UK Earns Two Victories Over Austin Peay
April 21, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Behind a well balanced pitching and offensive effort the Kentucky softball team posted a pair of wins over visiting Austin Peay on Wednesday at the UK Softball Complex. Junior Megan Yocke was a perfect 6-for-6 at the dish with four RBI and a home run to lead the bats, while both Amber Matousek and Chanda Bell claimed wins in the circle. Kentucky opened the doubleheader with a 10-1 victory and finished with a 10-2 win in game two.
Kentucky improves to 29-18 overall on the year, just one win shy of achieving its second consecutive 30 win season. Austin Peay drops to 14-30 on the season.
Matousek claimed her third victory of the season with a win in the first game. She tossed a complete game effort and yielded just four hits in the game. Bell went the distance in the second game for her 16th win of the year. Bell fanned eight batters in five innings of action.
Kentucky jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage with three runs in the bottom of the first of game one. Molly Johnson reached base when she was plucked with a pitch for the 10th time this season. She then swiped her 17th base of the season to move into scoring position. Johnson was able to shift to third on an illegal pitch. Natalie Smith walked to place runners on the corners. Yocke brought in the game's first run with a perfectly executed squeeze bunt, and Yocke was able to reach first on the beautifully placed ball. Samantha DeMartine scored two runs with a double into right-center for the 3-0 edge.
After allowing just one hit in the top of the second, the Wildcats answered by putting up seven runs on six hits in the bottom of the frame. Annie Rowlands got things started with a single through the left side. Kara Dill singled and Rowlands was able to beat out the tag at second. Johnson charted a fielder's choice and Dill was caught at second to leave runners on the corners.
Smith brought in Rowlands with a well-placed bunt and Johnson promptly stole her second base of the game. Yocke plated Johnson with a single into left field. DeMartine was struck with a pitch to load the bags. Brittany Cervantes then doubled into right-center to score two runners. Aull doubled into the right-field gap and the centerfielder allowed the ball to roll to the wall enabling two more runs to score. Destinee Mordecai found a hole in right-center to score Aull for the last run of the inning and a 10-0 lead.
Austin Peay scored a run in the bottom half of the fifth on back-to-back doubles to make the final 10-1 margin.
In game two, Kentucky struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead. Dill singled up the middle and Yocke brought her home with her fifth round tripper of the season.
UK tacked on two more runs behind another two-run bomb in the bottom of the fourth. Cervantes doubled to right field and Mordecai tallied her fifth home run of the season for a 4-0 lead for the Blue and White.
The Lady Govs tacked on two runs of their own behind a two-run home run in the visitor's side of the fifth to inch closer at 4-2.
Kentucky scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to earn its second victory of the day this time by a 10-2 score.
Johnson began the inning with a single back to the pitcher. Smith and Yocke reached base behind consecutive bunts to load the bags. DeMartine plated Johnson with a single into right field for the innings' first tally. Cervantes notched another RBI with a single through the left side, and freshman Alice O'Brien connected on her first-career extra base hit with a bases clearing double. Dill kept the inning alive with a chopper to the third baseman who mishandled the ball enabling runners on the corners. Johnson ended the game with an RBI single up the middle for the final 10-2 margin.
Kentucky returns to action when it plays host to No. 12 LSU for the final three-game SEC series at home. UK's five seniors will take the field at the UK Softball Complex for the final time in their careers. First pitch for a doubleheader on Saturday begins at 1 p.m. ET, with Senior Day festivities to proceed a Noon start on Sunday.
Complete coverage of the Wildcat softball team can be found at UKathletics.com.