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UK Softball Wins Season Opening Series

Kayla Kowalik

(UK Athletics | Chris Shoals)

The No. 13 Kentucky softball team completed a 3-0 sweep at Samford this weekend. The series, which was adjusted earlier this week for weather concerns, is the first of Kentucky’s 2021 season.

The series began with a double-header on Friday, where Kentucky snagged a 4-0 and 15-3 win over the Bulldogs. Freshman shortstop Erin Coffel was superb on her first day as a Wildcat, going 6-for-8 and hitting her first career home run. She accounted for four runs batted in and three runs scored in Friday’s two matches.

On the mound, fifth-year senior Autumn Humes was stellar for the Wildcats. She struck out seven batters and allowed zero runs through seven innings, giving Kentucky their fifth season-opener shutout in program history.

Kentucky’s offense shined in the second game, as the Wildcats scored four home runs in the first inning alone, including the career first for junior standout Kayla Kowalik. Kowalik received high praise from head coach Rachel Lawson this offseason and is expected to have a big year.

Sunday’s game was a bit closer for Lawson and her team. The game featured five lead changes between the Wildcats and the Bulldogs, but Kentucky scored five of the last six runs and ultimately pulled out the 12-9 win.

Humes came up big for the Wildcats once again. She pitched the final four innings, allowing only one run and striking out three batters. She is now 2-0 on the season and has thrown ten scoreless innings.

Kentucky is scheduled to play the UNC Greensboro Spartans on Thursday and Friday before making a trip to Buies Creek, North Carolina for the Campbellā€™s Tournament over the weekend.

One step closer to Oklahoma City, ladies!

Article written by Kassidy Stumbo

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