No. 18 A&M Claims Opener Despite Smith's Five Scoreless Innings
April 4, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky freshman pitcher Shannon Smith came on in relief in the third inning and threw five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits with five strikeouts, while sophomore shortstop Christian Stokes belted her second home run of the season, but No. 18 Texas A&M scored six runs in the first two innings, posting a 6-1 series-opening win on Friday night at John Cropp Stadium.
The series continues Saturday at 6 p.m. ET before a 1 p.m. ET finale on Sunday. Live stats and free live radio for all three games will be available online at UKathletics.com. Saturday's game will be televised live by the UK/IMG Sports Network on the CWKYT in Central Kentucky and on Fox Sports South in the state of Kentucky only. Sunday's game will be televised by Fox Sports South to the entire FSN South footprint and will be available online at ESPN3.com.
Single-game tickets into John Cropp Stadium are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors (65+) and youth (6-18). Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets are all general admission, and can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 1-800-928-2287. Tickets are also sold at John Cropp Stadium prior to each game, and all sales are cash only. Gates open one hour prior to first pitch.
The first 100 fans into John Cropp Stadium for Saturday's game will receive a set of 2014 Kentucky Softball Trading Cards, while the entire UK team will sign autographs following Saturday and Sunday's games.
Kentucky (29-8, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) started sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley in the circle with the hurler tossing two innings, allowing six earned runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The appearance was the shortest outing of Nunley's young career in games started. Smith relieved Nunley to start the third inning, posting five shutout innings the rest of the way with only two hits allowed and five strikeouts. Nunley received the loss in the game, moving to 13-4 on the season.
Texas A&M (27-10, 8-5 SEC) started Rachel Fox in the circle with the junior tossing seven impressive innings, allowing five hits and one earned run behind a season-best nine strikeouts. Fox earned the win in the game, moving to 10-5 on the season.
The Aggies posted three runs in each of the first two innings, getting a three-run home run from third baseman Amber Garza in the first inning before a two-run single by catcher Nicole Morgan and an RBI single from rightfielder Cassie Tysarczyk in the second inning gave A&M a 6-0 lead. Tysarczyk paced Texas A&M offensively, going 3-for-4.
The Wildcats scored their lone run in the game in the fifth inning behind Stokes' second home run of the season. Senior outfielder Emily Gaines went 1-for-3 in the game extending her hitting streak to a career-best 10 games - the longest hitting streak for any UK player this season - while junior catcher Griffin Joiner, senior outfielder Ginny Carroll and sophomore third baseman Nikki Sagermann each posted hits.
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Kentucky - 29-8, 5-5 SEC
Texas A&M - 27-10, 8-5 SEC
Kentucky - No. 12 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25; No. 12 in NFCA/USA Today Top 25
Texas A&M - No. 18 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25; No. 21 in NFCA/USA Today Top 25
Friday, April 4
Texas A&M def. Kentucky 6-1
Single game tickets for the series are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors (65+) and youth (6-18). Children ages 5 and under and UK students with a valid student ID are admitted free of charge. Tickets are all general admission, and can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 1-800-928-2287. Tickets are also sold at John Cropp Stadium prior to each game, and all sales are cash only.
First 100 fans into John Cropp Stadium on Saturday will receive a pack of 2014 Kentucky Softball Trading Cards. The entire UK team will sign autographs following the games on Saturday and Sunday.