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Kentucky closes out third day with loss to Texas and win over Oregon

February 16, 2019
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The Wildcats started their third day of the Elite Invitational Saturday morning against Texas and went to face Oregon in the afternoon. Kentucky dropped the first game to Texas 4-3 and defeated Oregon 12-3 in the second game.

 

Texas

Mallory Peyton’s 7th inning blast over the left field fence tied the game at 3 and gave the Cats a second life until Kaitlyn Washington found a hole through the right side of the infield to give Texas a walk-off win in this matchup of two Top 25 teams. 

Grace Baalman was a star in the circle for UK, throwing a complete game on 134 pitches, allowing just three unearned runs. The sophomore recorded five strikeouts and allowed nine hits. 

With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Wildcats appeared to have the second out of the inning on a routine grounder – but after an umpire conference, the play was overturned – and the Longhorn batter was put on first base. That run came around and ended up tying the game late in the sixth. Baalman got out of the jam with a strikeout.

Run Recap

Texas scored to take an early lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI triple by Bekah Alcozer.

Texas 1, Kentucky 0

Kentucky responded with two runs in the top of the third. Kayla Kowalik scored on an RBI double by Jenny Schaper and Schaper put the Wildcats on top as she came around to score on Abbey Cheek’s RBI single up the middle

Kentucky 2, Texas 1

The Longhorns scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run double to left by Lauren Burke.

Texas 3, Kentucky 2

Mallory Peyton tied the game on a home run in the seventh.

Texas 3, Kentucky 3

The Longhorns get a walk-off RBI single to get the win in the bottom of the seventh.

Texas 4, Kentucky 3

 

 

Oregon

Kentucky kept Oregon at bay and got a 12-3 win over Ducks, the team who knocked them out of Super regionals last year.

Back-to-back walks by Kowalik and Reed set the Cats up in good position. Jenny Schaper then ropes a two RBI hit down the line in left.

Kentucky 2, Oregon 0

A home run by Abbey Cheek over the scoreboard in right gave the Cats a 3-0 lead.

Kentucky 3, Oregon 0

A double in the gap by Mallory Peyton in left center scores Garr-Carter to extend the Kentucky lead.

Kentucky 6, Oregon 0

After the Cats added two more runs, Oregon scored three times on five hits in the bottom fifth to climb back into this game.

Kentucky 8, Oregon 3

A home run by Katie Reed, a two run blast to center field, scored herself and Kayla Kowalik in the fifth.

Kentucky 10, Oregon 3

Mallory Peyton clubbed another home run, a walk-off to help the Wildcats win.

 

Kentucky closes out the Elite Invitational by taking on James Madison Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

 

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