Softball Displays Power against Marshall and Morehead State

Oct. 4, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky softball team's bats came alive in a pair of doubleheaders in fall competition this weekend at the UK Softball Complex. In four games against Marshall and Morehead State, the power of UK's lineup was on display as the team combined for five home runs, two triples, nine doubles and 31 runs scored in four games.

"One of our goals this weekend was to score early and often," UK coach Rachel Lawson said. "I felt that we had solid focus throughout the entire weekend, and it was great seeing so many different players contribute on the offensive side. Clearly, we have lot of work to do, but it is evident that we have a strong foundation."

An array of Wildcats got in on the offensive firepower, led by senior Samantha DeMartine who went 4-for-7. DeMartine charted three RBI off of a home run and a double. Classmate Annie Rowlands went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles.

Freshmen Emily Jolly and Aubrey Lamar were equally as impressive. Jolly went 5-for-9 at the dish and connected on a long ball while adding a double. Lamar was nearly perfect with a 5-for-6 performance while posting a home run and a pair of two-baggers.

Junior Rachel Riley was phenomenal both at the plate and in the pitching circle. Riley combined for a 4-for-5 effort at the plate with two doubles. In the circle, Riley continued to rack up strikeouts in helping lead the Wildcats to 47 strikeouts in the four games.

Kentucky's pitching staff combined to allow a mere six runs on the weekend while yielding just 19 hits and five walks. In addition to Riley, juniors Chanda Bell and Ashleigh Gustafson and freshmen Lauren Cumbess and Ellen Weaver saw action on the mound.

"The pitchers looked impressive considering how early it is in the year," Lawson said. "A lot of credit has to be given to catchers Megan Yocke and Brittany Cervantes. Our catchers managed the game in such a way that it allowed our pitchers to get comfortable in the circle, while at the same time attacking the other team's batters."

The Wildcats will wrap up their fall competition at home next weekend. UK is set to host a doubleheader against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Stay tuned to UKathletics.com for the most up-to-date information regarding the Kentucky softball team.