Eastern Kentucky softball played host to #20 Kentucky tonight and while it was chilly in the stands both teams pitchers were on fire tonight.
These two teams played a week ago to the day in Lexington with the Wildcats winning with ease 10-0. Kentucky made the trip down I-75 tonight to Gertrude Hood field where the Colonels were 8-1 at home. EKU used two pitchers in this one and that had the Wildcat hitters off balance all game long. SS Katie Reed of Kentucky got a base hit in the top of the second inning scoring a run, a run that was unearned. Pitcher Erin Rethlake (7-3) was near perfect for half of the game. She didn’t allow a hit to a Colonel until Mollie Paulick got one with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. UK got a runner to third base with only one out in the top of the fourth but she was stranded there. Kentucky threatened once again when in the top of the sixth they had runners on second and third with two outs but once again Colonels get out of the jam. Brook Harrison with a sport center play in the top of the seventh inning with a diving catch in left field to take away extra bases and saving a run in the process. Bottom of the seventh, last chance for Eastern, they get a double from Zoe Mihalicz and another base runner to have the tying and winning runs on base. Rethlake who went the distance in this one was able to induce a ground ball double play to end the game.
#20 Kentucky squeaks out a one run victory in Richmond o improve to 25-11 on the season. The Colonels fall to 22-13 on the year and are now 8-2 at home. The lone run in the game was unearned. For Kentucky Rethlake went 7 innings allowing two hits, walking two, and striking out eight. Katie Reed for UK with a pair of hits including the one that drove in the winning run. For EKU Murphy McRoberts went five and a third, giving up the run and walking six while striking out one. Mollie Paulick went an inning and two thirds allowing a hit and walking two. Paulick went 1-2 at the plate and freshman Zoe Mihalicz with a double. Colonels back in action at Western Kentucky tomorrow at 3.