The University of Kentucky softball team fell behind early and couldn’t keep pace with Washington in a 3-0 loss to the Huskies on Friday night.
The Wildcats (36-23) left nine runners on base, while the Huskies (49-7) used timely hits, especially in the first two innings and built and early 2-0 lead. The best of three series resumes Saturday night with the first pitch scheduled for 10 p.m.
Kentucky collected four hits against two Washington pitchers. Abbey Cheek, Alex Martens, Kayla Kowalik and Kelsey Henson each had a hit in the contest. Kowalik reached base three times with a single, walk and an error.
Sis Bates led Washington with two hits, followed by Morganne Flores, Sami Reynolds and Amirah Milloy with one hit each. The lone hit by Flores was a solo home run in the fifth inning for the final margin.
Grace Baalman tossed the first five innings for the Wildcats, scattering five hits and two earned runs in the circle. She struck out two batters and walked two in taking the loss. Megan Schorman relieved Baalman in he sixth inning and shut down the Huskies in the inning.
Taran Alvelo started and pitched two and to third innings. She gave up two gots and fanned three batter Gabbie Plain threw the remaining three and one third innings and scattered two hits, while striking out three Kentucky batters.
Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter @keithtaylor21.