ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 16 Kentucky Softball team earned its biggest win of the season on Monday night, knocking out No. 10 Georgia 4-0 behind the arms of Kennedy Sullivan and Sloan Gayan to save the final game of the series at Jack Turner Stadium.
Kennedy Sullivan pitched a career-high 5.1 UK innings in the game, allowing no runs on just two hits to one of the most powerful offenses in the country. Sullivan walked just four and struck out two in the game with 94 total pitches and 50 recorded as strikes. Sloan Gayan entered the game with the bases loaded and an out in the bottom of the sixth and got a jump to Harrison and a strikeout from Sydney Chambley to end the threat.
With Monday night’s win, Kentucky earns its 22nd win of the season and is now 22-9-1 on the year with a winning record in Southeastern Conference play at 5-4. Georgia drops to 29-7 in the year 2023 and falls to a tie for first place with a 9-2 SEC record. The Bulldogs were off their 11-game winning streak and their nine-game winning streak in SEC play was snapped Monday night.
Kentucky scored four runs in the game with Erin Coffel’s RBI single in the third inning against Kayla Kowalik, then three more unearned cross runs in the fifth inning thanks to a pair of Georgia errors.
The UK does not have a midweek contest this coming week, with the Wildcats’ next matches taking place from Friday to Sunday in Oxford, Mississippi, against the Ole Miss Rebels at Ole Miss Softball Stadium. Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
set of keys
The key play in Monday night’s victory was a #SCTop10 catch by Erin Coffel from close range on a practice line off Ellie Arimstead’s bat, diving to her left and securing a crucial second out of the inning .
Kennedy Sullivan was the key player in the game, going 5.1 innings and earning her first win of the season in the Wildcats circle.
0. Kentucky did not allow a run in Monday’s game, becoming the second team to shut out the Bulldogs all season (Stanford).
Erin Coffel ripped an RBI single to left center to score Kayla Kowalik from second to give Kentucky the lead in the top of the third inning. UK 1, UGA 0
Rylea Smith hit an error in the fifth inning as a fly ball was dropped into left field allowing Vanessa Nesby to score from second on the play. After Taylor Ebbs ripped a sacrificial fly down center for scoring Erin Coffel, an error allowed Smith to score on Grace Lorsung at bat as the fourth run crossed.
UK 4, UGA 0
In the bottom of the seventh, Georgia put in two, but Sloan Gayan got a grounder too short to end the game.
FINAL – Kentucky 4, Georgia 0