UK softball eliminated by Oregon from Super Regional for second straight year


Kentucky Wildcats outfielder Brooklin Hinz hits an rbi triple in the first inning of the championship game of the Lexington Regional at John Cropp Stadium on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Lexington, KY. Photo by Addison Coffey | Staff.

After UK softball’s upset victory over No. 1 Oregon on Thursday, the Cats took two decisive losses by a total of 15 runs, eliminating them from the Eugene Super Regional for the second straight year.

The Cats couldn’t spark any offense through the last two games, scoring only one in both contests. The Oregon pitching staff returned to its normal form, putting away Wildcat after Wildcat en route to two decisive wins.

In Oregon’s first win, there was nothing going for either team until the top of the fourth inning. A two-RBI single, followed by a throwing error, caused the Ducks to take their first – and permanent – lead of the Super Regional round. Another unearned run for the Ducks gave them a four-run lead in just a half inning. Oregon went on to win the game 6-1.

The Cats experienced the same amount of luck throughout the next game and a half, suffering 12 unanswered runs until Brooklin Hinz hit a solo homerun in the top of the fourth inning of Saturday’s game, which the Cats were run-ruled out of.

The five-inning game saw an 11-1 victory for the Ducks, ending UK’s season. Seniors Rachael Metzger, Erin Rethlake and Hinz played their last game for the Cats as they were dominated on both sides of the field.

This is the second straight year the Cats have been eliminated in Eugene, Oregon, during the Super Regional round.

They’ll look to pick up next year with a healthy Sarah Rainwater and a more experienced group that mostly consisted of sophomores and juniors this season.