After a long evening in Tuscaloosa, the Kentucky softball team came away with an incredibly-impressive victory. The No. 23 Cats defeated No. 3 Alabama 3-2. With the victory, the Wildcats move to 32-19 on the season and 14-10 in the SEC at the end of regular-season conference play. For the sixth time in the last nine seasons, the Cats finished SEC play with a .500 record or above against conference competition under head coach, Rachel Lawson.
Sunday evening’s victory finished as the longest game in program history – it was Cats v. Tide for 13 total innings. After earning an early 2-0 lead, the score remained steady until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Alabama tied the game. Neither team scored in the seventh inning, and the game went into extra innings. Kentucky was finally able to seal the deal when Katie Reed singled and Abbey Cheek was intentionally walked. Alex Martens delievered an RBI single back up the middle, and Reed was able to score from second.
Grace Baalman was UK’s starting pitcher, and she went 5.2 innings while allowing eight hits, two runs, no walks and three strikeouts. Winning pitcher Autumn Humes was incredible for the Wildcats, allowing just one hit throughout 7.1 innings of relief against one of the top scoring offenses in the nation. She allowed just two walks and struck out four Alabama batters on exactly 100 pitches.
Here’s a look at the game’s highlights. With 13 innings of action, there are plenty of great moments:
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The game saw Cheek, UK’s all-time career home run leader, hit her 19th home run of the season. Sunday’s victory also marked the first time the Wildcats have won a rubber match in SEC play this season, notching the series win over Alabama for only the second time in program history.