Stokes’ 2-for-3 Night Not Enough to Fend Off Ole Miss
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 13 Kentucky softball dropped its first Southeastern Conference game of the season on Friday night a John Cropp Stadium, suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Ole Miss Rebels and the hands of senior pitcher Madi Osias, who threw a complete game four-hitter against the Wildcat offense.
With the loss, Kentucky moves to 23-4 overall on the season, and 3-1 in the SEC. Ole Miss with the win notches its 24th win of the season to move to 24-5 on the year with a 2-2 conference record through four games. Osias gets the win for Ole Miss to move to 13-1 on the year, while Kentucky’s Kelsey Nunley falls to 10-2, suffering just her second defeat of the year.
The difference maker came in the top of the fourth inning when Rebel catcher Courtney Syrett stepped to the plate with runners on the corners and two outs and hit a three-run homer to left center to give Ole Miss the 3-0 lead halfway through the contest.
The two teams will play the second game of the three-game set on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET from John Cropp Stadium in Lexington. The game will be shown live on the SEC Network+ with Mark Buerger and Carol Bruggeman on the call.
Fans are advised to check UKathletics.com and @UKSoftball on Twitter for updates with the game, as there is expected weather that will be entering the Lexington area on Saturday.
Four. The four hits by the Kentucky offense was its lowest hitting output of the season through 27 games this season.
The key play in the game was the three-run home run after a Kentucky miscue in the field and a walk all coming with two outs to put runners on the corners for Courtney Syrett, who launched a home run to left center to put the Rebels up, 3-0.
Christian Stokes was the key offensive player for Kentucky on Friday night, going 2-for-3 at the plate, accounting for 50 percent of the Kentucky hits. Stokes drove in Kentucky’s only run of the night, scoring Abbey Cheek from second on a base hit up the middle.
After a Kentucky defensive miscue with two outs put a Rebel baserunner on third and then the only walk of the night issued by Kelsey Nunley, Courtney Syrett launched a home run to center to make it 3-0 Ole Miss and put Kentucky behind in a game for just the fifth time this season. OM 3, UK 0
Abbey Cheek accounted for UK’s only run of the night, getting a fourth inning rally started in the bottom in the inning with a HBP. Brooklin Hinz moved Cheek to second on a base hit to give UK two baserunners for Christian Stokes. Stokes then singled back up the middle to score Cheek and a failed SAC fly attempt by UK would end the inning as the Wildcats were thrown out at home. FINAL – Ole Miss 3, No. 13 Kentucky 1