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Nunley makes history in loss to Alabama; UK baseball team tops Arkansas to salvage series


Senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley became Kentucky’s most tenured pitcher in program history on Sunday afternoon throwing her 900th career inning, surpassing prior record holder Keary Camunas (1997-2000) for the most innings thrown all-time in a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Alabama on Sunday. Nunley becomes just the ninth player in the Southeastern Conference ever to throw 900 innings in a career.

Nunley pitched 3.1 innings in the loss, allowing just three runs on four hits, walking one and striking out one. The Soddy Daisy, Tenn., native made just two mistakes in the game, allowing two home runs, with one to Leona Lafaele and Chandler Dykes.

 Senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley became Kentucky’s most tenured pitcher in program history on Sunday afternoon throwing her 900th career inning Sunday (Photo by UK Athletics)

Senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley became Kentucky’s most tenured pitcher in program history on Sunday afternoon throwing her 900th career inning Sunday (Photo by UK Athletics)

Meagan Prince came into the game in the fourth inning and was spectacular, allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings thrown, walking one and striking out three in the game. Nunley and Prince – who are the only tandem in the nation with 16 wins on one staff – both sport ERAs below two, with Nunley in at 1.43 and Prince checking in at 1.83.

Kentucky drops the three-game series to No. 4 Alabama 2-1 and is now just two games ahead of the Crimson Tide in the win column. Kentucky is now 39-11 on the season and 14-7 in the SEC. The 14 SEC wins through 21 games is the most conference wins Kentucky has ever had through this many games in the league.

Alabama is now 41-9 on the season overall and is 12-6 in SEC play.

The Wildcats will return to action on Wednesday night in the Derby City to face the Louisville Cardinals in the annual “Battle of the Bluegrass” at 6 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Late rally helps Cats avoid series sweep

Needing a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to salvage the series, sophomore catcher Troy Squires laced a single in the right-center field gap, scoring Riley Mahan from second base in a dramatic come-from-behind, 5-4 walk-off win for the Kentucky baseball team on Saturday in the third game of its SEC series against Arkansas.

The Wildcats trailed 4-3 heading to the bottom of the seventh and final inning. Junior designated hitter Gunnar McNeill led off the frame with a single to left field. Sophomore Riley Mahan followed with a walk to put the winning run on base. After junior JaVon Shelby struck out and sophomore Tyler Marshall flew out, senior Dorian Hairston reached on an infield single, scoring pinch runner Storm Wilson to tie the game at 4-4. Hairston hit a high chopper and Mahan motored down to second base to beat the Arkansas second baseman to the bag.

 The UK baseball team rallied for a 5-4 win over Arkansas Saturday

The UK baseball team rallied for a 5-4 win over Arkansas Saturday

That set the stage for Squires, who accounted for the game-winning hit and RBI for the second time in the last week. In a Sunday win at Vanderbilt, Squires knocked in all three of Kentucky’s runs with a seventh-inning, bases-clearing double in a 3-0 win over the Commodores.

“The only thing I think has really changed in the last month is he’s become much, much more effective at the plate,” Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson said of Squires. “I think he’s finally gotten strong enough, enough experience and just enough at-bats that he can get a hit. So, obviously feel good for Troy.”

“I was just looking for something I could handle,” Squires added. “A guy was in scoring position and I just had to get a pitch I could handle. That’s about it.”

With the win in Saturday’s second game, Kentucky moved to 24-15 overall and 10-8 in the SEC, avoiding the sweep at the hands of the Razorbacks, who won 1-0 in 10 innings on Friday night and 2-0 in Saturday’s first game. The win also gave Henderson his 250th win as coach of the Wildcats.

From UK Athletics


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