Lawson gets 300th win in game against Ole Miss


Junior pitcher Kelsey Nunley (33) pitches during the softball game against WKU on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in Lexington. Photo by Hunter Mitchell | Staff

By Jack Pilgrim

The No. 13 UK Softball team finished its SEC home opening series against Ole Miss with a 6-2 victory on Sunday afternoon led by sophomore Brooklin Hinz and senior Nikki Sagermann.

The Cats softball team may have won the game, but perhaps the biggest story of the day was coach Rachel Lawson winning her 300th game, an unbelievable feat for the coach that led UK to the Women’s College World Series last season. 

After the game, UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart took to Twitter to congratulate Lawson.

“I love celebrating moments like coach Lawson’s 300th win,” Barnhart said in the tweet. “We’re truly blessed to have her leading UK softball.” 

The Cats’ offense got off to a hot start in the first inning, led by back-to-back homers from Hinz and Sagermann to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. But it didn’t take long for the Rebels to respond back with a home run of their own in the fourth to cut the deficit to just two runs, with a score of 3-1.

Sagermann and Maisie Steed each walked to give UK two base runners in the bottom of the fourth, where senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley hit a two RBI single to extend the lead to 5-1. Freshman Katie Reed then hit a sacrifice fly out to center field, scoring yet another run in the inning to give the Cats a 6-1 lead to end the fourth. 

Ole Miss looked to respond back in the 6th inning with a major comeback, but it was limited to just one added run on a fielder’s choice to make the score 6-2, which held out to become the final score of the game. 

It was yet another incredible day on the mound for Nunley, who replaced junior Shannon Smith in the top of the fourth. 

Nunley was able to earn her 10th win of the season, bringing her record to 10-2. She managed to give up just two hits and one unearned run in the game. Smith allowed just one run and four hits on the day.

UK moves to 25-4 on the year, including 5-1 in SEC play. The team will now look ahead to Tuesday, when they will face the Norse of Northern Kentucky at 5 p.m.