
Game Highlights is courtesy of KYwildcatsTV:
With a Walk-off Grand Slam @UKsoftball gets a decisive victory against Illinois-Chicago, winning 10 – 1.
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