Wildcats Drop Doubleheader To No. 14 Alabama
March 25, 2000
The UK softball team dropped a doubleheader to the 14th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday afternoon, 4-3 and 6-2, snapping the Cats seven-game winning streak.
UK (17-15, 2-2 SEC) took an early lead in game one when Tiffany Kruse doubled to right field, scoring Leslie Kwiatkowski from second base. In the second inning, the Cats added another run when Andrea Eilertson scored on a error by Alabama first baseman Ginger Jones.
The Tide answered with two runs of its own in the top of the third, however, UK regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when Kwiatkowski stole home, giving UK a 3-2 advantage.
Alabama tied the game in the sixth on Suzanne Olcott's RBI-double, scoring Jen Reach. With the game tied at 3-3 in the seventh, Christy Kyle scored on Kelley Askew's single to give Bama a 4-3 win, halting the Cats win streak at seven.
The Cats outhit the visiting Tide, 9-7, and still had several chances to win the game despite committing six errors. Kwiatkowski led UK at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three stolen bases. Kruse and Angie Dal Pozzo had two hits apiece for UK. UK pitcher Keary Camunas, who gave up just one earned run and struck out four, dropped to 10-8 with the loss, her first loss in her last eight starts.
In the second game, Alabama jumped on the Cats with three runs in the first inning off UK freshman hurler Morgan Marr.
The Cats, who left 10 runners on base in the game, got on the board in the sixth inning with back-to-back doubles by Kiwatkowski and Kruse, trimming the Tide's lead to, 3-1.
Alabama added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh, but UK had a chance to climb back in the game in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, down 6-2, Colleen Boddy stepped up with two outs but flied out to left field, ending the Cats' threat.
Kruse and Dal Pozzo had two hits apiece for the Cats. Marr dropped to 2-2 on the season, while striking out a career-high six batters.
"I thought we came out and played hard despite battling injuries," UK coach Beth Kirchner said. "Even without three of our starters, we intended to come out and compete with the purpose of winning two games. We should have won the first game, but we came back and battled hard in the second game."
UK returns to action on Wednesday, March 29, when the Cats play host to intrastate rival Louisville. The first game of the doubleheader is set for 6 p.m., while the second game is slated for 8 p.m.
R H E Alabama 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 4 7 1 UK 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 9 6