The 22nd ranked Kentucky Softball team lost for only the fourth time this season, as a 6-0 defeat vs. 2nd ranked Florida. Junior stud Kelly Barnhill went the distance for Florida, giving up no hits and limiting the Kentucky offense to just one baserunner throughout the game. Kentucky Junior Catcher Jenny Schaper got aboard on a leadoff walk in the third inning, but the outstanding pitching from Florida just proved to be too much.
Defensively, Kentucky made some great plays to stay in the game after the first inning, but the damage had already been done for the Gators. The six run first inning came when Erin Rethlake gave up four straight walks, and six runners came around via a double by the Florida shortstop and an error by Kentucky third baseman Abbey Cheek. As a result, Kentucky was forced to make a change in the circle with no outs in the first. Sophomore Autumn Humes came into the game and went 4.2 innings of relief, only allowing two runs that came via the error in the first inning. After the one sloppy inning from Kentucky, the defense buckled down and went nearly perfect for the rest of the game. Florida did the same. Regardless of the sloppy play, the Cats still can feel confident that they held their own against the second-best team in the nation as they go into the final two games of the series in Gainesville, Florida.
Erin Rethlake took the loss in the circle, and fell to 4-3 on the season. True Freshman Grace Baalman will likely get the start tomorrow for Kentucky, as they look to improve upon their 15-4 record. Both teams looked very good in the game, as Kentucky wore their Anthracite Grey Uniforms with blue pants and white socks. Florida had a home “White Out” and wore all white everything, finished with an icy black look.
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