Wildcat Softball Drops Two Games in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-- The University of Kentucky softball team lost its first two games of the Sonic Invitational on Friday.

UK fell to Marshall 10-5 in the Cats’ first game of the round-robin tournament at Frost Stadium. Marshall jumped out to an early lead by scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Second baseman Nichole Corrigan led off the game with a double to left field and later scored when Vanessa Clarkson singled to right field. Junior Kelli Hall capped off the Marshall scoring with a two-run home run off Wildcat starting pitcher Monique Lovell. UK scored in the bottom of the first when senior Leslie Kwiatkowski tripled to right and was sacrificed home by second baseman Nikki Jones.

Marshall scored two more runs in the top of the second inning on consecutive singles, followed by an error on Jones. UK freshman Rachel Friberg drilled her first homer of the season in the bottom of the inning.

UK junior Jen Howland replaced Lovell on the mound with one out in the third after the Thundering Herd banged out two more hits. Marshall put the game away by scoring four runs in the third inning. Kentucky added two runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth inning but came up short as Thundering Herd pitcher Sara Gulla went the distance for the victory. Gulla improved to 3-0 on the season, while Lovell’s record fell to 0-1.

The Wildcats were downed in their second game of the day by host UT-Chattanooga 3-0. UK starter Morgan Marr gave up two runs on a walk and two singles in the bottom of the first inning as the Lady Mocs jumped on top early. That was enough for UTC’s Beth Alexander as the junior right-hander allowed the Cats’ just three singles over seven innings.

Alexander also recorded a 2-1 win over UK in last season’s Sonic Invitational. UK’s Marr gave up only one hit after the first inning but absorbed the loss as Kentucky was shut out for the first time this season. Marr fell to 3-3 on the season.

The Wildcats’ Rachel Friberg and Lindsey Angus each recorded three hits on the day.

UK (4-8) returns to action Saturday in a 4 p.m. contest with Liberty, followed by a 6 p.m. matchup against Virginia Tech.



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