Happy Sunday, BBN – and what a great day to be a Wildcat. Let’s see how the ‘Bat Cats finished out their weekends.
The No. 10 University of Kentucky Softball team is now 19-0 after a perfect weekend at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Today, they played a double-header against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (weird, I know) and the host Florida Atlantic Owls.
In the first game, Coastal Carolina took an early 2-0 lead. After the ‘Cats tied it up, they re-took the lead in the second on a solo home run. However, they would not score again.
Thanks to two multi-run home runs from senior Mallory Peyton and a triple from Lauren Johnson in the third inning, the ‘Cats took a commanding 11-3 lead.
MAL BOMB!!!! Over the palmetto trees!!!
— Kentucky Softball (@UKsoftball) March 7, 2021
Kentucky struck first in the second match with a two-RBI single up the middle with bases loaded to take a 2-0 lead. Lauren Johnson added two runs with a two-RBI single up the middle in the second, extending the lead to 4-0. The Owls were able to cut the lead to half in the third, but couldn’t quite close the gap. The ‘Cats went on to win 7-3.
The Wildcats have now completed their pre-conference slate. They begin SEC play at No. 5 Florida next weekend. First pitch on Friday is at 6 p.m.
Unfortunately, the baseball team was not as successful.
Kentucky lost again today in another close match with Ball State, giving the Cardinals the series.
Freshman Reuben Church scored first for Kentucky, giving them a 1-0 lead off a two-out RBI single in the second inning. The Cardinals had a big sixth inning, though, giving them a 4-1 lead heading into the seventh.
The ‘Cats were able to cut the deficit to one run in the eighth inning off a double from Coltyn Kessler, but couldn’t quite find the offense to finish the job. Austin Schultz led the ‘Cats once again, ending 1-4 with one RBI.
Pitching caused problems late in the game for Kentucky. Sophomore Zack Lee commanded the mound for the ‘Cats in the first five innings, with a career-high eight strikeouts. The sixth inning brought trouble for Lee, though, who was relieved by Cole Daniels. Daniels entered and walked home the tying run before being replaced by Jimmy Ramsey, who yielded a two-run single through the infield to make it 4-1.
Junior Dillon Marsh closed for the ‘Cats, going perfect in the last two innings.
Good to have you back on the bump, @dillon_marsh22!
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) March 7, 2021
After today’s loss, the ‘Cats fall to 7-2 on the season. They return to Kentucky Proud Park on Tuesday to face Western Kentucky University. First pitch is at 4 p.m.