UK Baseball drops first game; Softball remains unbeaten

(UK Athletics | Sarah Caputi)

Happy Friday, BBN! Let’s talk about the Bat ‘Cats.

Though the Kentucky Baseball Team dropped their first game of the season today, the Softball Team earned a close victory to stay undefeated.

SOFTBALL RECAP:

The No. 10 Wildcats managed to pull out a close win over the Illinois State Redbirds today in Boca Raton, 5-4, pushing them to 17-0 on the season.

Kentucky trailed by two runs entering the bottom of the sixth inning, marking the largest deficit of the season thus far. It wouldn’t last long, though. An RBI single by Grace Baalman and two-run homer from Autumn Humes gave the lead back to the ‘Cats.

The Redbirds hit a lead-off home run in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game, but the ‘Cats offense remained resilient. Junior outfielder Renee Abernathy’s walk-off base hit up the middle scored Kayla Kowalik to give the Wildcats the win.

Kowalik was phenomenal for the ‘Cats on Friday morning, going 4-4 at the plate. So far this season, she has 30 runs scored and 21 runs driven in.

The ladies resume play tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. against Coastal Carolina.

BASEBALL RECAP

The gents were not so lucky, losing their first game of the season to the Ball State Cardinals.

Kentucky took an early 2-0 lead in the third inning, but they would not score again. Junior Austin Schultz led the Wildcat offense going 2-5 at the plate with one run scored. Sophomore standout John Rhodes added the second run.

The offense managed to get the tying run on third base in the bottom of the eighth, but could not convert.

On the other end, the defense looked promising, finishing the game with zero errors and a solid pitching effort. Cole Stupp commanded the mound for the majority of the game, earning nine strikeouts and giving up just two hits. Senior Jimmy Ramsey had an impressive closing effort, striking out all three batters in the ninth inning.

The Wildcats will look to bounce back tomorrow. First pitch is at 4 p.m.

UK Baseball drops first game; Softball remains unbeaten