Now that basketball season is starting to come to a close in the Bluegrass, luckily Kentucky fans don't have to wait long to get back into watching some SEC matchups. With the Baseball and Softball teams just getting to their conference schedules, fans are in for a treat in what is the hardest league to compete in for both sports.
Here is how both teams faired in their matchups this week.
Nick Mingione’s squad continued to stay hot this week winning all four games to improve to 11-2 on the season.
After defeating Western Kentucky on Tuesday 6-5 in what ended up being one of the uglier games the team has played all season, found some more solid footing this weekend as they swept the Georgia State Panthers in a three game series 16-1, 6-1, and 4-2 respectively.
TJ Collet was the star of this week as his bat finally woke up. He broke out of the slump he has been in to start the season, as he homered in three straight games and drove in eight runs on the weekend. He also cracked the top 10 of active Division 1 players with 30 home runs. Mason Hazelwood shined on the mound in his start on Saturday striking out 12 batters in six innings of work.
The Cats now have positioned themselves to come into SEC play ready to compete. With Missouri coming into Kentucky Proud Park this weekend the team is in a very good spot to open up conference play with a series win to put a stamp on what has been an awesome start to the season. Take care of Murray State on Tuesday, get to 12-2, and Lexington should be buzzing this weekend when the Tigers come to town.
Next game is on Tuesday as the Murray State Racers come to Lexington. First pitch is scheduled for 4pm on the SEC Network +.
Here are some highlights from Sundays win over Georgia State!
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Rachel Lawson and her squad hit the first speed bump of this long season dropping 2 of 3 in Gainesville to the Fifth ranked Florida Gators.
In this top ten matchup Kentucky definitely showed that they deserved all of the hype they came in with matching up toe to toe with one of the sports biggest brand name programs. With the win on Sunday it was the first time since 2012 that the Kentucky softball program has won a game in Gainesville.
Haunted by errors all weekend which amounted to close game loses it was really the pitching that stood out for the team. Autumn Humes, Grace Baalman, and Miranda Stoddard all had solid outings in the circle, holding the Gators to just eight total runs through the three games. Offensively the team finally slowed down a little bit, as they struggled to push base runners across which made for a slugfest each time they took the field.
Once again though the team came through with some late game heroics as on Sunday Rylea Smith came in with a clutch late game catch, and then drove in two runs with a single in the ninth inning to ultimately give them their first SEC win on the season.
Sitting at 20-2, the team has a few tune-up games before they welcome the Fourth ranked Crimson Tide to Lexington on March 27th. In what will be a much anticipated matchup, they will have the chance once again to prove themselves against one of the biggest names in the sport.
Next game will be against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday at John Cropp Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6pm and will be shown on SEC Network +.
Here are some highlights from the win Sunday over the Gators!