Softball Downs Eastern Kentucky, 12-4
Junior Leslie Kwiatkowski's two home runs helps lead Cats to easy win.
RICHMOND, Ky. (March 1, 2000) -- Led by junior Leslie Kwiatkowski's two home runs, the UK softball team pushed its winning streak to three as the Cats whipped Eastern Kentucky, 12-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Gertrude Hood Field.
Kwiatkowski, who hit a solo home run in the top of the first and a three-run blast in the top of the sixth, tied her own record for home runs in a game. The South Bend, Ind. native also broke the UK school record for RBIs in a game with six and total bases in a game with nine. For the afternoon, she was 3-4 and scored two runs.
The Colonels struck first in the bottom of the first when Jessica Soto hit a two-run bomb over the left field fence, giving the Colonels a 2-0 lead.
Kwiatkowski answered Soto's home run with a solo shot of her own to left center. UK (7-9) added five more runs in the top of the third inning to build a 6-2 lead. In the top of the fourth, freshman Lyndsey Angus' RBI single put one run across, and Kwiatkowski followed with a single to left field that scored Angus and Nikki Jones, giving UK a 9-2 lead.
EKU (4-6) catcher Kim Sarrazin hit a solo home run to left center, but the Cats responded in the top of the sixth when Kwiatkowski hit her second round-tripper of the game, a three-run shot over the left field fence as UK cruised to a 12-4 victory.
The Cats, who have not committed an error in their last two games, pounded out 13 hits against the Colonels. Five UK batters, including Kwiatkowski, recorded multiple hit games. Angus was 3-4 at the plate with an RBI and scored three runs. Jones was 2-4 and scored three runs, while Jen Howland went 2-3 and crossed the plate twice. Shortstop Angie Dal Pozzo added a 2-2 performance with an RBI and scored a run.
Angus and Jones, who each scored three runs apiece, tied the UK mark for runs scored in a game with three.
"Our offense was outstanding today," UK coach Beth Kirchner said. "It was imminent that an offensive explosion was forthcoming. We are building some momentum heading into our tournament this weekend, which we will need to be successful."
UK will travel to Bristol, Tenn. this weekend to participate in the State Line Classic. The Cats open the tournament on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Virginia Tech and will play Tennessee at 4 p.m.
R H E UK 0 1 5 3 0 3 12 13 0 EKU 2 0 0 1 0 1 4 6 4 WP - Camunas (3-6) and Angus; LP - Soto (1-3) and Sarrazin. Save - Marr (1); HR - Soto (EKU), Kwiatkowski 2 (UK), Sarrazin (EKU) Records - UK (7-9); EKU (4-6)