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UK Softball Falls to EKU in Fall Doubleheader

Coach Rachel Lawson and the Cats

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)

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Article written by Jennifer Davidson

2 Comments for UK Softball Falls to EKU in Fall Doubleheader

  1. There's no crying in Softball
    6:50 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    sorry, but Lawson is over rated. Caught fire in a bottle with players that were already here and even the frosh here her first year, including ace pitcher Bell was recruited by former regime.

    In softball teams often win the ones you shouldn’t (upsets) and got to hand it to her- they’ve had their fair share. Her recruiting is suspect. Has really swung and missed on the local talent she “chooses”. As a former baseball player I couldn’t believe the lack of technique I saw when i took my DD to a game and we saw girls in the outfield that couldn’t get the ball into the infield on a strong throw let alone try to get a strong throw to the plate with a decent runner atttempting to score.

    I saw where Auburn hired the ex-olympic and natl. champ coach from Arizona St so look for that perennial bottom dweller to make some moves up.

    The facilities are great, but unfortunately I’m not sold on this coach that Mitch might have jumped to gun on uping her contract.

  2. pat heitz
    9:28 pm September 15, 2013 Permalink

    Ouch – way too harsh a comment. She has been best thing to UK softball in years! That said, EKU pitching held UK hitters in check, and EKU had timely hits that led to scoring. EKU played very well. One thing UK missing versus past years seems to be power hitting, or EKU pitchers were great today – maybe so! Both games were fun to watch in great weather!