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Video: Records fall as softball tops No. 24 North Carolina, 18-0

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With No. 24 North Carolina coming to town, the Kentucky softball team likely thought it was in store for yet another close game.

Entering Tuesday's game, the Wildcats had already won nine games by two runs or less. UK had won all four of its extra-inning games to boot.

It turns out the game didn't last a regulation seven innings after all, but not because of a tie game. No. 17 UK jumped all over the visiting Tar Heels to the tune of 12 first-inning runs and didn't look back from there en route to an 18-0 victory in just five innings during which the school record books underwent quite the facelift.

Freshman starter Katie Henderson completed the ninth no-hitter in program history, allowing just a single walk in five innings. She struck out four and needed just 58 pitches in facing just two batters over the minimum. Henderson is now 2-0 on the season with 12 strikeouts and zero runs allowed in 10.0 innings.

At the plate, the day was just as memorable.

Sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner had hits in all four of her at-bats, including two first-inning singles and home runs in the second and fourth innings to give her six on the season. She had six runs batted in on the day to become the fourth player in school history to accomplish the feat and a game-high four runs scored, the sixth time in school history a player scored that many times.

Three other Wildcats had multi-hit days, including junior Lauren Cumbess with a home run and three runs scored. Freshman Christian Stokes added a grand slam in the first inning.

All told, UK's 18 runs and 18 RBI are school records, The Cats' four home runs tie a record mark and the 18-run margin of victory is the largest ever. UK moves to 19-4 on the season, tying the school-best start through 23 games set in 2011.

Don't take my word for it though. Here are video highlights from from.


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