Kentucky Stops in Marshall For Midweek Matchup with Herd
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky's best start to a season in program history makes its next stop in Huntington, W. Va., on Wednesday afternoon for a midweek affair with the Marshall Thundering Herd at 4 p.m. ET from Dot Hicks Field. There will be no television coverage of the game, however live stats will be available on UKathletics.com.
UK is off to a 22-3 start on the season, its best start through 25 games in program history. The Wildcats are coming off of a weekend sweep of South Carolina in Columbia to open up Southeastern Conference play. Kentucky leads the SEC through one week of action as one of only two teams (Tennessee) to sweep its opening weekend of conference action.
Kentucky is ranked in the top 15 nationally in both polls, slotting in at No. 13 nationally in Tuesday’s ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 15 in the recent coaches’ poll release.
Meagan Prince was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week for the first time in her career on Monday morning by the league office. Prince picked up another two wins and her first save of the season this week, collecting wins over Indiana on Wednesday night and South Carolina on Saturday afternoon to lock up the series. Against the Gamecocks on Sunday, she came on with two on and no outs to pick up the save by retiring all the batters she faces to preserve the shutout. Against Indiana, Prince had a perfect game through 6.1 innings before an infield single gave the Hoosiers their first baserunner of the game.
Head coach Rachel Lawson is already the winningest coach in Kentucky softball history. She is sitting on 298 career wins at Kentucky and can become the first UK head coach to 300 career wins with her next two wins.
UK has outscored its opponents 39-9 in the first inning of games this season, and 21-1 in the second inning of games. That’s a total of 60-10 in the first two innings of scoring in favor of Kentucky this season. The Wildcats are 14-0 when they score in the first inning this season and 19-0 when they score first. The Wildcats scored a run in the first inning in all three of its wins at South Carolina on SEC Opening Weekend. UK scored six in the first inning on Friday, three on Saturday and one run on Sunday. All runs that were scored in the first inning proved to be eventual game-winning runs.
Marshall (12-8) is coming off of its home and Conference USA opener with UTEP. The Herd swept the series with the Miners winning 10-1, 5-1 and 8-3. The win Sunday was the 500th win at Marshall for Head Coach Shonda Stanton. She has 527 total career victories\ after spending one season at IUPUI (1999) before coming to Huntington.
Junior pitcher Jordan Dixon (Edmond, Okla.) was named C-USA Co-Pitcher of the Week after earning all three wins and striking out 17 batters. Dixon is now third all-time in program history with 62 career wins. She needs just four more to become Marshall’s all-time leader.
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