UK softball loses weekend series to Tennessee


Sophomore Second-baseman Alex Martens is up for bat on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Ky won 8-0. Photo by Edward Justice | Staff

Erika Bonner

Kentucky softball took a 2-1 series loss to the Tennessee Volunteers over the weekend in the team’s last regular-season road trip.

Kentucky hit a whopping six home runs in the game one win against the Volunteers, the most in any SEC game in the Rachel Lawson era. The Cats persevered and scored seven unanswered runs in the fifth inning after trailing 8-2, to take the 9-8 win.

Alex Martens and Abbey Cheek had two home runs each. One of Martens’ homers was in the top of the seventh and tied the game at 8-8. Cheek had the first home run of the game, a solo to left field in the top of the second, while Jenny Schaper and Katie Reed each added a home run.

Tennessee evened the game on Saturday with an 8-1 win over Kentucky in game two.

The Cats had a 1-0 lead through the first three innings from a Schaper RBI sacrifice fly to deep center. Tennessee then went on to score eight unanswered runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Autumn Humes took the loss on the mound for Kentucky, pitching four complete innings allowing five runs on five hits.

Sunday resulted in a 6-0 loss for Kentucky, losing the series 2-1.

The turning point in Sunday’s loss was a Volunteer three-run homer in the third inning to take a 5-0 lead. Grace Baalman and Erin Rethlake both took the mound for the Cats.

Kentucky will be back to action next weekend in its last series of the regular-season. The Cats are set to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in a three-game series starting Friday at John Cropp Stadium at 7 p.m.