Kowalik breaks school record as Kentucky beats LIU

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Senior receiver Kayla Kowalik scored his 174th career run Saturday morning to break the University of Kentucky school record as the No. 12 Wildcats beat the Long Island University Sharks.

With Saturday’s victory, Kentucky completes a perfect 4-0 weekend at the 2022 Strikeout Cancer Classic hosted by Florida Atlantic University and improves its season record to 13-1.

Kentucky will host No. 16 Michigan in its 2022 home opener Thursday night at John Cropp Stadium at 5 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

Miranda Stoddard picked up the win on Saturday, pitching five scoreless innings with an unearned run scoring on two hits. Stoddard walked one and struck out three.

key game
Emmy Blane hit his first career home run in the top of the seventh inning, which was the key play of the game. The junior Wildcats clubbed a ball to left center to score herself and Jaci Babbs.

key player
lauren johnson was the key player in the match, making it 2 for 4 with a double and a single. Johnson now leads the UK with an average of 0.533 on the year.

Key stat

174. At Kayla Kowalik’s The 174th race marked a new school record by scoring on by Lauren Johnson Double RBI in the third inning.

Run Summary

After Kentucky’s offense was four-up, four-down to start the game Taylor Ebbs and Renee Abernathy were run over eight consecutive pitches to place two runners for the UK. Emmy Blane then stepped up in the top of the second with a two-run brace down the left center gap to put the Wildcats in second place. United Kingdom 2, LIU 0

Kayla Kowalik started the start of the third with a double to left center, and after a Rylea Smith sacrifice decay, lauren johnson doubled to left center field to score Kowalik and break the school record for most runs scored. Erin Coffel followed by a first home run from the left, his fourth HR of the weekend to extend the UK lead to five points. UK 5, LIU 0

An error cost the Wildcats a run in the bottom of the third on an errant pitch. UK 5, LIU 1

At the start of the fourth Hallie Mitchell laid down a perfect bunt and scored on a first and third play after Margret Tobias put a ball in the left side and got into goal. The recap ended with the throw home after Mitchell scored and Tobias took second. UK 6, LIU 1

Emma Boitnot started the sixth with a single, and Alexia Lacatena followed by a single. lauren johnson scored a single in a run and Lacatena scored on an obstruction play at home plate. UK 8, LIU 1

Emmy Blane hit his first career home run in the top of the seventh to score two runs. FINAL – Kentucky 10, LIU 2

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