This week’s road trip to the state of Mississippi was full of sweeps for the UK softball team (23-26, 10-12 SEC).
Coming off of their sweep of Ole Miss on Wednesday, the Cats were swept by Mississippi State (28-19, 11-14 SEC) in a series that required two separate walk offs by the Bulldogs to settle the final score.
UK lost game one 4-3 despite junior Alice O’Brien’s pair of doubles and a two-run homer from sophomore Ellen Weaver.
Weaver’s homer in the third plated the first run of the game. The inning opened with freshman Kara Howard getting a leadoff hit over the head of Bulldogs’ shortstop before Weaver brought her in.
Mississippi State tied the game in the bottom of the frame with a double and three consecutive walks by UK senior pitcher Chanda Bell. The game-tying run came on a fielder’s choice.
Two more runs were added in the bottom of the fifth for the Bulldogs on a double after the two runners aboard shifted on a sacrifice.
Junior Kara Dill tripled for the Cats in the top of the sixth. Senior Rachel Riley brought her in for the Cats’ last run of the game on a sacrifice.
Saturday’s 2-1 loss sent the clubs into extra innings before the Bulldogs sacrificed their way to a victory.
Senior Brittany Cervantes open the game with a double to right-center field. A bunt by Dill moved Cervantes to third, but while attempting to stretch her play into a double, Dill was called out.
Following a walk of Rachel Riley, a passed ball pushed Cervantes across for UK’s lone run.
More opportunities presented themselves with the bases loaded, but a double play with one out already registered on the scoreboard led to the end of the inning.
A single in the bottom of the fifth by Mississippi State tied the game, which was the last score before Riley sent the two teams to extras with three consecutive outs in the bottom of the seventh.
A sacrifice in the bottom of the eighth moved the Bulldogs leadoff batter into scoring position. Their clean-up hitter later in the inning hit a slow roller up the middle that allowed the runner to beat out the throw to home plate for the win.
The drama continued Sunday with Mississippi State earning another one run, walk-off victory over UK head coach Rachel Lawson’s previously hot bats.
Yet again, the Cats struck first with an RBI single by Alice O’Brien, scoring sophomore Ginny Carroll for the 1-0 lead.
Mississippi State scored a pair of runs in the fifth to take the lead before Carroll struck again in the top of the sixth with a solo home run to center.
Bell’s pitching carried the Cats through to the seventh until the Bulldogs made their rally for the 3-2 win.
A four-pitch walk gave the Bulldogs their first base runner in the home half of the inning. Junior Ka’ili Smith found a gap in left-center that she sent a pitch to that allowed the base runner to walk across for the winning score.
UK returns to action Tuesday at home with a 4 p.m. EST game against