Softball Falls To Mississippi State In Doubleheader
April 15, 2000
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The University of Kentucky softball team dropped a doubleheader to 20th-ranked Mississippi State on Saturday at the MSU Softball Field. The Bulldogs captured the opener, 6-2, and won the second game, 7-3.
MSU (36-16, 13-7 Southeastern Conference) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when catcher Keri McCallum scored from third on an error by UK third baseman Andrea Eilertson.
The Bulldogs put two more runners across in the third when center fielder Kellie Wilkerson stole home and Michelle Gates scored from third as UK catcher Lyndsey Angus attempted to throw out a runner at second.
UK (26-22, 8-8) got on the board in the sixth inning on back-to-back doubles by Leslie Kwiatkowski and Tiffany Kruse. Kwiatkowski double over Wilkerson's head, scoring Beth Fogle from second. Then Kruse doubled to left center, scoring Kwiatkowski from second as the Cats cut the Bulldogs lead to, 4-2.
McCallum capped the MSU scoring with a two-run blast to center off UK starter Keary Camunas in the sixth, giving the Bulldogs a 6-2 victory.
MSU pitcher Jennifer Pursell improved to 23-10 with the win, while Camunas, who struck out six batters, dropped to 15-11. Nikki Jones and Kruse recorded two hits apiece for the Cats.
In the second game, Jones scored from second when Fogle reached on a throwing error by MSU third baseman Michelle Gates.
The Bulldogs hammered UK starting pitcher Morgan Marr for three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first. The assault continued in the bottom of the second when the Bulldogs lit up the scoreboard for three runs on five hits, giving MSU a 6-1 lead after two innings.
In the third inning, Fogle scored for the Cats when Kruse grounded out to first base. In the sixth, Jamie Dardis' RBI-single scored Angie Dal Pozzo >from third.
Courtney Frank earned the win for MSU, improving to 5-4. Marr dropped to 5-6 on the season.
UK returns to action on Thursday, April 20, when the Cats play host to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at the UK Softball Complex. The doubleheader will begin at 6 p.m.
R H E UK 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 7 2 MSU 1 0 2 0 1 2 x 6 7 2