UK Splits Softball Doubleheader With Ole Miss
The University of Kentucky softball team was blasted 12-0 by Ole Miss in the opening game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the UK Softball Complex, but the Wildcats bounced back to take the nightcap 7-1.
Ole Miss starting pitcher Lindsay Price surrendered only two hits, both to UK slugger Leslie Kwiatkowski, en route to earning her fifth win of the season. Price also received plenty of support as the visitors from Oxford, Miss. banged out 12 hits in the victory.
The Rebels loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first and scored their first run when senior Jamie Cummings delivered a single to center field, scoring one run. One out later, designated player Holly Burris grounded to shortstop Angie Dal Pozzo driving in the runner from third base.
The Cats mounted a threat when Kwiatkowski singled to center field to lead off the bottom of the first. Junior Beth Fogle sacrificed Kwiatkowski to second, followed by Dal Pozzos walk. Left fielder Tiffany Kruse then nailed a hard hopper to the right side that hit Dal Pozzo to record the second out. The threat ended when third baseman Rachel Friberg popped out to the shortstop.
Ole Miss added another run in the third inning when junior Kristi DiMarco walked on four pitches and crossed the plate on Cummings double to center field. The Rebels added nine runs in the top of the fifth inning as they recorded four singles and three doubles off UK pitchers Jen Howland and Monique Lovell. Ole Miss right fielder Jessica Hamilton had two of the three doubles in the inning. Eight of the runs crossed the plate with two outs in the inning.
When Kentucky was unable to score in the bottom of the fifth inning the game was called due to the eight-run mercy rule.
UK junior Jen Howland took the loss, falling to 5-8 on the season.
The Wildcats, led by junior Andy Eilertson both at the plate and in the field, shook off the loss to bounce back in the second game of the day to down Ole Miss 7-1. Eilertson went 1-2 at the plate, with a home run and three RBIs. The Anamosa, Ia. native also made several defensive plays at third base.
Mississippi took the early lead in the nightcap when freshman Desiree Layman drilled a 3-2 pitch over the fence in center field to lead off the second inning.
The Wildcats scored their first runs of the day in the bottom of the third inning when Eilertson hammered her second home run of the season, and third of her career, scoring both Dal Pozzo and Rachel Friberg. UK put four more runs on the board in the fifth inning when Dal Pozzo nailed her team-leading fifth home run of the season over the left-field fence, scoring Nikki Jones. Kruse then singled, stole second, and moved to third when the catchers throw went into center field. Friberg lined a single to center to score Kruse, and crossed the plate when catcher Sandi Dengler singled to give the Cats a 7-1 lead.
Sophomore Morgan Marr went the distance to pick up her 10th win of the season. We are searching for some consistency, UK coach Beth Kirchner said. It is very important that we come out ready to play tomorrow. The Cats (16-18, 3-6 SEC) and Rebels (15-18, 2-3 SEC) take the field again Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. contest.
R H E Mississippi 201 09 XX 12 12 0 Kentucky 000 00 XX 0 2 2
WP-Price (5-5) and Poore; LP-Howland (5-8) and Dengler; 2B-Pooer (2), Hamilton, Cummings; SH-Pooer, Fogle; SB-Hamilton; CS-Burris
R H E Mississippi 010 000 0 1 4 2 Kentucky 003 040 0 7 7 1
WP-Marr (10-7) and Dengler; LP-Hughes (7-7) and Manley; HR-Layman, Dal Pozzo,
Eilertson; HBP-Friberg; SH-Layman, Eilertson; SB Jones, Dal Pozzo, Kruse;
Records- UK (16-18, 3-6 SEC); UM (15-18, 2-3 SEC)