Another week of Kentucky baseball and softball is in the books. Here is a look of how both programs preformed this past week.
Finishing the week 2-2 overall, the Cats did win the important ones this weekend, picking up the series win to open SEC play against the visiting Missouri Tigers. After losing on Tuesday to Murray State, the team bounced back well to take the first two of three from the Tigers, marking the first opening weekend series win in SEC play since 2017.
Throughout the week the offense set the team up in a position to win each game. Powered by TJ Collett, Austin Schultz, Oraj Anu, and Coltyn Kessler the team put up 26 runs on the week. Unfortunately to start and end the week pitching and defense saw their fair share of troubles.
Cole Stupp continued to impress on the mound through picking up his third win of the season. He finished Friday going 7.0 IP, five hits, one unearned run, two walks, and 10 strikeouts. Starting pitching has been a strength of this team so far, just get the bullpen cleaned up and the team is in pretty good shape as conference play is here to start each weekend.
This team came into this season without a ton of expectations. Expected to finish last in the SEC overall one could imagine Nick Mingione and his staff have this team playing with a chip on their shoulder. With a record of 13-4 on the season, it is pretty obvious that the team is not going to go down without a fight.
With the team traveling to Auburn this coming week for their second conference series, we are going to get a good look at what we can expect from them the rest of the season. Either way they are currently set up in a good spot to make a regional appearance.
Next game will be on Tuesday at Kentucky Proud Park as the Wildcats welcome Butler University. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 pm ET and will be televised by the SEC Network +.
Here is a clip of the Cats walk off win on Saturday against Missouri!
Rachel Lawson’s squad took a week off of SEC play and finally got the opportunity to get back into John Cropp Stadium for the first time this season. They did not disappoint as they win all three games, one against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, and a doubleheader against Dayton on Saturday.
The 9th ranked team in the country continued to stay hot as they were led by great pitching and timely offense to get them to a 23-2 record on the season.
Offensively Mallory Peyton helped the team score when they needed it, hitting two homeruns on the week that ultimately helped push the team ahead of EKU and Dayton in the first game on Saturday.
On the mound Autumn Humes, Tatum Spangler, and Miranda Stoddard continued to shine. Stoddard picked up her fifth win of the season on Tuesday, and Humes picked up her ninth win of the season to give Coach Lawson a strong one-two punch in the rotation. Get solid outings from Autumn Humes consistently the rest of the season, and their rotation will match up well with anyone in the SEC.
After a rough start to SEC play last weekend against Florida it was good for the ladies to get back home, and regroup as they are about to dive head first into the heart of their conference schedule. With Alabama coming to Lexington this weekend it is going to be another good test for where this team matches up with one of the national powerhouses of the sport.
The next game however will be in Bowling Green on Wednesday as the team travels to face the Hilltoppers. First Pitch is scheduled for 7 pm ET.
Here are the highlights from the first game against Dayton on Saturday!