The last time the Wildcats took on EKU, Rachel Lawson became the winningest head coach in UK history. As they took on EKU today in a doubleheader to open the fall season, the outcome played out differently. In the top of the 7th, pitcher Kelsey Nunley held EKU from scoring, as the game was tied 1-1. However, UK could not capitalize in the bottom of the 7th, sending the game into extra innings. EKU scored two runs in the top of the 8th, and the Cats had no answer in the bottom of the inning, falling short as Eastern Kentucky defeated them in game one, 3-1.
In game two, it was a great sign to see new Wildcat pitcher, Shannon Smith, display her ability to perform under pressure in the 4th when EKU loaded the basses against her. She responded with three consecutive strikeouts to end the rally, as it was her first game pitching as a Kentucky Wildcat. However, things went downhill quickly when EKU took a 4-1 lead in the 6th with two separate long balls. The EKU Colonels ended up defeating the Wildcats 6-1 in game two. Next up, the Cats travel take on Ohio State next Sunday at 12:00pm.
(h/t UK Athletics)