Cats pick up second win of day, defeating Texas Tech


Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley and sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner celebrate the win at the UK vs. WKU game at the softball complex in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff

John Rowland

Earlier in the day, the No. 18 UK Wildcats (9-2) downed South Dakota (0-8) in 5 innings when Meagan Prince dealt a no-hitter. In the final game of the Campbell/Carter Classic, UK defeated Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-5) in 5 innings by a final score of 10-0 while only seeing one hit.

Kelsey Nunley would pick up the win in this contest. She faced sixteen batters and fanned nine, an impressive 56 percent strikeout percentage on the day. The only Raider hit would be tallied when Ashley Fultz took a 1-1 pitch to left for a single in the top of the fifth.

The Cats would be quick to put runs across the plate as four would cross in the bottom of first inning. Maisie Steed began the frame drawing a walk on a full count. Sylver Samuel recorded a single but advance to second on an error while Steed took third.

Following a strikeout, Abbey Cheek hit a double up the middle, scoring both Steed and Samuel. Nikki Sagermann followed with a homerun, scoring Cheek and herself. A pitching change for Texas Tech and the next two UK batters would be retired on fly-outs.

In the fourth, UK notched six runs to put them at 10. The inning began with a flyout to the infield. Erin Rethlake followed by drawing four pitches outside the zone for a walk. Steed followed with an infield single that also moved Rethlake to second. Samuel reached on a fielder’s choice that also moved both baserunners one base closer to home.

With the bases loaded, Reed hit a single scoring Rethlake and again, the bases were loaded. All runners advanced one base on a wild pitch, scoring Steed. Cheek recorded a single and advance to second on a fielding error and both Reed and Samuel would be plated. Sagermann ripped the second pitch she saw to left and scored Cheek.

Jenny Schaper recorded a single and advance Sagermann to second. Christian Stokes was called to pinch hit and Hannah Huffman would be called to pinch run for the Cats then perform a double steal while on the base path.

Stokes reached on a fielder’s choice while Sagermann was cut down attempting to score. A ground out would conclude the Cats home half of the inning.

UK is slowly returning closer to Lexington to bring us softball and baseball fans some action within the diamond. The Cats will travel to Chattanooga for the Chattanooga Classic Feb. 26th-28th and will travel to Rock Hills, South Carolina, the following weekend. UK’s first home game will be March 6, facing Indiana at 6 pm in the John Cropp Stadium.