[Moderated by Matt Jones]
The Cats are coming on strong as the season winds down.
With the season coming down to the wire, the Cats pulled a big win out this afternoon. While most of the state inhabited Louisville for that horse race today, UK and LSU were in a dog, or Cat fight.
Brittany Ceravantes started things off right for the Cats as she connected with a solid homer over the right center wall to give the Cats a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Cervantes’ 12th homer of the season is the team’s best this year. LSU didn’t go down without a fight as they responded in the visitor’s half of the third with a two out rally to plate one run. Ginny Carroll didn’t let LSU enjoy their lead for long however as she responded with a solo shot in the fifth inning for her 18th RBI of the year. The home run was also her seventh of the season. Chanda Bell came in for Riley in relief and got the Cats out of a bit of a jam in the seventh. With the win today, the Cats pulled out the series and improved to above .500 in both overall and SEC record. The Cats will finish at .500 or above in SEC play for the fourth consecutive season. What a great turnaround it has been for the Bat Cats as they looked lost in the beginning of the season. The team seems to have found their identity when it counts. The game tomorrow is meaningless for standings but would go a long way for at large tournament hopes and team morale. LSU is no slouch.
Pitching: Rachel Riley and Chanda Bell tag teamed in this one with Riley picking up her 8th win of the year and Bell her 3rd save of the year. Riley pitched 5 strikeouts and improved to 8-7 on the season.
Batting: LSU managed six hits off Riley and the Cats notched 4 on the day. It’s okay to only have 4 hits on the day when two of them are homers, however! Cervantes, Dill, and Carroll (2) had the hits for the Cats today. Cervantes and Carroll each homered.
Errors: LSU: 0….. Kentucky: 1
Game Notes: 1:00 pm start time today… 1:50 in duration and 1151 in attendance. There was a slight mist as the weather was in the upper 70′s.
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