The University of Kentucky softball team is rolling. Now 9-0 after an undefeated weekend at the Campbell Invitational, the No. 12 Wildcats are on the hunt for a trip to the College World Series in Oklahoma City. This perfect start is the program’s best since 2014.
The weekend began with a Friday afternoon doubleheader against UNC Greensboro, where the ‘Cats swept the Spartans. Senior Lauren Johnson broke the seal in the first match, hitting a two-out two-RBI triple into left field in the top of the fourth. Kentucky would go on to win 7-2.
The second game was all Wildcats. Catcher Kayla Kowalik showed up big, going 4-for-4 on the game with four runs scored. Pitcher Autumn Humes was excellent both offensively and defensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a grand slam in the second inning, as well as picking up the win on the mound. The ‘Cats won the match 14-4.
GRAND! SLAM! AUTUMN! HUMES!
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— Kentucky Softball (@UKsoftball) February 19, 2021
Saturday’s slate began with a match against North Carolina Central University – if you can even call it a match. The Wildcats demolished the Eagles, scoring a season-high 20 runs on 15 hits in a 20-1 victory. They faced the host Campbell University Camels in the second game, where they snagged an 11-3 win. Kowalik continued her stellar start to the 2021 season on Saturday, going 4-7 on the day, including her second home run of the season.
Sunday’s doubleheader featured a rematch against NCCU. The Eagles still couldn’t stop Kentucky in the second match, as the Wildcats won 14-0. Sophomore Sloan Gayan and freshman Stephanie Schoonover commanded the plate, throwing a complete-game shutout.
The Wildcats faced Mount St. Mary’s in the final game of the weekend. Kowalik and first-year phenom Erin Coffel each went 3-4 with a home run to lift Kentucky to a 10-0 win. Kowalik ended the weekend hitting .750 with 15 hits, 13 runs scored and three home runs.
HOME RUN KAYLA KOWALIK!!!
— Kentucky Softball (@UKsoftball) February 21, 2021
Kentucky outscored their opponents 76-10 this weekend. Yes, you read that right. Seventy-six to ten. The ladies will be back in action next weekend in Florida for The Spring Games in Clermont, Florida.