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UK softball team shuts down WKU; Baseball squad opens three-game series with Arkansas

Freshman Jenny Schaper launched a two-run home run to left field in the top of the fourth inning as part of a five-run frame which led the No. 11 Kentucky softball team past the WKU Hilltoppers 5-0 on Wednesday night at the WKU Softball Complex.

Junior pitcher Meagan Prince threw a one-hit, complete-game shutout, her fifth of the season, and second time allowing just one hit in the circle, as the Martin, Tenn., moved to 17-3 on the season in the circle and ties Kelsey Nunley for the team lead.

 The Kentucky softball team defeated WKU Wednesday in Bowling Green (UK Athletics Photo)

The Kentucky softball team defeated WKU Wednesday in Bowling Green (UK Athletics Photo)

Kentucky won its second game in a row overall and remains a perfect 4-0 on the year against instate teams, as the WKU result combines with wins over Murray State, Eastern Kentucky and Northern Kentucky on the year. The Wildcats, who sit No. 11 in both national polls, bump up their record to 38-9 overall and remain 13-5 in Southeastern Conference action.

The Wildcats will return to SEC play on Friday in a critical SEC showdown with the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide from Rhoades Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The series commences on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network Plus, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Saturday’s game will start at 6 p.m. and televised by the SEC Network with Jenn Hildreth and Kayla Braud on the call. Sunday’s series closer will start at 2:30 p.m.

Baseball team opens series against Arkansas

The No. 12 University of Kentucky baseball team will start a five-game home stretch today when it welcomes Southeastern Conference foe Arkansas to Cliff Hagan Stadium for a three-game series.

The set begins tonight at 7 p.m., before a 7:30 p.m. first pitch on Friday and a 1 p.m. series finale on Saturday.

Kentucky is coming off a tough one-run loss at No. 3 Louisville on Tuesday, falling 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Evan White had two hits in the game with two runs scored and an RBI, while Storm Wilson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Zach Reks had a hit and RBI. Zach Logue started the game on the mound and went five innings with one earned run allowed.

The Wildcats will use the weekend rotation of junior righty Zack Brown (2-6, 6.08) today, senior right-hander Dustin Beggs (7-0, 2.27 ERA) on Friday and senior righty Kyle Cody (4-2, 4.20 ERA) on Saturday. Arkansas will counter with junior right-hander Dominic Taccolini (3-2, 5.57 ERA) in the opener, junior right-hander Zach Jackson (2-4, 5.01 ERA) on Friday and a to-be-determined starter in Saturday’s finale.

Single-game tickets for all three games are available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling the UK Ticket Office at (800) 928-2287. General admission adult tickets are $5, while general admission youth (18 and under) and senior (65 and older) are $2. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge in general admission areas, based on availability.

Fans will have a chance to watch the Wildcats on national television this weekend as today’s game will be televised live on SEC Network with Steve Lenox and Jay Walker on the call, while the same broadcast duo will announce Friday’s contest on ESPNU. Saturday’s series finale will be live on SEC Network Plus with Dick Gabriel and Doug Flynn calling the action. Fans can also hear the games live on the UK Sports Radio Network, available in Central Kentucky on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UKathletics.com.

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