Kentucky Weekly update!

Softball:

March 12

Kentucky hosted Miami in their home opener at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington Tuesday night. Jenny Schaper hit two home runs which included a grand slam and Tatum Spangler pitched her first complete game as #15 Kentucky won their seventh straight game 9-1 in only five innings over the Miami Redhawks. Kentucky improves to 16-7 and Miami falls to 10-8 overall.

Miami would score their only run of the game in the top of the first inning on a RBI double. (Miami 1, Kentucky 0). Jenny Schaper got Kentucky on the board by tying the game up on a lead-off single home run, Kayla Kowalik and Abbey Cheek singled in the infield and Mallory Peyton brought Kayla home on a RBI to right field. (Kentucky 3, Miami 1).  Kentucky scores in the bottom of second as Bailey Vick tapped home on a RBI double by Kayla Kowalik. (Kentucky 4, Miami 1). With bases loaded in third on a single by Katie Reed walk to Sarah Rainwater and an advancement on a fielder’s choice by Lauren Johnson. With only two out Jenny Schaper hits a grand slam to extend the lead by 7. (Kentucky 8, Miami 1) Kayla Kowalik capped her day off with a single into left center gap to score in Bailey Vick for the win.

Final #15 Kentucky 9, Miami 1 (5)

UK will round out their midweek schedule as they take on Syracuse Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET. The game can been seen on SEC Network Plus, ESPN3, and the ESPN app.

March 13

The No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats exploded in their 13 run game over Syracuse Wednesday afternoon at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington. Kentucky won their eighth season-high game in a row, beating Syracuse 13-0. The Wildcats scored five runs in two separate innings, the first and third.

Abbey Cheek got us on the board when she went three for three in the game, singled in the bottom of the first to score in Jenny Schaper. Katie Reed then doubled to left field to score two runs and both Grace Baalman and Bailey Vick were walked with bases loaded to bring in two more. (Kentucky 5, Syracuse 0). Bottom of the second, Abbey Cheek led it off with a single and came around to score on a Mallory Peyton RBI double. Kentucky scored again on a Syracuse error, as Grace Baalman beat out throw to first, allowing Mallory to score from third. (Kentucky 7, Syracuse 0). Another five run inning for the Cats in the third. Jenny Schaper, Lauren Johnson, and Kayla Kowalik all doubled as the first three batters. Abbey Cheek brought in two on a RBI single. Mallory Peyton brought in Abbey Cheek from third on a SAC fly to left field and Katie Reed ended the inning on a home run. (Kentucky 12, Syracuse 0). Kayla Kowalik scored a pinch runner Jaci Babbs from third on a groundout to the right side.

Final #15 Kentucky 13, Syracuse 0

Kentucky gets back to SEC play when they host Mississippi State at 6 p.m. ET, which can be seen on SEC Network Plus.

March 15

Kentucky continued their SEC play when they hosted Mississippi State at John Cropp Stadium Friday night in Lexington. Katie Reed tied Kentucky’s record with 6 RBI’s in tonight’s game, hitting two home runs as No.15 Kentucky beats Mississippi State 8-0 to open up the series. Katie hit home runs in the first and third innings, both three run shot broke her career highs for both home runs and RBI in a game. This was the 34th time in Kentucky program history that a Kentucky player hit two homers in the same game.

With runners on the corner and two outs in the first inning, Mallory Peyton hit a single to the left field to Kayla Kowalik. This was followed by a tape measure shot by Katie Reed to put Kentucky up by 4. (Kentucky 4, MSU 0). Bottom of the third, a Miss St fielding error plated a run and Katie blasted another three run shot to center field to score three more.

Final #15 Kentucky 8, MSU 0

Tonight was Kentucky’s quickest game of the season only lasting 1:19 in duration.

Game two of the series will be tomorrow at Noon ET and can be watched on SEC Network.

March 16

Kentucky came from being down six to win 9-8 to clinch series against Miss St with a massive home run by Abbey Cheek. It was an offensive slugfest at John Cropp Stadium as we saw a grand slam, three run home run, and solo home run. This was UK’s largest comeback won if the season. Kentucky remains perfect in SEC play. They are now 5-0 and 19-7 overall. Miss State falls to 19-7 overall and are 0-2 in SEC play.

Mississippi State scored top of the first on a two out double by Leilua. (MSU 1, UK 0). Bulldog’s Carter Spexarth hit a grand slam followed by a solo home run. (MSU 6, UK 0). Alex Martens hit a two RBI single to right center to score two runs and get Kentucky on the board. (MSU 6, UK 2). Kelsee Henson hits a home run to center field. (MSU 6, UK 3) Leilua hits a two run home run to extend the MSU lead. (MSU 8, UK 3) With a walk to Schaper and a single by Kayla Kowalik, Abbey Cheek hit her sixth home run to straight center to pull the Wildcats back in this game. (MSU 8, UK 6) Bottom of the sixth, Lauren Johnson doubled to lead off the frame,  came home on a Miss St error, tying the game on Kowalik’s triple to the gap in the right center. Abbey Cheek drove in the game winning run on an RBI groundout to the left.

Final  #15 Kentucky 9, Mississippi State 8

The three game series concludes tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET and can be seen on SEC Network.

March 17

Kentucky closed out their series with Mississippi State with a sweep. Kentucky defeats Mississippi State 4-1. Kentucky is 6-0 in SEC play for the first time in program history.

Kayla Kowalik drew a walk in the first to score on an Abbey Cheek double to the wall. Cheek then followed to score on the next at bat as Martens singled up the line. (UK 2, MSU 0). Katie Reed hit with two on and two out and went opposite field for a two run double. (UK 4, MSU 0). Miss State score their only run on a solo home run.

Final #15 Kentucky 4, Miss St 1

Kentucky returns to action when they head to Marshall for a mid-week matchup Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET

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