UK softball’s Vick and Humes show out in San Diego


Kentucky Wildcats outfielder Bailey Vick lays down a bunt single during the second inning of game two of the Lexington Regional at John Cropp Stadium on Friday, May 19, 2017 in Lexington, KY. Photo by Addison Coffey | Staff.

Erika Bonner

Twenty-eight runs, a no-hitter, two shutout performances in the circle, Bailey Vick’s batting over .700 and a 4-0 record to win the Campbell/Cartier Classic make the list of accomplishments this weekend for UK softball.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s another important statistic from the Cats’ powerhouse weekend in San Diego. After Friday’s game against Cal State Fullerton, 40 became a significant number for the Cats as they scored 40 run runs through the first five games of the season, making it the most runs scored through five games of any season in program history.

Kentucky was set to play a double-header on Friday, but Mother Nature decided otherwise as UIC couldn’t make the trip.

Vick, a sophomore, made a big impact at the plate for the Cats. She went 4-5 with four singles and an RBI in their 10-2 win over Cal State Fullerton. On Thursday, she went 4-4.

Jenny Schaper and Erin Rethlake were two more key players in Friday’s victory. Schaper’s two-run home run in the third inning extended a 2-1 Kentucky lead to 4-1, and Rethlake’s work in the circle allowed only one earned run on three hits, walking four and striking out five.

Saturday’s play began with a bang as Kentucky sealed the 2-0 win over North Dakota State University, and to add to it, Autumn Humes threw a no-hitter in her very first career start.

Kentucky’s two runs scored came from a Lauren Johnson single in the seventh inning.

No. 25 ranked Kentucky ended its solid weekend play with an emphatic 11-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton.

Grace Baalman was the woman of the evening as she has now gone 14 consecutive innings without allowing a run, and UK’s pitching has allowed only one hit in two games.

Abbey Cheek started Kentucky’s scoring run early, hitting a two-RBI single in the first inning. To follow, Kentucky scored three runs in the second to lead 5-0.

The game-changing inning was the fourth, when the Cats scored a whopping six runs on five hits. Ashley Ruiz earned a pinch-hit solo home run to make it 11-0, which was her first career hit.

Kentucky proved to be a force to be reckoned with in all aspects of the game this weekend in San Diego, creating excitement for what’s ahead of them.

The team will now make the trek all the way across the country to Orlando, Florida, where the Cats will play five games over the course of next week before making their home debut on March 1.