LEXINGTON, Ky. – A two-run homer in the home half of the sixth lifted the 12th ranked University of Kentucky Wildcats to a 2-1 win over the EKU softball team Wednesday at John Cropp Stadium.
Following a leadoff single from Christian Stokes in the bottom of the sixth, Abbey Cheek’s two-run long ball gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game on their way to the win.
EKU (27-9, 11-2 OVC) senior pitcher Hayley Flynn held the Wildcats hitless through the first two innings and limited UK to five hits on the day. Flynn finished with five strikeouts in six innings of work. The senior has tallied 39 strikeouts in her last three appearances.
The Colonels took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on freshman Hannah Clark’s sixth homer of the season. With two outs, Clark belted the 3-1 count over the wall in left center for the contest’s first run of the game. Clark leads the Colonels in homeruns and is now tied for fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference.
EKU thwarted the UK offense in the bottom of the third. Flynn and the Colonels retired the first two batters of the inning. Back-to-back hits from Kentucky followed by a base on balls from UK’s Maisie Steed loaded the bases for the Wildcats. However, Flynn rang up her third strikeout of the game on a full count with the bases loaded to get out of the jam.
UK threatened once more in the home half of the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs. Flynn and the Colonel defense yet again displayed their composure, forcing a fly out at the wall on a 3-2 count that was tracked down by Paige Murphy to end the inning, ending the scoring threat.
Clark finished 1-for-3 and one RBI on the day for EKU.
EKU continues OVC play with a three-game series against Belmont University at Gertrude Hood Field.
The Colonels will host the Bruins in a doubleheader on Saturday which is scheduled for a noon first pitch. The series finale is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.