UK softball splits double-header on Friday


The Kentucky Wildcats softball team takes the line for the National Anthem prior to the game against the Florida Gators at John Cropp Stadium on Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Lexington, KY. 

No. 23 Kentucky softball added a win and a loss to their now 6-3 record as the Cats fell to No. 22 Minnesota and earned a victory against Duke Friday in Orlando.

The Cats began play with a close loss against Big Ten opponent Minnesota, losing to the Gophers 2-1.

Kentucky was hitting early in the game, with Bailey Vick leading off with a double down the left field line, but the Cats didn’t produce any runs until the third inning.

That run came from an Erin Rethlake two-out RBI single that brought in Brooklin Hinz, who was on second after a fielder’s choice. Rethlake’s hit gave the Cats a 1-0 lead.

The Gophers responded in the fourth inning on a double with bases loaded to give them a 2-1 lead. Neither team produced any runs after the fourth, making 2-1 the final score.

Although they took a tough loss in the first game of the double-header, the Cats bounced back in their second game of the day with a 5-1 win against Duke.

The game started off with a defensive miscue from Kentucky, which gave the Blue Devils an unearned run in the top of the first to go up 1-0.

To tie the game at 1-1, freshman Mallory Peyton stepped up at the plate and hit her first career home-run in the second inning.

Two more runs came for the Cats in the fourth inning on a wild pitch and a groundout to second in a fielder’s choice to go up 3-1. Their final two runs of the game came in the sixth inning with Kelsee Henson at the plate, and she hit a successful squeeze bunt to bring in Abbey Cheek. Jenny Schaper would score next off a wild pitch.

The Cats will continue their play in the Citrus Classic in Orlando with another double-header Saturday, facing Bradley and Harvard beginning at 3 p.m.