Following a tough series loss to No. 20 Georgia, the No. 12 UK Softball team traveled down the road to Richmond to take on the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels on Wednesday night.
This is the second game between the two teams this season. In the first, the ‘Cats game back from three down to win a close 6-5 game at John Cropp Stadium. This one would be all Wildcats, though.
Kentucky took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a Lauren Johnson RBI single and a 2 RBI homer from Renee Abernathy. EKU responded quickly though, tying things up in the bottom of the inning off a three-run home run from catcher Zoe Mihalicz. It is only the ninth homer of the season hit off Wildcat pitcher Autumn Humes.
— Tori Peterson Fan Page (@EKU_Softball) April 14, 2021
But the ‘Cats weren’t phased. Junior Tatum Spangler hit her first homer of the season in the top of the second to give Kentucky back the lead at 6-3. Abernathy hit her second homer of the night in the top of the third to tack on another run. Leading Wildcat hitter Kayla Kowalik stepped up to bat with runners on first and second, but couldn’t drive any more home. Kentucky led 7-3 heading into the bottom of the third.
Though Humes did give up the homer in the first and a few walks in the second, she bounced back nicely and went a perfect 1-2-3 in the third and fourth innings. She ended with seven strikeouts through her full five innings pitched.
Kentucky pushed through three more runs in the top of the fourth to extend the lead to 10-3. The ‘Cats were scoring in all kinds of ways – an EKU error, an RBI single and an RBI groundout to be specific. Kowalik wanted in on the fun too and hit a leadoff homer in the top of the fifth, her 10th of the season.
EKU’s Sammi Miller hit another bomb in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to eight, but couldn’t push through enough to avoid the run rule and extend the game. The ‘Cats took the 12-4 victory and move to 29-8 on the season.
FINAL/5 – Kentucky 12, EKU 4
Two HR's by Abernathy, and HR's by Spangler and Kowalik are enough tonight!
Humes with the complete game in the circle.
— Kentucky Softball (@UKsoftball) April 14, 2021
Auburn is up next for the ‘Cats. First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m on SEC Network+.