No. 12 Kentucky Welcomes No. 18 Missouri to John Cropp Stadium
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a thrilling 2-1 win on Wednesday night at John Cropp Stadium thanks to an Abbey Cheek two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth, the No. 12 University of Kentucky softball team will welcome the No. 18 Missouri Tigers to Lexington for a three-game series kicking off on Friday night in Lexington.
Friday’s game will start at 6 p.m. ET and be shown live on the SEC Network+ with Mark Buerger and Carol Bruggeman on the call. Buerger and Bruggeman will have the call on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. ET on the SEC Network+ before a Noon ET finale against the Tigers on Sunday afternoon with Cara Capuano joining Bruggeman in the booth for an ESPNU national telecast.
All three games will be available on the ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app on smartphones and tablets as well.
The Missouri Tigers enter the weekend series with Kentucky sitting on a 28-10 overall record in 2016, and a 5-7 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Last time out on Wednesday night, the Tigers took both games of a doubleheader with Wichita State, outscoring the shockers 11-0 and 9-2 in the two games played. Mizzou was swept by the Georgia Bulldogs last weekend in SEC play, losing three close games to UGA at University Field in Columbia.
All-SEC player Sami Fagan leads the Tigers offensively, batting .450 on the season with 50 hits, 43 runs scored, and 10 homers to go along with 40 RBI. Fagan joins Taylor Gadbois in the .400 club, as Gadbois enters the weekend at .421 on the year with a team-leading 12 home runs and 42 RBI. Mizzou has seven players batting over .300 on the season, including All-SEC player Emily Crane.
In the circle for the Tigers, Danielle Baumgartner leads the way with a 1.95 ERA and a 12-3 record in her 23 appearances. She has pitched 82 innings, second behind the 103.2 innings thrown by Paige Lowary. Lowary has a 4.19 ERA this season and a 15-5 overall record on the year. She has appeared in (26) and started (19) more games than any other Tiger this season. Cheyenne Baxter is the third pitcher the Tigers will use, and she sports a 3.76 ERA.
On Wednesday night, Kentucky junior Meagan Prince picked up her team-leading 16th win of the season on Wednesday, throwing three full innings of scoreless action, only allowing one hit to the 10 batters she faced. Prince is now 16-2 on the year and sports a 1.81 ERA in the circle for Kentucky.
Free game day parking is available the upper and lower paved parking lots adjacent to John Cropp Stadium. In the event that those lots fill spectators will be directed to park in the grass lot near College Way and Wildcat Court.
Tickets for Softball are sold through the UK Ticket Office. For information about hosting Birthday Parties at John Cropp Stadium please contact (859) 257.1818. The Ticket Office and stadium gates will open one hour prior to first pitch.
All seating in John Cropp Stadium is general admission and is first-come, first served.
John Cropp Stadium
570 Wildcat Court
Lexington, KY 40506
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