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Kentucky drops top 25 match-up against Washington, 4-2

February 23, 2019

UK Softball was back in action today in game one of their doubleheader in the Mary

Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, California. Before getting into today's

matchup with Washington, I wanted to give a quick update on UK's game against UNC

last night that was halted in the Bottom of the Fifth Inning. UK led 1-0 and was up to bat

when the game was halted. According to the UK Softball Twitter account (@UKSoftball)

the game is looking to be restarted, in which case the teams would pick the game up

where they left it. However, if the game cannot be restarted, it will be officially called as

a Win for UK. Because UNC had five opportunities to bat, the game can go down as an

official which would give UK the win.

As for today's game against #5 Washington (10-1), it was a tough day for the Wildcats

as they ran into a talented Washington team with 3 Top 25 wins on the year. Kentucky

had a tough time getting their offense going against Taran Alvelo, who has thrown 37

innings this year and sports a .95 ERA.

Autumn Humes was on the mound for the Cats, who allowed 3 earned runs on 9 hits.

Washington led off the second inning with a double by Sami Reynolds. After a grounder

advanced her to third, she scored the first run of the game on a SAC fly.

Washington then added 2 runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to push their lead to

4-0. The Cats missed a big chance to get on the board in the sixth when Abbey Cheek

doubled with two outs. However, an infield popout by Alex Mertens ended the threat.

UK was able to mount a small comeback in the bottom of the Seventh, scoring two runs

on a double by Katie Reed. That brought freshman catcher Kayla Kowalik to the plate

with two outs. Washington brought in Gabbie Plain to face the potential tying run and

she ended the game, striking out Kowalik on four pitches.

The loss drops #16 Kentucky to 6-6 on the year (not including the UNC game that is still

up in the air).


The Kentucky Softball team bounced back from their loss to #5 Washington in Game two of the Mary Nutter Classic with a late night win against Bethune-Cookman in a game between two teams with the same mascot. UK proved they were the superior Wildcats tonight, scoring 10 runs on 10 hits in the 10-2 Win that only lasted five innings.

B-C came into the game only 4-8 on the year, averaging just over 2 runs per game. While B-C did upset #17 Oregon yesterday, proving they are not a team to be overlooked, the lack of offensive firepower provided UK with a perfect opportunity to get back to their winning ways. Kentucky seized that opportunity and flexed their offensive muscles, ending Friday on a high note and entering Saturday with momentum.

Kentucky got on the board first, scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Bailey Vick and Kayla Kowalik each knocked in runs on fielder's choices, Then with two outs and two on, an error by the B-C outfield allowed two more unearned runs to score for Kentucky.

The UK offense picked right back up in the third, scoring 4 more runs to push the lead to 8-0. The inning was highlighted by a 2-RBI double off the bat of senior catcher Jenny Schaper. They pushed that lead to 9-0 with one run in the fifth. B-C wasn't going to go down easy, avoiding a potential run-rule by scoring two in the top of the fifth. UK's Abbey Cheek thought it was getting too late and decided to end the game with a solo Homerun in the bottom of the fifth to activate the fifth inning run-rule.

Kentucky got contributions from their entire lineup, with 5 different people contributing RBIs. However, the three top performers were Jenny Shaper and Lauren Johnson. Shaper scored two runs and had 2 RBIs, while Johnson scored in all 3 of her plate appearances. Cheek, who ended the game with her fifth inning HR also knocked in a run in the third.

The win gets UK to 7-6 on the year (still not counting the potential UNC win) with 2 games against PAC12 opponents on Saturday. They face Cal (7-5) at 5:30 ET and then square off against #2 UCLA (11-0) who beat #4 Oklahoma 7-1 earlier in the day. That game is set to start at 8:30 ET.

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