UK drops series to Texas A&M after ending series with a win


Kentucky wildcats line up for the national anthem on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Ky won 8-0. Photo by Edward Justice | Staff

Erika Bonner

The UK softball team took a tough 2-1 series road loss to SEC opponent Texas A&M Aggies over the weekend, but ended the series with a big win over the Aggies Sunday afternoon.

The Cats had several players come up big in the series opener on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.

Kentucky’s first two batters in the order, Bailey Vick and Katie Reed, went seven for seven reaching base in the game. Reed went 4-4 at the plate with three singles and a double in the 9-2 loss. Freshman Mallory Payton’s two-RBI home run in the fifth inning was another big play for the Cats.

Sophomore Ashley Ruiz made her first career appearance at the mound in Friday’s loss. She got the Cats out of jam with a double play with bases loaded to end the sixth inning after giving up the final three runs of the game to the Aggies.

Saturday’s matchup resulted in a loss from a walk-off single from Texas A&M to win the game.

Abbey Cheek’s homer in the second inning was a key play for the Cats as it scored the first two runs of the game to take the Cats up 2-0. Vick followed up with an RBI single to score another run for the Cats to go up 3-0, which would be their last run of the game.

The Aggies would go on to score four runs over the course of the game on a home run and two singles to win the game 4-3.

Kentucky’s 3-2 win over the Aggies on Sunday makes for the Cats’ third top-10 win of the season.

The Cats were the first on the board as Cheek RBI-singled up the middle in the first inning to score outfielder Brooklin Hinz. The Aggies responded in the third inning with a two-RBI double to left center, which scored their only two runs of the game.

Kentucky would go on to score two more runs, one on a Payton homer in the fifth inning, making it her fifth long ball of the season. Alex Martens doubled to left field to score Hinz, which would be the final run of the game.

Kentucky looks to grab another win on Wednesday as the Cats head to Bowling Green to take on Western Kentucky University at 7 p.m.