UK softball clinched the series win against SEC foes Arkansas despite dropping game three, 8-0. The Cats are now 38-9 and 13-6 in SEC play and before the loss on Sunday against the Razorbacks, the Cats had won 10 consecutive games, which was the second longest streak in program history. The longest winning streak in School history came earlier this year when the Cats started the season 12-0.
UK took game one against Arkansas on Friday night with a come-from-behind effort and a game winning home run from sophomore infielder Nikki Sagermann. The Cats were down three runs entering the bottom of the fifth inning before the Cats started a rally and scored three unanswered runs, two coming from a throwing error and one from a fielding error. The Cats went on to hold Arkansas’ offense off and Nikki Sagermann belted a solo homerun over the center field wall in the bottom of the ninth to take the victory 4-3. Sagermann also hit a game winning solo homerun last Sunday at Ole Miss to seal the deal in the extra inning win.
Lauren Cumbess started in the circle of the Cats in game two of the series, allowing three earned runs on three hits in the first inning. In the bottom on the inning, Cumbess hit a two RBI single up the middle to cut the lead 3-2 before being replaced by Kelsey Nunley in the second. Nunley pitched the next six innings for the Cats allowing only two runs, one earned off seven hits, and struck out four. The Cats scored two more runs in the second to take the lead 4-3 and the lead continued to increase throughout the game as Krystal Smith hit her second homerun of the season and Nikki Sagermann went 2-for-3 with two RBI and hit another homerun. Sagermann now leads UK with 10 homeruns and 37 RBIs. Nunley recorded the win 7-5 against the Razorbacks which clinched the series win. Nunley is now 19-4 on the season with a 1.85 ERA.
The Cats dropped game three of the series 8-0 in six innings. Shannon Smith got her second SEC start in the circle and loaded the bases in the first inning, allowing three runs to score on one hit. The Cats were unable to produce in the bottom and the Razorbacks led the second inning off with a solo homerun to stretch the lead 4-0. Megan Prince replaced Smith on the mound in the fourth inning, but the Cats were still unable to hold Arkansas offensively as they went on to score four more runs and held UK to a scoreless game.
The Cats will Travel to Bowling Green, KY to play WKU in a non-conference game on Tuesday at 7:00pm before returning home for three day three game SEC series against Tennessee starting Friday at 6:00pm. Game two of the series at John Crop Stadium will take place on Saturday at 5:00pm and will conclude on Sunday at 2:00pm.