UK Softball wins in walk-off fashion


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

In its second to last game in Arizona before heading to San Diego, No. 18 ranked UK (4-1) softball team defeated the 20th ranked Utah Utes (3-3) in a defensive battle, with the winning run coming from a wild pitch in the bottom half of the final inning.

In the first three innings, UK senior Kelsey Nunley (2-0) and Utah’s Katie Donovan held batters to a combined three hits. Nunley and Donovan would both pitch complete games for their teams. 

Nunley allowed three hits and collected nine strikeouts in her win. She also commanded the strike zone, hurling 79 strikes out of 107 pitches.

Donovan allowed five hits when she was in the circle. She also issued one walk and racked up seven strikeouts. Donovan also dominated the strike zone, throwing 102 pitches, 71 of which were strikes. 

In the bottom of the seventh, Abbey Cheek would draw a five pitch walk to open the inning. When reaching first, the speedy Hannah Huffman would be called to pinch run. 

Rachael Metzger was then called to pinch hit for Jenny Schaper after Cheek’s walk. Metzger would lay a sac bunt on a 1-1 count to move Huffman to second. Kelsee Henson then pinch hit for Ansley Smith and singled to right as the ball squeaked past the diving first baseman, moving Huffman to third on the play.

Donovan threw a pitch in the dirt that the catcher would be unable to corral allowing Huffman to score in walk off fashion.

UK’s win on Monday over Utah was the day’s first game of two, as the Cats return to the diamond at 5 p.m. to face No. 22 Arizona State.