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Two-run roundtripper sends Auburn past Kentucky in SEC softball tournament


The UK softball team lost to Auburn Thursday in Knoxville (UK Athletics Photo)

The second-seeded Auburn Tigers got a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning from Kendall Veach to knock the Kentucky Wildcats out of the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 2-0 victory.
 
With the loss, Kentucky’s regular season comes to an end with a 36-17 overall record, and will now await its postseason fate. The NCAA Softball Selection Show will be Sunday night at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

Similar to last season, 64 teams will be broken down into 16 pods of four teams, with the top-16 teams earning the right to host the regional round, which will begin on May 19. Full coverage of the selection show will be on UKathletics.com and the SEC Network.
 
Erin Rethlake pitched at a sensationally high level on Thursday night, only making one mistake in the game – throwing her fourth complete game of the season and limiting the potent Auburn offense to just three hits in the game.
 
Auburn advances to the semifinals, where it will face LSU, which defeated host Tennessee 6-2 in the nightcap Thursday.
 
Key Stat: Three. Kentucky pitcher Erin Rethlake held Auburn’s offense to just three hits.
 
Key Play: The two-run home run by Veach was the key play in the game.
 
Key Player: Erin Rethlake was the key player in the game, throwing a complete game and striking out three batters.
 
Run Recap: The only scoring in the game came on Veach’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.

From UK Athletics


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