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Kentucky softball takes down No. 7 Georgia 7-5 in first game of the series

Christian Kantosky
Kentucky infielder/outfielder Peyton Plotts (37) prepares to bat during the No. 21 Kentucky vs. Bellarmine softball match on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 3-1. Photo by Christian Kantosky | Staff

Kentucky softball secured its third top 10 victory of the season on Friday, April 12, defeating No. 7 Georgia 7-5 at John Cropp Stadium. 

The win speaks to Kentucky’s ability to win against high-ranked opponents.

Junior Taylor Ebbs shined with a notable 3-for-4 performance at the plate, contributing four runs batted in, including a pivotal three-run homer.

Ebbs was the cause for a game-deciding play that occurred during the bottom of the second inning when she smashed a three-run home run, extending the Wildcats’ lead to 6-0. 

Ebbs’ clutch performance with two outs proved to be decisive for Kentucky.

The junior was truly a stand-out competitor during the action on Friday, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, one home run and two extra-base hits, making significant contributions to Kentucky’s success.

Senior Rylea Smith and Erin Coffel also made significant offensive contributions, while Stephanie Schoonover’s performance in the circle earned her a second consecutive SEC win.

Schoonover, a senior from Vicksburg, Mississippi, pitched a complete game, allowing five runs on five hits while recording five strikeouts.

Georgia managed to score a run in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI double, but a fly out to third base ended the game, securing a final score of 7-5 in favor of the Wildcats.

The victory brings Kentucky to a 25-14 overall record and a 4-9 standing in SEC play, while Georgia’s record now stands at 32-9 overall and 7-6 in the SEC.

The series continues on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. ET, with broadcast coverage available on SEC Network+.

Additionally, Saturday marks “All For Alex” Day across the SEC, with all 13 teams sporting teal in honor of former Mississippi State player Alex Wilcox and in support of the fight against ovarian cancer.

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