COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Behind a team-leading 20th home run of the season off the bat of Abbey Cheek and a complete-game shutout in the circle from junior Autumn Humes, the #4 seeded Kentucky Wildcats run-ruled #5 Ole Miss on Friday morning 8-0 to book its ticket in to the Southeastern Conference semifinals.
The run-rule win was Kentucky’s 13th of the season. UK will now play #1 Alabama on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET for a spot in Saturday’s championship game. The semifinal will be televised live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and the ESPN app with Beth Mowins (pxp), Michele Smith and Amanda Scarbrough (color) on the call. Tiffany Greene will be reporting from the dugouts.
Cheek opened the scoring in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run to score herself and Katie Reed – who laced the first of her two doubles one batter sooner before the homer.
Kentucky then scored six runs on seven hits in the bottom of the third inning in a frame that took over a half hour to complete. All 9 UK hitters reached base in the game at least once and five players had runs batted in during the game.