Apr 19, 2013 10:15 PM
The University of Arkansas softball team hit two solo home runs in the fourth inning to take a one-run lead it would not relinquish, defeating the No. 17 University of Kentucky softball team 4-1 in the series-opening game Friday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, Ark.
The series continues Saturday with a 1 p.m. ET start and concludes Sunday with a 2 p.m. ET first pitch. Live stats and live video from the games will be available through the links provided below. Fans can also follow all the action by following @UKSoftball on Twitter.
Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley started in the circle for Kentucky (33-13, 9-7 Southeastern Conference), throwing a complete game, allowing four runs - two earned - on five hits with seven strikeouts. The rookie hurler moves to 20-5 on the year with a 2.03 ERA.
Arkansas (29-16, 7-9 SEC) got a great pitching performance in the circle from Kimmy Beasley, who threw a complete game, allowing only one run on four hits with an impressive 11 strikeouts. Beasley is now 7-6 on the year with a 2.70 ERA.
Offensively, UK was paced by sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while senior Alice O'Brien went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Junior pitcher/infielder Lauren Cumbess collected a hit in the game, extending her career-best hitting streak to 12 games.
The Razorbacks lead the all-time series against Kentucky 28-16, including a 15-7 record in games played in Fayetteville. Sixth-year head coach Rachel Lawson is 6-8 against the Razorbacks at UK, including a 3-3 mark in Fayetteville as UK's head coach. The Razorbacks lead the series 12-9 in games played in Lexington. The Wildcats have won five of the last eight games played between the two teams. UK took two of three games from Arkansas in 2010 before winning both games of a doubleheader in 2011. Last season, the two teams split a doubleheader in Lexington.