Rain cancelation concludes UK’s series win over LSU


Kentucky Wildcats outfielder Brooklin Hinz celebrates after her 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.

The UK softball team earned a rainy 2-0 series win against No. 8 ranked LSU this weekend, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 2-0 on Sunday. A third game on Monday was scheduled but was canceled in the fourth inning due to a rain delay.

Saint Patrick’s Day brought the Cats their first win of the weekend in a 4-1 victory over the Tigers. Two home runs, one from Alex Martens and the other from Abbey Cheek, and a single from Brooklin Hinz resulted in Kentucky’s four runs.

Pitcher Grace Baalman walked zero Tiger batters in the game, going all seven innings. It is the first time this season that UK has not allowed a walk to an opposing team.

The win counted as UK’s first top-10 win and first SEC win of the season.

Cats fans packed John Cropp Stadium on Sunday, bringing in over 1,200 spectators, a season-high, to watch Kentucky seal the series win in a 2-0 victory. Hinz was the key player for the Cats in game two as both of her hits were RBI singles.

Sophomore pitcher Autumn Humes struck out seven Tigers at the plate Sunday as she earned her first SEC win on the mound. She allowed only five hits and two walks, and did not allow a single LSU batter to reach third base.

The final game of the series brought a rain delay and some dancing from players and fans in the fourth inning, which resulted in the cancelation. The delay lasted nearly an hour and forty-five minutes before the officials called the game.

None of the stats from the game will count, and the game will not be resumed or made up at a later date.

Kentucky is back in action on Wednesday at Morehead State University, then will play this weekend at Auburn for its second SEC series of the season.