March 16, 2009
Lexington, Ky. -
Pitcher Chanda Bell struck out 10 for Kentucky as the Wildcats completed a three-game sweep of Auburn with an 8-0 win in softball action Monday.
The loss dropped Auburn to 20-9 overall and 3-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky improved to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in the SEC. Auburn returns to action Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT at Lipscomb.
Bell earned the win to move to 9-3 after allowing just one hit, a triple to Kyndall White, in 5.0 innings of work.
Jenee Loree took the loss to fall to 8-3. Loree allowed eight runs, two earned, in 4.1 innings of work. Loree fanned five and walked three.
Kentucky jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Molly Johnson reached on a leadoff single and moved to second on a single to shallow left by Megan Aull. Megan Yocke moved the runners to second and third with a sac bunt.
Natalie Smith then grounded out to second to score Johnson and a 1-0 Kentucky lead.
The Wildcats increased their lead in the second inning. Brittany Cervantes led off with a triple and was followed by Destinee Mordecai who walked. After a ground out moved Mordecai to second, Annie Rowlands singled to right to score Cervantes. On the play, Taryn Gray dropped the ball after picking it up, which allowed Mordecai to score and make it a 3-0 UK lead.
In the third inning, Yocke walked to open the frame and moved to second on a ground out. Demartine walked, but was out on a fielder's choice off the bat of Cervantes. Yocke moved to third on the play, then with Mordecai at the plate, came in to score on a passed ball. The run gave Kentucky a 4-0 lead.
Kentucky put the game away in the fifth inning, taking advantage of a pair of Auburn errors. Aull reached on a booted ground ball by Cassie Trosclair at second base and came around to score when Yocke put down a sac bunt that was fielded clean by Amber Harrison, but the throw hit Yocke and rolled into right field. That run made it 5-0.
After Natalie Smith was hit by a pitch, Demartine put down a sac bunt to move Yocke to third and Smith to second. Cervantes followed with a home run that cleared the pole in left to make it 8-0 and end the game on the mercy rule.