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Kentucky Baseball and Softball weekly recap

The softball Cats continue their hot start, while the baseball team prepares for Opening Day.

Rachel Lawson - Rich DeCray

With it just now being a few days until March that means that college baseball and softball seasons have just gotten started.

Some teams are going to come out hot from the start and others are going to battle their way through non-conference play hoping to reach conference play on hot streaks starting here in a few weeks.

Here is a weekly recap of how the softball and baseball teams are off to for the Cats:

SOFTBALL

Rachel Lawson has her team off to a hot start once again. The 12th-ranked Wildcats hold a 9-0 record, and absolutely blowing everyone they play off the field. This weekend they played in the 2021 Campbell Invitational at Campbell University and outscored their opponents 76-10 to give you some perspective. They also became the first team since 2014 to start the season 7-0.

So far this season all players are contributing a great amount to the offensive firepower that Lawson has on her team, but no one is off to a hotter start than catcher Kayla Kowalik.

Kowalik, the Junior from New Braunfels, TX is posting an incredible offensive line through the first 9 games of the season. Hitting for an AVG of .613, with 4 HR, and 16 RBIs. Currently sitting as well with a 1.948 OPS and a .658 OB% as well.

Other major contributors through the first few weeks include Lauren Johnson, the Senior from Owensboro, is hitting .571, with 12 RBIs, as well posting a .657 OB%. Renee Abernathy, the Junior from Springfield, IL, is also posting another high average at .552, with 3 HRs, and 15 RBIs.

Lawson and the team will continue to build as they prepare for the gauntlet that is the SEC softball schedule starting March 12th at Florida.

BASEBALL

Kentucky Baseball has yet to play this season after COVID protocols halted their weekend series scheduled at North Carolina this weekend.

Nick Mingione and his squad will take the field Tuesday afternoon at Kentucky Proud Park vs Miami University (OH). First pitch is scheduled for 4 PM EST.

They will also host their first weekend series this coming weekend as they welcome Milwaukee to Lexington starting at 4 PM EST Friday afternoon.

Mingione and his team will try to build off the winning streak they ended last season on. It all starts Tuesday as the Cats try to compete in the SEC East this season.