Posted: Mar 10, 2013 9:55 PM
True freshman second baseman Christian Stokes collected her second multi-hit game of the weekend, including two runs batted in, while junior pitcher Lauren Cumbess and freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley combined to hold Ole Miss to just two runs on four hits as the No. 15 University of Kentucky softball team clinched the series against the Rebels with a 5-2 win on Sunday. The game was played at the brand new UK Softball Complex in Lexington, Ky.
The series-win for Kentucky (18-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) is the sixth consecutive for UK over Ole Miss (17-11, 1-2 SEC). UK won the series against the Rebels in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, while the Rebels took the series in 2006. Ole Miss still leads the all-time series 27-18, including a 12-10 mark in Lexington, while UK is 10-4 against the Rebels under sixth-year head coach Rachel Lawson.
The 2-1 conference start marks the second time in the last three seasons that UK has won its opening series of conference play. The Wildcats took two of three from Tennessee to start league play in 2011 before dropping its first three SEC games last season to Alabama, the eventual 2012 national champions. UK currently sits tied for first atop the SEC Eastern Division standings with No. 4/4 Florida, who took two out of three at Auburn, and No. 8/10 Tennessee, who took two of three from No. 1/2 Alabama in Knoxville, Tenn.
The UK offense led the way for the second straight game, scoring five runs on 10 hits, including multi-hit games from Stokes, Cumbess and freshman infielder Nikki Sagermann. Stokes was the star with her fourth multi-RBI game of the season, finishing 2-for-2 with two singles and two RBI. Cumbess went 2-for-4 in the game with a double, while Sagermann was 2-for-2 with two singles to rightfield.
Four other Wildcats collected hits in the game. Freshman leadoff hitter Maisie Steed went 1-for-2 with an RBI, while senior infielder Kara Dill collected a hit and a run scored. Outfielders Alice O'Brien and Sylver Samuel also earned hits in the game, while Samuel scored a run.
Kentucky will be back in action with midweek home non-conference games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Wildcats will face No. 25 North Carolina on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET before battling Southern Illinois on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. Both games will be played at the UK Softball Complex. Admission to both games will be free of charge.